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Nectar logoNectar points double (at least) exchange*1,000 pts gets £10 restaurant voucher or £20 theme park vch

20 days left

Usually 1,000 Nectar points get you just £5 off your shopping at Sainsbury's, Argos, Homebase and a few other retailers.

But from Wed 23 Jul you can get:

  • 2x the value at PizzaExpress (1,000pts = £10)
  • 3x the value at Go Ape, Longleat Safari Park and other Nectar Local Days Out partners (1,000pts = £15)
  • 4x the value at certain theme parks incl Thorpe Park and Alton Towers (1,000pts = £20)
  • 4x the value at participating Nectar Swim pools (usually 500pts per swim, now 500pts = 4 swims)

Nectar rarely offers ways to boost its points, so this is a great way to max their value. Here's how:

  1. First, see the Nectar Double Up* page for a list of participating chains.
  2. You can then exchange points for vouchers online or at the customer service desk in any larger Sainsbury's store (not Local branches), any time until Tue 12 Aug.
  3. They must be redeemed at your chosen venue by Tue 30 Sep.

T&Cs vary for different vouchers - there's more info about those below with a full list of participating venues.

It's worth noting the double-up vouchers can't be used in-store at Sainsbury's.

More info

PizzaExpress (2x value)

Multiple Nectar vouchers can be used in one transaction but not with any other offer, discount or coupons. Valid on food only, includes the children's menu but excludes drinks. Can't be used in Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the O2, Brent Cross, Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Olympia, Strand or at PizzaExpress Jazz Clubs, music rooms or pop-up restaurants.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, The Dungeons, The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Blackpool Tower CircusSealife Centres and Sanctuaries (2x value)

One voucher per ticket, max voucher value is £20. Can't be used with any other offer, or on tickets booked online or over the phone. The London Aquarium is excluded from this offer.

Local Days Out Partners (3x value)

Max voucher value is £30, you can use multiple vouchers in one transacation. Some attractions require you to book over the phone in advance and quote the code on your voucher.

Go Ape (3x value)

Max voucher value is £30, you can use multiple vouchers in one transaction. You must book in advance online or by calling 0843 249 7058 and quoting the code on your voucher (there's a £2 fee for telephone bookings). Vouchers can't be used on food, drink or merchandise.

Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor (4x value)

One voucher per person and per transaction, max voucher value is £40. Excludes music events and concerts. Can't be used with any other offer, or on tickets booked online or over the phone.

Madame Tussauds and Warwick Castle (4x value)

One voucher per person and per transaction, max voucher value is £30. Excludes music events, concerts and secondary attractions at Warwick Castle. Can't be used with any other offer, concession, online or phone bookings.

Nectar Swim (4x value)

Vouchers issued in bundles of four for 500 points and can be used at both silver and gold pools. Can't be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount rate unless otherwise stated. Voucher must be presented with your Nectar card.

Swagbucks logoEarn £5 Swagbucks, get £15 M&S/Amazon vch*Swagbucks newbies only. Fill out surveys & polls, watch videos etc

Ongoing

What's the deal?

Swagbucks is a site which pays you virtual bucks to answer daily polls  - these can then be cashed in for gift cards, PayPal credit or other rewards.

Usually you get only a few swagbucks for registering but, register via this Swagbucks* link and once you’ve earnt £5 of points (849 Swagbucks) you’ll get bonus points worth £10. So that’s a total of £15 in gift cards to spend at Amazon, M&S, New Look, Starbucks, PizzaExpress and more.

How do I earn Swagbucks?

Most surveys give you an average of 70 bucks and Swagbucks says the average user earns 200 bucks per day for about an hour's work (though this varies). Surveys can take up to 20 mins each. If you're new to this (which you have to be to get this offer), see the Paid Surveys guide for full tips on Swagbucks.

How do I get my free £10 gift card?

Once you’ve earnt 849 swagbucks within 60 days of registering your account, 1,698 swag bucks (worth £10) will be transferred to the 'my gift cards' section of your account within 10 days.

You'll have a total of 2,547 bucks in your account so you can  visit the 'rewards store' to choose which gift card you want - a £10 M&S or Amazon gift card will cost you 1,698 bucks. If you choose Paypal, it's 1,998 bucks.

Most gift cards can then be redeemed in-store or online within a year, though check yours to see exactly when and where you can use it as it varies per retailer. If you're just after the freebie, make sure you use your account and redeem the gift card as soon as you can as your account may be shut down if it's not used within six months.

More info

New users only and one free £10 gift card per person. You do not need to give any payment information when you sign up. Amazon is online only, M&S is online and in-store, New Look is online only and Starbucks is in-store.

Iceland logoIceland £2 for 8 ice creams. Incl Magnum & CornettoOnline and in-store. Magnum Mini, Cornetto, Twister, Mini Milk

13 days left

Go online to Iceland or to your nearest store by Tue 5 Aug to get eight popular ice creams for £2 (was £2.50) in its Happy Mix selection pack. Delivery's free for online orders but there's a minimum spend of £35, and as it's currently limited to certain areas, you might be better off going in-store.

You'll get:

  • 2x Magnum Mini (1x classic, 1x almond)
  • 2x Cornetto (1x classico, 1x strawberry)
  • 2x Mini Milk (1x vanilla, 1x chocolate)
  • 2x Twister

We've calculated that buying these ice creams individually would cost around £5-10. Even buying a multipack from another supermarket won't get you this much ice cream - if you take your £2 elsewhere, you can currently get just five Cornettos at Asda, or six Magnum Minis at Tesco.

This is a great deal because you not only get a lot of ice cream at a great price, but you get a good selection to choose from and don't have to buy four different multipacks to keep the whole family happy.

King of Shaves logoRazor and three cartridges for 1p (usually £6)Plus code for £5 King of Shaves subscription package (usually £6)

8 days left

Normally, sign up for King of Shaves' Hyperglide subscription and it's 1p for sign-up and £5.99 for an initial delivery of a  razor handle and three cartridges. You'll then receive monthly or bi-monthly deliveries of three cartridges for £5.99 per delivery.

However, we've 6,000 each of two codes to get this even cheaper.

Both codes will appear here at 1pm, Thu 24 Jul.

