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Written by Kayleigh on July 1, 2016

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This week hasn’t been the best for new coupons, so cash back apps seem to be the thing to use just lately. They are brilliant for claiming money back on items that you would buy normally – just be careful to not get caught out in buying something you don’t need just because you can get the money back. It’s not a saving if you weren’t buying the item anyway.

Some of the apps I use are Shopitze, Checkout Smart and Click Snap. There are a few others but these are the ones I personally like best. They are simple and quick to use and you can see the offers clearly before you purchase. All you have to do is scan the item once you have bought it and upload a photo of your receipt – after a few minutes the money is added to your account. Once you get a certain total amount of money in your account you can draw it out and it will be paid into your bank.

If you love online courses and widening your skill set then keep an eye out for Shaw Academy. Every so often they give away a number of places on any course of your choice for free. I missed it the first time but someone contacted me on Twitter to tell me the deal was running again and I managed to get my place on the course I wanted. Just remember to keep your eye out for this offer, as it seems to be a recurrent one.

Boots currently has a good deal on shampoo, which is a great product for adding to your stockpile at home. The store has their own-brand shampoo discounted from £1 to 75p and it’s also 3 for 2 so you can get 3 bottles for only £1.50.

The Sun is running its Superdays scheme again for free tickets – this time offering two free tickets to Warwick Castle. All you have to do is collect 10 tokens, fill in the form, send it off and wait for your tickets to arrive. We haven’t been to Warwick Castle before so we thought we would give it a go.

I love The Sun Super days as I think it is a brilliant way of allowing you to have a fantastic day out for a lot less money. I’ve been doing it for a few years now and so far we have been to Alton Towers three times and Chessington World of Adventures. These are places we would never have been able to go to before because of the high entrance fees. For what is there, the entrance fees are reasonable but to us it is still a lot of money, especially now that JJ has turned three which means he can no longer get in free and we are starting to pay full price for his admission. These deals are great for allowing us to have family days out for a fraction of the price.

If you love a good freebie like I do there has been some really good ones out this week. One of the best places to look is Latest Free Stuff – they are brilliant for keeping you up to date and letting you know about freebies as soon as they become available. I saw one on Wednesday for a sample size of MAC mascara – the first 20,000 people to fill in a form got one. A lot of the freebies are first come first serve so it’s always best to check regularly.

If you follow me on Twitter, my username is @couponing_uk, I always post any freebie deals as soon as I find them.

I hope the coupons start to pick up soon as I’ve missed coupon shopping. One of the ways you can sometimes get direct coupons is by writing to manufacturers. Send a little note simply saying how much you like something, if you have an idea for a product, or even if you aren’t happy with something – just be honest. Sometimes you will be lucky enough to get a reply with some coupons included. This doesn’t always happen but it’s a nice surprise when it does.

A lot of companies have freepost addresses so you can save on the postage. I usually send out around 10 to 15 letters in one go then wait for a response. Usually around the two-week mark I will start receiving some responses. Out of the ones I sent, a few will just be thank you letters, some won’t reply at all and the rest will have coupons. It’s worth doing for a few minutes of your time as you could reap the rewards.

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