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YSL logoSOLD OUT - £50 YSL make-up set £33Products bought separately £85+. Incl Touche Éclat & mascara

SOLD OUT

MSE UPDATE 10am Wed 28 Jan: We originally wrote this deal as a Feel Unique offer, however all 500 sets sold out overnight. There were a few sets available this morning at Debenhams, but they have now sold out too.

For posh make-up at an unusually low price, go online to Debenhams* where you can get an Yves Saint Laurent Radiant make-up gift set for £33 (was £49.50), delivery's £3.99 or you can collect in store for free. We think these sets will go super quickly. Bought separately the products would cost more than £85, £95+ if you include the make-up bag as well. 

What's in the make-up set?

  • YSL Forever Youth Liberator serum - 15ml (cheapest we found, £45 at John Lewis)
  • YSL Touche Éclat original shade concealer - 2.5ml (cheapest we found, £19.95 at allbeauty.com)
  • YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara – 7.5ml (cheapest we found, £19.95 at allbeauty.com)
  • YSL branded make-up bag - black (similar ones go for £10ish online)

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

16 days left

Louvel Fontaine Champagne Brut is £10 (was £24.25) at Asda* until Sun 15 Feb.

Delivery's £1-£5.50 or free if you collect in store (selected areas only). You need to spend £25 or more if you order online, so if you just want one or two bottles you might be better off getting them in a store.

Please be Drinkaware.

Halfords logoHalfords FREE winter car checks (norm £15)*700+ locations available. Incl free screenwash top-up

Till 28 Feb

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.

Weight Watchers logoFree 3mth Weight Watchers online (£69 full-price)*Via cashback site. Stack two offers and earn 15p

2 days left

If you need a bit of help with your New Year's resolutions, we've spotted a deal that could help you shed the pounds, while making pounds (well, pennies). Sign up the right way and you can effectively make a 15p profit on Weight Watchers' three-month online subscription plan.

It's currently offering this plan for £29.85 all-in, with no additional sign-up fee (at full price it's £38.85, plus a £29.95 sign-up fee). But sign up for three months via cashback site Quidco* and you can get £30 cashback to cover that cost, plus a little extra.

How to get this deal:

If you're not already a Quidco member, you'll need to sign up with your email address. Then visit its Weight Watchers* page by Sun 1 Feb where you'll be directed to the Weight Watchers site. Sign up for the three-month online plan for £29.85, and Quidco will track your visit and put £30 in your account once the transaction's been processed.

It can take time for the money to be available for you to withdraw - the estimated payment date for this transaction is in April. You can then withdraw your money through Paypal, or direct to your bank account. As with all cashback sites, the cashback is never guaranteed as there can be issues with tracking your purchase. It's best to consider it a bonus if you get it, but not to let it drive your purchasing decisions. See our Top Cashback Sites guide for more info. 

What do you get?

You'll have access to Weight Watchers' ProPoints meal plan, which you can tailor to your dietary requirements. You'll be able to follow your plan online and via the Weight Watchers app, but as this subscription is online only, it doesn't include access to Weight Watchers meetings.

Warning: After the first three months, you'll be automatically billed EVERY MONTH at £12.95 unless you cancel before your next payment is due. Find out what date this will be by logging into your Weight Watchers account. You can cancel by emailing uk.help@weightwatchers.co.uk, or by calling 0845 345 1500.

Lidl logo£20 George Foreman grill (RRP £69.99)In store only at Lidl from Thu. 'Best Buys' promotion

Limited stock

From Thu 29 Jan, Lidl will be stocking the George Foreman 19920 family grill in store for £19.99. The model is suitable for about five average-sized chicken breasts, and comes with a three-year warranty and decent reviews. The next cheapest we found on Fri 23 Jan was £28.94 delivered at Robert Dyas (the RRP is £69.99).

This is part of Lidl's 'Best Buys' promotion and although we don't have exact stock levels, Lidl says the grill is available in all stores. However, when it ran the same promotion last year, it sold most of the stock in the first three days - so if you want this sizzling sale, be ready on Thursday. The deal is due to end on 4 Feb. 

