Take a cheap and rewarding spring break by visiting your local city farm or open day at an animal sanctuary. "The time is right for spotting spring lambs frolicking in the fields and ducklings taking to the water," says Hannah Ricci in MoneyWise. Devon's Donkey Sanctuary is free to visit. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital near Aylesbury has a nursery area where you can see staff hand-rearing orphaned birds and mammals. City farms are often free to visit and a great day out for children. To find your nearest city farm, visit Farmgarden.org.uk.
Free visits to Parliament
Take a free trip to the Houses of Parliament to experience politics in action. You can arrange to climb Big Ben or watch Prime Minister's Questions just contact your local MP. For more information, visit Parliament.uk.
Bag a bedroom bargain
Mydeco.com is selling off MFI bedroom furniture stock at prices with up to 60% off. Sale items come from two different ranges, one featuring solid oak and oak veneer furniture and the other solid wood pieces painted ivory.
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Cheap holidays galore
Aldi has launched a travel website offering knock-down prices on holiday accommodation, reports Jasmine Birtles in the Daily Express. Deals include a seven-night stay at the five-star Jaz Belvedere Resort in Sharm-el-Sheikh for two adults and two children costing £371 all-inclusive, not including flights.
Vouchers for money off clothes
Buy this week's Closer magazine (14-20 March issue) for £1.30 and grab the vouchers inside, says Martin Lewis on Moneysavingexpert.com. The magazine contains three 20% off vouchers for Peacocks, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis.
10% off at Superdrug
Get 10% off online purchases from Superdrug until Wednesday 18 November 2009 by entering abbey100809 into the discount code box at the online checkout.
This week's meal deals
This week you can dine out on the cheap at Slug and Lettuce, Caf Rouge, La Tasca and Strada. Visit Caferougeoffers.co.uk to get a 2 for 1 voucher for Caf Rouge. Join La Taca's club for a 50% off voucher. Strada has atwo-for-one offer. The Slug and Lettuce is also offering 2 for 1 on some dishes for details.
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