I can’t quite believe we’re nearing the end of May already but it seems we’re heading straight into summer whether we’re ready to or not. Here are just a few Frugal Friday finds to keep you going this weekend – enjoy!
3 Months Spotify Premium FREE
There’s 3 months of Spotify Premium free for new users signing up before 30th June 2020. This is open to those who haven’t used Spotify Premium before. It gives you free unlimited listening to lots of great music ad-free for three months.
Don’t forget to cancel if you don’t want to continue the subscription. I usually put a note in my calendar to cancel a few days after signing up so that I don’t forget (you can always restart after the end of the promotional period if you want to pay and continue use). With Spotify, once you cancel you’ll lose access to Premium and your account will revert to the free ad-based Spotify at the end of your 3 month promotional period.
You can sign up to the Free Spotify Premium here.
The Prison Doctor
Currently The Prison Doctor is available in paperback for only £3 on Amazon, or £2.99 Kindle. Sadly the Audiobook is still a lot pricier but if you haven’t had Audible before you should be eligible for a free trial with a free credit(s) to buy a free audiobook.
Developing Apps For iOS – Free Stanford Course
Stanford University has made the materials provided to their students free for all to use online during the coronavirus outbreak. This could be an interesting one for those with an interest or curiosity in how Apps are designed and created.
As per the website: “Stanford’s CS193p course, Developing Applications for iOS, explains the fundamentals of how to build applications for iPhone and iPad using SwiftUI. Most recently offered in Spring quarter 2020, the lectures were given to Stanford students in an on-line format due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Stanford is in the process of making these on-line lecture videos available for all via YouTube (two per week).”
Find the Stanford materials here.
Cheap Luxury Walking Sticks (£12.99 down from £50)
I was looking for a new stick recently and was surprised to find some very good prices on Amazon a range of luxury Switch Sticks. My criteria included a stick with good reviews, that was lightweight but robust, adjustable height, foldable and with a comfortable handle. These fit the bill and the excellent reviews were reassuring.
I bought mine on Amazon UK but they are also available on Amazon US, with many also similarly discounted.
These come in a range of designs and colours and most, but not all, are on sale for £12.99 (at the price of writing) with an RRP of £49.99. I’ve found them on other websites still at the £50 mark, so it’s a genuine price. Even the most basic foldable stick that I had before was £15, so to get a luxury one that’s high quality for £12.99 is amazing.
I’ve used this a few times already this week and would definitely recommend. Looks good, feels good; it’s robust, comfortable to hold and use over time, and folds easily thanks to an almost magnetic snap-in lock motion, preventing the need for screwing and unscrewing the pieces for hours. It also comes with a band to keep it together once folded up and a bag to pop it in. Very happy with this and wanted to recommend here for anyone looking for a reliable walking stick that won’t break the bank.
Kindle Sale – £1 Books
In need of something to read? Amazon have just launched a fantastic Kindle sale with 80 books for just £1 each!
Browse the Kindle books £1 sale on Amazon UK.
There are various other cheap finds on Amazon UK too. For crime lovers, check out Blacklands by Belinda Bauer for just 99p, a Sunday Times No1 Bestseller.
In the US, there’s a current offer to spend $20 on Kindle Books and get $5 back in credit [ Offer ended)
Free Missing Pet Posters
Nobody wants to be in the position to need these, but it might be helpful if you know someone that does. DoxDirect are offering free A4 posters for people whose pets have gone missing. You’ll get 50 free copies quickly home delivered, which is also very helpful if you don’t have a printer.
You can check out DoxDirect here, just scroll to the bottom to find the posters.
Get Crafty with Staedtler
There’s currently 24 Staedtler Colouring Pencils for only £5 on Amazon. They’re fab pencils with great reviews too (RRP £9.20). They’re available on Amazon UK but similar colouring pencils can be found on Amazon US.
Help With Car Insurance (UK)
With the way we drive changing over the last few months and into the foreseeable future, many drivers are unsure what that means for their insurance premiums. Some providers as issuing gestures of goodwill as refunds, such as Admiral issuing £25 to their customers. Premiums are likely to be lower, though that’s not guaranteed, during this time.
Do you need to let your insurer know of any changes in mileage? Can you cancel your policy if you’re not currently using your car? MoneySupermarket have put together a Q&A to answer your questions with key advice on what you need to know about car insurance during the coronavirus pandemic.
Check out the MoneySupermarket car insurance Q&A.
Free NBA League Pass
Fans of basketball rejoice, for NBA are offering their League Pass for free for a limited time! You’ll be able to watch every 18-19 and 19-20 game replay, which is usually priced at £149.99.
As per the website: “The 2019-20 NBA season is temporarily suspended in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We intend to resume the season, if and when it becomes safe for all concerned. In the meantime, we’re offering complimentary on-demand access to all NBA League Pass content.”
Sign up and enter the code WATCH30 – No credit card necessary.
Check out the free NBA League Pass here.
The Ts&Cs can be found here.