We delay publishing the codes as our weekly email takes over 12 hours to send to everyone, so we want to make it fair. 

The codes then need to be used by 11.59pm, Thu 31 Jul. Here's what the codes do.

Code 1: Get 1p razor handle and three cartridges

Add the Hyperglide subscription to your basket and enter the code to get your initial delivery of a razor handle and three cartridges for just 1p (normally £6).

Code 2: Get £1 off EVERY subsequent delivery

Enter the second code in the same place to get every subsequent delivery of three cartridges for £4.99, (normally £5.99). These deliveries will be either every month or every two months, depending on which plan you choose.

Important! Once you've purchased, you will be signed up to a subscription offer, meaning your card will be charged (£4.99 per delivery if you've used Code 2, £5.99 per delivery if you haven't) every time you receive a delivery until you cancel.

You can cancel at any time without the need to give notice, so if you just want the 1p package, you can unsubscribe after your first payment.

MSE Steve B says:

The first offer for a razor handle and three cartridges for 1p is cracking and obviously much cheaper than standard razor prices.

We also think the second offer for three cartridges for £4.99 per delivery is also a good price - the next cheapest we found for these three cartridges was £9.99 at Boots - it's £4.99 for one cartridge. Shave often enough to get through at least three cartridges every two months and this is a decent saving.

The product itself is fairly new on the market, but most of the reviews we found were very positive, including these ones on the Boots website.

John Lewis logo£1.50 mugs, bowls & egg cups at John Lewis*Clearance sale online and in-store

Stock limited

Go online or in-store to John Lewis* to get mugs, bowls and egg cups for £1.50 (reduced to clear from £3). Delivery's £3, collection in-store at John Lewis and selected Waitrose branches is free.

Larger mugs and bowls are sold individually, smaller items are priced at £1.50 for a set of two.

The range includes:

We've asked John Lewis what stock levels are like, but it was unable to share that info with us. As the sale's ending soon, stock's likely to be limited, so go quick. If you're planning a special trip to buy these items in-store, it's worth calling ahead to check availability.

Kiddimoto logo50% off Kiddimoto kids' balance bikes & helmetsOnline code with free delivery for selected items

8 days left

Enter the code 50OFF online at Kiddimoto and get 50% off two styles of balance bikes (pedal-less rides for children aged 18 months-5 years) and four styles of cycle helmets (2 years+). The code's valid till 11:59pm 31 Jul and includes free delivery (usually £2.50 for helmets). 

You can choose from:

  • Balance bikes Bright Orange and Neon Green - £20 with code (usually £39.99 - next cheapest we found on Fri 11 Jul was babe-equip.co.uk from 38.49 delivered)

         

  • Helmets Red DottyNeon DottyUnion Jack and Neon Green (small for 2-5 years or medium for 5+) - £12.50 with code (usually £24.99, next cheapest we found on Fri 11 Jul was babe-equip.co.uk from £22.99 delivered)                                         

            

                                              

           

Kiddimoto said on Tue 15 Jul, there's 1,000 of each bike and each helmet in stock. There's a five year guarantee for the bikes and one year for the helmets.

More info

It's next day Mon-Fri delivery as long as you order before midday. Order before midday Fri, you won't get it till Mon, and if you order at the weekend, it won't arrive till Tue. 

Returns policy

You can return your product up to 14 days after you receive it, as long as it hasn't been used and you've kept the packaging. However, unless there's a fault or it's been misdescribed, you will have to pay the cost of delivering it back.

To do this you must contact them first by emailing: info@kiddimoto.co.uk, or writing to: Kiddimoto Ltd, Unit 18 Lodge Hill Business Park, Westbury-sub-Mendip, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1EY. You'll be refunded within 30 days from the date you received the product. See its terms and conditions and delivery information for full details. 

Asda logo£10 Louvel Fontaine Champagne Brut*In-store and online at Asda

11 days left

Louvel Fontaine Champagne Brut is £10 (was £24.25) at Asda* until Sun 3 Aug.

Please be Drinkaware.

Flava It logoFREE £1 meat marinadeNo voucher needed - just register to get the freebie in the post

35,000 available

Register online at Meat Lust before Tue 30 Sep and get a free 45g sample pack of Flava It powder meat marinade (usually 99p). The free sample pack will be delivered in the post within 14 days.

Flava It (the company running this promotion) says there are 35,000 freebies available. But as they are totally free, you'd better go quick if you want it.

It's pot luck which flavour you'll get, they include barbecue, Chinese, garden mint, hot & spicy, Mexican and piri piri. It’s limited to one sample per household. Of course you're getting a freebie, but remember that Flava It is benefiting from getting your details when you register.

As to why Flava Its giving away the freebie - it’s unlikely it’s doing this out of the kindness of its heart – it hopes you'll buy the full size product plus it has your details so it can market to you in the future.

Aldi logo£10 Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut In-store only at Aldi

Ongoing
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut is currently £9.99 a bottle at Aldi. The price for this champagne has been known to jump to £12.99 so we'll update you here if it does.

Please be Drinkaware.

World Cup logoFREE World Cup wallchartFree to download and print from most online newspapers

Ongoing

Keep track of the World Cup with a free wallchart. They’re available to download from a number of websites, including:

Asda logoAsda £6 BBQ*Hot deals on BBQs for summer

Ongoing

Go online to Asda* to get a 29cm Summer Garden Grill Barbecue for just £6, while stocks last. Disposable barbecues can cost up to £10, so this is a great deal if you’re looking for something a little more permanent.

Other ‘hot’ deals include:

  • Tesco* - Small Charcoal Bucket for £10
  • Asda* - Portable Kettle Barbecue for £10

Waitrose logo'Free' newspaper when you spend £5/£10In-store only for myWaitrose loyalty card holders

Ongoing

If you're the type who prefers the feel of actual paper in their hand rather than a screen, you can get a 'free' newspaper (mainly broadsheets, listed below) when you spend £5 in-store at Waitrose on weekdays or £10 at the weekend (because weekend papers are more expensive).

The cost of the paper gets taken off your final bill when you flash/scan your myWaitrose card. You must have a myWaitrose loyalty card to get the deal (you can pick up a temporary one in-store).

