Love it or loathe it, you won’t be able to escape the World Cup this summer. If your family are football fanatics, we’ve rounded up where to nab cheap football shirts, balls, BBQs, computer games and more. Hate football? We’ve got some alternative activities for you too!
The World Cup only comes round every four years – so if your family are fans, you are probably preparing to enjoy/endure (delete as appropriate) a whole summer of football!
But where can you pick up the best World Cup bargains?
Bargain balls – 10% OFF official World Cup ball
Argos are selling the official Adidas World Cup ball for £14.99. The RRP is £16.99, but most shops on the high street and online seem to be selling them for £19.99 or more – so this is a great price.
It’s easy to get ripped off for official merchandise, but this is a good quality football.
But there are cheaper options available – for example, Tesco sell an unofficial World Cup football for just £4. It’s made from PVC rather than leather, and has a different design – but it does the job.
Also, Coca-Cola are giving away one million free footballs for the World Cup. See our freebies roundup for more details.
Cheap football kits (including half price England shirts!)
Football shirts are just like the band t-shirts, they are never cheap – but even by normal standards, the England football shirt this year is a complete rip-off, with an RRP of £60.
The best adult price we’ve found is £28 for an Away shirt, (53% OFF RRP) and £32 for the Home shirt (47% OFF RRP)
You can also pick up a whole Kids’ official England kit (shirt, shorts and socks) for £34 (RRP £50)
There are some good money-saving alternatives though.
JD Sports are selling last year’s England shirt for just £15 (£10 for kids’ shirts). These shirts are also made by Nike, and are very similar to this year’s shirt! This offer has proved very popular, and stock is going quick. (If you can’t bag one online, try in store).
Or why not just pick up an England sew-on badge for a few quid, and sew or iron it onto a normal Nike sports shirt? (You can normally pick up a plain Nike football shirt for around £15-£20).
If you’ve got junior footie fans about the house, don’t forget that H&M are selling kids’ World Cup football tops for just £2 at the moment.
Finally if you buy two packs of Pringles, you can get an Umbro football shirt for just £3. Full details here.
Turn the garden into a World Cup stadium – goals for £10
…with these mega-cheap six foot by four foot football goals from Tesco.
Each goal costs just £10 at the moment, making them perfect for a garden kickaround – the kids can spend hours recreating the goals they’ve just seen on TV.
(Remember, keeping the house lights on at night to act as garden ‘floodlights’ is optional).
Have a virtual World Cup from the comfort of your armchair – FIFA video game under £25
Experience all the fun and drama of the World Cup in your living room with the official FIFA World Cup video game (available for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360). The cheapest price is currently on Zavvi at £32.98.
However we think getting the FIFA 14 video game is better value. It’s made by the same company and contains all the World Cup teams too – but because it came out a few months ago, you can pick it up a lot cheaper (under £25 at Zavvi). Both games are great fun with two players!
We’ve also found an excellent Playstation 3 deal at Tesco. You can get a Playstation 3 console with two controllers AND the FIFA World Cup 2014 game (RRP £189.99) for £150.
As well as playing games, you can use the Playstation 3 to play music, view photos and videos, watch Blu-ray and DVD movies, and catch programmes online through services like BBC iPlayer and Netflix.
Fly the flag for under a fiver!
If you want to get in the spirit of things and fly the flag of St George – or fancy a patriotic cape – you can get cut-price giant football flags online.
World Cup books and magazines – 3 issues of FourFourTwo for £1!
Tesco stores are giving away free World Cup sticker albums and free giant World Cup wallcharts (subject to availability). See our freebies round-up for more details.
Younger kids will love the official World Cup activity book (£3 at Asda) – it’s packed with facts, puzzles, games, activities, and comes with 150 World Cup stickers featuring all the star players.
Older football fans meanwhile will appreciate getting FourFourTwo football magazine – and right now you can get 3 issues for just £1 if you pay via Direct Debit here. This is a great deal – buying three copies down the newsagent would cost you £13.80!
(If you just want the 3 copies and no more, simply stop the Direct Debit after the £1 has been taken out).
Watch the games in style – HD TVs TVs for under £150
Watching the World Cup on the big screen doesn’t have to mean watching it down the pub – today’s large HD TVs offer an almost cinematic experience at home.
What’s more, shops tend to offer big discounts on TVs whenever there’s a World Cup on, as they know that many football fans use the tournament as an excuse to get a new TV.
Some bargains we’ve seen include this 32″ Full HD LED TV (complete with 3 year warranty) from Aldi for just £169.99 (available from 1st June 2014). Richer Sounds also have a great 32” Full HD TV (with a 5 year warranty) reduced to £219.
For real rock bottom prices, Currys have a sale on with many large HD TVs for under £150.
Cheap beer, booze, and BBQs – £12 beer crates
What better way to celebrate victory (or drown the sorrows of defeat) than with a BBQ and a few drinks?
The World Cup sends the supermarkets into meltdown as they compete with each other to have the best food and drinks promotions.
The supermarket currently offering the most tempting discounts for half-time refreshments is Tesco. You can pick up huge crates of beer for just £12 (choose between beers such as Carlsberg, Budweiser, Kronenbourg 1664, Stella Artois, San Miguel, Peroni and more).
They also have loads of offers on burgers, BBQ and party food – and have BBQ sets on offer for under £20.
PLUS get an extra £12 OFF online!
You can get £12 OFF your first online grocery shop with Tesco when you spend £60 or more on a single order delivered on or before 20th July 2014.
Just enter the code XXTYY4 at the online checkout page.
Get £12 OFF your grocery shop here. (Code applies to new customers only).
Hate the World Cup? There are alternatives…
Don’t worry if you can’t stand the World Cup. Have a look at these other activities and days out instead!
Find out how to get:
- Cheap zoo tickets
- Big discounts at Sea Life Centres
- Cheap theme park tickets – from Alton Towers to Chessington, theme parks are MUCH quieter during the World Cup!
- Cheap cinema tickets
- Cheap Harry Potter Tour tickets
- Cheap Legoland tickets
- Discount National Trust membership – and get hundreds of free family days out all year round
- Cheap family days out in London
- Cheap family days out in Manchester
- Cheap family days out in Blackpool
- Cheap family days out in Edinburgh
- Find the best family cycle routes near you