Free PureGym Workouts
This isn’t going to be for everyone but PureGym are currently making over 100 workouts free on their app. You’ll be able to watch the videos and join in, getting inspiration and motivation to move and stretch and get the blood pumping. You can log in or use this as a guest.
You can check out the PureGym free workouts here.
Thortful Cards – 30% Off (UK)
Getting to the shops for greetings cards isn’t easy, which is where online card companies can be so helpful. Thortful have a range of quirky, novel, hip, funny, cute and unique cards for everyone. Maybe it’s for a particular occasion, or perhaps you just want to send a ‘thinking of you’ card. I’ll be using this site for Father’s Day coming up in the UK in July.
Delivery is quick and reasonably priced, and the service tends to get great reviews. You can personalise your cards and leave a message of your choosing on the inside. You can also opt to have it sent to yourself first, or posted directly to the recipient.
Use the link here and enter the code ‘Caz Homer‘ when checking out.
Boots (UK) – Face Masks
If you’re looking for basic 3 ply face masks, Boots are now stocking them. The cheapest are packs of 50 masks for £30, or ‘soft loop’ masks for £35.
Personally, I’ve gone for 3M N95 masks on eBay, but they’re hard to come buy and very expensive. The 3 ply fabric masks are a cheaper option, though I’m not a scientist and can’t recommend based on safety with the coronavirus, but the lighter material should make them more comfortable to wear.
See more Boots Face Masks here.
Boots also have various other offers on at the moment. For example :
- Up to 70% off Mini Club clothing for kids
- 20% off selected Elastoplast
- 2 for £5 Tampax & Always pads and tampons.
- Various Clinique Clarifying Lotions for £10 (down from £18-19).
- 1/2 price on selected No7 Suncare that’s also part of the 3 for 2 offer.
Selected stores are offering next day click & collect for £1.50 or free for orders over £10. Standard home delivery is £3.50 or free for orders over £30.
Take a browse at Boots.
Superdrug have a range of Star Buy offers, plus additional discounts for Superdrug Health & Beauty loyalty card holders. For example :
- Men’s Versace Blue Jeans Eau de Toilette Spray 75ml – was £30 now £15, plus an extra 15% off to get this for just £12.75. Also applies to women’s Versace Red Jeans.
- Oral B Floss Action Replacement Electric Toothbrush Heads x4 – was £18.99 now £8.99. Other toothbrush heads are also available.
- Check out all Star Buys here.
Some products are eligible for Order & Collect within 30 minutes at your local store. Others are available for standard Order & Collect within 9 days. Home delivery is £3 but it’s free for loyalty card members on orders of £10 or more, and free for non-members on orders over £15.
Browse Superdrug here.
Acorn TV (UK) – 30 Days Free Trial
Acorn TV is a British subscription streaming service bringing you “world-class mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries, all commercial-free”. You can find everything from favourites like A Place to Call Home and Doc Martin, to Acorn TV Originals and exclusives like Loch Ness, Balthazar, and Detectorists.
Various devices are supported, like computers, Fire TV sticks, Chromecast, connecting your laptop via HDMI to your TV, iPhone, iPad, Android TV, Android phones/tablets, etc.
You can currently get a 30 day free trial, after which it’s £4.99 p/month (don’t forget to cancel before the month is up if you don’t wish to continue).
Check out the Acorn TV 30 day Free Trial here.
The Works (UK) – Free Delivery
There are lots of people that love The Works, myself included. A whole range of stationery, toys, gadgets, gifts, books and more, all at really good prices. They often have different offers, like 2 for £10 collapsible storage boxes (I have the Hungry Caterpillar ones and they’re brilliant), or 3 for £5 on paperbacks.
I’ve recently bought a bunch of books for my dad for Father’s Day coming up in June and they were delivered within a few days, far quicker than I’d anticipated given the current situation.
Shop from home with The Works & get your items safely with free delivery here – just use the code ‘WELCOME’ when checking out.
GiffGaff (UK) Mobile – Save On Your Mobile Plan
I’ve been with GiffGaff for years now and as far as their network is concerned, I’m very happy with it. It was quick to switch over and keep my old number. The service is typically very reliable, with speedy customer support and low prices. The PAYG rates are lower than other providers I’d compared it against and the Goodybags are excellent value for money.
For example, the £6 Goodybag is a 30 day rolling ‘contract’, meaning you buy it just for the months you think you’ll use it more. This cheapest one comes with 500mb of data, unlimited texts & unlimited minutes! If you don’t fancy a month’s Goodybag, you can use PAYG and you can handle your account on the phone, online via your browser or on the handy GiffGaff app.
Order your free GiffGaff Sim card here.
Disneyland Paris At Home has been set up by Disney to provide a range of free activities, things for adults and kids to enjoy during their free time. You can find quizzes, bingo, games, arts & crafts, colouring page printables and more. I quite like some of the colouring in sheets, which can be downloaded and printed off at home.
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- Further Frugal Finds & Amazon Discounts (music, Prime, Kindle) can be found here.
- Medichecks Home Blood Tests Review & 10% Discount Code here.
Do any of these take your fancy? Are you looking for any advice or any frugal finds in particular at the moment?