Papers included are The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Scottish Daily Mail,  Scottish Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times and The Sunday Times. 

You can only do this once a day.

See the MyWaitrose page for more details on how to get a free card. 

More info

For over 18s year olds only. Excludes petrol stations, Shell and Welcome Break, Yateley, Goldsworth Park and Belgravia stores. 

Excluded items (that would make up the £5/£10) include flowers, entertaining, home and hampers, infant formula, tobacco, stamps, mobile top ups, e-Top up vouchers, lottery tickets, gift vouchers, cash back, car park charges and fuel.

Poundworld logo£1 disposable BBQsIn-store at Poundland, 99p Store and Poundworld

Ongoing

Disposable BBQs are available for £1 at Poundland, 99p Store or Poundworld. The next cheapest we've found is £2 from Robert Dyas, but they often sell for around £5/£10, so it's worth making the trip if you have one of these stores nearby.

Here's some product detail on the BBQs:

  • Quantity of charcoal: Poundland 450g, Poundworld 600g
  • Approx burning time: 1.5 hours
  • Start cooking 20 mins after lighting.

Before you go out and stock up for summer, make sure you do your research. We've heard mixed opinions in the MSE Forum on this kind of disposable BBQ. Some people love them (no washing up!) while others don't think they burn long enough and can make food taste funny. So maybe try one out first to see if you like it. 

MSE Charlotte says:

I like to stock up on a few of these £1 BBQs for spontaneous days out. You never know when the sun decides to come out, and a last-minute one in a petrol station can cost up to £10!

O2 logoO2 Priority Moments £1 LunchEvery Monday, including bank holidays. Subject to availability

Ongoing

O2 smartphone users can get a £1 lunch every Monday between 11am-3pm using its Priority Moments app. It’s told us this is an ongoing offer, but the retailers will change regularly. It’s currently valid at the following:  

  • Domino’s Pizza - A personal four slice pizza with a choice of one topping.
  • Upper Crust - A choice of baguette, a packet of Walker’s Crisps and a 500ml bottle of Coke, Diet Coke or Coke Zero.
  • Caffè Ritazza  - A choice of baguette, a packet of Walker’s Crisps and a 500ml bottle of Coke, Diet Coke or Coke Zero. 
  • Pumpkin - A Simply or Classic Ginster’s sandwich, homemade panini or toastie, plus a packet of Walker’s crisps and a 500ml bottle of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta, Sprite or Buxton water. 

Its only valid at rail locations only at all the above retailers apart from Dominio's. We've confirmed the offer with O2, Domino's and Caffe Ritazza, but unfortunately we couldn't get confirmation from Upper Crust and Pumpkin. 

How to get it?

If you haven't got the app already, you can download it for free from Apple's App StoreAndroid Marketplace or Blackberry. Once you redeem the offer on the app, it'll give you a unique code which you need to show on your smartphone when you buy your lunch. 

It's subject to availability - unfortunately O2 couldn't confirm how many codes need to be redeemed before the offer ends, so get in quick!

Each offer also has some other individual T&Cs, so check these before you try to use them. Each code can only be used once, but you can get a new code each Monday.

Not on O2? 

Fear not! There's a sneaky way of getting Priority Moments offers. See our {O2 Priority Moments for EVERYONE!} guide below to find out how.

Amazon logoStudents get Amazon FREE next day del for six months*You must be a UK student aged 18+

Ongoing

Students can get six months' FREE Amazon next day deliveries, (usually £79/year via Prime) when you sign up on this Amazon Student* link trial. After the trial ends, you can get 50% off full Prime membership (£39/year).

While the trial is free, this is a subscription offer, so you'll need to enter card details and diarise to cancel or you'll be charged once the trial ends. There's no obligation to continue with the paid subscription. Details on exactly how to cancel are below in the 'more info' section.

The Amazon Student trial, while giving Amazon Prime free delivery, doesn't give you access to Prime Instant Video and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You'll only have access to this once you pay for membership.

Who counts as a student?

You must be a UK student aged 18+, with an .ac.uk email address. Or if you've not got one of those, send an email from the address that's linked to your Amazon account to: amazon-student-verification@amazon.co.uk giving proof of enrolment. See the full T&Cs. Even if you've already had an Amazon Prime or Amazon Family free trial, you can still take up this offer.

Once you graduate or after four years (whichever's first) the price for Prime will jump to £79/year.

What are the potential savings?

If you're a regular Amazon shopper, the savings can add up. There's no minimum spend for the free delivery with Prime. Next day delivery costs between £3.95 and £7.99. One delivery a week for six months could cost between £100 and £200.

Is it worth paying for Prime?

Amazon Prime isn't usually worth your dough once the trial runs out, unless you're a regular shopper. It's better to be organised and order early.

More info

What do you get with Amazon Prime?

Previously, the good thing about shopping at Amazon was its free home delivery option. But last year it started to charge for items under £10. Although there was a sneaky loophole when you bought a CD or book, that's recently been stopped.

With Amazon Prime you get free unlimited one-day delivery, on most offers, including those under £10. But not everything on the Amazon site is eligible for Prime delivery, so look out when orderingThe main exclusions are items sold via Amazon Market Place.

After the six months, you'll be automatically upgraded to Prime membership (which costs £39 for the year for students), but you can cancel at any time. To do that, just log into your Amazon account, or follow the 'Manage Your Prime Membership' link from the Amazon Student page.

What do you get with Amazon Student?

1) Unlimited one-day delivery on seven million items.
2) Discounted express and evening delivery.
3) Student offers.

TK Maxx logoCrocs footwear £6 - £13In-store only

Ongoing

TKMaxx is stocking Crocs just in time for summer, starting from £6 for kids and £10 for adults.

It couldn't tell us if the Crocs are in all stores, as no two are the same. We checked out two stores in central London, and there was a good selection in both, but it may be worth ringing ahead to check your nearest store stocks them.

You can get them online as well, but stock is limited and we couldn't find as many bargains as in-store. 

We found a limited number of adult sizes for £9.99 (RRP £19.99). The majority were standard adult Crocs for £12.99 (RRP £29.99), but we've seen them for £14 elsewhere online. Children's Crocs started at £5.99 (up to £14.99 elsewhere) with a decent selection of styles and sizes in our local store.  

