This is a regularly-updated list of vouchers, 2for1 deals, and offers on days out.
We aim to ensure all the vouchers in this section can be used by everyone and are checked with the company's press office where possible (unless stated).
Whether it's a retailer or restaurateur, airline or air-conditioner seller, computer shop or car rental company, there are always two main risks. Either it's a dodgy company, or it's a legit company that has financial problems and goes bust.
The aim of these tips is to help you minimise the risks.
Quite simply, its customers are immediately transformed into creditors. This hits hardest if you've ordered goods or tickets from them, and not had delivery, as then you become one of a line of people trying to get your money back out of the company's assets, and you usually get back much less than you paid in.
Even if you've had delivery, if the company you bought from goes under and there's a problem with the goods, it can mean you've no comeback.
While MoneySavingExpert.com endeavours to check deals are valid, we don't check companies ' finances. Even huge names like MFI and Woolies have folded, so it's very important you use the right strategies to stay protected where possible.
Pay by credit card for something over £100, and Section 75 laws supercharge your consumer rights.
Unlike debit cards, cheques or cash, pay in full or part (even just £1) on a credit card and by law the lender's jointly liable with the retailer.
This means you have exactly the same rights with the card company as you do with the retailer. So if it goes bust, you can simply take your complaints there instead and get money back if there's no delivery.
Yet it's important you ALWAYS REPAY IN FULL each month, so there's no interest cost. See the full Section 75 guide.
Section 75 doesn't apply to purchases under £100, but there's still an option which can help. It isn't a legal protection, just Visa, Mastercard and Amex's rules, but it's a good back-up.
Spend on a Visa, Mastercard or Amex credit card or any debit or charge card. If the goods don't appear, you can try to ask your bank/card provider to reclaim the cash from the seller's bank, so long as you complain within 120 days of realising there’s a problem. See the Chargeback guide for full details.
Bogus websites are often set up to cash in on popular products like Ugg boots and Tiffany necklaces, so be wary if it's an unfamiliar site. And don't think that because it appears on a reputable search engine, that makes it a reputable site - always check.
Most folk know to look for a security padlock on the bottom right of a website, but that doesn't mean the site's legit, just that payment's secure.
To find out who registered the site and when, search the Whois database. Reputable firms should also appear on the Companies House site, the UK Government's official companies register. Be very wary of businesses with just a PO Box or email address.
Study the site's worldwide web ranking on Alexa. Anything in the top 100,000 means it's reasonably big and a good, though not foolproof indication of legitimacy. Do a quick Google search for other shoppers' experiences.
Crucially, ensure your security's up-to-date - free software can be downloaded to your computer in about five minutes. Full details in the Free Antivirus Software guide.
Many people are surprised to learn you've MORE rights buying online (or by telephone/catalogue) due to the Distance Selling Regulations.
These give you a legal right to send most goods back within seven days for a full refund (including outward delivery costs), even if there's no fault. You'll usually need to pay for the return delivery. Read Consumer Rights for a full guide.
However, of course, this is balanced by the fact ordering online automatically means there's a time gap between ordering and delivering - when the company has your money. So if it goes bust during that time, the distance selling rights don't help.
Ultimately, there is always a risk that a company can go bust. If the above routes don't apply, then you have to make a decision about whether you're willing to take the risk of parting with your cash.
Don't be scared of this. Every day we all make transactions based on trust, and this is part of that, but do balance up the amount you're spending against the risk. Don't give large amounts of money to a company you're not sure about.
MSE update 1.30pm Mon 3 Mar: There are approx 3,000 free tickets left so if you want to bag 'em, go quick.
Go via this Ascot Raceday link to book up to four free grandstand admission tickets valid on Wed 30 Apr (if only it were Royal Ascot in June, then we could dig out our fascinators!). Up to four children aged 17 and under per adult also go free - just collect tickets at the gates. Parking is also free.
Grandstand tickets for similar events usally range from £13 - £20. There are 12,000 tickets available as at Tue 25 Feb (there were 24,000 originally).
Note: The website says there's a £1 online booking fee but you'll only pay £1 if you ask for tickets to be sent to your address. Ascot's told us if you order online and print your tickets at home, you won't pay a penny.
What is grandstand admission?
It's a specific area of the racecourse which gives you views of the track, parade ring and pre-parade ring. It's standing only.
Gates open at 11am and the race schedule is yet to be confirmed.
Max four tickets per transaction. You must print your tickets and bring them on the day. You don't need a voucher for the parking.
If the race is abandoned, Ascot will offer alternative dates. Phone bookings carry an extra £2 charge so it's best to book online. Children may need ID to prove their age.
