It’s Friday again already & I’m feeling frugal (aka broke)! How’s everyone doing? I hope the week is treating you as kindly as possible. Here are a few frugal finds to kick off your weekend – enjoy 😊
Online Magazines From Your Local Library (UK)
I’ve recently discovered that most local libraries offer free magazines online. While this is in the UK, it’s likely other countries may offer something similar, so it’s worth asking.
This is something I’m pretty surprised about as services tend to charge for online magazines. You’ll need to register for an account, which took me under a minute as it’s just your name, email and library card number. You can browse titles before registering to see if anything takes your fancy. For free, I think this is amazing! My local has some impressive titles, especially as I’d expected magazines I’d never heard of before. There’s a lot here, for instance: New Scientist, Woman’s Own, Hello, Country Life, Practical Photography, Total Film, Knitting & Crocheting, Men’s Health, and Women’s Health, and lots more.
These are direct links for different counties. If yours isn’t here, you can try replacing the name of the county area at the start of the link and that should take you to the right page.
Kids Pass (UK)
Kids Pass is a site for family offers and exclusive discounts, from up to 40% off cinema tickets for kids & adults, to days out vouchers & kids eat free deals. You can use this link to sign up here for a £1 for 30 days trial (you can cancel any time) and get yourself some discounts!
Amazon Prime Day & Free Trials
Amazon Prime Day is coming, and this year it’s being extended from 36hrs to 48hrs to pack in more deals. If this is something that interests you, then put July 15th & 16th in your diary. These are two days of special offers on a range of products exclusively for Prime members. It’s a good time to have Prime as you get a range of benefits, including next day delivery with no minimum spend and access to lots of free Prime TV shows & films. Find out more on the Prime Day pages at Amazon US and Amazon UK.
There are also a few other cool offers to check out that are currently running. For instance :
US – Some of you may qualify for a Free Amazon Prime 30 day trial. Check your eligibility here.
UK – Prime members get 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for only 99p. This promotional offer is valid for new subscribers from 27 June until 16 July, 2019.
Next up is a free Audible trial for 30 days. You get a free audiobook to keep, and you can choose from the world’s largest collection of audiobooks. It’s £7.99 p/month after the free trial, where you then get one audio book every month, but you can cancel easily any time.
There’s also an offer for a 3 month free trial of Kindle Unlimited, usually priced at £7.99 p/month, which allows you to choose from over 1 million Kindle books & thousands of audiobooks, so you can read & listen to as much as you want. Sign up here for 3 months free & cancel anytime.
Free “Best Things In Life Are Free” from Lonely Planet
This is a pretty neat freebie considering the hardcover copy is selling for over £13 / $11 on Amazon. You can download a copy of the Best Things In Life Are Free book from Lonely Planet for absolutely nothing. The link here takes you straight to the PDF (I’m not affiliated in any way, I just came across this while browsing). It’s filled with tips, money saving ideas, and inspiration for things to do, visit and see all around the world. It’s great if you’re planning on travelling or taking a trip somewhere on a budget, or if you want to make believe you’re setting off while tucked up in bed in your pyjamas!
Frugal Summer Fun – An Excellent eBook Read
I’d like to give a shout out to my blogging friend Wendi here as she’s published an excellent book for Kindle on ways to save money on summer fun – Frugal Seeds Summer Edition: 101 Ways to Enjoy Summer with Your Kids for Little Money. I highly recommend giving this a look!
Home Blood Tests (UK)
I have reviewed the Medichecks home thyroid testing previously, and after a highly positive experience, it’s a service I would highly recommend. They offer an extensive range of blood home tests for those in the UK, from vitamin and hormone checks, to tests for specific conditions. With reputable labs for reliable test results, kits sent straight to your door for quick, convenient testing, and an easy to use, contemporary user account on their website that allows you to download copies of your results, it’s a brilliant option if you can’t get the tests you need via the NHS.
You can save 10% by using this link & adding the code INVISME10 at the checkout.
Boots Sizzling Summer Offers
Boots (UK) have lots of great offers on at the moment. This includes better than 1/2 price on TRESemme hair products, and better than 1/2 price ‘summer scorchers’ on the likes of make-up, perfume & Liz Earle sets. There’s also over £20 worth of points on the 23andMe genetic home test kit.
For Advantage Card users, there’s also extra £10 worth of points when you spend £50 at Boots online.
I hope you all have the best weekend possible, whatever you’re doing. Make sure to find time to relax & de-stress 😊