Kabbee logoKabbee £10 top-up gets £20 London minicab credit*Newbies only. Save £10 on taxi fares with free iPhone/Android app

London

If you're new to Kabbee (a London minicab booking app/website that compares quotes from 70+ London fleets), register and enter EXPERT10 in the promo box before Sat 31 Jan, to get a £10 bonus when you pay £10 into your account, so £20 minicab credit. You'll have a week to book your journey and spend your bonus £10 from when you register (you can book journeys in advance, but prices may vary).

For those in the fast lane, we've blagged an extra £2 bonus (first 100 people to register only) so first try the code MSE12 and you’ll get a £12 bonus when you pay £10 into your account, so £22 minicab credit. If you're not among the first 100 people to apply it, this code won't work - but you can still use the EXPERT10 code to get your £10 bonus.

There's a £10.01 minimum journey cost (£12.01 if you’re using our blagged code) and you can only pay via your Kabbee account, not by card or with cash. Top-ups can be from £10-£500.

Here's how to use the credit:

  • Visit the Kabbee* website, or download the Kabbee app for iPhone* or Android.
  • Enter the code MSE12 or (if that doesn't work for you) EXPERT10 when you create your account.
  • Choose your pick-up and drop-off points and quotes will appear on screen (this may take some time). 
  • Select a quote. You'll see a Kabbee Account box with your credit.
  • Top up your Kabbee account by at least £10 (via the card you registered with) and book your journey.

Kabbee mainly works in London, but if you're on the outskirts of the capital and can get a quote, you can use the credit for wherever you want to go.

Note: You may find the bonus £10 appears in your account when you register and use the code, but you won’t be able to spend it unless you add £10 to your account.

Swagbucks logoEarn £5 Swagbucks, get £15 M&S/Amazon vch*Only for newbies & previous MSE sign-ups with under 849 pts

28 days left

Swagbucks is a site which pays you virtual bucks to answer daily polls, watch videos, play games, search online and more. These bucks can then be cashed in for gift cards, PayPal credit or other rewards.

Usually you get only a few swagbucks for registering, but newbies who register via this Swagbucks* link by Fri 27 Feb will get bonus points worth £10 if they earn £5 of points (849 Swagbucks - about four hours' 'work') by Fri 27 Mar. So that’s a total of £15 in gift cards to spend at Amazon, M&S, New Look, Starbucks, Pizza Express and more.

What's more, this offer's also available to people who have previously registered with Swagbucks via MoneySavingExpert and haven't yet reached 849 points. Even if you're only a few points away from that mark, reach it before Fri 27 Mar and you'll get your £10 of bonus points.

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 minutes each. 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 (£5 worth) by Fri 27 Mar, an additional 1,698 swagbucks (worth £10) will be transferred to the 'my gift cards' section of your account within 10 days.

You'll have a total of 2,498 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 2,000 bucks. The gift card will then arrive within 10 working days.

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.

More info

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

Thorntons logo30 x 100g Thorntons choc bags £28 (£75 sep)*Via MSE Blagged code. Includes free delivery

1 day left

If giving up chocolate wasn't one of your New Year's resolutions (or if you've already broken it), you can use the MSE Blagged code MSEBAGS online at Thorntons* by Sat 31 Jan to get 30 bags of chocolate (about 100g per bag) for £28, plus free delivery. 

It's a mixed selection so you can't choose which bags you get, but as it usually costs £40 for a mixed bundle of 30 bags, or £3 each, it's a sweet offer if you're not after a particular type. There are 1,500 bundles available.

How good is this deal?

Although the bags normally cost £3 each, you can currently get them on offer at Thorntons for two for £5 (£75 for £30 bags), plus you'd normally have to pay £1 delivery. So at £28 for 30 bags, it's a substantial saving.

