Bargain Hunter: Art for charity's sake - get in the frame for a celebrity drawing


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Original artworks by celebrities such as David Dimbleby, Graham Norton, Ronnie Corbett, Andrew Marr, Tom Conti, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Chris Difford of Squeeze are up for grabs in the Big Art Secret charity auction.

The deadline to bid is tomorrow evening and the organisers claim that many of the celebrity contributions have remained unspotted and so could still be snapped up for as little as 99p each.

The auction of the postcard-sized art is in aid of St Wilfrid's Hospice and the Towner charitable trust. Just go to to place your bids.

Hotel rooms at a discount near landmark destinations

The hotel chain Mercure is offering 30 per cent off stays at its 74 hotels across the UK. The reductions will mean bedrooms start from £59 per night until 5 May.

The company says each hotel in the chain has a different personality and many are close to famous destinations, such as Borough Market and the Greenwich Maritime Museum in London, and the Angel of the North in Gateshead. You can book discounted rooms at

Tesco offers baby steps to stretching family budgets

Until the end of March, Tesco is holding a baby and toddler event to provide parents with deals to help the family budget go further this spring. Deals include Pampers large pack Baby Dry and Active Fit nappies at two for £14.

To coincide with the event, Tesco has a competition for one family to win a summer holiday with P&O cruises. The winner will fly to Venice for a cruise around the Mediterranean, with all meals included, complimentary kids' clubs and £500 to spend on board the ship. For more information about the offers and competition, visit

Book some cheap thrills at the London Dungeon

If you fancy a midweek fright, you can save up to 30 per cent on tickets to the London Dungeon when booking 24 hours in advance.

The attraction offers a live action journey through 1,000 years of London's murky past and you can get discounted tours after 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until Thursday 3 April. Details at

Special-offer sites up and running for Mother's Day

Most of the discount and deal websites now have Mother's Day offers ahead of the special day on 30 March. At Promotional Codes, there are offers with The Body Shop, Boots and Thorntons, plus a range of exclusives. You could also try Quidco for a range of different offers.

Easter arrives late but you can get in early for deals

If you're looking further ahead, to this year's late Easter – which runs from Good Friday on 18 April to Easter Monday on 21 April – check out The site has several UK attractions and days out with at least 20 per cent off for families during the Easter break.

Cut-price seats on Eurostar are departing tomorrow

If you move fast, you could take advantage of Lastminute's offer of half-price tickets for Eurostar. The offer runs until tomorrow at, with trips to Paris from £139, Brussels from £129 and Bruges from £176. The site is also offering city breaks from £125 per person.

There's nothing you can teach a Scot about saving

Scots are the most reward- savvy consumers in the UK, saving an average of £1,019 per year, reckons American Express. Those living in the north-west of England save on average £606 a year, and Londoners recoup just over £700 through rewards and offers. That compares to a national average of £742 per annum.

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