Another weekend of discounts
Following last weekend's sale on the high street, restaurants, theatres and more shops are now getting in on the act.
Consumers up and down the country are being far more careful about what they spend this Christmas. According to recent research by Birmingham Midshires, the credit crunch has caused 78% of Brits to make cut backs. But Gordon Brown wants to get us all spending, and the shops are doing their bit in urging us to part with our money by slashing prices.
It’s not just high street stores slashing prices in an effort to bring punters through the doors – there are bargains to be had if you want to eat out, take in a show, have a weekend break or watch live music and comedy.
Hit the high street
If you’re yet to finish your Christmas shopping, or just need a bit of retail therapy, shops up and down the land are continuing to cut their prices.
You can get 25% off on all autumn and winter stock at Harvey Nichols this weekend. However as you only have seven days to return any unwanted items, you could be taking a risk if you’re planning to buy presents for picky friends or family members.
Meanwhile Monsoon is offering 30% off vouchers on its website for purchases until Sunday 7 December, while Coast is offering 30% off promotional codes on its website on purchases until midnight on Tuesday 9 December.
And don’t forget that this weekend Boots is giving shoppers with Advantage cards 1,000 points worth £10 if you spend £50 or more in store. Halfords has also followed suit, offering a £10 gift voucher for spends of £50 or more. See Halfords' website for more details.
The credit crunch shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a meal out this weekend, with a whole range of restaurants and bars running food and drink promotions.
La Tasca is offering £5 off your bill when you spend over £20 on food for people that sign up on its website while Pizza Express and Zizzis are offering two main meals for the price of one this weekend. Just visit their websites, print out the vouchers and fill in your details.
If you want to take advantage you’ll have to hurry as the offers run out soon.
Be sure to check out Toptable.co.uk's high street dining discounts section for other two for one offers at Prezzo’s, Belushi’s and Masala Zone, and get 20% off at Henry’s, Bar 38 and the Ivory Lounge.
Last but not least, Pizza Hut is offering 15% off your bill for this weekend only.
A trip to the West End used to cost a fortune, but many of London’s top shows have dropped their ticket prices, making it much cheaper to enjoy a night out.
The box office promoter Cameron Mackintosh has unveiled a special ticket for its shows, which include The Phantom Of The Opera, Oliver!, Les Misérables and Mary Poppins. The Crunch Buster ticket will allow admission for a family of four, two adults and two children for £50, but be aware that this offer is only valid Monday to Thursday.
It’s not impossible to get cheap weekend tickets for other shows.
The ticket website Whatonstage.com has some great offers on many other shows, plus Londoners can take advantage of very cheap ‘tickets for tonight’. You have to be quick as they are soon snapped up.
And if you fancy a bite to eat, you can find cheap dinner and show tickets at Intimetickets.com. A two-course meal at Planet Hollywood followed by Monty Python’s Spamalot is just £22.50.
Should you be in need of a bit of rest and relaxation to escape the credit crunch blues, LateRooms.com has lots of hotel rooms available at short notice. You can also take advantage of some plus cracking festive deals. Find out more on its website.
Alternatively you can pamper yourself for less by checking out the Good Spa Guide’s round-up of all the best Christmas spa deals across the UK.
For those living in the Midlands, CN radio stations are offering half price vouchers in a number of categories, including health and beauty, spa days, restaurants, hairdressers and more. You can find more details on CN radio's website.
Live music and comedy
If live music or mirth are more your cup of tea, be sure to visit Lastminute.com. The ‘Crack Christmas’ section on its website boasts some great deals on comedy and live music, as well as discounts on attractions and meals at top restaurants.
For anyone who’s missed out on booking tickets for their favourite band and frustrated by touts’ prices on eBay, be sure to check out Scarlet Mist. The ‘ethical ticket exchange’ allows fans to buy tickets from each other at face value, so you can be sure you won’t be ripped off.
But it is possible to enjoy live music for little or no cost at all. The search facility at Ents24.com allows you to search for live music near you, while the online marketplace Gumtree.com lets users post details of local gigs and open mic nights, but also exhibitions, drama productions and stand up comedy.
And finally, Jongleurs comedy club has slashed the price of comedy shows at selected venues by up to 25%.
As you can see there are plenty of ways to beat the credit crunch and enjoy yourself for less this weekend, so why not let your hair down and give yourself a treat.