Print this Ripley's Believe It or Not! voucher to get entry to the attraction at London's Piccadilly Circus for two adults and two children, or one adult and three children (aged 4-15) until Fri 4 Apr for £40.
You must arrive between 10am and 12noon (though you can stay as long as you like) and the voucher's valid every day, including half-term. A family ticket usually costs £74.76 online, so this is almost 50% off.
Going after 5pm?
If you plan to go later in the evening (the venue’s open till midnight), you can get individual tickets for £14 from 365 Tickets*.
You can get 2for1 weekday tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (usually £12 each) at London's Natural History Museum till Sun 23 Mar (although as the voucher is valid Mon-Fri, this deal will end on Fri 21 Mar).
How do I get the 2for1 tickets?
You'll need to sign up to the free Waterstones Card (it's a reward card which gets you three points per £1 - each point is worth 1p). Go to your nearest Waterstones store as with online applications* it takes 28 days for your card to be delivered.
Then print the Waterstones 2for1 voucher and take it along with your card to the exhibition on any Mon-Fri between 10am and 5.15pm. There's no need to book in advance, but entry is subject to availability.
What's it all about?
If you love nature and wildlife, this one's definitely for you. It's an annual competition showcasing pictures from around the globe capturing wildlife and the natural environment; from the bizarre to the beautiful.
Your Waterstones Card also gets you discounts at other days out venues, including 2for1 entry to Only in England at London’s Science Museum, 2for1 tickets to the exhibit: Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, and 25% off at the WaterShard Café & Kitchen in the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester.
If you live in England or Northern Ireland, you can send your 16-17-year-old on a two-week adventure trip away during the summer holidays for £50 (it's free for some). They'll stay in halls of residence and take part in activities. It's part of the National Citizen Service scheme, and backed by the Government. It includes:
How to apply
Enter your details on the National Citizen Service page (parents, get your teenager to do it while you supervise).
Thousands of places have been released for the scheme in 19 different regions in England and Northern Ireland during June, July and August (exact dates vary per region), but NCS recommends you book as soon as possible - once the places are gone, they're gone.
If you can't afford the £50 cost (eg due to your income or you're receiving certain benefits), you may be able to get it for less or even free with a bursary scheme - check with your local provider.
This has been popular with MoneySavers. Here's some feedback from previous years:
"Highly recommend it, stops the kids being bored too." - Ann
"Yes, my son did the national citizenship (1 week outdoor pursuits 1 week learning life skills and 2 weeks volunteering) last year and had an excellent time and learnt many new skills. It also helps them to work as part of a team which always looks good on any CV for future employers." - Rachel
"All food, activities, accommodation & equipment included, great value & a fantastic experience!" - Jeanette
B&Q Kids Can Do It classes help children aged 7-11 learn basic DIY skills through small projects such as building bird feeders and making picture frames. They usually cost £5 a session, but members of the free B&Q Club get them free.
Become a member: Simply register online and you'll be sent a confirmation email with your membership code in. If you're already a member, you don't have to re-register.
Book your class: To see the available classes, go via this Kids Can Do It link, enter your postcode and click 'book' on the store and month you'd like. It'll then show you all the slots available and what your little 'uns will be building.
It says the classes cost £5, but telephone 0845 600 5428 and quote the store, class and your B&Q membership number and it's free.
The classes take place at 59 B&Q stores and there's no limit to the number you can book.
Classes run on Saturdays and Sundays and B&Q provides all the tools and materials needed.Sessions usually last an hour and, depending on the store, here are some of the things kids make:
For a full list of ways to maximise Clubcard points, check out the Loyalty Schemes guide.
Keep your nippers (and yourself) amused on weekend and school holiday mornings with Movies For Juniors kids’ films at Cineworld. It’s £1 per showing, per person (if booked online with a myCineworld account, or £1.50 if bought at cinema box office) for both adults and sprogs.
What is myCineworld?
MyCineworld is a free online account that gives you access to Cineworld deals (including 10% off online bookings), forthcoming offers, faster booking and a newsletter (if you opt in). To get it, simply register online. It’s totally free and reduces 2D Movies For Juniors films down to £1 instead of £1.50, when booked online.
3D films are more expensive though - £2.70 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £3 if bought at the cinema). Remember the glasses aren’t included, so unless you have some already, it’s £1 each on top of the ticket.
It’s available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.
Although the films on offer aren’t the latest movies, kids’ tickets usually cost upwards of £7, so this is a decent saving. See full listings and cinema details for more info.
We looked at the other major cinemas and found this deal to be cheapest out there for kids - see Cheap Cinema Tickets for Vue and Odeon offers.
We don't have any of these vouchers at the moment, but we'll update this as soon as we do.
Free tickets to TV shows, including...
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