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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.
New and existing Topcashback* members can get up to £3 cashback when buying Halloween pumpkins until 11.59pm on Fri 31 Oct. As you can get pumpkins for about £1-£3 from the stores included in this offer, providing the cashback tracks OK, this makes them essentially 'free' as you get what you paid, as long as you don't spend over £3.
Here's how to get this deal:
1. New users will need to create a Topcashback* account. You'll be automatically opted in to receive marketing emails, but Topcashback says you can unsubscribe at any time.
2. Once you are a member, buy any pumpkin for up to £3 from any of these stores: Sainsbury's, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Iceland, Co-op, M&S Food or Waitrose. You can spend as much as you like on pumpkins at these stores, but Topcashback will only pay you what you spent, up to a maximum of £3. The offer's only valid on purchases made in store, not online.
3. You can either upload the receipt via the Topcashback* website, or with the Topcashback app*. Just go to 'in store' offers, find the 'free pumpkin for Halloween' and select 'take a photo' to upload your receipt. Date and time of purchase, retailer name, item purchased and receipt number must all be visible.
Topcashback says it could take up to seven days for the cashback to appear in your account as pending, and then up to 30 days for it to be ready to be withdrawn. You will receive the price you paid for the pumpkin/pumpkins, up to the value of £3. The offer's due to end on Fri 31 Oct but there's a redemption limit of 5,000, so it could end before then. Go quick if you want this deal.
There's a whole bunch of new celebrity cookbooks out right now. If you're looking to spice up your recipe collection, we've compared prices and found you the best deals on these popular books:
Delivery's free at both Amazon and Tesco. It's £2.99 at Lakeland but free if you collect in store.
Disney DVDs usually cost around £10 each (prices range from £7 to £19) but a spate of stores are offering two for £13. The DVDs can be difficult to get hold of in the run up to Christmas so now’s a good time to stock your Christmas cupboard.
Titles in the sales include Frozen, Dumbo, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid. ASDA also includes box sets like Narnia which are even better value. Here are the various offers:
We found prices for Cinderella could be as high as £19 so picking it up as part of this deal is a real bargain!
Fill out the form online at Endsleigh and get a free iPhone 6 or 6 Plus screen protector (usually £2ish). There were originally 8,000 available but there are now only 3,000 left, so go quick before they're all snapped up.
We asked Endsleigh why it was running the promotion and it said it was to encourage people to take out gadget insurance to protect their phones. You don't have to take out insurance or even request a quote to get this freebie though.
Endsleigh has confirmed that they will only use your information for marketing purposes if you opt in. If you would prefer not to receive emails from them, just leave the box at the bottom of the form un-ticked.
Breast cancer is an issue that impacts many families. Lots of people want to help, but can’t always afford to. Yet right now there is a way to donate £4 at no cost to you.
Palmer's, the beauty brand, is donating £4 for each person that uploads a photo of themself wearing something pink, along with a positive message on its facebook page – when we looked on Tue 30 Sep £2,132 had been given away up to a cap of £10,000. We want to use the power of MSE to see if we can max this company’s charity donation out.
You can only do it once and the photo must be in a JPEG, GIF or PNG format, max 5 MB size. The campaign ends at 11:59pm on Sun 30 Nov, if it hasn't made £10,000 by then- we'll update you here when the campaign ends.
You can make the donation instead on Twitter or Instagram by posting the photo described above with the hashtag #GoPinkWithPalmers in your message.
Important. The image, message and your first name and last name initial may be shown on the campaign's social media pages. By entering you are giving permission for Palmer's to use them to advertise and promote the campaign.
If you submit via Facebook and you don't want to be sent offers, make sure you un-tick the option when you send in your entry. Palmer's insists it won't share your data with third parties.
For more free ways to donate to charity see our Hunger Site guide.
The money will be donated to Breast Cancer Care (England and Wales 1017658, and Scotland SCO38104).
You must be a UK resident and aged 18 or older. Those who work for the E.T Browne Group (the company which owns Palmer's) and their families, or any person connected to the campaign can't take part. Plus agents, third parties, and organised groups can't submit either.
Entries will have to be approved and moderated for the donation to be made. The image must be suitable, owned by you and you must have permission from anyone else in the photo. It will be removed if it's deemed illegal, indecent, violent, pornographic, or negative towards someone else.
Email email@example.com if you want to remove your submission, but bear in mind the donation will not be made.