 

ToucanBox logo3,000+ FREE £5 kids' craft packs*Use code to get first craft box free then cancel if you don't want to subscribe

3,000+ avail

ToucanBox is a subscription service that delivers arts and crafts kits to children aged 3-8 years old, either fortnightly or monthly. Prices start from £3.95 + 98p P&P.

Toucan craft box

Yet we've a code that allows new users to get their the first box free, and then you've the option to cancel at no cost.

You'll need to create an account and enter your card or PayPal details to get one, but you WON'T be charged if you cancel within SEVEN days after the freebie's being dispatched (don’t do it earlier or you might not get your freebie).

The boxes include activities and craft materials such as stencils, pens and paper (though the contents vary, so you might not get these particular items).

There are 3,000+ boxes available and the deal is available while stocks last, one per household.

How do I get it?

  1. Follow this special ToucanBox* link and enter the code 892M23X in the coupon code box.

  2. Enter your details, your child's details (remember you'll only get one freebie, so only enter details of one child) and your address.

  3. Submit your card/PayPal details (these are needed for future boxes, unless you cancel).

  4. Check your confirmation email to see what date your box will be delivered.

 

Reminder! As ToucanBox is a subscription service, you pay for each until you cancel. You can stop the subscription by going to "change my box" in the "your account" section.

If you only want the free box, it's worth noting down the dispatch date from your confirmation email and setting a reminder to cancel the day after.

Cineworld logo£11 for two cinema tix, popcorn and soft drinksWatch a new popular film every Thursday. Book online

Ongoing

At almost every Cineworld, you can get its Take 2 Offer, which means you and a friend can see popular films with the full cinematic experience for £11 all-in, including two drinks and popcorn.

Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get the deal for £11. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £12.10 if booking in a cinema (or online without joining its free members club).

These tickets go quick, so it's best to book in advance.

With tickets usually £8-£10, two small drinks £3 each and a regular popcorn to share for £6.50, you could save up to £10.50.

The only downside is you can't pick which film to watch. And you must go on a Thursday. Here's what's coming up

More info

Available in all cinemas nationwide except Haymarket and Chelsea in central London, Queens Links in Aberdeen and The Screening Rooms in Cheltenham. You can't use your Unlimited Card with this offer.

Poundworld logoHidden branded £1 chocs - mystery SOLVEDIn-store only - cut price Cadbury/Quality Street

Ongoing

About 75% of what we do (OK, maybe just MSE Charlotte) is browsing shops for bargains and looking for/eating chocolate. While browsing the confectionery aisle in Poundworld the other day, a mysterious bag stood out  - Turner's Chocolate Assortment.

It promised "An assortment of high quality mis-shape chocolate" - all for £1. Brill! There were three types of chocolates in our bag (see pictures below):

  • Four Cadbury (notice the 'C') chocolate caramel pieces.
  • Seven barrel-shaped chocolates with a Cadbury Creme Egg fondant filling.
  • We couldn't figure out what the 11 hard, rectangular toffee ones were. But the chocolate tasted like Cadbury's...

The chocolates were a bit bashed up, but still tasted great.

We asked Poundworld about this chocolatey mystery. It said: "The chocolates are in date, just slightly mis-shaped mixed Quality Street, Roses etc." Mystery solved - we've better detective skills than Columbo!

 

More info

A bag of the mystery chocolate at 250g is £1. The cheapest box of Quality Street at Asda is £3 for 350g at Asda - 250g is £2.14, so that's the sort of discount you'll get. The excitement of the mystery is free.

Greenredeem logo£5 off £25 M&S food/Jojo Maman BebePromise to go green and be rewarded with discounts

Ongoing

You can currently get £5 off £25 on M&S food, wine and flowers, £5 off £25 at mother and baby brand Jojo Maman Bebe (branches in England, Scotland and Wales) and 25% off Rush hair salons (all in SE England). The catch? You have to pledge to be eco-friendly - try reusing a carrier bag, cleaning with lemon juice rather than chemicals or growing your own veg.

For each green action you take, you'll be rewarded with points to exchange for the discounts.

How do I get my discount vouchers?

1) Sign up at Greenredeem (it's free) and you'll automatically recieve 100 points.

2) For every pledge you make or quick you take (see the 'earns' tab) you'll get extra points into your account. Pledges and quizzes change each week, so you can continue to make different promises to build up your bank of points.

3) Check the 'rewards' section of the site to see what discounts are available (65 is the minimum number you can redeem).

There's a £5 off £25 at M&S food, wine and flowers voucher on at the moment, and they don't come around often. To get it, you only need 100 points, which will just take two minutes' work. When you redeem your points for a voucher, it'll be either delivered to you by post (it takes a few days) or you can show the voucher on your phone.

The M&S voucher's valid till 31 Jul 2014.

The aim of giving out such vouchers is to encourage you to be greener.  So please, if you are going to pledge to do lots of things, do your best to live up to it.

Other ways to cut energy bills / be greener

Cheap Energy Club | The Green Deal Mythbuster | Free insulation and boilers | Energy Saving Myths

More info

Depending on which reward you go for, you'll either be able to use it online or in-store. Each reward will have individual T&Cs so check these before you use it. The M&S voucher excludes Lunch to Go, food to order, restaurants, deli bars, M&S Cafe, all branded groceries, branded household goods, branded toiletries and reduced food products. One voucher per person.

Poundland logoCan you find 'em? £1 beauty bargainsIncl Mark Hill hair care, OPI nail polish and Hard Candy glitter

Ongoing

Marilyn Monroe said "a smile is the best make up any girl can wear". After reading this to the girls on the deals desk, the general feedback was "RUBBISH!" So if your smile isn't quite making you as beautiful as Marilyn, you could try popping into a pound shop and picking up some £1 branded beauty bits. The bonus is, you'll be so pleased with your bargains you'll be positively grinning!

What we found in-store at Poundland...

