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This is a regularly-updated list of top short-lived bargains. They're all checked with the company's press office where possible (unless stated).
Before you get seduced by the deals, first follow this checklist. 1. Check for vouchers: See the Shopping vouchers guide. 2. Benchmark prices: Use the MegaShopBot to compare prices. 3. Will you use it: If you won’t use it, or can’t afford it even sales goods aren’t worth it. Read our tips for safer shopping.
Enter the code AFFSS10 online at fashion retailer New Look* by 11.59pm on Sun 1 Mar to get £10 off when you spend £50 or more on full-price items in one transaction.
Delivery's £3.99 or you can collect from a store for free. The code can't be used with any other offers or discounts and is valid online only.
If you need perking up on a Monday morning, sign up at Fairtrade to get a voucher for a £1 tall latte (norm £2.15) at Starbucks on Mon 2 Mar. Just print it or show it on your smartphone at participating branches – not too taxing that…
Starbucks says most stores nationwide are participating. To find a participating store use the Accepts Rewards filter on the Starbucks store locator.
This voucher can be used with My Starbucks Rewards but can't used with any other offers or discounts.
Shop online at Argos* using the code FURNSAVE and get £20 off when you spend £150, £50 off when you spend £250 and £100 off when you spend £400 on selected indoor furniture.
Available for online home delivery orders until Tue 3 Mar (delivery for large items is £8.95) and can be used in conjunction with other offers. Remember Martin's Money Mantras, but if you're looking to to make a substantial furniture purchase anyway, this code could work for you.
If you’re looking to brighten up your home, you can go online to Park Promotions* to get five 'Red Lion' Amaryllis bulbs for £13.35 (including delivery). Park Promotions doesn’t usually sell these bulbs, but we rooted around on Tue 24 Feb and found the next cheapest similar bulbs is £30.70 delivered at Gardens4You.
The sale ends on Mon 2 Mar or when 2,000 collections are sold. Park Promotions, which sells products for the home and garden online, says orders will be delivered by Wed 18 Mar. Full growing and aftercare instructions are included.
Park Promotions says once you receive the bulbs you should plant them straight away indoors and near a sunny window and it says they should flower in 4-8 weeks (see picture, right)
MSE Update 4pm, Wed 25 Feb: Some people are having technical issues getting the codes. We've been in touch with Pitcher and Piano and it is looking into this. We'll update you here once it has been fixed.
Sign up online to Pitcher & Piano's newsletter (or if you're already signed up, see below) and you'll be sent a code via email for one free Chambord Royale cocktail or pint of Krušovice lager at any of its 18 bars until Sat 28 Feb. This cocktail isn't usually on the drinks menu, but cocktails cost £7ish and the pint £4ish.
You don't need to buy anything else to get the free drink, just note down the code or show on your smartphone. If you're already signed up, Pitcher & Piano should have already sent you this offer. If you haven’t seen it, check your spam box or sign up again and it’ll resend it.
You can opt for a free soft drink instead. Please be Drinkaware.
Separate 'free' wine with burger deal
There's another offer (with a different code) on the same email for a 'free' small glass of wine when you buy any burger (£8.50-£11ish).
Each code can only be used once per person. Not valid with any other offer, discount or promotion. Must be aged 18 or over. Subject to availability.
With the burger deal you can choose from a small glass (175ml) of Momenti Trebbiano Grechetto Vermentino or Antica Merlot.
The bars are mostly located in England, with one in Swansea, south Wales. Use this link to find your nearest bar.
If you’re planning a spot of DIY, you can get a Black & Decker tool set for £19.99 (norm £29.99) in store and online at Homebase*. This is leftover Christmas stock reduced to clear and Homebase has told us that when it's gone, it's gone - so go quick if you want one. Delivery's £3.95 or collect in store for free.
The bundle, which costs £45ish if the items are bought individually, includes a cordless pivot screwdriver, adjustable wrench, hammer and a tape measure.
The cheapest we’ve seen the screwdriver on its own is £21.99 at Argos, so if you were going to buy one get it from Homebase where it comes with a load of extras.
Not all of the tools are available to buy separately, but we checked these against Homebase ‘own brand’ equivalents.
There are also two bigger sets that are also reduced in price. For £30 (norm £50), there’s a Black & Decker 57-piece 12V drill driver set* and for £60 (norm £80), a 132-piece 18V drill driver set*. If you're the type that plans a long way ahead, they might make nice gifts for Fathers' Day or even next Christmas.