From Thursday, 'like' Bare Minerals' Facebook page and enter your details to get a voucher for a free 3ml sample of bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. The offer's available until Fri 31 Oct or until 140,000 have gone, whichever's first.
Once you've liked the page you can choose to print the voucher immediately or get it sent to you in an email or text message. Getting a voucher doesn't guarantee you a sample, as it depends on stock per store, so go quick.
To get the sample, you'll need to go to a Bare Minerals counter to have a 10 min "shade match" consultation. The full-size version of this foundation costs £26 for 30ml so we've calculated the value of the sample to be around £2.60.
'Like' the Krispy Kreme UK Facebook page and enter your details to get a free original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut worth £1.35-£1.75. Krispy Kreme has said this is an ongoing offer.
You'll be emailed a voucher which you can either print or show in-store on your smartphone. You'll need to take ID with you.
By giving your email address you're signing up to their newsletter, but you can unsubscribe after you've received your voucher.
It's one per person and valid in all Krispy Kreme UK standalone stores, but not at Tesco, service stations, Costco or Krispy Kreme Occasions.
If you're the type who prefers the feel of actual paper in their hand rather than a screen, you can get a 'free' newspaper (mainly broadsheets, listed below) when you spend £5 in-store at Waitrose on weekdays or £10 at the weekend (because weekend papers are more expensive).
The cost of the paper gets taken off your final bill when you flash/scan your myWaitrose card. You must have a myWaitrose loyalty card to get the deal. If you're not a member, sign up online or in-store - it takes up to 5 weeks for the card to be posted to you and temporary cards are not accepted.
Papers included are The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Scottish Daily Mail, Scottish Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times and The Sunday Times.
You can only do this once a day.
See the MyWaitrose page for more details on how to get a free card.
For over 18s year olds only. Excludes petrol stations, Shell and Welcome Break, Yateley, Goldsworth Park and Belgravia stores.
Excluded items (that would make up the £5/£10) include flowers, entertaining, home and hampers, infant formula, tobacco, stamps, mobile top ups, e-Top up vouchers, lottery tickets, gift vouchers, cash back, car park charges and fuel.
O2 smartphone users can get a £1 lunch every Monday between 11am-3pm using its Priority Moments app. It’s told us this is an ongoing offer, but the retailers will change regularly. It’s currently valid at the following:
Its only valid at rail locations only at all the above retailers apart from 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 Store, Android Marketplace or Blackberry. Once you redeem the offer on the app, it'll give you a unique code which you need to show on your smartphone when you buy your lunch.
It's subject to availability - unfortunately O2 couldn't confirm how many codes need to be redeemed before the offer ends, so get in quick!
Each offer also has some other individual T&Cs, so check these before you try to use them. Each code can only be used once, but you can get a new code each Monday.
Not on O2?
Fear not! There's a sneaky way of getting Priority Moments offers. See our O2 Priority Moments for EVERYONE! guide below to find out how.
Students can get six months' FREE Amazon next day deliveries, (usually £79/year via Prime) when you sign up on this Amazon Student* link trial. After the trial ends, you can get 50% off full Prime membership (£39/year).
While the trial is free, this is a subscription offer, so you'll need to enter card details and diarise to cancel or you'll be charged once the trial ends. There's no obligation to continue with the paid subscription. Details on exactly how to cancel are below in the 'more info' section.
The Amazon Student trial, while giving Amazon Prime free delivery, doesn't give you access to Prime Instant Video and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You'll only have access to this once you pay for membership.
Who counts as a student?
You must be a UK student aged 18+, with an .ac.uk email address. Or if you've not got one of those, send an email from the address that's linked to your Amazon account to: firstname.lastname@example.org giving proof of enrolment. See the full T&Cs. Even if you've already had an Amazon Prime or Amazon Family free trial, you can still take up this offer.
Once you graduate or after four years (whichever's first) the price for Prime will jump to £79/year.
What are the potential savings?
If you're a regular Amazon shopper, the savings can add up. There's no minimum spend for the free delivery with Prime. Next day delivery costs between £3.95 and £7.99. One delivery a week for six months could cost between £100 and £200.
Is it worth paying for Prime?
Amazon Prime isn't usually worth your dough once the trial runs out, unless you're a regular shopper. It's better to be organised and order early.
What do you get with Amazon Prime?
Previously, the good thing about shopping at Amazon was its free home delivery option. But last year it started to charge for items under £10. Although there was a sneaky loophole when you bought a CD or book, that's recently been stopped.
