Free wine, beer, fish, cheese spread and supermarket shopping

Free wine

Sick of chocolate? It's possibly the only time of year when our heads aren't turned by the idea of a chocolate bargain - or even a freebie. So how about some wine, beer, fish, cheese spread, or a basket of assorted shopping - all for free?

It's not a bad way to vary your diet from a solid intake of the sweet stuff - especially when it costs you nothing.

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Free beer
If you have signed up to cashback website Quidco, you can get your hands on a 650ml Amstel for nothing until the end of the day. Just buy it from Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons or Ocado, take a photo of your receipt with all the key information visible, find the Clicksnap deal on the app or website, and upload your photo to get the £2 cost refunded in full.

Free wine
The users of have spotted that you can get a free glass of wine with your meal at the Miller & Carter chain. Just join the steak club, and you'll have a voucher emailed to you. One of the users says they work at the chain, and suggested emailing a copy of the voucher to everyone you plan to eat with, so you can all take advantage of the deal. So far, nobody has confirmed that this works, but it may just be worth trying.

Free fish
The users of have spotted that John West is running a Facebook giveaway of their new infusions range. There are cans of tuna infused with things like soy and ginger, and jalapeño. There's also salmon with teriyaki and salmon with sweet chilli. Just complete your details and you can use the voucher to buy in store - or have it delivered.

Free cheese spread
If you've never used cashback app Shopmium before, then you can download the app, and get access to a deal for a free tube of Primula Cheese. Just pick one up in Asda, Sainsbury's or Tesco, and upload your receipt to get the full £1.45 refunded.

Free Asda shopping
If you haven't used cashback website before, then new users can get £15 back on a £15 spend at Asda. The deal runs until Sunday, so it's worth downloading the app and getting started as soon as possible.

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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