  • Revlon, Neon nail art (next cheapest we found £8 at Boots)
  • Sally Hansen, Salon Effect nail polish strips (we found them in 'Glitz Blitz and Kitty Kitty) (next cheapest we found £8 at Boots)
  • Sally Hansen, Sugar coat nail polish (next cheapest we found £7 at Boots)
  • Calvin Klein, Sheer creme eyeshadow (next cheapest we found £3.98 at Fragrance Direct)
  • Collection 2000, Glam Crystals gel liner (next cheapest we found £2.99 at Superdrug)
  • NYC, Liquid eyeliner (next cheapest we found £2.49 at Superdrug)
  • Mark Hill, De-Frizz Shine shampoo 75ml (these particular products are discontinued, but  similar 50ml Mark Hill items cost between £2 and £6)
  • Mark Hill, Heat Protection conditioner 75ml
  • Mark Hill, straightening cream 75ml
  • Mark Hill, straightening balm 75ml
  • Mark Hill, shine moisturising conditioner 75ml
  • Mark Hill, Beautiful Blonde conditioner 75ml

 

What we found at Poundworld...

  • OPI, Shatter nail lacquer (we found three shades) (next cheapest we found £8 at Fragrance Direct )
  • Hard Candy, eye shadow stick (two in pack) (next cheapest we found £8 together at Fragrance Direct)
  • Elegant Touch, Metallic fake nails (next cheapest we found £6 at Superdrug)
  • Hard Candy, Fortune sweet and shiny lip gloss (next cheapest we found £3.50 Fragrance Direct)
  • Sally Hansen, Magnetic nail colour - (only sold in-store at Walmart in the US)
  • Hard Candy, Gliterarzi eye gel (only sold in-store at Walmart in the US)
  • Hard Candy, Show Girl loose glitter (only sold in-store at Walmart in the US)

 

 

We've not been able to get exact stock levels for all of the items, so don't be surprised if you can't find certain items in your local store.

More info

Poundshops have loads of hidden branded gems. They are often discontinued stock, out of season, or from different countries - but all still good!

Can cosmetics go off? The British Skin Foundation says:

"Cosmetic products will remain safe to use provided they are stored under suitable conditions and not subjected to extreme temperatures."

"To ensure the maximum durability of cosmetic products, they should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and with the lids firmly closed."

It also said the use by date on cosmetics, is from when you open the product. So if it says 18 mths on the box, it should last for 18 months from when you open it, provided it's been stored correctly.

Free Postcode Lottery logoFREE daily cash prize drawRegister your email address & postcode for a chance to win cash EVERY DAY

Freebie

This is a fun free daily competition we thought we’d let you know about as the MSE Deals team are big fans (we even have a winner in our midst).

Register your email address and postcode online at Free Postcode Lottery and check it each day from 12 noon for your chance to win a cash prize. Plus, you get a bonus of 1p every day you check the site, which is added onto your winnings (if you're ever lucky enough to win). It's for over-18s only.

How does it work?

It selects one registered postcode at random at 12 noon each day. Only registered postcodes are drawn (around 40,000), so there's always at least one eligible winner.

The prize starts at £40, and if unclaimed, goes up by £40 each day (your bonus doesn't roll over). The biggest prize claimed since the site started is £240.

How does it make money?

From Google Adsense adverts (that appear on the website and nowhere else) and via links to other free competitions and survey sites. The site owner, Chris, NEVER passes your email address on to third parties and you never need to enter your card details.

Am I likely to win and what happens if I do?

The more times a postcode has been registered, the more likely it is to win (ie, if it's been registered twice, it appears in the list twice, so is twice as likely to win).  If multiple winners claim, the pot is split and if no one claims by noon the following day, it rolls over.

If your postcode comes up and you check the site that day, a big "collect" button appears. Press it, and your winnings will be paid to your PayPal account, or you can opt for Amazon vouchers instead.

You can also opt to "double & donate" to double your prize and donate it to charity.

Will I get spammed?

Absolutely not. You automatically get opted in to receive a reminder email each day, but you can unsubscribe at any time (click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of the email). Or you can leave the lottery at any time via this unsubscribe link.

Links to other sites (surveys, competitions and charities) and user comments that appear on Free Postcode Lottery are all checked out before they appear. Even so, it's always worth checking sites before entering any details and reading the full T&Cs for yourself.

MSE Debs says:

The MSE Deals team loves this site, especially MSE Deborah who won £20 in Amazon vouchers just 42 days after joining. Poor MSE Michael's not been so lucky... He's currently on £6.36 bonus (which means he's checked it 636 times without winning!).

More info

One registration per person. The site owner reserves the right to withhold winnings if he can't be sure the entry is legitimate.

Poundland logo£1 stand-up comedy DVDsIncl Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, Peter Kay and Billy Connolly

Ongoing

Of all the days you could do with a laugh, it has to be Valentine's Day.  All that pressure to spend lots of cash can wipe the smile off any MoneySaver's face.

But in Poundland, you can get stand-up comedy DVDs for a quid each. So you can stay in and stick on a DVD - no cash wasted!

We found in our local store:

  • Billy Connolly, You Asked For It [2011] (cheapest elsewhere £3.75)
  • Andy Parsons, Gruntled Live [2011] (£2.99)
  • Jason Manford, Live [2011], (£2.19)
  • Ross Noble, Nobleism [2009] (£6)
  • Lee Nelson's, Well Good Show [2011] (£2.93)
  • Peter Kay, Live [2011] (£4.75)
  • Lee Evans, Access All Arenas [2009] (£2.64)
  • Chris Addison, Live [2011] (£3.14 elsewhere)
  • Russell Kane, Smokescreens and Castles [2011] (£3.43)
  • Michael McIntyre, Hello Wembley! [2009] (£2.87)

 

We've been in touch with Poundland, which told us the DVDs are available nationwide and it has over 60,000 in stock.

Lego logoFREE £5 Lego for kids EVERY MONTHWith in-store Lego workshop

Ongoing

Right. Lego's definitely the best kids' toy, and we know a few adults who are fans too. We won't hear any arguing that it's Barbie, Playdoh or Xbox - Lego wins it hands down (OK, OK, that's just my opinion - MSE Charlotte).

But there's an issue which we can't block out - Lego can be SO expensive. So hopefully this deal will help you out.

