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Enjoying yourself on a bank holiday weekend needn't cost the earth. Whether you are looking for cheap food and drink, going to do a bit of DIY, or heading out for the day, the long weekend shouldn't leave you with empty pockets.

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Sun cream deals

  • Summer is here and you should be wearing sun cream in the UK, not just on your holiday abroad.

    Staying safe needn’t cost the earth though, if you’re willing to ditch the brands you know, you could save with sun cream for £1. It sounds too good to be true, yet we've found a number of products available for £1 rather than the usual £6-£12. We've contacted skincare experts to find out how safe the lotions are.

    Are they safe?

    We've been in touch with the British Skin Foundation (BSF) charity and the Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) trade body. Both say people shouldn't be put off by low prices, as long as they check packaging for:

    • The UVA rating. This tells you how much protection the product is giving you from harmful long-wave ultra-violet UVA rays. Some bottles have a star rating (the BSF recommends four or more stars) - while others don't, they should at least contain a circle with the letters UVA inside, as this indicates the minimum level of UVA protection. See images below for the logos you should be looking for.
       

    • The SPF number. This stands for sun protection factor. The higher the number, the greater the level of protection against harmful medium-wave ultra-violet UVB rays. The label should also tell you whether the product provides "low", "medium", "high" or "very high" protection against UVB. See the CTPA's section on sun protection for more info.
       

    The BSF says: "When choosing a sunscreen look for a high protection SPF (SPF 30 or more) to protect against UVB, and the UVA circle logo and/or 4 or 5 UVA stars to protect against UVA."

    You might be a bit sceptical about sun cream for £1, we always are too, but we’re trusting that these big companies such as Savers (owned by Superdrug) have done their own independent checks to ensure these sun creams are fully tested and are legit.

    Important. As with any product, if you have sensitive skin it’s important to do a patch test before using any new skin care or hair care product and sun cream is no exception.

    How long will it last? 

    The period after opening (PAO) number should also be included on the bottle. This will be displayed as an "open jar" symbol with a number inside indicating how many months the product will be safe for after opening, providing it is stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (see example below). 

    Don't automatically chuck old sun creams away

    Most of the cheap sun creams we found are good to use for at least 12 months from the date of opening, so don't throw away your excess sun cream after your holiday, check the PAO as it's likely you can use it again on your next trip.

    £1 sun creams

    We checked the big pound store chains and scoured the high street. The products we found may not be the same as the ones you find and are subject to stock, so make sure you do the checks above. It's also worth noting these bottles are slightly smaller (40ml-120ml) than some of the better-known brands (norm 200ml). They may not be brands that you recognise, but all have the UVA rating symbol to indicate they meet at least the minimum level of UVA protection.

    Poundland (find your nearest)

    It stocks a range from a brand called Anovia Tropical Sun, which should be available in its 400+ stores for £1. We found:

    • Tropical Sun lotion for kids SPF 30, 65ml (next cheapest £4.95 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

    • Tropical Sun lotion SPF 30, 65ml (next cheapest we found, £5.99 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
       

    Savers (find your nearest)

    It stocks a range from a brand called EAD sunscreen, which should be available in its 230+ stores at £1. We found:

    • EAD Sunscreen SPF 30, 120ml (next cheapest we found, £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
    • EAD Sunscreen SPF 45, 120ml (next cheapest we found, £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
       

    A 200ml EAD sunscreen SPF 50 is also available, but that's £1.99.

    Own-brand sun cream for less than £5

    At MSE we're always trying to get you to think about downshifting, so we've had a look for the cheapest own-branded sun creams on offer, all under a fiver:

    • Aldi Lacura extra sensitive sun lotion SPF50+, 200ml - £1.99 in store and online at Aldi. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Lidl Cien sun lotion SPF 30, 250ml - £3.99 in store at Lidl.
    • Asda Protect SPF 30, 200ml - £2.39 at Asda*. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Wilko Suncare SPF 50, 200ml - £3.50 at Wilko*. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Boots Soltan kids SPF 50, 200ml - £4 at Boots*. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Superdrug Solait SPF 30, 200ml - £4.99 at Superdrug. Five-star UVA rated.
       

    Other low-cost branded sun creams

    For those who just can't ditch a brand they know and trust, we've also compiled a list of the cheapest we've found some of the most popular products. When they are cheap, we found quite often prices elsewhere are only a few pence more.