With Amazon Prime you get free unlimited one-day delivery, on most offers, including those under £10. But not everything on the Amazon site is eligible for Prime delivery, so look out when ordering. The main exclusions are items sold via Amazon Market Place.
After the six months, you'll be automatically upgraded to Prime membership (which costs £39 for the year for students), but you can cancel at any time. To do that, just log into your Amazon account, or follow the 'Manage Your Prime Membership' link from the Amazon Student page.
What do you get with Amazon Student?
1) Unlimited one-day delivery on seven million items.
2) Discounted express and evening delivery.
3) Student offers.
At almost every Cineworld, you can get its Take 2 Offer, which means you and a friend can see popular films with the full cinematic experience for £11 all-in, including two drinks and popcorn.
Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get the deal for £11. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £12.10 if booking in a cinema (or online without joining its free members club).
These tickets go quick, so it's best to book in advance.
With tickets usually £8-£10, two small drinks £3 each and a regular popcorn to share for £6.50, you could save up to £10.50.
The only downside is you can't pick which film to watch. And you must go on a Thursday. Here's what's coming up.
About 75% of what we do (OK, maybe just MSE Charlotte) is browsing shops for bargains and looking for/eating chocolate. While browsing the confectionery aisle in Poundworld the other day, a mysterious bag stood out - Turner's Chocolate Assortment.
It promised "An assortment of high quality mis-shape chocolate" - all for £1. Brill! There were three types of chocolates in our bag (see pictures below):
The chocolates were a bit bashed up, but still tasted great.
We asked Poundworld about this chocolatey mystery. It said: "The chocolates are in date, just slightly mis-shaped mixed Quality Street, Roses etc." Mystery solved - we've better detective skills than Columbo!
This is a fun free daily competition we thought we’d let you know about as the MSE Deals team are big fans (we even have a winner in our midst).
Register your email address and postcode online at Free Postcode Lottery and check it each day from 12 noon for your chance to win a cash prize. Plus, you get a bonus of 1p every day you check the site, which is added onto your winnings (if you're ever lucky enough to win). It's for over-18s only.
How does it work?
It selects one registered postcode at random at 12 noon each day. Only registered postcodes are drawn (around 40,000), so there's always at least one eligible winner.
The prize starts at £60, and if unclaimed, goes up by £60 each day (your bonus doesn't roll over). The biggest prize claimed since the site started is £401.64.
How does it make money?
From Google Adsense adverts (that appear on the website and nowhere else) and via links to other free competitions and survey sites. The site owner, Chris, NEVER passes your email address on to third parties and you never need to enter your card details.
Am I likely to win and what happens if I do?
The more times a postcode has been registered, the more likely it is to win (ie, if it's been registered twice, it appears in the list twice, so is twice as likely to win). If multiple winners claim, the pot is split and if no one claims by noon the following day, it rolls over.
If your postcode comes up and you check the site that day, a big "collect" button appears. Press it, and your winnings will be paid to your PayPal account, or you can opt for Amazon vouchers instead.
You can also opt to "double & donate" to double your prize and donate it to charity.
Will I get spammed?
Absolutely not. You automatically get opted in to receive a reminder email each day, but you can unsubscribe at any time (click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of the email). Or you can leave the lottery at any time via this unsubscribe link.
Links to other sites (surveys, competitions and charities) and user comments that appear on Free Postcode Lottery are all checked out before they appear. Even so, it's always worth checking sites before entering any details and reading the full T&Cs for yourself.
The MSE Deals team loves this site, especially MSE Deborah who won £20 in Amazon vouchers just 42 days after joining. Poor MSE Michael's not been so lucky... He's currently on £6.36 bonus (which means he's checked it 636 times without winning!).
Of all the days you could do with a laugh, it has to be Valentine's Day. All that pressure to spend lots of cash can wipe the smile off any MoneySaver's face.
But in Poundland, you can get stand-up comedy DVDs for a quid each. So you can stay in and stick on a DVD - no cash wasted!
We found in our local store:
We've been in touch with Poundland, which told us the DVDs are available nationwide and it has over 60,000 in stock.
Right. Lego's definitely the best kids' toy, and we know a few adults who are fans too. We won't hear any arguing that it's Barbie, Playdoh or Xbox - Lego wins it hands down (OK, OK, that's just my opinion - MSE Charlotte).
But there's an issue which we can't block out - Lego can be SO expensive. So hopefully this deal will help you out.
If you're between six and 14 (sorry grown-ups, this one isn't for you, so please let your kids know!), go into your nearest official Lego store (there's more info on where below) on the first Thursday of every month between 4-6pm to take part in the Lego Mini Build.
