The summer holidays may be a golden few weeks when you're a child, but as you get older they tend to be mainly about exhaustion and expense. Fortunately we have free ice cream, free audio books and free kids' meals to keep the kids happy for nothing.
And for the child-free there are free Starbucks vouchers, so you can get a long, tall and iced freebie, and then sip it in the shade (while listening to your free audiobook).
Free ice cream
If you happen to be in London on Sunday 27th July, you can join in the Magnum 25th birthday celebrations on Regents Street. There will be 25,000 Magnums given away, and the chance to enjoy one freshly dipped in chocolate at the dipping bar. There will also be DJ booths, dance workshops and makeovers for free. Details are on the official website
Free kids' meals
You can feed the kids for free at a couple of restaurant chains this summer. La Tasca is running its deal between now and 2 September. It applies to kids under the age of 8, and you get one free kids meal for every adult who spends at least £10. Giraffe, meanwhile, is running the deal from now until 15 August, offering a free kids meal deal for every adult meal you buy.
Free meat marinade
Flava-It is giving away free samples of meat marinades. You just fill in your details on the Meat Lust site
, and you'll get a free 45g sachet of powdered meat marinade - which usually costs 99p. There are 35,000 freebies available on a first-come-first-served basis.
£5 free Starbucks voucher
The Groupon daily deals website has a Starbucks
offer running for another two days. For £5 you get a £10 Starbucks Card eGift. It's a bit fiddly, because you can't just print the voucher off and use it in-store, you'll need to activate it online first and then follow the redemption instructions. If you tend to stick to the same store, it's also worth checking if they take the Starbucks Cards - because not all of them do.
sells downloadable audio books. Normally you pay £7.99 a month and for that you can download one book a month. However, you can sign up for a month for free to try it out - and get a book for nothing. You can choose anything, including new best-sellers which would otherwise set you back more than £20. However, as always with these free trials, after your first month is up you will automatically be billed for the next month - so remember to cancel before your trial period is up.