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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.

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Greggs logoGreggs FREE sausage roll*Norm 80p-£1ish. Get code via free app or voucher. 6,000 a day

NOW ENDED

If you get a voucher from VoucherCodes.co.uk* or go via the VoucherCodes app* (iOS/Android), you can get a totally FREE savoury snack from Greggs until Sun 28 Jun. You can choose either a free sausage roll (norm 80p-£1ish) or cheese & onion bake (norm 80p-£1ish). There will be 6,000 vouchers/codes up for grabs every day from 7am.

Once downloaded, you can redeem your code/voucher at a Greggs store (find your nearest) any day until Sun 28 Jun. You'll need to show the code in the app, on a smartphone screen or printout at the checkout. This offer is not available at some Greggs concessions - see 'more info' below for excluded stores.

When all 6,000 codes have been allocated each day, there'll be a message asking you to try again the following day from 7am. Only one code per person.

Warning: If you use the app, clicking 'use the voucher' will only show the code for a few seconds, then it will completely disappear, so do this when you’re at the checkout. By clicking ‘save now’, you can secure your code and use later. You can view saved offers when logged in on any device, so you could save a code using the app and print it from your online account.

More info

All excluded Greggs concessions:

Moto - Baldock, Beaconsfield, Birch, Blackburn, Cardiff, Cherwell Valley, Chievely, Cobham, Doncaster, Exeter, Ferrybridge, Frankley North, Heston West, Hilton Park North, Knutsford, Lancaster South, Leigh Delamere, Leigh Delamere East, Lymm, Medway East, Pease Pottage, Reading East, Reading West, Scotch Corner, Southwaite North, Stafford, Tamworth, Toddington North, Toddington South, Trowell North, Wetherby and Wooley Edge South.

Euro Garage - Beehive, Blackford Bridge, Deeside, Calder Park, Causeway, Cleckheaton, Larkhill, Markham Vale, Moorland, Newtown, Ross Spur, Singing Kettle, Speke and Uttoxeter.

Applegreen - Camberwell, Crawley, Kennington and M2 (NI).

Blakemore - Brumy Corner, Leegomery and Louth.

Compass - Gateshead, Horsforth and Park Lane.

Sandpiper - Halkett Street, La Columberie and St Brelade.

Wightlink - Gunwharf and St Clair.

New Covent Garden Soup Company logo'Free' £2ish seeds with £1 soupBuy New Covent Garden Soup Co carton & enter code online for salad seeds

38,000 avail

If you buy a carton of New Covent Garden Soup Company's promotional Seeds of Summer soup (currently half price at Sainsbury's for £1), you can get a free packet of £2ish seeds containing red and green salad bowl leaves.

Just enter the code at the top of promotional cartons on New Covent Garden Soup Company's giveaway page. You’ll receive a confirmation email when your order's been placed and the estimated delivery time is two weeks.

Promotional soups include:
  • Petit Pois & Mint
  • Chicken, Lemon & Tarragon
  • Gazpacho
  • Soup of the Month – British Summer Market Vegetables (June)

Instructions are included on the side of promotional cartons, suggesting you reuse the carton to plant your seeds by cutting it with scissors, adding drainage holes and filling it 3/4 full with compost (not provided).

Originally there were 40,000 seed packets to give away, but as of Wed 24 Jun there were 38,000 left. The giveaway will end when all packets have been claimed or when winter soups replace summer soups in-store (end of September).

You can buy New Covent Garden Soup Company's promotional soups from all major supermarkets for £2ish. As well as Sainsbury's, they're also on offer at Tesco for £1.17 (were £2.35).

These seed packets aren't normally available for purchase, but we found a similar packet of salad bowl seeds for £1.89 at Homebase. 

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Starbucks logoStarbucks 2for1 on hot & cold drinksPrint voucher or show on smartphone

NOW ENDED

MSE Update Wed 24 Jun, 5pm: Some users have reported issues using this offer, but Starbucks has confirmed that there are no time restrictions on the voucher, the two drinks don't have to be the same, and all drink sizes are included. If you have any issues, please email ukinfo@starbucks.com to let them know.

You can tax coffee giant Starbucks by taking advantage of its 2for1 on hot and cold drinks (not bottled) until Fri 26 Jun.

