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

Freebie Friday

London Fashion Week kicks off today, where anyone who is famous and fashionable enough will be dipping into the goodie bags waiting for them on the front row, and adding to their extensive collections of unnecessary accessories for free.

However, if you're not quite famous or fashionable enough to be invited, there are plenty of freebies up for grabs - and you don't have to sit through a fashion show to enjoy them either.
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Free chicken and ribs combo meal

If you're called Jack or Jackie then until 30 September you can get a free chicken and ribs combo meal from your local Sizzling Pub. The chain is offering the deal to 'celebrate Jack Daniels' birthday month'. So all you need to do is show them your passport or driving licence and you can get the deal. There's a downside though, you have to eat with three other adults who all buy a main meal each.

Free book

Topcashback.co.uk is offering free books to people who register with them for the first time by 22 September. You just register for free, click on the get reading with topcashback link, click through to Amazon, and buy any book worth up to £5. The site will then track the purchase back and refund your money within a week. You can spend more than £5 on your book, but the refund is capped at £5.

Free yoghurt

Liberte, the fat-free Greek yoghurt brand, is offering a free four pack of either strawberry or blueberry yogurts. All you need to do is go to the Facebook page, and click like, and you can either print out a coupon or ask for one to be sent to you.

25% off River Island

Inside this month's copy of Elle, there's a voucher for 25% off at River Island. You'll need to activate the card on Elle's website, and then you can use it in store or online before 6 October. Before you use this, it's worth doing the maths: the magazine costs £4, so you'll need to spend over £16 before this deal becomes worth anything to you.

20% off at Cafe Rouge

There always seems to be an offer on the go at Cafe Rouge, but this one seems fairly decent. You can get 20% off all food any day except Saturday, until 29 September. You just enter the details of your local cafe here, and you can download the voucher.

London Fashion Weekend

If you still want to run with the rich and the beautiful, there's always the London Fashion Weekend, which is run after Fashion Week closes in Somerset House. There are catwalk shows, but the real attraction for the bargain-hunter are the designer discounts. The proviso is that tickets start at £17, so you'll need to be expecting to spend a fair chunk of cash before you start saving. However, with discounts on designer brands of up to 70% you may just find a bargain.

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

This takes time, but once you know the cost of a phone call, putting the dryer on, or a bag of potatoes, it enables you to judge far better how much you can afford to consume.

Once you know the base price, you are in a position to keep your eyes open for a better offer. If you see a discount you can judge for yourself whether it actually constitutes a bargain. For bigger things like utilities it enables you to do a proper price comparison and see if you can cut your bills.

Don't just assume that the premium range is better, try the every-day brand, or even the basic version and see if you spot the difference. Likewise, consider trading down your supermarket from one of the big players to local markets or discounters like Aldi.

If you plan what you buy to match what you actually cook and eat then not only will you be able to budget far more effectively, but you'll also waste much less and find your money goes further without you having to try.

If you can't think of a way to get your meat for less, consider a vegetarian day once a week. If you can't find petrol any cheaper, then work on making your driving as efficient as possible. The more you can think of clever alternatives the less you will have to make painful cuts to make ends meet.

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