If you're between six and 14 (sorry grown-ups, this one isn't for you, so please let your kids know!), go into your nearest official Lego store (there's more info on where below) on the first Thursday of every month between 4-6pm to take part in the Lego Mini Build.

Get there as soon as you can, as stock is limited to 200-300 models per store (depending on size and location), and it's first come, first served. Staff  will  show your kids how to make the model, which Lego told us is worth around £5 (but it's not for sale). Once it's been made - it should take about 10-15 mins - the kids can take it home for free.

The models are different each month, and you don't know what you're going to get till you get in there.

More info

Participating stores include: Bluewater, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester Arndale, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Sheffield Meadowhall, Watford and both London Westfield centres.

Nasa logoHitch a FREE round trip to the asteroid BennuOn the Osris-Rex spacecraft. Well... maybe just your name on a microchip!

Ongoing

Got the January blues? Fed up with the Apollo-ing weather? Diet gone wrong? Put down that Mars bar, suck yourself out of that black hole and take yourself to Bennu - our favourite Asteroid (the others had no atmosphere). Kids will love it (let's face it, adults too!), we're over the moon with this deal, it's just out of this world.

Nasa is sending a spacecraft (Osiris-Rex) to the asteroid Bennu in 2016 to collect a sample of its surface. You can get your name etched on a microchip that's carried on it. The robotic mission (and your name) will spend more than two years near the 1,760ft-wide asteroid.

Just visit The Planetary Society, fill in your details and print out your certificate (which will have your unique number on it). You can go back later to print it if you prefer.

It's our star deal -  you'd be a luna-tick not to sign up.

 

MSE Charlotte says:

If you're on Twitter or Facebook, make sure you 'follow' or 'like' the mission (you'll see the option when you enter your details). You'll get updates on where your name is in space from launch until the craft returns to Earth in 2023.

More info

Image provided by Nasa/Goddard/Chris Meaney

Prostate Cancer UK logoFree 50p donation to Prostate Cancer UKComplete questionnaire & fill in your details

50k max donations

Complete a five-question test for Prostate Cancer UK and Iceland will donate 50p on your behalf.

Iceland will donate a maximum of £50,000. You can also get a free pin badge - just tick the 'get a free pin badge' box at the end.

Prostate Cancer UK says it will use the answers and statistics from the questionnaire for future awareness campaigns and media stories and WON'T store your answers on a database, link them to your name and contact details or pass them on to third parties.

Forumites have been completing the questionnaire and sharing it on Twitter and Facebook. Read the full Free 50p donation to Prostate Cancer UK discussion thread.

Co-op Food logo10% off groceries at Co-op for studentsJust flash your NUS Extra card at the checkout

Ongoing

If you're a student with an NUS Extra card, you can get 10% off food and drink (exceptions are listed below) at more than 2,800 participating Co-operative Food stores. The Co-op says it has a store in every UK postal area, so you should be able to find one close to you. Just show your card at the checkout to get the discount. Please be Drinkaware.

The NUS Extra card is available to all students aged over 16 years (including distance learners and vocational students). It costs £12 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. With your NUS Extra card, you can get discounts at loads of stores, including Asos, Warehouse and Domino's. This is the first time an NUS Extra card can get you discounts on groceries.

MSE Charlotte says:

Co-ops are convenience stores, so it won't always be as cheap as the supermarket giants, however you'll often find some really good offers - especially if you combine them with coupons.

More info

Excludes baby milk, stamps, saving schemes, National Lottery, Health Lottery, gift vouchers, phone cards, continuity programmes, in-store concessions, PayPoint, cigarettes and tobacco, newspaper delivery and electrical goods.

O2 logoO2 Priority Moments for EVERYONE!Not an O2 customer? We've found a loophole

Ongoing

O2 Priority Moments is a deals app for O2 smartphone users. It tends to run bespoke offers, which we think are subsidised from O2's marketing budget, so it sometimes has deals you can't get elsewhere. Deals may not be the same for everyone, as they're often based on your location.

O2 users can download it for free from Apple's App StoreAndroid Marketplace or Blackberry. If you're not on O2, there's a trick for you to get it on your smartphone too.

Not on O2? How to get it

O2 says anyone with an O2 mobile – including Pay and Go, Pay Monthly and business customers – is eligible to get it. So if you've ANY unlocked phone, it's easy.

1. Order a free Pay & Go Go Go Sim card from O2. Insert the Sim into your smartphone and activate it free (you need an unlocked mobile handset).

2. Connect to wi-fi, and download the Priority Moments app (Android, iOS/Blackberry).

3. Insert the Sim everytime you want to check for new deals. While the app is meant to disappear if you insert other Sims, but we've tried it on a few unlocked handsets, and the app's stayed and is still usable.

John Lewis logoJohn Lewis FREE tea/coffee and cake every monthSign up to free John Lewis loyalty card in-store or online

Ongoing

Get a free John Lewis loyalty card and you can get FREE tea/coffee and cake, every month! Here’s what you need to know to get it:

  • John Lewis has recently introduced a free loyalty card, which you can use online and in-store at its 39 shops in England, Scotland and Wales. It doesn't work like the usual ones where you get loyalty points - instead, you’re entered into prize draws and get rewards.
  • Either sign up online on the John Lewis website (click 'create an account now' in the pop-up box) or apply in-store for your loyalty card.
  • Once registered, you'll be sent a welcome pack containing vouchers - each voucher is valid in the month stated on the front. (We think it'll take up to four weeks to get your vouchers.)
  • One of these rewards is free tea (any hot drink) and cake EVERY MONTH. A pot of tea's £1.90, coffee's £2.25, cakes range from £1.75 - £3.50. You can go at any time (once a month).
  • It's available at John Lewis Place to Eat, Espresso Bar, Mall Café, Café and coffee shops. It can't be redeemed at other firms' food outlets within John Lewis, nor is it valid at Waitrose branches, apart from the Waitrose Café in Ipswich.

 

MSE Charlotte says:

WARNING! Gratuitous pictures of cake coming up...

When we first wrote this, we didn't have all the cake-based info. We don't do things by halves here at MSE, so even though it was a terrible inconvenience, I trudged all the way (at least a five-minute walk) to 'research' what was on offer.