Simply download the voucher from the Evening Standard website (or pick up a paper if you're in London), show it in a store when you order two drinks, and you won't be charged for the cheapest one.

Is this a London only deal?

No. Although the voucher mentions London, the T&Cs state it's valid in participating stores across Great Britain. Starbucks has confirmed that most stores will be participating, but licenced stores (such as rail stations, airports, hotels and motorway service stations) may not be.

We haven't yet been able to confirm which stores aren't participating, so especially for those far from London, treat it as a 'it should work but may not' and do let us know if it works for you.

How much will this save me?

Drinks can cost up to £3.95 for a large Frappuccino, so this can be a decent saving. You could even club together with a colleague to get a half-price drink on a coffee break.

While this is a decent deal, if you rely on a daily caffeine fix to perk you up, check out our Demotivator tool to see how much you're spending every day.

More info

Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount (except My Starbucks Rewards).

Jersey Plants Direct logo2 petunia hanging baskets £16 del*1,200 bright MSE Blagged plant bundles available. Norm £22.98

Until stocks last

If you’re looking to brighten up your garden, go via this MSE Blagged Jersey Plants Direct* link to get two Petunia Surfinia pre-planted hanging baskets for £15.99 delivered (norm £22.98).

There's no end date, the offer's available until all 1,200 MSE Blagged plant bundles go. The next cheapest we've found is £23.93 delivered at Van Meuwen.

Jersey Plants Direct says the plants will be delivered up to 10 working days from the date you order and will come with care instructions. 

Note: The plants won't arrive in flower. Jersey Plants Direct says they should be in full bloom in three weeks and they will be a mix of hot pink, yellow and cerise (see image). 

If your plants arrive damaged you must tell Jersey Plants Direct within 28 days of receiving them and you will be given a refund or you can exchange them for something else.

                     

MSE Andrea says:

Petunias are annuals meaning they’ll only flower this year, but what a wonderful, colourful display for the summer for a decent price. Plus, you could re-use the baskets each year. Make sure you read the care instructions carefully  – they may help you keep them flowering longer throughout the summer. 

More info

When you add this plant bundle to your basket and go to the checkout stage, you’ll get the option to add more offers to your basket. These haven’t been verified by MSE, so you’ll have to do your own price comparisons if you are interested.

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 is fiddly and only works if you are already planning to make a big purchase at one of the 51 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 £1,000+ of gift cards) and you could potentially get a free tank of petrol. See 'more info' below for details.

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 51 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, Boots, 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 £1,100 of gift cards, it'd effectively make a £1.10/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.

Amex logoAmerican Express - £10 off £50 House of Fraser & moreOffers incl Vue, Caffè Nero, Fat Face, World Duty Free

Limited availability

American Express regularly releases a new set of cashback offers when you spend a set amount at certain stores. Anyone with a personal Amex card qualifies (including cards issued by Lloyds, TSB, MBNA and Barclays), but not corporate or prepaid cards.

What's more, you can use these offers alongside discount vouchers, or in a sale, to maximise the savings. Plus if you've got an Amex cashback card, you get your normal level of cashback as well.

Until Sun 28 Jun, American Express cardholders can get cashback at the following stores if they add the offer to their cards and spend the qualifying amount (in one transaction):

  • Vue Cinemas - £10 cashback on a £25 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)
  • thetrainline.com - £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 60,000 cardholders)
  • Caffè Nero - £5 cashback on a £10 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)
  • Ocado - £15 cashback on a £60 spend (first 60,000 cardholders)
  • Fat Face -  £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 20,000 cardholders)
  • Heal's -  £10 cashback on a £100 spend (no redemption limit)
  • The Co-operative electrical - £20 cashback on a £200 spend (first 100,000 cardholders)

These offers are available until Sun 9 Aug:

  • House of Fraser - £10 cashback on a £50 spend (first 25,000 cardholders)
  • World Duty Free - £10 cashback on a £70 spend (first 20,000 cardholders)

The offer only gets you cashback once at each retailer, but there’s no limit to the number of retailers you can get cashback from before the offer ends. These are only the biggies, see 'more info' for the full list of offers currently available.