    It's worth remembering that sprays and special formulations (eg, clear/coloured/sensitive) usually cost more, so check to see if your chosen cream could be cheaper in a different bottle.

    • Garnier Ambre Solaire kids moisturising spray SPF 50, 200ml - £4.50 at Asda* and Tesco* (next cheapest we found, £5 at Sainsbury's).
    • Garnier Ambre Solaire ultra-hydrating sun cream SPF 30, 200ml - £4.50 at Asda* and Tesco* (next cheapest we found, £5 at Tesco and Sainsbury's).
    • Nivea Sun kids moisturising sun spray SPF 30, 200ml - £4.50 at Asda* and Tesco* (next cheapest we found, £5 at Sainsbury's and Morrisons).
    • Piz Buin allergy sun-sensitive skin spray SPF 30, 200ml - £4.99 at B&M Bargains (next cheapest we found, £8 at Superdrug, Boots, Sainsbury's and Asda).
    • Nivea Sun moisturising kids sun lotion SPF 50, 200ml - £4.50 at Asda* and Tesco* (next cheapest we found, £6 at Superdrug).
       

    Buy before you fly - watch out for hand luggage restrictions

    Research from the Post Office suggests sun cream is generally cheaper in the UK than abroad, so it's best to buy before your holiday - especially with the weaker pound this year. Don't forget though, if you're flying, you can only carry a maximum of 100ml in your hand luggage, unless you buy in shops after you've gone through check-in. You may find items will be taken off you if transferring flights, so be sure to check before flying if you're unsure.

BBQ & food deals

  • With another heatwave upon us, there could be an ideal opportunity to light up the barbecue, so we've rounded up some of the cheapest barbecue deals we could find, including portable charcoal barbecues from £5, disposables from £1 and 5kg bags of charcoal from £3.99.

    £1 barbecues 

    Disposable barbecues are available for £1 in store at Poundland, and you can also find them for £1.49 at Home Bargains. The next cheapest we've found are £1.99 in store at B&M or £2 at Wilko*. They often sell for up to £5 in some supermarkets, so if you want one it's worth making the trip to one of the stores above if you have one nearby.

    You should check the quantity of charcoal and burning time if you plan to cook for several people, as there's a lot at steak (sorry), and you may need to purchase more than one. If you buy a disposable BBQ make sure you dispose of it responsibly, recycling wherever possible – or risk a grilling.

    Portable reusable barbecues

    • 13" diameter portable BBQ - £5 at Poundland.
    • 13" diameter portable kettle BBQ - £9.99 at Home Bargains.
    • 13" diameter portable kettle BBQ - £10 at Asda*.


    Standard-sized charcoal reusable barbecues 

    If you're cooking for a family of four, a standard-sized free-standing barbecue should do the job. On Tue 23 Jul, we found these deals:

    • 17" diameter kettle BBQ - £15 at Wilko*. Available in store and online. Collect in store for free or delivery is £4.95.
    • 16" diameter kettle BBQ - £22.99 at Clas Olson. Collect in store for free or delivery is £4.99. 
    • 16" diameter kettle BBQ - £18.75 at Argos*. Collect in store for free or delivery is £3.95. 
    • 16"-ish diameter oval kettle BBQ - £20 at B&M Bargains.


    5kg charcoal £5 or less

    The hottest deals we found on 5kg bags of charcoal, which are sure to get you sizzling, include:


    Instant lighting charcoal bags

    If you don't want guests barbe-queuing up for a sausage whilst you're still trying to light the grill, then you might want to opt for the easier option of instant lighting charcoal bags. We checked the prices at these retailers:

    • £3.99 at Home Bargains for a 4kg bag
    • £4.99 at Aldi for a 4kg bag.
    • £5 at Wilko* for a 2.7kg bag or 2 for £7 (£3.50 each)
    • £5 at Sainsbury's for two 1.5kg bags
    • Barbecue safely

      Whichever barbecue you choose, be sure to follow the Fire Service's barbecue safety advice, never leave your barbecue unattended, always dispose of charcoal or disposable barbecues responsibly and never bring your barbecue indoors.

