Free ice cream, biscuits, coke, coffee and nail varnish

Free ice cream, biscuits, Coke, coffee and nail varnish

You deserve a little treat every now and then. You work hard, and have a lot on your plate, so every-so-often, you deserve to put your feet up with a little bit of what you fancy.

This week we've made treating yourself even more pleasurable with everything from free ice cream to free biscuits and free coffee.

SEE ALSO: Where can you find the free cash hidden in shopping centres?

See also: 10 insider secrets to guarantee cheaper online bargains

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Free ice cream
Magic Freebies has discovered that Mackies is running a deal at the moment, giving away free tubs of Mackies ice cream and a bar of chocolate. All you have to do is invent a recipe featuring them both, then pop onto the website and submit it. If you take a photo of your completed recipe, you'll get a free extra bar or tub too. The only rule is that it cannot have been featured before, so check the site before you submit your recipe.

Free coke
Sainsbury's is offering free bottles of Coke Zero - so you can try the new recipe for nothing. Just add a 1.75l bottle to your online shop, set a delivery date by the 16th May, enter the code COKEZERO at the checkout, and you'll get the bottle for free.

Free biscuits
The users of have spotted that Lotus Bischoff is tempting shoppers to try them for free. All you have to do is pick up one in store featuring the 'try me free' sticker, then any time before 30th September, enter your details onto the website to claim your money back.

Free coffee
The Virgin Red app is a freebie that connects you with deals. The idea is that you get some just by downloading the app and completing few details, and others by linking the app to Virgin services you already use. The users of have highlighted that one you'll get in return for doing a few mindless quizzes is a buy-one-get-one free deal from Caffe Nero. The user who posted it suggested that if you only want one coffee, you could ask your barista to stamp a full loyalty card, so you can pick up your freebie next time.

Free nail varnish
It's not technically entirely free, because it comes with a £4.30 magazine, but it's worth mentioning because it's such a good offer. If you buy May's Elle magazine you'll get a free Nails Inc nail varnish - which usually costs £11 each. If you buy it in Asda at the moment, you'll also get a copy of Cosmopolitan magazine for free too (normally £1) - so that's £16.30 worth of treats for an impressively small £4.30.

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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