How it works

  • Log in to your account. Log in online at American Express or via the Amex app. If your card is issued by an Amex partner (eg, Lloyds, MBNA) you can log in at Amex Connect to access these offers.
  • Go to the 'Offers' section. Choose an offer and add it to your card. You must pre-select the offer online before you visit a store, you can't just walk in and pay. Each offer is valid once per card.
  • Visit a store and shop!  Pay with your connected card in a store or online to redeem the offer. You don’t need a code or a voucher.

Once you've redeemed an offer, you'll have to wait for the cash. It should appear as a credit to your card between three and five days after payment, but could take up to eight weeks to appear in your account.

It's worth noting that once the offers have been redeemed the maximum number of times, they will disappear from the site. See the full T&Cs.

More info

What if I don't have an Amex card?

If you don't have an American Express card, in theory you could get one to access these deals, but consider first if a credit card is right for you. Read MSE's Credit Cards section for full info. If you do go for it, it'll take around two weeks for your application to be processed and for you to receive your card. Use our credit card eligibility checker to see if you'll be accepted first.

Other cashback offers available:

  • Paper London - £50 cashback on a £300 spend (no redemption limit, until Sun 28 Jun)
  • Otis Batterbee - £20 cashback on a £100 spend  (no redemption limit, until Sat 18 Jul)
  • Achicha.com - £25 cashback on a £85 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Sun 9 Aug)
  • D&D London - £20 cashback on a £100 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Mon 31 Aug)
  • The Landmark Hotel Group - £50 cashback on a £200 spend (first 10,000 cardholders, until Mon 31 Aug)

Coca-Cola logo'Free' £6ish selfie stick?Buy 500ml Coke, enter code to qualify. 1 million randomly selected

62 days left

If you purchase a 500ml promotional bottle of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Coca-Cola Life, Coca-Cola Cherry or Coca-Cola Vanilla (£1.25ish), you could win one of up to one million Coca-Cola selfie sticks.

To enter, insert your 10 digit promotional code (found under the bottle cap on promo bottles - indicated clearly on the bottle) on Coca-Cola’s competition page before 11.59pm on Mon 31 Aug and you’ll find out instantly whether you've won. Winners will also get email confirmation within 24 hours.

While Coca-Cola was unable to tell us the odds of winning, given there are one million selfie sticks up for grabs, we reckon your chances are pretty decent.

Selfie sticks will be despatched for free by Royal Mail second class delivery within 28 days of winners being notified (excluding weekends). Winners will receive email notification when their selfie sticks are despatched.

More info

If the promotional code inside your Coke bottle cap is illegible or your selfie stick is not delivered within 28 days, you can call the Coca-Cola consumer helpline on 0800 227711.

This promotion is open to residents in England, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man only.

Ciate logoCiaté 10 nail polishes £25*Via Blagged code. Polishes norm up to £9 each

1,000+ avail

If you enter the MSE Blagged code BLOCK70 online at beauty brand Ciaté* you'll get a set of 10 full-size nail polishes for £25 (down from £85). Delivery's free.

You can choose one of two sets - Classics and Pop Brights - which normally cost £6-£9 each, a few of which can be found in the Ciaté sale. With 10 for £25 via our code, this works out at £2.50 per polish. It's best to try and get this deal on a desktop as we've heard MSE users had issues on mobile and tablet. 

This is an ongoing offer as of Tue 16 Jun. Ciaté has warned these orders may take up to 14 working days to be delivered.

More info

This offer cannot be used with any other promotions or codes.

Readly logo2-mths FREE access to 300+ mags, incl OK!, Heat, NME*Norm £10/mth. Download & read offline via app. Newbies only

1 day left

Readly iPad app

Readly is to magazines what Spotify is to music and Netflix is to films. It gives subscribers unlimited access to 300+ magazines including some big names to download and read anywhere offline via its tablet/smartphone app.

It's usually £9.99 a month, but if you sign up via this MSE Blagged Readly* link by Wed 1 Jul and you're not already a subscriber or haven't signed up before, you can get your first two months free. After that, it's full-price until you cancel.

Important: After your two free months are up, you'll be charged £9.99 a month until you cancel. If you don't want to pay, remember to cancel before your second free month ends. You can do this through your account while signed in, or email support.uk@readly.com or call 0330 333 0488.

What magazines are available?