Wine & beer deals

  • We've blagged a corking deal for those who love posh wine. New Naked Wines customers can get a case of six bottles of wine, a bottle of prosecco and two Spiegelau stemless wine glasses for £30 plus £4.99 delivery (normally £73.93 for the seven bottles of wine alone for non-members).

    If you order via this Naked Wines* link, a pop-up box will appear on screen and the code MSE89 should automatically be added, along with the password ASP32XYN (if not, you can enter these yourself).

    The case includes three whites, three reds and one prosecco (see 'more info' below for the full list). There are 1,500 cases available and the offer will end when all cases have been claimed, which has happened quickly in the past so don't hang about if it's something you want.

    IMPORTANT: If you buy this case, you'll be automatically enrolled into a Naked Wines subscription where £20/month will be deducted from your card and put it into your Naked Wines account to use whenever you like. You can cancel your membership anytime and reclaim any unspent cash.

    How good is this deal?

    If you're only after cheap plonk, you might be better off buying from a supermarket – see our Cheap Wine Deals page. This deal is for people who want a higher quality wine, as Naked Wines – which funds independent winemakers – is generally highly regarded and the majority of its wines aren't available elsewhere. Individual bottles range from £9-£70 for non-members.

    You can get a decent discount with this offer though, as the bottles work out at £5ish each – if you don't include the wine glasses and factor in the cost of delivery. The two wine glasses are usually £8ish (found at Amazon set of 4 for £16.95), so it's a good deal if you're after high-quality wine and you'll use the glasses.

    Please be Drinkaware

    • The case includes:

      • Sacchetto Prosecco Col de L'Utia Brut 2018
      • Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva 2012
      • Galodoro Vinho Regional Lisboa Red 2017
      • Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      • Carmen Stevens Angels Selection Chenin Blanc 2018
      • Villebois Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2018
      • Stefano di Blasi Bianco Trevenezie 2018
      • Two Spiegelau Stemless Wine Glasses                                       
  • Sainsbury's Prosecco Frizzante is £6 in store and online at Sainsbury's*. It has confirmed this is the standard price for this bottle.

    If you shop online, delivery can cost between £1-£7, or you can collect from selected stores for free. There's a minimum spend of £25 online, so if you just want one bottle you might be better off getting this deal in a store.

    Please be Drinkaware.

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Cheap days out

  • If you register and print a voucher from Days Out Guide then buy a National Rail ticket, you can get 2for1 entry to over 300 UK attractions, including SeaLife Centres, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor when you present both at the attraction. See the full theme park list or the zoo and wildlife list

    You need to print a voucher for the relevant attraction (follow the link above and search for it) AND have a valid rail ticket bought from National Rail on the same day for a single or day return ticket, or within the days of travel for a return ticket. 

    What if I live near the attraction/am travelling by other means?

    It's worth doing this even if you are not travelling by train as a cheap single ticket can be available for a couple of quid, far cheaper than the entry ticket price (Legoland Windsor is the most expensive at up to £60 on the gate).

    Just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present both to get your 2for1. Crucially, your rail ticket must show that you have travelled to one of the stations nearest the attraction. So for Thorpe Park, you need to have a ticket with an end destination of Staines or Chertsey. 

    The offer's ongoing, but check the voucher for each individual attraction's restrictions, as these vary. See the full T&Cs including which tickets are valid.

    • Excludes Oyster cards, Freedom Passes, and tickets and travelcards bought from London Underground. Can't be used with other offers or promotions.

Shopping deals

Other bank holiday deals

  • If you're heading off on any long car journeys – and even if you're not – it could be worth getting your car checked over. Drive to any Halfords* store or Halfords Autocentre (find your nearest*), and you can ask for a free six-point summer car check. It's available until September, at which point Halfords' winter car checks become available.

    Halfords values it at about £15 and it's available in 700+ locations nationwide.

    What's covered by the Halfords car check?

    • Battery 
    • Light bulbs 
    • Windscreen wipers
    • Oil levels 
    • Screenwash levels (topped up for free)
    • Air conditioning
       

    Halfords says it'll take 15 minutes and you don't need to book in advance – just turn up and speak to a member of staff. You can make an advance booking at Halfords stores* or Halfords Autocentre if you'd prefer, however. Be warned... they may try to sell to you, but there's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free.

    Keep up the frugal motoring lifestyle with our cheap car insurance guide.