It’s that time again, another Friday! How’s everyone doing? I hope the week has been treating you well so far. Just a few Frugal Friday finds to share with you all today, with a few freebies and a couple of discounts. Enjoy!
Free Audible Escape – Audiobooks
I recently discovered a new Amazon US service called Audible Escape. Anyone tried it? It looks like it’s for love / romance / ‘chicklit’ type audiobooks so if you like those you might want to check out the free trial!
Not a fan of these genres? Fear not, there’s also the standard free Audible trial for 30 days in the UK and for those in the US. You get a free audiobook to keep, and you can choose from the world’s largest collection of audiobooks. In the UK, 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, which is the great thing about these Amazon trials. Even after you’ve had one it’s worth checking further down the line whether you’re eligible for another or a week’s trial offer.
Medichecks Home Blood Test Offers
For February, Medichecks are offering 20% off 20 tests. A few of the bigger, more comprehensive tests on sale include :
Thyroid Check UltraVit Blood Test – Was £99, now £79.20
Well Man Check – Was £99, now £79.20
Well Woman Check – Was £99, now £79.20
Diet and Lifestyle Check Plus – Was £89, now £71.20
Hair Loss Check Advanced – Was £199, now £159.20
Ultimate Nutrition Blood Test – Was £299, now £239.20
TRT Check Blood test Was £99, now £79.20
For more information on Medichecks, check out my review of their home thyroid test kit. Thyroid testing starts from just £29.00.
You can also save 10% on any order by using this link & adding the code INVISME10 at the checkout.
Free £5 With Curve!
The Curve Card is an interesting one! If you have a few credit/debit cards you can combine them while also getting extra benefits. The idea is this : You can sign up for a free card, then download the free app. Make sure you select the free card as there are other paid options available too with other added benefits. You enter all the cards you want to use (I just put on my debit card), which will be linked to the physical Curve Card. They’ll send the Curve card to you in the post and you can use this in stores, online and abroad. You use the app to flick between cards, or your Curve reward account, depending on which you want to use when you hand over your Curve card to pay. When you’re out, you need only carry your Curve Card and your phone if you want to flip between cards, as you’ll have access to all your cards and accounts through that one card. Pretty neat!
Other benefits include… Curve customer protection on all Curve card purchases up to £100,000. Enhanced card security for peace of mind. Real time spending notifications and currency conversions, along with email receipts for every purchase to keep track of your spending should you want them. You’ll be able to save on foreign exchange fees and get fee-free ATM withdrawals abroad, which is a huge plus for those going on holiday any time in the near future. You can lock your card immediately if it gets lost or stolen, and there’s 24/7 customer support.
New signs up… If you use my link to sign up you’ll get £5 free! Once you get the free card, download the app and get set up, you just need to make your first purchase or just check your balance at an ATM (something to first use and activate your card basically) to get the £5 loaded on your ‘Curve rewards’ section of the app. I did this myself and can confirm I got the £5 freebie without any problems; I used the card linked to my current account to pay for my Sainsbury’s groceries, then had the £5 on my app which I used the next time I was in the supermarket.
For the first 90 days there’s an additional introductory offer to earn a few more pennies. You’ll get 1% cashback at various outlets and retailers, like BP, Sainsbury’s, Booking.com, Shell, Boots and others. I’ve earned another £5 from this and they’ve emailed me other offers since, too.
I must admit, I was sceptical when I first got a Curve card earlier last year and I’m always weary of giving my bank details, but I’ve been really impressed with it. Plus, I like the freebies 😉 It’s become increasingly popular since I signed up so that provides added reassurance. It’s also a great option for using abroad, and for those with several cards who can then carry just one in their wallet.
Order your free Curve Card here using this link for your free £5 and it’ll be delivered in 3-5 days!
Boots Mini Club Kids Clothing Up to 70% Off Sale
There’s currently up to 70% off the Kids Club range of kids clothing at Boots. The sale has been going a little while but there’s still plenty left at good prices, so if you’re in the market for little tops or baby sleeper suits then it’s worth a look. It’s also free delivery to store for orders over £10 (if something doesn’t fit it’s also free to return).
L’oreal Clay / Charcoal Face Masks
Boots (UK) have a great up to half price sale on lots of hair & skincare products. There’s also a sale on the L’oreal range of face care, including the L’oreal clay masks. Their masks and scrubs get some great reviews. I have one of the clay scrubs and it’s been fantastic for leaving my face feeling super clean and fresh, so I’m looking forward to trying out the charcoal mask next. L’oreal clay products can also be found on Amazon UK & Amazon US.
Free Online Courses
FutureLearn (from the Open University) offer free short courses, whether you want to learn for the sense of achievement that it brings, broaden your horizons with something new, or brush up your CV. I’m in no way affiliated or paid by these sites by the way, I’ve just used FutureLearn myself previously and get updates on the new courses they release so I thought they might be of interest to others.
I’ve done a few of these myself over the years and they’re typically very straightforward and manageable. Best of all, they’re free, but it’s worth noting that if you want a certificate of course completion you’d have to pay for it. I’ve never done that and I don’t think it’s necessary to have the piece of paper to be able to put the courses on your CV or to be proud of what you’ve accomplished. There’s a wide range of subjects and new ones are routinely added, so it’s worth a browser. You can find all free short FutureLearn courses here. Much shorter courses and more bite-sized learning, along with TV / audio resources, can also be found on OpenLearn.
Have a restful weekend, everyone.
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