There's no limit on how many magazines you can download. The 300+ UK titles include:

  • Celebrities & entertainment - Hello!BellaHeatWoman's OwnNew!, NowCloser and OK!
  • Crafts & DIY - Mollie MakesCrafts BeautifulQuick Cards Made EasyCraftseller and Sew
  • Fashion & beauty - InStyleMarie ClaireGraziaLookHair Fashion and Essentials
  • Film - Empire, Total FilmLittle White Lies and Sci-Fi Now
  • Food & drink - Good FoodOliveGrow Your OwnVeggieDelicious and Healthy Food Guide
  • Home & garden - Gardeners' WorldCountry LifeHomemakerIdeal Home and LivingEtc
  • Music - NMEQUncutKerrangMOJORock SoundTotal Guitar and Classical Music
  • Science & nature - FocusHow It WorksBBC CountryfileBBC Wildlife and Bird Watching
  • Tech & gadgets - PC AdvisorT3StuffMacworld and Android Magazine
  • Women's interest - The LadyPsychologiesWoman & Home and Top Santé

New issues become available at approximately the same time as they hit the newsstands, and you can also look back over previous issues of some magazines as well.

One Readly subscription can be shared across up to five devices - so you could split the cost with a friend, or share with others in your household - and it's compatible with iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets, Windows 8.1 computers and the Surface tablet, and the Kindle Fire HD and HDX.

See Readly's website for a full list of magazines* and information about compatible devices*.

Note: If you're worried about entering your card details, you can do a free two-week trial* before signing up (no payment info required, just an email address).

Buckley logo£60 Buckley London jewellery set £20 deliveredMatching crystal/rhodium earrings & necklace in a gift box

800 avail

Buckley London 'Twinkle Heart' jewellery setIf you go online to jewellery brand Buckley London you can get this rhodium-plated necklace and matching crystal earrings for £19.99 (was £60) including a gift box and free UK delivery.

Although Buckley's best known for its remembrance poppy brooches (raising money for the Royal British Legion), its jewellery is sold in more than 600 locations worldwide.

The necklace (40cm chain extendable to 45cm) and earrings (10mm x 10mm) each contain a cubic zirconia encircled by 20 Austrian crystals in a rhodium surround, while the pendant also features a heart-shaped drop (14mm x 14mm).

Our picture of the jewellery (right) isn't actual size, so consider this before buying. There are 800 sets available and Buckley says when they're gone, they're gone.

J D Wetherspoon logoJ D Wetherspoon 99p coffee (unlimited free refills)Available at 800 pubs nationwide. Every day until 2pm

Every day

If you buy a filter coffee at a J D Wetherspoon pub, you can now have as many free refills as you like until 2pm every day. The offer's valid in about 800 pubs nationwide (there are 900+ Wetherspoons in total), the main exceptions being central London pubs and those in airports or train stations.

Prices vary between branches - ranging from 85p to 99p - but a filter coffee would cost more than £1 at most high street chains, so if you know you'll want more than one cup this deal is sure to perk you up.

More info

Refills offer applies on the day the coffee was purchased only - keep your receipt as proof of purchase. It's valid for filter coffee only, so not cappuccinos or other fancier coffees.

Krispy Kreme logoFree Krispy Kreme doughnutLike its Facebook page & sign up to newsletter for freebie

Ongoing

'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.

Note:  Some users have reported problems getting the freebie on mobile, so if you are having problems, try a laptop or desktop computer instead. 

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

Ongoing

Buy CDs or vinyl from Amazon and its Autorip service* lets you stream or download the MP3 version for free, yet this can also apply to music you've bought from Amazon at any time since 1999.

You can potentially recover more than a decade of forgotten music - from CDs you've lost, damaged or thrown away, and MP3s you downloaded that have since been wiped from your electronic devices.

How do I reclaim my old music?

Check your Amazon Music* library to see if you've any past albums available to stream and download. Bear in mind, it can take a while for Autorip to locate your music. It's also worth noting only CDs and vinyl with the Autorip logo displayed alongside them are eligible to be reclaimed.

The biggest musical treasure trove at MSE Towers belonged to MSE Darryl, who had 150 albums going back 13 years - they took about 10 minutes to get.

Success stories from the MSE Forum:

"Wow! 11 albums equating to 118 songs. How fab is that? Thanks MSE" - Elliesmum

"21 albums and 386 songs - brilliant!" - Shezzieh

"Thought this was brilliant, then realised I'd bought the mother-in-law a Susan Boyle CD last year... ugh" - GingerJuice (who clearly got a lot more than they bargained for)

More info

The odd CD or vinyl album might slip through the net. Amazon currently has more than 350,000 titles and is always expanding its collection.

