Money-saving tips for fireworks night
Here are some money saving tips to make sure your bonfire night goes with a bang.
Fireworks night is fast approaching and the shops are quickly filling up with rows of brightly-coloured boxes filled with everything from glitter bombs to rockets and Catherine wheels.
While it can be cheaper to buy fireworks from wholesale dealers online, most of us will end up buying ours at the supermarket as part of our weekly shop.
So we've rounded up the various fireworks offers from the main supermarkets.
For £1.39 you can get 10 gold sparklers, while for £1.69 you get 18 giant gold sparklers.
You can get Astro, a mix of different fireworks, for £4.99 a pack.
Then for £9.99 you have three different options. There’s Power Storm, a multi-shot containing 100 shots, Blasting Barrel, a display fountain, and Mega Blaster, a collection of multi-coloured rockets.
Best of the rest
For £14.99 Gemini fives you a selection of multi-shots and fountains while Power Finale boasts high aerial bursts forming red and green umbrella effects and will cost you £19.99
Finally there’s the Merlin selection box, which includes wheels, fountains, Roman candles and rockets for £19.99.
Packs of five 10-inch gold sparklers are 50p and packs of five giant sparklers are £1.
Asda has a wide range of decent fireworks available for just £5.
You can pick up a 15-piece Star Struck selection boxes, sets of four Deep Space rockets, and a box of Screaming Demons all for a fiver.
The Neutron Star, which rises 30 metres, is £10 while the Fire Mission selection box for £20 includes 15 different pieces.
The top-end fireworks
If you’ve got a bigger budget for your fireworks, there are quite a few to choose from.
For £50 you can buy the Fireworks Mystic Deal selection box which includes a selection of ground-based fireworks. Increase the price to £80 and you can buy the Black Jaguar Ultimate display pack. This has 17 different fireworks such as; four shot Roman candles, five rockets, three mine effect fireworks and a fan fountain.
The Premier Party Park includes 40 rockets, three Roman candles and seven multi-shots but it also has a higher price tag of £140.
A five-pack of 10-inch Mega Sparklers costs 40p and a five-pack of 18-inch Monster Sparklers will set you back £1.
For £5 there’s the Pumpkin fountain, the Midnight Explorer (a five-rocket pack) and the Illusion Missile (a 100 shot barrage).
And for £10 there’s the Star Attack (a seven-rocket pack), Clash of the Planets (an 18-shot barrage four-pack) and the Ion Flux (a 100-shot barrage).
There are four different selection boxes on offer. Solar Frenzy is a 19-piece box, including fountains and Roman candles, and will set you back £10.
For £20 there’s the Tempest Deal which includes rockets, Roman candles, an eight-shot barrage and 10 sparklers.
Add on £10 and for £30 there’s the Aftershock Deal, which is an assortment of fountains, wheels and Roman candles. The most expensive box, the Inferno Deal, is £40 and a 16-shot barrage, 15 rockets and 10 sparklers.
For 50p you can get five gold sparklers, while for £1 you can get five giant gold sparklers.
Sainsbury’s has a number of fireworks priced at £10 or under.
The Vampire fountain, four-pack of Sky Charm rockets, Luna shot cake and Sunfire selection box all come in at £5.
If you want a selection box the Spellbound pack is £20 and includes fountains, Roman candles, rockets, shot tubes and a wheel. There is also the Sorcery box for £20 which is a 12-shot firework.
In the next price bracket up there are two selection boxes for £35 each The Alchemy box includes all the usual fireworks such as two Roman candles, one shot tube, two multi-shot cakes and one wheel. The Aurora is a 19-shot colourful cake which has a fan formation finale.
If you want more fireworks, the £45 box has them. The Conjuror is ideal for big gardens and includes a range of fireworks while Captivate is a 30-shot cake.
To save even more money many of these fireworks are included in a buy one get one free offer.
In the premium range of fireworks Sainsbury’s has a bumper £65 Prestige box or a £100 selection set which includes three single ignitions.
You have a choice of two types of sparkler at Tesco, the basic at 50p for a pack of five sparklers, or the slightly more deluxe version for £1, again for five.
Tesco has range of fireworks included in a four for £20 offer or £6 each. Within this deal you can get your hands on a four-pack of rockets, a mini 14-piece selection box, a 16-shot cake or a 150-shot barrage of multi-coloured stars.
Alternatively, there are several larger selection boxes to choose from. One of the cheapest is a £40 Endeavour kit which has 36 different pieces included.
At £85 you can pick up the Godfather firework pack made up of three single ignitions which go up to 25 metres. If you need more fireworks, a £100 Fold firework selection pack has 46 fireworks including fountains, Roman candles, shot tubes and seven packs of sparklers.
If you buy any two selection boxes before the 10th November you’ll also get a 25% discount.
Finally, don't get hit by horrible surprise costs after the event. Make sure you have comprehensive buildings and contents insurance.
Dan Simson, head of Privilege Home Insurance, says if a customer has a firework party and damages their property as a result, if it is hit by a stray firework for example, this can be claimed for under buildings insurance accidental damage cover.
There are also certain precautions to keep in mind before the day. Fireworks should always be kept in a sealed tin and used one at a time. They should also have the mark BS 7114 or CE which shows they’ve been made to meet British or European safety standards.
This is a classic Lovemoney.com article which is updated regularly.
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