There are some great deals available if you know where to look
Scam alert: Older citizens are often numbered among the 62% of the population looking for new ways to make money, many of them to top up a meagre pension. They should, however, beware fake job ads offering earnings as a “money transfer agent”, or similar title, inviting them to earn extra cash by processing overseas payments.
Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) is warning about an increase in these ads, which often arrive by email, as they are a ruse to encourage victims to process the criminal proceeds of the international trade in drugs, people trafficking and terrorism. Acting as a so-called “money mule” is a criminal offence punishable by10 years in jail.
FFA gives the following advice:
- Be very cautious of unsolicited emails promising opportunities to make easy money
- Verify any company that makes you a job offer and check their contact details (address, landline phone number, email address and website) are correct, and whether they are registered in the UK
- Be especially wary of job offers from people or companies overseas
- Never give your bank account details to anyone unless you know and trust them
There’s more information on the dangers of money muling on www.financialfraudaction.org.uk
Sweet somethings: Rewards programme Nectar is looking for eight frugal families with at least one child in the household to share their best money saving tips. The eight selected will be asked to blog for five weeks about how they make their money go further, and one lucky family will win a bundle of prizes worth £5,000. More details on the Nectar website.
Mother’s pride: Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on March 10, and there are some great deals available online if you know where to look. For instance, you can get 12% off orders at The Gift Experience, ideal for trinkets and personalised gifts. Offer expires March 10.
If you get your skates on you can get a discount of 10% off cosmetic and perfume orders at Avon.com and 15% off orders plus free delivery at Elemis. But hurry, both offers expire on March 3.
You can also get 15% off the complete Flying Flowers Mother's Day range, plus free delivery, and bouquets over £19.99 come with a free box of Guylian chocolates. Visit Flying Flowers and enter the promotional code SGEMMUM, offer ends March 7.
If your Mum is not the flowers and chocolates kind, there are some great fun gifts on IWantOneofThose.com. How about a set of Matryoshka measuring cups for £9.99; a pair of spa lights for the bath for £7.99 (£20 for three sets); or an Eggspress heart shaped egg mould for £6.99? You can get an extra 10% off this item by using discount code 10TEN at the checkout.
If your Mum loves chocolate but is watching her waistline, then how about a chocolate-scented coaster? Made to look like a bar of chocolate but actually made of plastic, the coaster emits an aroma when activated by the heat from a coffee mug put down on it. It’s a snip at £6.99. But perhaps too cruel to give to a real chocolate lover as it is, of course, totally inedible.
Delivery on all IWOOT gifts is free within the UK, with no minimum spend - except for photo gifts where a charge may apply.
Take a hike: Lidl has a selection of cut-price hiking gear in store, including aluminium hiking poles for £12.99 a pair; men’s hiking boots from £16.99 and walking trousers from £9.99. From March 4 Lidl has special offers on gardening equipment, including a walk-in greenhouse from £39.99; extendable pruning shears from £29.99 and self-watering flower boxes from £3.99. There’s also a range of lawn seed and food, compost maker and rhododendron food at prices from £2.99.
Refreshing thought: Lidl also has some great food offers, including Nescafe Original 200g with 50% extra free for £4.79; UHT skimmed milk at 53p a litre or 12 for £5; Californian Ruby Cabernet and South African Chardonnay Chenin Blanc both reduced from £4.29 to £3.79 and Brains Dark, SA or Reverend James Ale for just £1.29 a 500ml bottle. All while stocks last.
Something’s cooking: Morrisons has four-packs of John West tuna chunks in spring water/sunflower oil/brine at £3.49, reduced from £6.99; multipacks of Cook Italian peeled plum/chopped tomatoes also half price at £1.89, and Crosse & Blackwell cream of tomato soup at £1.49, reduced from £2.99.
Cereal thriller: Other Morrisons offers include Jordan’s Muesli (excluding Crunchy) half price at £1.67, Sugar Puffs half price at £1.49; and six-packs of Nutri Grain Biscuit Cereal Bars and five packs of Nutri Grain Biscuit Bars both at £1.24, reduced from £2.49.
Down to a tea: Morrisons also has 160-packs of Yorkshire tea bags, including hard water tea bags, half price at £2.19 and 160-pack Typhoo tea bags half price at £1.99.
Taste of France: Get 40% off your food bill at Cafe Rouge until March 3. Offers change and differ between restaurants, so click the link to see which offers apply to the branch near you.
Getting shirty: Get 15% off clothing at shirtmaker T M Lewin using the code TMLVUK at the checkout. Offer ends March 3, but once again check the site for different offers after that date.
Sitting pretty: Get 25% off indoor furniture at Homebase using the code FURN25 at the checkout. Offer expires March 6.
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