Instead of Frugal Friday, I’ve decided to do a Frugal Finds Coronavirus Special to collate a range of things to do to keep you relaxed, busy, entertained, distracted or productive as required. It’s good to see many companies coming together to support emergency workers or giving something back to society in this time of chaos and uncertainty.
Free Wash, Blow-Dry & Style For NHS Staff
NHS staff get complementary service at the moment at Rush hair salons. They’re offering a free wash, blow-dry and style. “NHS Treat valid until 31.05.20. NHS Treat entitles receiver to a wash, blow-dry & style. Subject to availability. Valid with selected stylists. Offer can only be redeemed once per client. Offer cannot be booked online, to book your appointment phone your nearest Rush salon and quote ‘NHS Treat’. Show valid NHS card at time of appointment to receive complimentary hair treatment. Photocopies will not be accepted. Rush Hair & Beauty reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time“
Find the nearest Rush Hair & Beauty here.
Free McDonalds Drink For Emergency Services, Health & Social Care Staff
McDonald’s are saying thanks to all emergency services, health and social care workers during the coronavirus situation with a complementary drink. “Just show your work ID in a restaurant and have any free drink on us”. It would have to be to take away as all McDonald’s have remove dine-in options.
Free Hot Drink & 50% Off At Pret For NHS Staff
As per their recent Tweet, Pret are showing gratitude by offering all NHS workers a hot drink on the house and 50% off anything else from 18th March.
Since starting this draft, I’ve discovered that a lot of food/drink outlets are showing gratitude with a free drink or food discount to certain workers, predominantly NHS staff. If you know someone in the healthcare profession that may benefit from this during this hectic time, let them know.
Free Disney+ 7 Day Trial
The hotly anticipated Disney+ has become available in the UK and new users can get a free 7 day trial. Don’t forget to cancel before the week is over. Usual price £5.99 p/month. Get your free 7 days here.
Learn Spanish – Free eBook
Currently free on Amazon is Spanish for Beginners: Learn the Basics of Spanish in 7 Days. You can find it for Kindle download here.
Fluent Forever App – 1 Month Free Language Learning
Fancy learning a new language with an app rather than eBook? This is “for folks who are new to our app, or folks who have tried our app in the past and let their trials end without subscribing.”
If this is your first time ever using our app and you need to make an account. Visit fluent-forever.app and sign up. Pick the monthly plan & use this code: STUCKATHOME You are ready to use the app for the next 30 days. You can download it from either app store.”
Calming : Breathe / Smiling Mind Apps
You can access free content (or pay to upgrade for more activities) on various mindfulness apps, like the Breathe App and the Smiling Mind app. The latter isn’t as well known but it’s from a non-profit organisation, and you can find out more here. A Google search will also bring up ample breathing techniques, stress-relief activities, mindfulness meditations on YouTube, and so on.
Cambridge University Press – Access Over 700 Free Textbooks
Cambridge University Press are providing free access to over 700 of their textbooks. It’s read-only and can’t be downloaded, but you can view it easily on your Internet browser and it’s free until the end of May 2020.
Creative Cloud Users – 2 Months Free (Worldwide)
If you’re a current Adobe Creative Crowd user, they’re giving you the chance to get two months of free access. I believe this should be for anyone, UK, US, worldwide, so it’s worth checking it out to see if you’re eligible. This site has more details and a guide for setting up your two free months.
Free Will Writing Service (via Cancer Research UK)
Do you have a will? Not many are confident in talking about wills, yet it’s a sensible thing to have in place if you don’t already. You don’t have to be chronically ill or anticipate needing it, and you certainly don’t want to think about it needing to be used. But it’s better to have one than not because of those you’d be leaving behind.
Cancer Research UK has a free will writing service for those 18+. You can do it conveniently online, but there’s a telephone option if that’s easier for you. There’s also an option to leave a ‘legacy gift’ to the charity if you wish, though it’s not obligatory to use the service.
Find out more & create your free will here **Expired**
Udemy Free Online Courses
The online course provider Udemy have a range of free courses currently available, including some more technical ones like SEO Training & Python For Beginners. Save your pennies and learn for free! You can browse the catalogue here.
Chronic Pain Companion
Not quite a frugal pick but it’s an eBook for support so you’re not alone in your struggles with chronic pain. The A-Z of Chronic Pain is full of information, advice & inspiration from the lovely Alice, a fellow blogger over at at Notebooks and Glasses. You can pick up a copy on Amazon UK (Kindle) & Amazon US (Kindle).
