Free Nutella, burger, book, drink and showerhead

Pancake day freebie

You can tell February and March are traditionally a bit depressing, because so many festivities are packed into them. If you've missed Margarita Day and Drink Wine Day, then there's always Pancake Day and World Book Day. Plus there's the chance to celebrate your own personal events - like Nutella Day and Burger Day. And whatever you are celebrating, we have the freebies that mean you can get stuck in without spending a penny.

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Free Nutella
To help you celebrate Pancake Day (or free Nutella Day), Quidco is offering 100% cashback on a jar of Nutella. Just sign up to Quidco, buy the £1.50 jar in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons or Waitrose, upload your receipt, and get your money back. The deal runs until Pancake Day.

Free Volvic
To wash down your chocolatey pancake, how about Volvic Touch of Fruit? It's a flavoured and sugar free mineral water, which is available for free though the Shopmium app. According to Latestdeals, you can just head over to Shopmium and create a free account, pick up the drink wherever you find it, upload the picture of the receipt to Shopmium, and they will send you a full refund.

Free book have an offer that'll help you make the most of World Book Day - for free. The users of Latestdeals have spotted that new users of the cashback site just need to sign up, click through and spend £10 at The Book People, and they'll get £10 back. If you're a Harry Potter fan, this actually means you can get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts one and two for free.

Free burger
Make today your Free Burger Day. Discount sharing site Nationed has pointed out that anyone with the Gourmet Burger Kitchen app can get a free burger and fries. You should have a message on the app if you downloaded it a while ago and haven't used it for a bit. However, even if you have only just downloaded the app, Nationed says you can just provide your customer code, and you'll get the freebie anyway. The deal is available until the end of March, Monday-Friday until 5pm, and is only available if you eat in.

Free showerhead
Once you've finished celebrating whatever day it happens to be, if you plan a quick refreshing shower, then it's worth thinking about how much water you use. The users of have pointed out that you may be able to get a free water-saving showerhead (worth £24.99), plus a pack of other water-saving goodies. These are subsidised by your water company, and not every area offers the showerhead, but it's worth checking to see if you can get one for free in your area, by popping your postcode into the website.

Save money on shopping: ten great tricks
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Save money on shopping: ten great tricks

The more work you are prepared to put in, the more you stand to save. If you put your shopping list into, you can identify where each individual items is cheapest, and can technically buy every single item at its lowest possible price.

If that sounds a bit too much like hard work, a reasonable compromise is to shop at two supermarkets: once at the weekend and once mid-week. You can buy each item at the cheapest of the two shops, and save money without devoting hours to shopping.

There are several deal-sharing sites, including and Most of them have a ‘freebies’ section, where you can get items completely free, and all have a section where they post fantastic deals that are well worth taking advantage of.

They will often point the way to coupons for brilliant discounts too.

The more time you have spare to spend looking for these, the more you can save.

It’s worth following your favourite brands on Facebook or Twitter. It’s also important to pick up in-house magazines, try your free local paper, and check any letters from supermarket loyalty schemes for your vouchers. If you have a Nectar card, visit the website before you shop, so you can upload the latest deals to your card.

While you’re in-store, keep your eyes peeled for promotions on packets, and on receipts. Often the deal-hunting websites will offer a short cut to many of these, but if you have the opportunity to do some legwork, you will find plenty of others.

Compare the price of your branded goods (after you use the coupon) with the cheapest supermarket alternative. If the discount makes it the cheapest option, then feel free to use it immediately.

However, if it doesn’t bring the price down below the own brand price, then don't throw it away. Hang onto the coupon, and check every few days to see if there’s an offer running on the brand at any time before the coupon expires. A deal plus a coupon is often the cheapest option.

Prices change all the time, but it pays to have a shopping list annotated with the usual price - or an old receipt - on hand when you are shopping. When something is on sale, compare it to the usual selling price from your list, to decide if it’s really as good value as it purports to be.
The frugal experts have decent storage areas at home, so if there’s a very special deal on washing powder or toilet paper, tins or toiletries, they can stock up for a few months at a knock-down price. It’s not generally worth doing on fresh produce, or packets with a short shelf life though, because throwing something away that’s out of date will undo all of your good work.
There can be some incredible bargains in the ‘yellow sticker’ sections of the supermarket. Most stores will have a spot for fruit and vegetable reductions, somewhere for chilled food price cuts, one for bakery products, and a final one for those with a longer shelf life that may be a bit battered, or separated from the outer packaging. Check them all for a possible discount.

The ’yellow sticker’ items will usually be reduced at least twice a day: once in the afternoon and once later in the evening. If you can wait to shop at around 7.30pm or 8pm you can get astonishing discounts.

If you want to time your shop exactly, then your best bet is to ask in store when they do their final reductions - don't be shy!

Get to know the rules around freezing ‘yellow sticker’ items, so you can buy when they are cheapest and use over the following weeks and months.

Don't assume something is perishable without checking. Everything from cheese to beansprouts is fine to freeze as long as you treat them correctly (beansprouts need blanching, chilling in ice water, and freezing immediately).

It’s never worth buying something just because it’s cheap: you also have to be able to factor it into your life. If you can't immediately think how you would use that over-ripe avocado, a pack of cut-price tongue or kippers, then don't buy them.

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