The bags are from Thorntons' Classic, Continental and Special Toffee ranges. Most of them are only available at Thorntons but we've seen a limited range of the Classic bags in other shops for about £1. If you were just after these bags, you might be better off buying them individually, as this deal would only get you a £2 saving. But if you want a bundle that includes the posh Continental and Special Toffee chocs too, then this deal could get you some great savings as you can't buy these elsewhere.

When we featured this deal back in September, user hoja0208 tweeted us to say they dished out the bags at their local Contact Teas party (a group that organises tea parties for isolated elderly people) and they went down a treat.

If you're thinking of saving these to use as gifts throughout the year, it's worth bearing in mind that Thorntons has said the best before dates will be the end of March at the earliest. So these could be good as Valentine's gifts or if you've got lots of birthdays coming up over the next couple of months.

Aldi logo£12 Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut In store only at Aldi

Ongoing

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut is currently £11.99 a bottle at Aldi. Occasionally this bottle drops down to £9.99, we'll update you here if it does.

Please be Drinkaware.

Argos logoArgos £7 Jamie Oliver knife set (norm £25)*Get them online and in store if you can find them - limited stock

Ongoing

Go online or shop in store at Argos* to get a multi-coloured set of three Jamie Oliver kitchen knives for £6.99. Argos has told us it has plenty in stock, but at such a low price they're likely to sell out - so go quick if you want it. This particular set’s RRP is £25, but we couldn't find it on sale anywhere else. However, there's a very similar set of three Jamie Oliver knives going for £12 at the moment on Amazon.

Tassimo logoTassimo Vivy coffee machine £35*RRP £90ish. Available at John Lewis & Currys while stocks last

Limited stock

Go online or shop in store at John Lewis* or Currys* to get a Tassimo Vivy coffee machine for £35. The RRP for this model is £90 and Tesco is selling it at £99.50, although lots of places sell it for much less (£44 at Asda) but John Lewis and Currys are cheapest by far. Stock is limited, so go quick if you want it at the best price.

You can order online and collect in store for free with either retailer, while Currys also offers a free delivery service. Although John Lewis charges £3 for delivery, it does include a two-year guarantee. At Currys, it costs an extra £10 to extend the warranty beyond 12 months - so you'll need to weigh this up.

Don’t forget, you’ll need some Tassimo pods before you can make any drinks. You'll find them in most supermarkets and they're usually about £4 for 16 pods – making each fancy coffee about 25p.

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

Ongoing

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.

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.

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

How to get it?

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

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

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

Not on O2? 

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

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

Who counts as a student?

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

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

What are the potential savings?

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

Is it worth paying for Prime?

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

More info

What do you get with Amazon Prime?

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

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

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

What do you get with Amazon Student?

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

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

More info

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

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

 

More info

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

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

Freebie

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

Register your email address and postcode online at Free Postcode Lottery and check it each day from 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 £70, and if unclaimed, goes up by £70 each day. The biggest prize claimed since the site started is £560.07.

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.

MSE Debs says:

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

More info

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

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

Ongoing

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

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

MSE Charlotte says:

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

More info

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

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

Ongoing

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

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

Not on O2? How to get it

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

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

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

3. Insert the Sim everytime you want to check for new deals. 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! Here’s what you need to know to get it:

  • 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). Used to cost £10/mth

Ongoing

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

How it worked before:

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

OR

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

What's changed?

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

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

MSE Charlotte says:

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

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

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

Ongoing

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.

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

Ongoing
Get your pooch microchipped by booking an appointment (subject to availability) at one of the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres, a local event or a participating vet. Any breed, two months old or over can be microchipped and have the details stored on the database. If your dog ever goes missing, getting this chip will make finding it much easier. If you can't get an appointment at your local branch, check out ChipMyDog.org for free microchipping events happening all over England and Wales.
MSE Paloma says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Millie£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.

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

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

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

How it works

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

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

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

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

Use gift cards quickly

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

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

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

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

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

MSE Becca says:

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

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

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

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

eBay.co.uk logoFind hidden eBay local bargains

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free protection for all shopping!

There's a 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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