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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.
Go via this MSE Blagged Audible* link and enter the code 199MEMAUG by Sun 31 Aug to get a 3 month trial for £1.99 a month (after that it's £7.99 a month, but you can cancel). It allows you to download ANY audiobook once a month from its 100,000+ titles, including:
You need to create an Audible account or sign into your Amazon account (it's an Amazon company).
When you've purchased the trial, download the Audible app and log in. They can be played on Kindles and iPods, plus iPhones, Android and Windows phones. It's for both new customers and those not currently on a membership plan.
Important! You'll need to set up a direct debit, which you must cancel in the third month if you don't want to continue. If you don't, you'll be charged £7.99 per month. You can cancel through your account once signed in or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 469 2455.
Parcel2Go is a parcel delivery comparison website which bulk-buys postage slots from big delivery agencies, then sells them to the public. Newbies to Parcel2Go* can enter the code OFFERFREE to get £10 off deliveries anywhere in the world. Even better, there’s no minimum spend so if delivery is £10 or under (which it often is for smaller, lighter parcels), it’ll be free.
There's no limit on the number of people who can use the code, but it's one per household. It’s valid till Tue 30 Sep for delivery anywhere, from Tunbridge Wells to Timbuktu. Prices are listed without VAT, so factor that in.
Who does the delivery?
Couriers Parcel2Go lists include: MyHermes, Hermes, Collect+, Parcelforce, Yodel, City Link, UPS, TNT & more. You’ll be able to choose which courier you want to use before you confirm delivery.
You get the same service as if you went direct via the courier. However, it’s Parcel2Go that will deal with enquiries and sort out compensation claims.
If the difference is only a few pennies, it may be better to go with an established company with a reputation than a totally unknown name.
For an idea of parcel firms' customer service, see an MSE poll we ran in January on which firms have the best and worst feedback. Also see our Cheap Parcel Delivery forum discussion & Cheap Parcel Delivery guide for more help.
Do check if your item is covered by its compensation scheme, not all items are.
Is Parcel2Go any good?
We’ve only featured Parcel2Go once before and feedback was mixed – some people were very happy with the service they received, while others experienced problems. Because of this, we’ve asked Parcel2Go to set up a dedicated email address for MSE users. Should any issues arise contact email@example.com.
While we hope everyone gets this deal as planned and we've arranged with Parcel2Go to put extra measures in place for you, please be aware that nothing is ever 100% guaranteed. Please let us know how you get on in the MSE Forum.
It includes a standard level of compensation with every parcel, which is up to £20 or £50 depending on the courier. If your parcel is worth more than £50 you can take out extra cover. But you can’t use the £10 off code to get a discount on the cover, you’ll need to pay for it separately.
The price you pay does not include any duties, customs or taxes that the delivery may incur. The code is not valid on parcels sent between foreign countries.
If you're sending more than one parcel to the same address, the £10 discount will apply to both parcels. However, if you're sending more than one parcel to different addresses the discount will only apply to the cheapest parcel.
Can’t be used with other offers.
From Thu 14 Aug you can get a range of cheap tools at Aldi, ready for bank holiday DIY. These are 'special buy' items, so stock is limited and once they're gone, they're gone.
Most of the tools aren't made by well-known brands, making exact like for like price comparisons tricky. But we've compared them to similar products at other stores and found that you could save a few pounds at Aldi.
Remember though, it's important to compare quality as well as price, so make sure any tools you buy are safe and sturdy enough for the job.
Here's what you can get:
We've found mixed reviews for Aldi tools online. Some people are very happy with them, while others say they are only for light DIY and hobby use. You've the right to return a product that isn't fit for purpose, so make sure you keep the receipt somewhere safe just in case.
Print a coupon from Supersavvyme's Coupons page to get £1 off any Fairy dishwasher tablets until Thu 30 Aug.
Print a coupon from Supersavvyme's coupon page to get £2 off a Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor at Tesco until Thu 30 Aug.
MSE Update 1.30pm, Thu 31 Jul: We've heard some users have had problems picking up their free foundation. YSL has confirmed that you just need to be shade matched on the spot by a beauty adviser and you'll then receive your foundation for free.
From Wed 30 Jul, head to your nearest YSL counter where you'll find two make-up freebies up for grabs. No voucher needed, just ask for a 5ml sample of either YSL Fusion foundation or YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat.
Based on the full-sized versions, we’ve figured these freebies to be worth about £4.09 for the Fusion and £4.92 for the Le Teint.
There are 400,000 samples available. YSL has confirmed each store will have samples, but larger stores will have more allocation.
O2 smartphone users can get a totally free perfume worth £10, in-store at The Fragrance Shop, using a £10 voucher with no minimum spend. It's available on the O2 Priority Moments app, but you can get it even if you're not an O2 customer (see below).
It’s due to last until Thu 21 Aug, but could end before then if all the vouchers run out - we asked O2, but it hasn’t been able to tell us how many are left, so go quick if you want this.
The voucher can actually get you £10 off anything at the Fragrance shop, so you could get a decent discount on a gift set or a more expensive perfume. But always compare prices first to make sure you're getting the best deal.
How to get it
If you haven't got the app already, you can download it for free from Apple's App Store, Android 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 in-store at The Fragrance Shop.
We tried it out and got this Made in Chelsea perfume, worth £10, for free. There aren't many perfumes available for £10 or less, but we also saw Amore Mio Forever for £10 and Charlie Red for £6.
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.
It can't be used with any other offer or on clearance items. The code can't be redeemed online.
These outlets are excluded: Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village, Dalton Park, Junction 32 Outlet Village Castleford, Freeport Outlet Village Fleetwood, Outlet Village Doncaster, Springfields Outlet Spalding and McArthur Glen outlets in Bridgend, Livingston, Mansfield, Ashford and York.
'Like' the Krispy Kreme UK Facebook page and enter your details to get a free original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut worth £1.35-£1.75. Krispy Kreme has said this is an ongoing offer.
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 their 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.
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.
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 is 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.
Register online at Purina DeliBakie until Fri 8 Aug and get a free sample pack of DeliBake Stars dog treats. The cheese and beef flavoured dog snack will be delivered in the post within 28 days. On Tue 5 Aug, Purina confirmed there were still over 2,000 samples available.
A full-sized 100g pack is currently £1 at Asda, so we reckon this 30g freebie’s worth about 40p. Limited to one sample per household. Of course you're getting a freebie, but remember that Purina is benefiting from getting your details when you register.
Keep track of the World Cup with a free wallchart. They’re available to download from a number of websites, including:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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:
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 Store, Android 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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
What we found at Poundworld...
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.
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.
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 £50, and if unclaimed, goes up by £50 each day (your bonus doesn't roll over). The biggest prize claimed since the site started is £327.
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!).
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:
We've been in touch with Poundland, which told us the DVDs are available nationwide and it has over 60,000 in stock.
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.
Fed up with the Apollo-ing hot 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. You've got till Tues 30 September to do it.
It's our star deal - you'd be a luna-tick not to sign up.
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.
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. 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.
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 5.30pm Fri 8 Aug: Although the John Lewis press office confirmed this is an ongoing offer, we're hearing reports of some users not getting their tea and cake vouchers for August.
John Lewis has now confirmed it's changed its T&Cs, so going forward not everybody will receive the free tea and cake vouchers. Some people will, some people won't. We're still talking with John Lewis to find out more - we'll update you here.
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:
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.
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.
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):
Found music you didn't realise you had? Let us know in the Reclaim lost music forum thread.
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...).
While this is a great freebie for dog owners, the Dogs Trust is a charity, so donations are gratefully received.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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