My card STILL hasn't arrived yet - c'mon John Lewis! (It must be busy making super-cute Christmas adverts...) So I got some tea and cake and put it on my expenses instead. The things we do for you!

Here are some pics of what I found and what they cost.


Chocolate cake - £3.50

Scone, cream and jam - £3.60

Victoria sponge - £3.50

Muffins - £2.50

Amazon logoReclaim (and listen to) lost Amazon music*Stream old CDs/vinyl or turn them into MP3s for free

Ongoing

Buy CDs/vinyl from Amazon and its Autorip service* means you now get the MP3s free. Yet this also works for anything bought since 1999. So know what you are doing and you can recover years worth of music, maybe from CDs you may have lost, damaged or thrown away - or re-download MP3s.

How do I check?

Just check 'your music' in Amazon Cloud Player to see if you have any albums or songs from your past, you can then stream or download your music. Simple.

It can take a while for it to find the music. The biggest musical treasure trove in MSE Towers belonged to MSE Darryl, who had 150 albums going back 13 years, which took 10 minutes to get.

MSE Charlotte says:

We discovered this after I was chatting with MSE Shrey about music storage (we're very interesting) and he told me he recently signed up to Amazon Cloud Player* and found more than 30 albums he'd bought hard copies of years ago.

I asked the rest of the MSE team if they had any music lurking about from their past. To our surprise a load of us did (feel free to judge):

  • MSE Zorica found CDs from her teenage years including Janet Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink.
  • MSE Henry found a lot of Brian Eno (very cool).
  • MSE Dan found Vampire Weekend, Radiohead, and Arcade Fire albums. He also got a Bat for Lashes album he bought for his brother, so sort of got two for one.
  • MSE Dan L found The Hobbit soundtrack (snigger).
  • MSE Debs B found a lot of Christmas carols.
  • MSE Darryl found 13 years of music, including the band Da Lata - a (probably) brilliant Afro-Brazilian/London fusion band, as well as 'normal' music such as Portishead, The Streets and The XX.
  • MSE Jenny found the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.
  • MSE Shrey found lots of Cheryl Cole because he's her greatest fan.
  • MSE Becca found Sugababes, Blondie and Jack Johnson albums, which was lucky because she recently had to throw one out because it was scratched.

Found music you didn't realise you had? Let us know in the Reclaim lost music forum thread.

More info
The odd CD or vinyl album might slip through the net. But Amazon currently has 350,000 titles and is expanding its MP3 collection.

Spotify logoMillions of FREE music tracks on your mobile / tabletYou can now use Spotify FREE on mobiles (with ads). Used to cost £10/mth

Ongoing

Previously, to get online music streaming service Spotify on your phone or tablet, you had to pay £9.99 a month for Spotify Premium. Now that's changed - you can get it on these devices for free.

How it worked before:

1. You could get it free when online (with ads) on your desktop computer, but NOT at all on mobiles and tablets (EVERYONE found this really frustrating).

OR

2. You could pay £9.99 a month for Spotify Premium, for your desktop, tablet and phone. This meant you could download music to listen to offline and have no ads.

What's changed?

You can now create a free account (it'll have ads, but it's not that bad) to use on your desktop AND on your mobile and tablet on Android and iOS, via the free app. You can only listen to tracks and playlists when you're online (only Premium users can download and listen offline).

If you're subscribed to Premium and now prefer the free version, you can cancel at any time.

MSE Charlotte says:

Spotify has all the music you could imagine (unless you're into Oasis and The Beatles).

However, it's recently added Led Zeppelin's back catalogue, making it the only music streaming service to include the Rock Gods. I've a Whole Lotta Love for that (genuinely really sorry...).

Waitrose logoWaitrose free tea/coffee EVERY dayJust get its free loyalty card to take your pick of daily hot drinks

Ongoing
Sign up for a MyWaitrose loyalty card (click 'Join myWaitrose now' on the left-hand side-bar) and get a free regular tea or coffee in-store every day. Choose from Americano, cappuccino, latte, tea, mocha or espresso (decaf options are also available in some stores).

If you sign up online, it takes up to 5 weeks for the card to be posted to you, so it's quicker to sign up for a temporary card in-store, and that way, you can get the offer straightaway.

There's no minimum spend, simply walk in and show your card. See the full list of participating Waitrose stores.
More info
One free drink per member, per day. Offer excludes hot chocolate and isn't valid at Costa concessions, petrol filling stations, Shell and Welcome Break. Can't be used with other cafe or hot drink offers, or the cafe loyalty card.

Show your card at a manned till or scan it at a quick pay station.

Dogs Trust logoFree microchipping for dogsBook an appointment in advance at any of its 19 venues

Ongoing
Get your pooch microchipped by booking an appointment (subject to availability) at one of the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres. Any breed, two months old or over can be microchipped and have the details stored on the database. If you can't get an appointment at your local branch, check out ChipMyDog.org for free microchipping events happening all over England and Wales.
MSE Paloma says:

While this is a great freebie for dog owners, the Dogs Trust is a charity, so donations are gratefully received.

More info
There are no restrictions on how many dogs can be microchipped per owner, as long as you book an appointment in advance at one of the 19 Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres.

Your dog gets a free microchip, the size of a grain of rice, inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Vets usually charge around £30 for the procedure. Owners also get their details stored on the microchip database for free.

The tiny implant includes a unique ID number which means if your dog goes missing, it's easier to trace as the code can be read by radio-wave scanners. The process takes about 10 minutes. For more information, see the Dogs Trust Microchipping page.

British Red Cross logoFree British Red Cross 'Baby & Child First Aid' appAvailable for Apple and Android devices

Ongoing
The British Red Cross has launched a new, free Baby & Child First Aid app after findings showed that more than 85% of UK parents haven’t attended a first aid course for children. It's available for Android and Apple devices and will remain free indefinitely.
MSE Debs says:

The Baby and Child First Aid app is the first of its kind and contains clear instructions on what to do in many emergencies. Handily, most of the information and videos are stored on the app, meaning no internet connection is needed for viewing, although some features (such as the nearest hospital finder tool) do require you to go online. The bite-sized videos make it easy to learn about first aid while juggling childcare demands.

