Cheap hayfever tablets, magazine beauty freebies, free National Trust entry and more. These are Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.
Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.
Web Exclusive: £2.99 Hunger Games trilogy
Find the Hunger Games book trilogy for £2.99 at your nearest Smyths toy shop. The next cheapest I’ve seen it anywhere is £8. Stock's very limited, so call ahead to see if the trilogy is in your local store... may the odds be ever in your favour.
Three months hayfever tablets for £5 delivered
Once out of patent, famous drug brands lose their monopoly, so others can make ‘em cheaper. Just ensure the ‘active’ ingredient’s the same eg, Piriton’s is chlorphenamine, Zirtek’s is cetirizine, Clarityn’s is loratadine. Though if you have other allergies, eg, food, don’t assume the other ingredients will be identical – check.
The cheapest online supplier is Chemist-4-U, which retails many un-branded hayfever tablets at 69p for 30, compared to many of the big brands which cost £3ish for 7 tablets depending on where you buy from. However there’s a roughly £3 delivery charge, which means it works out best to get 90 tablets for around £5.
Chemist-4-U is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the independent regulator responsible for setting standards of practice and ensuring these are met.
On the high street, the big supermarkets and pharmacies generally all stock generic versions of the tablets too – which are much cheaper than buying the big brand. Of course if you’re entitled to free prescriptions, that’s even cheaper.
Magazine beauty freebies
- Free £29 skincare in £4 mag: Buy Red's May edition (£4, Amanda de Cadenet on the cover) and one of three Aromatherapy Associates freebies will be on the cover. Choose from: Hydrating Triple Rose Renewing Moisturiser - 30ml (worth £29), Hydrating Rose Face Mask - 50ml (worth £17), Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser - 30ml (worth £3.50). I've calculated the value of these products based on the full-sized products on various beauty retailers' websites.
- Free Cowshed body butter in £3.80 mag: Until 2 May buy May's issue of InStyle magazine for £3.80 (Rebecca Hall on the cover) and you'll find a 50ml tube of Cowshed's Slender Cow Extra Firming Body Butter on the front. A 200ml tube usually costs £28, so this freebie's worth £7.
- Free £9 Ciate nail varnish in £3.80 mag: Until 1 May buy May's edition of Marie Claire magazine (£3.80, Keira Knightley on the front) at a participating retailer and you'll find one of two full-size (13.5ml) nail varnishes on the cover. The colours available are Sand Dune (gold) and Pocket Money (pink). Some mags will also contain a 25ml tube of Jergens Ultra Healing moisturiser, worth about 30p.
- Free National Trust entry: Register your details then print the voucher from the National Trust website to get free entry for up to four people (max 2 adults) to over 200 participating National Trust properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this Saturday and Sunday only. This includes properties like Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, which normally costs £16.20 for adults and £8.10 for children and Osterley Park and House in London, which normally costs £9 for adults and £4.50 for children.
- ‘Free’ £5.75 fish & chips at BHS: Until 17 May, print a voucher from the BHS website and when you buy a hot drink from 1.30pm on Fridays, you'll get free fish & chips (usually £5.75) at BHS restaurants.
- ‘Free’ body butter at the Body Shop: Until 22 April spend at least £5 online at The Body Shop and add any 200ml pot of body butter (worth up to £13) to your basket. Then enter the code BUTTER and the price of the body butter will be removed.