Adult Colouring – Free Printables
Colouring is a hobby, pain distraction or form of stress-relief for many. Great for adults and kids alike, it’s great for when there’s spare time to fill. There are various online printables if you have access to a printer. For example, Trail of Colors has lots of variety in terms of style and level of detailing, all of which can be easily downloaded, saved & printed off. Faber-Castell, a prestigious brand for pens and art supplies, also has a neat little range of free quality colouring pages for adults.
Free iColour App
For a limited time, you can download the iColour app for free in the iOS App Store (was previously £24.99) for use on Apple devices. It’s a little limited as it requires subscription for certain elements, but still good for casual use for free!
Free CPR / First Aid Courses
Brush up on your first aid for with a free CPR course or another of the Save A Life by NHCPS courses.
There are 5 options here: ACLH Advanced Cardiac Life Support / PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support / BLS Basic Life Support / CRP & First Aid / Bloodborne Pathogens.
All courses have free certification. They’re 100% online and claim to be internationally accepted (98% acceptance rate).
You can find out more & sign up here.
This is such a useful service so many, and perhaps even more so now. If you’ve not used Amazon Prime before, or haven’t in a while, you may be eligible for a one month or one week trial.
If not, it’s £79/year or £7.99/month in the UK. Choosing the monthly option means you can flexibly take it up or cancel as you wish, so you can choose just the months you’ll get the most use from it.
In the US, it’s $12.99 p/month and you may qualify for a 50% off offer or a free 30-day trial.
Prime provides the following: 1. Unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items 2. Watch thousands of movies & TV shows with unlimited instant streaming 3. Access to over a thousand books, comics & magazines with Prime Reading 4. Secure & unlimited photo storage with anywhere access 5. Over 2 million songs on Prime Music. There’s also Amazon Pantry for groceries/household products that you can make use of.
Amazon Music – Free 30 Day Trial
For a limited time only, you may be eligible for a 90 day free trial of Amazon Music HD (I think this ends around 25th March). If not, or if you’ve used Amazon Music previously, there may be another offer available. For instance, I had 3 months of music for 99p last year, so it’s worth checking if you’re interested. Very easy to use and a huge selection, plus it also works with Alexa.
Amazon Audible – Free Audiobook 30 Day Trial
Amazon Audible is offering a free 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/$14.95 per month after the free trial, where you then get one audio book every month, but you can cancel easily any time.
Amazon Kindle Unlimited – Free 2 Month Trial
With libraries shut or soon to be shutting, Kindle books are a blessing now more than ever. You can use any device for Kindle, too – just download the free Kindle app.
There’s an offer for a 2 month free trial of Kindle Unlimited, usually priced at £7.99 p/month, for Prime members.
Kindle Unlimited gives you unlimited reading of over 1 million book titles, access to magazine subscriptions and unlimited audiobooks with Audible narration.
Offers can vary depending on eligibility so it’s worth taking a look at what you might be able to get.
Home Blood Tests With 25%/10% Off (UK)
You don’t have to leave the house for blood tests if you choose the Medichecks finger prick test kit. I have reviewed the Medichecks home thyroid testing previously, and had a highly positive experience. They offer an extensive range of blood home tests in the UK and use reputable labs for reliable test results. Kits are sent straight to your door for quick, convenient testing, so it’s a brilliant option if you can’t get the tests you need via the NHS.
You can use use the link and the code FP25 for 25% off all finger prick tests for a limited time.
You also save 10% by using this link on all tests & adding the code INVISME10 at the checkout.
Free Computer Games At GOG.com
A bunch of free games, 27 at present, available on GOG.com. Most are playable across Windows, Mac and some on Linux. They include the likes of: Alder’s Blood Prologue, Jill of the Jungle: The Complete Trilogy, Stargunner, Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar, Beneath a Steel Sky, and more. You can find them here.
National Trust – Free Parklands & Gardens Access (UK)
Update: 23/03/2020 – Many have since been closed due to heightened restrictions. Please check the National Trust site before visiting any of their outdoor areas and coastlines. Stay home, stay safe. Walk close to home safely if you need essentials or daily exercise for you and/or your pet.
While National Trust properties and cafes will be closed, they’ll be opening up some parklands and gardens for free, so you can enjoy the great outdoors safely during the social distancing measures. You can check out the National Trust’s statement and search for outdoor areas here.
Parents : Free Scouts Activities For Kids
Scouts have made over 100 activities available temporarily for use over the coronavirus and school closure period. They can be completed indoors and all have positive outcome goals (ie. to be educational, creative, support memory, problem solving, communication skills etc). You can find them all here.
Is there anything here that you or someone you know may benefit from? Is there anything in particular you’re looking for at the moment? Let me know and I’ll see if I can help.
It’s an incredibly stressful, worrying time for all. Be kind to yourselves and one another. Please stay safe and as well as possible everyone.