Aldi logo£10 Veuve Monsigny Champagne BrutIn stores only at Aldi

Ongoing

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut is currently £9.97 a bottle at Aldi. Usually this bottle costs £11.99, but it often drops down to £9.97. We'll update you here if it goes back up.

Please be Drinkaware.

Homebase logoHomebase £20 Black & Decker set (items £45ish indiv)*DIY tools incl hammer, wrench & £22 cordless screwdriver

Limited stock

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.

Black and Decker tools set

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.

What's included:

  • Cordless screwdriver with 3.6V Li-Ion battery, charger & bits (cheapest we found is £21.99 at Argos)
  • 150mm adjustable wrench (similar Homebase wrench is £7.99)
  • 150mm nose pliers (similar Homebase pair is £5.99)
  • Claw hammer (similar Homebase hammer is £4.99)
  • 3m tape measure (similar Homebase tape measure is £2.99)
  • Utility knife (similar Homebase knife is £1.99)
  • Black fabric tool bag

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.

Free Postcode Lottery logoFREE daily cash prize drawRegister email & postcode for a chance to win £100+ EVERY DAY

Freebie

The Free Postcode Lottery is a fun competition that's been running every day since April 2011. MSE's Deals team are all big fans (we even have a winner in our midst!) and the daily cash jackpot has just been increased to £100.

How does it work?

Simply register your email address and postcode (over 18s only) online at Free Postcode Lottery, where a registered postcode is selected randomly at 12 noon each day for the £100 jackpot. You'll have to check online before noon the following day to claim it - the prize goes up by £100 each day it's unclaimed and the pot is split if multiple winners claim. The biggest prize claimed since the site started is £700.59. You get a bonus of 1p every day you check the site, which is added to your winnings (if you're ever lucky enough).

How do I collect any winnings?

If your postcode comes up and you check the site that day, a big "collect" button will appear. Press it and your winnings can be paid to a 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.

What MoneySavers have to say:

Everyone who's tried this at MSE Towers loves it, and there are lots of success stories in the forum. In February, purple45 said: "I won the Free Postcode Lottery a couple of months ago, nearly £500!"

And in March, grannybiker said: "I've won and had the money transferred by PayPal the same evening."

Will I get spammed?

You automatically get opted in to receive a single 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.

How does it make money?

Free Postcode Lottery is funded by adverts, which appear all over the website along with links to other freebies and survey sites. You don't have to click them, they make the site money just by being there.

The site's owner, Chris Holbrook, has assured us that your email address will NEVER be passed on to any third parties and you won't ever be required to enter your card details.

MSE Anthony Hill says:

The MSE Deals team LOVES this site, especially MSE Debs who won a £20 Amazon voucher just 42 days after joining. (This was a while ago, when the prize pot was a lot smaller!)

More info

There's also a couple of smaller games to play - including the Stackpot, which gives you a chance of winning £10 if your postcode appears in a list (updated twice daily), and the Survey Draw, which you can enter by answering a quick and easy market research question.

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

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. 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. 

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.

ToucanBox logo9,000 FREE £5 kids' craft packs*Code gets first box free via subscription - which you can cancel

9,000 avail

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 9,000 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 logoCo-op 10% off groceries 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. 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. You can use it to get discounts at lots of stores and websites, including Asos, Spotify, Amazon 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. 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

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!

  • John Lewis has a free loyalty card, which you can use online and in-store at its 42 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

Spotify logoMillions of FREE music tracks on your mobile / tabletYou can now use Spotify FREE on mobiles (with ads). Was £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

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.

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.

Millie£40 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 £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.

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.

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

Ongoing

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.

St John Ambulance logoFree St John Ambulance first aid Apple appFree for Apple, Android and Blackberry

Ongoing
Download the free St John Ambulance app via Apple, Android and Blackberry.

It 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 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 is 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.

For additional support to stop smoking why not visit our Forum?
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you
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  • Do I need it?
  • Can I afford it?
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  • Will I use it?
  • Is it worth it?
Section 75

Free protection for all shopping!

There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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