Bargain Hunter: Discount deals on haute cuisine, and the chef's tantrums are free


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Coming up is the annual London Restaurant Fortnight run by This year it's being held from 17 to 31 March and promises bargain prices at a range of decent restaurants.

The promotion includes Michelin-starred and other top-rated restaurants and features deals for lunch and dinner on weekdays and at the weekend. Restaurant offers start from £15 for a two-course lunch and £25 for a three-course dinner, while several restaurants will also throw in a glass of wine or a cocktail. At the Oxo Tower, for instance, you'll be able to eat a three-course dinner for £35.The offers are available for booking from 10am today at

TopCashback does its bargain offers by the book

To celebrate World Book Day (which was held yesterday), TopCashback is offering its members an eBook of their choice up to the value of £2.50, free, or £2.50 cashback towards the value of any new book or eBook over 2.50 at Amazon. To benefit you'll need to sign up to and then find the "World Book Day Offer" page. From there, click through to and buy an eBook or new book of choice. The cashback should be in your account within 14 days.

Making up is cheap to do with Bare Minerals

Anyone who clicks "Like" on Bare Minerals' Facebook page at will get a voucher for a free "makeunder" (the company's version of a makeover) as well as a foundation sample and make-up brush. The offer is available until 30 April.

Now you can a-fjord to go on a Scandinavian cruise

Book by 14 March to save £350 per person on an all-inclusive seven-night fjords cruise departing on 9 June. The offer also includes a two-night stay in Hamburg on a room-only basis and return flights from London Gatwick. The deal is offered through

Save nearly £400 by giving up your vices for Lent

Have you given up anything for Lent? It could save you a pile of cash. A study by Axa suggests that abstaining from cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate bars and coffee shops during Lent would save a total of £376.02. Giving up smoking alone for 40 days could save £220.80.

Miss your MOT and you could face a £1,000 fine

Is your car due an MOT? Make a note of the date and avoid paying out an unnecessary fine. More than 335,000 motorists risk a £1,000 fine every month by missing the deadline for their car's MOT, reckons the car-service booking provider MOT Angel. Being timely with your MOT also means avoiding invalid insurance policies and spiralling repair bills.

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