Millie£35 for 144 Millie's cookies (usually 99p each)Use 12 vouchers throughout the year

Ongoing

Go to your nearest Millie's Cookies store and get a gift box for £35. Inside you'll find 12 vouchers, each for a box of 12 cookies. This is called "year's worth of cookies for £35" offer - but we couldn't see any ads for the promotion in our local store, and had to ask for it by name.

You can take the vouchers to any Millie's Cookies throughout the year.

MSE Charlotte says:

We think you need a few more cookies for a year's worth! Millie's says you can't use more than one voucher at the same time at the same store. But you could spread your cookie-buying out across different days, or use all the same vouchers on the same day but at different stores.

But confusingly, the staff at our local branch said we can use our vouchers however we want - even all at once. So it's worth asking your nearest store.

More info
Only original vouchers will be accepted. Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount or voucher.

Morrisons logoMorrisons free petrol? Big spenders' extreme couponingBuy selected gift cards in-store, get 1p/L off fuel for every £10

Ongoing
This is an awesome bit of extreme couponing. It’s fiddly and only works if you’re already planning to make a big purchase at one of the 38 retailers included, such as PC World, Homebase and Currys.

As the discount's stackable, buy £50 of gift cards and you'd get 5p/litre off. But play it to the max (ie, buy £1,400 of gift cards) and you could potentially get a free tank of petrol. The discount is also stackable, so buy £50 of gift cards and get 5p/litre off.
More info

How it works

Morrisons' Fuel Saver deal gives 1p/litre off petrol, diesel or LPG for every £10 of gift cards bought in-store.

There are 38 retailers to buy gift cards for, including Homebase, Debenhams, Currys, PC World, Next, House of Fraser, Halfords, and iTunes, plus new retailers TK Maxx, Oasis, Warehouse and Waterstones. The offer's ongoing, but doesn't include Morrisons' own gift cards.

If there's a large purchase you are going to make anyway - eg, £500 on a computer at PC World or a garden shed at Homebase - get it via buying the gift cards and you'll bag 50p/litre off.

If you bought £1,400 of gift cards, it'd effectively make a £1.40/litre tank FREE. Morrisons has also told us there's no limit per transaction on the gift cards, and you can split any amount above this into a second purchase to get a voucher for a second fill-up. Petrol vouchers are valid for 63 days from the issue date.

Use gift cards quickly

Gift cards are non-refundable, and it isn't a good idea to put money on the card to drip-spend over six months. Though most of those mentioned here are big, safe companies, if the firm goes bust you'll probably lose the cash, so ensure you minimise the time between buying and redemption.

It's also worth noting third party retailers (Morrisons in this case) don't have any responsibility to refund you if a gift card's retailer goes into administration. See the Beware gift vouchers MSE News story. Gift cards are generally valid for about two years, but always check.

Full terms on the Morrisons website. Find your nearest Morrisons.

Poundland logo£1 HDMI cables at PoundlandThey're just as effective as £20+ ones

Ongoing
Go to your nearest Poundland store and hunt for the £1 cables. Poundland says they are available all year round in all of its 400 stores. The Poundland HDMI cable is 1m long and can be used to connect your PC to your TV, so you can watch online content on your big screen.

MSE Becca says:

There's no point spending £20+ on a HDMI cable when tests have shown there's no difference in picture between the most expensive cables and the cheapest - techy website Cnet and The Gadget Show agree.

More info
For more info on how to connect your PC to your TV, read the Online Movie Streaming guide.

Let us know if you manage to nab a £1 HDMI cable. Report back in the forum.

Amazon logoFree Amazon Discount Finder toolUse it to uncover Amazon's secret bargain basements

Ongoing

Go to the Amazon Discount Finder and choose your department. Next, pick your discount and price range and choose whether you want free delivery. The tool will then generate a bespoke page full of discounts which fit your search terms.

Amazon often offers 75% and better reductions, yet it directs people to other areas, sending them to higher profit margin products instead. This tool manipulates Amazon's web links to display all heavily-reduced bargains.

More info
Though the Amazon Discount Finder is great for finding hidden bargains, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's the cheapest you can get them. Read the Amazon Buying Guide below the tool before buying.

St John Ambulance logoFree St John Ambulance first aid Apple appWas £2.39 - you can get it for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Ongoing
Download the free iTunes app, which gives instructions on how to treat a wide range of major and minor injuries, such as choking, drowning, heart attacks, hypothermia, frostbite, diabetes, colds, bites and stings, allergic reactions, fainting and more. A printed version is available - see more info.
More info
If you don't have a compatible device, you can fill out this free first aid guide form and St John Ambulance will send a paper copy to you in the post. However, it only covers five life or death situations, so isn't as extensive as the app. Allow up to 28 days for delivery.

eBay.co.uk logoFind hidden eBay local bargains

Ongoing

Our new Local eBay Deals Mapper lets you find bargains if you're prepared to pick them up. eBay sellers often specify items must be collected in person which means fewer bids. But you can't normally search 'collection only' so put your postcode in and how far you're prepared to schlep and watch the gems pop up.

More info
It’s an automated tool, so always compare prices elsewhere (try the Megashopbot) to check it's really worth it.

NHS logoFree Smokefree kitSimply order online - but only if you're in England

Ongoing
Order the kit online or find your nearest pharmacy on the NHS Smokefree website. It includes: a Smokefree calendar, stress toy, quitting planner, health/wealth wheel to help you calculate how much you're saving, plus information and tips to help smokers go smoke-free.
use the money mantras

Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!

are
you
Skint? ask:
  • Do I need it?
  • Can I afford it?
are
you
not skint? ask:
  • Will I use it?
  • Is it worth it?
Section 75

Free protection for all shopping!

There's a secret phrase that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. "Section 75" laws means your plastic must protect anything you buy over £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust you can still get your money back.

Although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards there is something else to fall back on if you paid on a Visa debit or electron card, or Visa credit card under £100 (otherwise go for Section 75). Known as Visa Chargeback, this is part of Visa's internal rules and not a legal requirement. Full details of Section 75, chargeback and how to claim in the Section 75 Refunds guide.

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