Get there as soon as you can, as stock is limited to 200-300 models per store (depending on size and location), and it's first come, first served. Staff will show your kids how to make the model, which Lego told us is worth around £5 (but it's not for sale). Once it's been made - it should take about 10-15 mins - the kids can take it home for free.
The models are different each month, and you don't know what you're going to get till you get in there.
Fed up with the Apollo-ing hot weather? Diet gone wrong? Put down that Mars bar, suck yourself out of that black hole and take yourself to Bennu - our favourite Asteroid (the others had no atmosphere). Kids will love it (let's face it, adults too!), we're over the moon with this deal, it's just out of this world.
Nasa is sending a spacecraft (Osiris-Rex) to the asteroid Bennu in 2016 to collect a sample of its surface. You can get your name etched on a microchip that's carried on it. The robotic mission (and your name) will spend more than two years near the 1,760ft-wide asteroid.
Just visit The Planetary Society, fill in your details and print out your certificate (which will have your unique number on it). You can go back later to print it if you prefer. You've got till Tues 30 September to do it.
It's our star deal - you'd be a luna-tick not to sign up.
If you're on Twitter or Facebook, make sure you 'follow' or 'like' the mission (you'll see the option when you enter your details). You'll get updates on where your name is in space from launch until the craft returns to Earth in 2023.
Complete a five-question test for Prostate Cancer UK and Iceland will donate 50p on your behalf.
Iceland will donate a maximum of £50,000. You can also get a free pin badge - just tick the 'get a free pin badge' box at the end.
Prostate Cancer UK says it will use the answers and statistics from the questionnaire for future awareness campaigns and media stories and WON'T store your answers on a database, link them to your name and contact details or pass them on to third parties.
Forumites have been completing the questionnaire and sharing it on Twitter and Facebook. Read the full Free 50p donation to Prostate Cancer UK discussion thread.
If you're a student with an NUS Extra card, you can get 10% off food and drink (exceptions are listed below) at more than 2,800 participating Co-operative Food stores. The Co-op says it has a store in every UK postal area, so you should be able to find one close to you. Just show your card at the checkout to get the discount. Please be Drinkaware.
The NUS Extra card is available to all students aged over 16 years (including distance learners and vocational students). It costs £12 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. With your NUS Extra card, you can get discounts at loads of stores, including Asos, Warehouse and Domino's. This is the first time an NUS Extra card can get you discounts on groceries.
Co-ops are convenience stores, so it won't always be as cheap as the supermarket giants, however you'll often find some really good offers - especially if you combine them with coupons.
O2 Priority Moments is a deals app for O2 smartphone users. It tends to run bespoke offers, which we think are subsidised from O2's marketing budget, so it sometimes has deals you can't get elsewhere. Deals may not be the same for everyone, as they're often based on your location.
Not on O2? How to get it
O2 says anyone with an O2 mobile – including Pay and Go, Pay Monthly and business customers – is eligible to get it. So if you've ANY unlocked phone, it's easy.
2. Connect to wi-fi, and download the Priority Moments app (Android, iOS/Blackberry).
3. Insert the Sim everytime you want to check for new deals. The app is meant to disappear if you insert other Sims, but we've tried it on a few unlocked handsets, and the app's stayed and is still usable.
MSE UPDATE 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:
WARNING! Gratuitous pictures of cake coming up...
When we first wrote this, we didn't have all the cake-based info. We don't do things by halves here at MSE, so even though it was a terrible inconvenience, I trudged all the way (at least a five-minute walk) to 'research' what was on offer.
My card STILL hasn't arrived yet - c'mon John Lewis! (It must be busy making super-cute Christmas adverts...) So I got some tea and cake and put it on my expenses instead. The things we do for you!
Here are some pics of what I found and what they cost.
Buy CDs/vinyl from Amazon and its Autorip service* means you now get the MP3s free. Yet this also works for anything bought since 1999. So know what you are doing and you can recover years worth of music, maybe from CDs you may have lost, damaged or thrown away - or re-download MP3s.
How do I check?
Just check 'your music' in Amazon Cloud Player to see if you have any albums or songs from your past, you can then stream or download your music. Simple.
It can take a while for it to find the music. The biggest musical treasure trove in MSE Towers belonged to MSE Darryl, who had 150 albums going back 13 years, which took 10 minutes to get.
