Free ice cream, cocktail, body spray, £10 voucher or spa day

Free ice cream

After a scorching week, temperatures in the 20s feel like blessed relief. However, given that we're fully acclimatised to drizzly and miserable summers, there's every chance we could do with finding ways to cool down this weekend regardless of the drop in temperature.

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We've tracked down a handful of brilliant freebies, which not only bring some relief from the heat - but offer a bit of a treat too - from ice cream to spa days.

Free ice cream
The users of have spotted that if you buy any two frozen 'Taste of Summer' products from Iceland, you get a free tub of Triple Chocolate Italiano Ice Cream. The ice cream only costs £1.50, so it's not a life-changing offer. However, it's summer; it's ice cream; and it's free - which can't be a bad combination.

Free body spray
If you have to be in close proximity to anyone in this heat, it's well worth arming yourself with a good coating of body spray. New users of can get their hands on a fairly swanky one from Victoria's Secret for nothing. Magic Freebies has tracked down the deal, which offers 100% cashback on the £8 sprays from Fragrance Direct - and will also cover the cost of delivery.

Free £10 voucher
If the body spray doesn't appeal, and you haven't signed up for yet, there's an alternative deal on at the moment, offering a £10 voucher to spend at Simply sign up to the website to qualify. The offer is valid for new members until midnight Sunday 2nd July, and you can find all the small print on the website. There are loads of cool things to book - including a £19.50 extreme rib ride in Southampton for £19.50, the Crash and Splash water obstacle course at Surf Snowdonia for £25, and a three-hour surfing lesson in Padstow for £35.

Free cocktail
It's worth registering your details and signing up for the Pitcher and Piano newsletter, because at the moment it is offering a free cocktail every month. This month it's a Wild Turkey Kentucky Mule cocktail (bourbon, lime juice, sugar syrup, aromatic bitters, ginger ale), and you can get yours until the end of June. If that doesn't appeal, you can opt for a free bottle of Rekorderlig cider or a soft drink instead. You don't need to buy anything or print anything off, once you are registered you'll be sent a code you can make a note of or show on your phone in exchange for your freebie.

Free day at a gym and spa
The users of have spotted that Village Hotels are opening up their gyms and spas for free over this weekend - in support of Help for Heroes. There are loads of events going on, including 'beat the instructor' style challenges and team workouts - alternatively you can just spend the day relaxing in the pool. You just need to check whether there's one near to you, then register online in order to book your place.

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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