Freebie Friday: this week's discounts, deals and freebies

Freebie Friday

It's nearing the end of a long and expensive summer holiday, so for many people, the money has to stretch even further than normal. This is the time of year when freebies and discounts really come into their own.

This week we've pulled out all the stops to find freebies on everything from ice cream to days out - and a great discount so that even your groceries are cheaper.

Free Bake-Off Recipes

If your appetite for all things cake-related has been whetted by the start of The Great British Bake Off, then you can get your hands on 165 recipes from this series and the last one for free on the BBC website. It includes some of the stunners from the first episode - including the grapefruit sandwich cake from military wife Beca - which Paul Hollywood was shocked by because it was so tasty. It also includes the incredible secret squirrel cake from Frances - which was a real show-stopper.

Free open days at historic places

The users of have discovered that Heritage Open Days are running in September. The dates for much of England are 12-15 September, while London is running open houses on 21-22 September and Scotland and Wales are running it every weekend throughout September. Many of them require booking ahead - but you can gain access to all sorts of places from behind-the-scenes tours of museums, to glimpses of places you never thought you'd see - like inside Oxford and Cambridge colleges, backstage at the BBC studios, and inside forgotten railway tunnels.

25 free photos

We've mentioned the O2 Priority Moments deals before, and with good reason - if you have a free pay-as-you-go SIM, you can get your hands on some great freebies and discounts. If you have loads of holiday snaps you'd like to print off, you can get 25 free prints when you buy 25 from Snappy Snaps. The deal runs for another 157 days - so you don't have to be super-organised to take advantage.

Free ice cream

Toby Carvery is offering a free ice cream worth £2.79 with every main course. Register for the newsletter here and you can get a voucher for up to six people, which is valid for four weeks after you register. The voucher is valid from Monday-Saturday (excluding bank holidays), so you should find time to squeeze in a visit.

£5 off Lidl shop

The discount supermarkets offer some fantastic bargains, which has seen them gain an enormous amount of ground against traditional supermarkets - as we've all worked harder to find better deals. However, Lidl hasn't finished just yet. If you 'like' it on Facebook, you can download a £5 voucher to spend on any shop worth £30 or more. It's valid until Monday, so you can get some bargain grocery shopping done over the weekend.

Seven of the craziest supermarket glitches
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Freebie Friday: this week's discounts, deals and freebies

One of the most popular glitches, was a wine deal at Tesco back in November 2012, where a series of offers clashed, leaving a bottle of £9.99 wine selling for £1.50.

The 'three wines for £10' deal apparently clashed with a '25% off when you buy six or more bottles' deal. The 25% was accidentally taken off the original price rather than the reduced one, leaving the wine at rock bottom prices. Deal-hunters cleared the shelves around the country.

Perhaps the most popular glitch from Tesco came in June 2011, when instead of taking £4 off the cost of a £20 case of beer, the supermarket accidentally started selling the cases for £4. The ensuring rush was nicknamed the 'beer stampede'.

Sadly not every supermarket pricing glitch comes with such a happy ending for consumers. In March last year the bargain-hunters thought their luck was in, when Tesco accidentally priced the new iPad at just £44.99 instead of around £650. Sadly it spotted the mistake before shipping the goods. The small print on its website meant it could refuse to sell at this price, and refund their customers instead.

In September 2012, Asda was responsible for one of the most expensive glitches. The Asda Price Guarantee offered vouchers to customers who could have got their shopping cheaper elsewhere.

However, when certain trigger products were in the basket, the supermarket massively under-priced the shopping at other supermarkets, and offered huge vouchers to shoppers. In many instances the vouchers came to roughly the same as the cost of the shopping.

In April, a mistake on their website resulted in Tesco selling 8 packs of Bulmers cider 568ml bottles for £5 - rather than a six pack for £8.

Deal-hunters snapped up the deal online, and had varying degrees of success. Some had their order delivered in full, others had six delivered for £5 - and were able to negotiate their way to another two, while others were offered six for £5 or their money back.

October last year saw one of the most famous glitches, when Tesco Terry's Chocolate Oranges were subject to two deals at the same time, and the price dropped from £2.75 to 29p. There were plenty of people getting chocolate oranges last Christmas.

A buy-one-get-one-free deal went awry at Tesco in March. People putting four tubs of I can't Believe It's Not Butter or Oykos yogurt packs into the trolley were only being charged for one.

Soon the online deal-hunting community was in action, with one person bagging 50 tubs of butter and 22 pots of yogurt for £8.79 - a saving of £133.89.

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