Martin Lewis's freebies special
It’s a freebies special, from photo prints, to days out, beauty goodies and even a dictionary – these are our 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: 40% off at The Body Shop
Enter the code 19803 online at The Body Shop by 9am on Tuesday 9 September (delivery's £2.99) and get 40% off full-price items. You can also get the offer in-store by showing the code from the Body Shop homepage on your smartphone by Monday 8 September.
It can't be used at Outlet stores or the Manchester Airport, Horsham or Hove branches. Some products are excluded, so check the ts&cs first.
Print holiday snaps for ‘free’
Come back from your holiday with a camera full of unforgettable pics? While these days most of us keep them in a digital space – printing them has got a lot cheaper. Many online developing firms offer 20+ prints free for newbies, though you pay 99p to £3 for delivery. Below I’ve listed some new customer deals, but for a full list see Martin’s Free Photo Print Finder.
· Register with Boots Photo and you’ll get 20 ‘free’ 6"x4" prints. But crucially, delivery is only 99p, so it’s the cheapest for delivery. (If you’re already a member of Snapfish or Truprint, as Boots Photo is part of the same group, you won’t count as a newbie).
· For more prints, register with Photobox and you'll get your first 30 6"x4", 6"x4.5" or 5"x3.75” prints free – though delivery here is £2.99. However if you have a smartphone, you can download the free Photobox app (on Apple products only) and you’ll have the first 40 prints free.
· Register with Foto and you'll get your first 25 6"x4" prints free. Delivery's £2.09.
These are all the standard offers via the company’s websites. There are stronger deals sometimes available on the market where you can get up to 60 prints via some money saving websites.
FREE peek in 4,500 hidden property
Between 11 - 14 September you can get FREE access to many sites and tourist attractions in England as part of Heritage Open Days - an annual event in its 20th year. The venues included usually charge an admission fee or are closed to the public. Opening dates and times vary for each venue, and you may need to book in advance for some - all the details are on the website.
Examples of places to visit include BBC Broadcasting House in Bristol (Saturday only), which normally costs £8.50, Beatrix Potter’s cottage in Cumbria (Saturday only), which normally costs £9 and City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds (Sunday only), which normally costs £5.
Examples of places you can visit, which are normally closed, include Cadland House Gardens in Hampshire (Friday and Saturday only), Norman Cross Prison Depot in Cambridgeshire (Saturday and Sunday only) and Sevington Victorian School in Wiltshire (Saturday and Sunday only).
Martin’s freebie quickies
· 'Free' Benefit mini eye liner at Boots: Go in-store to any Boots Benefit counter by 13 September and exchange an old eye liner of any brand for a 'free' mini eye liner from its 'They're Real' range. The full size 1.4g version costs £18.50 and this sample is 0.1g, so we've calculated its value to be about £1.32. It's one eye liner per person and stock is limited.
· O2 Priority Moments FREE Collins English dictionary: In back to school week, O2 smartphone users can get a totally free Collins English dictionary (currently £1.99), in-store at WHSmith by showing a code on the O2 Priority Moments app. It’s due to last until 12September or until 35,000 have gone – whichever comes first! So go quick if you want this deal.
· Free £3ish Bare Minerals foundation sample: From today, '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 31 October or until 140,000 have gone, whichever's first. 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 I've calculated the value of the sample to be around £2.60.
· Free £2ish Fruit Factory sweets at Asda: Currently there’s a £1 off Fruit Factory voucher on its Facebook page. Yet Asda has Fruit Factory Strawberry Hearts and Fruit Stars reduced to £1 (normally £1.99), therefore free with the voucher. This isn’t officially confirmed, but it’s worth checking out if you’re passing an Asda.