Avoid wasteful splurges and last-minute purchases with our cash-saving tips – plus play to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle – The Sun

BETTER late than never? Perhaps not. It was recently revealed that us Brits waste up to £450 a year by delaying decisions and making last-minute purchases.

Whether you leave everything to the very last moment, or want to know how to avoid those wasteful splurges, here’s my guide to using time in a way that could save you pounds.

EARLY BIRD: The early bird catches the worm – and this is certainly true with theatre and concert tickets. Sign up for updates and nab those early release tickets to get the best price and plenty of seat choice. I’ve been looking into a trip to see Mamma Mia, and if I book to see a performance Monday to Thursday inclusive 16 weeks or more ahead of the show date, I can save up to £20 on it, thanks to the Early Bird scheme.

HOLIDAYS: Last-minute holidays are exciting and there are often good deals out there. However, booking in advance will usually save you the most cash and you can pay monthly rather than all at once. For example, with Thomas Cook, you can save up to £300 using code BOOKIT for 2020 holidays between May and October. Just visit thomascook. com for more. Plus, there’s still a chance to book one of our Hols From £9.50 – just enter the code at the bottom of the page and opt in to start collecting codes for your bargain break.

SEASONAL SALES: It always blows my mind how quickly summer clothes disappear into the sales and autumn clothes begin to fill the stores. Take advantage of this and prepare for next year. Holiday steals can be stocked up on and you’ll save yourself forking out full price next season. If you’re worried about not being on-trend, opt for timeless basics — such as a polka dot swimsuit from Debenhams, now £13.50, down from £45.

CHRISTMAS PREP: The festive season can put serious strain on your purse. But getting organised in advance throughout the year, rather than November or December, will help. There’s plenty of food and booze on offer that will have a long life, and for next year, the January sales are a great opportunity to find gifts, decorations and wrapping paper for less.

  • Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Reader's saving tip

HAZEL LAWRENCE, from Troon, South Ayrshire, says: “Refill your empty handwash bottles with ­budget shower gel. It’s much cheaper and does the same job.”

  •  Send your tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Please include your name and home town.


Deal of the day

VISIT ao.com to get up to £150 cashback on selected laptops and desktops.

My Sun Savers fiver

SANDRA LOVE, from Garrowhill, Glasgow, says: “I’m saving up my Sun Savers fivers to exchange for euros for my holidays.”

  •  Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Include your name and home town.

Top swap

I LIKE the Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil for £23 but to save cash switch to the NYX Pro Makeup Micro Brow Pencil for £9 from Superdrug.

SAVE: £14

Shop & save


KEEP the coffee flowing with Nescafe Azera Americano 100g for £3 at Morrisons, usually £5.50.
SAVE: £2.50

Cheap treat

HEAD to Asda to grab a four- pack of Muller Light Fat-Free Greek-Style Luscious Lemon Yoghurts for £1, down from £2.

SAVE: £1

Hols from £9.50 are BACK!

DON’T miss your last chance this year to book one of our Hols from £9.50Take your pick from more than 190 holiday parks throughout the UK and Europe. Check out all the destinations at thesun.co.uk/holidays.

Our Hols from £9.50 are available from next month all the way until May next year. Choose from either a three-night weekend break or, for those who are able to go midweek, get a fourth night free. To book all you need to do is collect SEVEN tokens, codewords or Sun Savers codes from those printed daily until Saturday, August 31.

Today’s token and codeword are on the right and you will find today’s Sun Savers code on Page 16. When you have collected SEVEN codewords, go to thesun.co.uk/holidays and enter them to book.

Or to book by post, send back your tokens with the booking form found in Saturday’s paper and online. If collecting with Sun Savers, download the

Sun Savers app or go to sunsavers.co.uk and click “Start Collecting” on the “Holidays from £9.50” page found in the “Offers” section. Next, enter your SEVEN Sun Savers codes to unlock booking.

You can even pay for your holiday using the cash in your Sun Savers wallet. Just make sure you book early, as the best holidays go fast.

  • Price per person based on four sharing. Subject to availability. Multiple code/token collect. T&Cs and date restrictions apply, see thesun.co.uk/holidays.

Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £50k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £50k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

  • T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk/faqs.

Win a year of Sky Q

SCORE at home with our latest Sun Savers competition. To celebrate the return of the Premier League last weekend, we are giving 15 Sun Savers members the chance to win Sky Q FREE for an entire year. That includes a year’s access to all the Sky Sports channels so you don’t miss a moment of the action.

Every fan has big hopes and dreams for the new season and this year should be one of the most interesting ever. Plus, even when the footie’s not on you will be able to watch a range of great films on Sky Cinema, as these are available on Sky Q too.

Sky Q makes life easy with all the best entertainment in one place, including Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Sky Atlantic, Sky Cinema and Sky Sports. To enter, download the Sun Savers app or join sunsavers.co.uk.

Next, collect TEN Sun Savers codes from those printed daily until August 27. Today’s code is on Page 24. Enter or scan codes on the Sun Savers app or website.

Once you have entered ten codes, head back to the “Win A Year Of Sky Q” page found in the “Offers” section of Sun Savers and click “Enter” there before midnight on Monday, September 2. Not a Sun Savers member? Download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.

  • T&Cs: Multiple code collect 10/8/19 – 27/8/19. Entry closes at 23:59pm on 2/9/19. 18+ UK residents only – new and existing Sky customers. Netflix account not included. Find full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

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