Toucan Box is a subscription service that delivers arts and crafts kits to children aged 3-8 years old, either fortnightly or monthly. It usually costs from £3.95 with 98p p&p, but if you're a new customer go via this special Toucan Box* link and use the MSE Blagged code 59NTR32 to get your first 'Petit' box for free.
Your child will receive either a Treasure Island box or a Jellyfish Racers box (one per household). You won't get to choose, but both boxes include activities and craft materials such as stencils, stickers, pens and paper. There's no end date to this deal, it will run until all 10,000 boxes go.
IMPORTANT! You'll need to create an account and enter your card or PayPal details to get one. If you cancel within seven days of the freebie being dispatched, you WON'T be charged for any further boxes (don't do it earlier or you might not get your box).
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.
MSE Update Mon 22 Dec, 10:19pm: This freebie is more likely to work on a desktop, as when we tried on a mobile we had difficulties. We've asked Krispy Kreme to look into this.
'Like' the Krispy Kreme UK Facebook page and enter your details to get a free original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut which usually costs £1.35-£1.75, depending on the location.
Krispy Kreme has said this is an ongoing offer with no end date. We have asked if there is a limit to the freebies or when the end date is likely to be, but it couldn't give us an answer, so go quick as this offer could end at any time.
You'll be emailed a voucher which you can either print or show in store on your smartphone (you'll need to take ID with you). By giving your email address you're signing up to its newsletter, but you can unsubscribe after you've received your voucher.
It's one per person and valid in all Krispy Kreme UK standalone stores, but not at Tesco, service stations, Costco or Krispy Kreme Occasions.
Winter is well underway and the weather's expected to get colder this week, so it's a good time to ensure your car is all geared up for a cold snap. You can drive to any Halfords* store or a Halfords Autocentre* and get a free five-point winter check (usually £15) until Sat 28 Feb. There are more than 700 locations available.
The check covers your car's battery, wiper blades, oil levels, screenwash levels, and head/tail lights. Halfords says it takes about 15 minutes, and you don't need to book in advance, but you can book online if you want a specific time slot. It'll also top up your screenwash (up to 1 litre, norm £2ish). Halfords says there is no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice but be prepared - it might try and upsell you.
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut is currently £9.99 a bottle at Aldi. Usually this bottle costs £11.99, but it often drops down to £9.99. We'll update you here if it goes back up.
Please be Drinkaware.
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. If you're not a member, sign up online or in-store - it takes up to 5 weeks for the card to be posted to you and temporary cards are not accepted.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 ordering. The 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.
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.
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):
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!
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 12pm 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, so there's always at least one eligible winner.
The 'Jackpot' prize starts at £80, and if unclaimed, goes up by £70 each day. The biggest prize claimed since the site started is £700.59.
There's also a second 'Stackpot' draw, which gives you a chance of winning £10 if your postcode appears in a list updated twice daily.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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. Just show your card at the checkout to get the discount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
MSE UPDATE 11.30am Tue 16 Sep: John Lewis has changed its T&Cs, so going forward not everybody will receive the free tea and cake vouchers. We've asked John Lewis outright who will and who won't get the vouchers and it won't confirm.The best we can say is it's luck of the draw. This will affect both new and existing sign-ups to the John Lewis loyalty card. Read the John Lewis loyalty card news story for full info.
Get a free John Lewis loyalty card and you can get FREE tea/coffee and cake, every month!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...).
MSE UPDATE: From Mon 9 Feb, you'll no longer be allowed to get your free drink in the cafe unless you're buying something as well. To get round this, use the self-service machines - where you'll be able to get the freebie as normal without spending any money.
Sign up for a myWaitrose loyalty card (click 'Join myWaitrose now' on the left-hand green bar) and get a free regular hot tea or coffee in-store every day from the self service machine. Choose from Americano, cappuccino, latte, tea, mocha or espresso (decaf options are also available in some stores).
If you haven't got one already, sign up for a myWaitrose card using the link above and you'll receive it within five weeks. However, as soon as you've signed up, you can register your details and print a paper version, which you can show in-store to get this offer. Then simply walk in and swipe your card.
While this is a great freebie for dog owners, the Dogs Trust is a charity, so donations are gratefully received.
Go to your nearest Millie's Cookies store and get a gift box for £39.99. Inside you'll find 12 vouchers, each for a box of 12 cookies. This is called "year's worth of cookies for £40" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 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.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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