We discovered this after I was chatting with MSE Shrey about music storage (we're very interesting) and he told me he recently signed up to Amazon Cloud Player* and found more than 30 albums he'd bought hard copies of years ago.
I asked the rest of the MSE team if they had any music lurking about from their past. To our surprise a load of us did (feel free to judge):
Found music you didn't realise you had? Let us know in the Reclaim lost music forum thread.
Previously, to get online music streaming service Spotify on your phone or tablet, you had to pay £9.99 a month for Spotify Premium. Now that's changed - you can get it on these devices for free.
How it worked before:
1. You could get it free when online (with ads) on your desktop computer, but NOT at all on mobiles and tablets (EVERYONE found this really frustrating).
2. You could pay £9.99 a month for Spotify Premium, for your desktop, tablet and phone. This meant you could download music to listen to offline and have no ads.
You can now create a free account (it'll have ads, but it's not that bad) to use on your desktop AND on your mobile and tablet on Android and iOS, via the free app. You can only listen to tracks and playlists when you're online (only Premium users can download and listen offline).
If you're subscribed to Premium and now prefer the free version, you can cancel at any time.
Spotify has all the music you could imagine (unless you're into Oasis and The Beatles).
However, it's recently added Led Zeppelin's back catalogue, making it the only music streaming service to include the Rock Gods. I've a Whole Lotta Love for that (genuinely really sorry...).
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.
There's no minimum spend, simply walk in and show your card. See the full list of participating Waitrose stores.
While this is a great freebie for dog owners, the Dogs Trust is a charity, so donations are gratefully received.
The Baby and Child First Aid app is the first of its kind and contains clear instructions on what to do in many emergencies. Handily, most of the information and videos are stored on the app, meaning no internet connection is needed for viewing, although some features (such as the nearest hospital finder tool) do require you to go online. The bite-sized videos make it easy to learn about first aid while juggling childcare demands.
Go to your nearest Millie's Cookies store and get a gift box for £35. Inside you'll find 12 vouchers, each for a box of 12 cookies. This is called "year's worth of cookies for £35" offer - but we couldn't see any ads for the promotion in our local store, and had to ask for it by name.
You can take the vouchers to any Millie's Cookies throughout the year.
We think you need a few more cookies for a year's worth! Millie's says you can't use more than one voucher at the same time at the same store. But you could spread your cookie-buying out across different days, or use all the same vouchers on the same day but at different stores.
But confusingly, the staff at our local branch said we can use our vouchers however we want - even all at once. So it's worth asking your nearest store.
How it works
Morrisons' Fuel Saver deal gives 1p/litre off petrol, diesel or LPG for every £10 of gift cards bought in-store.
There are 38 retailers to buy gift cards for, including Homebase, Debenhams, Currys, PC World, Next, House of Fraser, Halfords, and iTunes, plus new retailers TK Maxx, Oasis, Warehouse and Waterstones. The offer's ongoing, but doesn't include Morrisons' own gift cards.
If there's a large purchase you are going to make anyway - eg, £500 on a computer at PC World or a garden shed at Homebase - get it via buying the gift cards and you'll bag 50p/litre off.
If you bought £1,400 of gift cards, it'd effectively make a £1.40/litre tank FREE. Morrisons has also told us there's no limit per transaction on the gift cards, and you can split any amount above this into a second purchase to get a voucher for a second fill-up. Petrol vouchers are valid for 63 days from the issue date.
Use gift cards quickly
Gift cards are non-refundable, and it isn't a good idea to put money on the card to drip-spend over six months. Though most of those mentioned here are big, safe companies, if the firm goes bust you'll probably lose the cash, so ensure you minimise the time between buying and redemption.
It's also worth noting third party retailers (Morrisons in this case) don't have any responsibility to refund you if a gift card's retailer goes into administration. See the Beware gift vouchers MSE News story. Gift cards are generally valid for about two years, but always check.
Full terms on the Morrisons website. Find your nearest Morrisons.
Go to the Amazon Discount Finder and choose your department. Next, pick your discount and price range and choose whether you want free delivery. The tool will then generate a bespoke page full of discounts which fit your search terms.
Amazon often offers 75% and better reductions, yet it directs people to other areas, sending them to higher profit margin products instead.
This tool manipulates Amazon's web links to display all heavily-reduced bargains.
Our new Local eBay Deals Mapper lets you find bargains if you're prepared to pick them up. eBay sellers often specify items must be collected in person which means fewer bids. But you can't normally search 'collection only' so put your postcode in and how far you're prepared to schlep and watch the gems pop up.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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