Bargain Hunter: Need a bowl for your yoghurt? Rachel's could have the answer


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Organic yoghurt company Rachel's is giving away 10,000 Royal Doulton bowl and serving board sets worth £65 on selected promotional packs of its new Greek Style natural yoghurt range, which includes set yoghurt, low fat yoghurt and fat-free yoghurt.

The competition will run until the end of July; the yoghurts sell for £1.89 for a 450g pot at Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and Ocado.

Meanwhile Tesco will be selling two 450g Rachel's big pots for £2 until 20 April, including flavours such as low-fat gooseberry, low-fat mango and fat-free strawberry & rhubarb.

Check out cheap Easter holidays for families

Savvy shoppers at the online deal hunting community, HotUKDeals, have been scouting out the cheapest holidays in the coming Easter break.

Deals uncovered this week included a nine nights, all-inclusive trip to Majorca for a family of four for £691.25; and a four-star, week-long family holiday to Ibiza for a family of four for £579.

Members also posted UK offers, such as discount zoo trips and half-price tickets for days out across the country.

Go to to see the latest offers being shared.

Sign up to Ocado for £17 off your first order

Act quickly and you can get £50-worth of Ocado groceries for £33. You'll have to be a new customer, who signs up to Ocado via TopCashback.

Then you'll have to make your first grocery order of £50 or more, to get £7.35 cashback (£7.07 for "Classic" members). But by using the TopCashback voucher code VOU9405859 you'll get an additional £10 off your order. The code is valid until 30 March.

Mercure boosts English tourism with 30% discount

English Tourism Week runs until 6 April; it aims to showcase the quality and vibrancy of England's visitor experiences. To coincide with the event, Mercure hotels has a special package offering rooms up to 30 per cent off, bring prices down to as little as £59 for a room.

To get details of all the special offers at the hotel chain, go to

Rent out your car – for £3,200 a year

Join in with the UK's growing "sharing economy" and you could end up quids in!

The average British household could make £7,803 each year by renting out their own stuff – such as cars, homes, driveways and spare rooms, reckons easyCar Club.

The company – a peer-to-peer car rental service – says the average British household owns at least one car which is parked, unused, for an average of 2.69 days each week.

Renting the car out for that unused time could yield £3,200 each year.

Meanwhile, more than half of UK households say they have a spare room which could be rented for an average £3,000 for 12 months.

Find out more at sites such as,, and

One week to go until the tax year ends ...

You've only got one more week to take advantage of the tax allowance for the current 2013-14 tax year. It ends on 5 April, next Saturday.

To help investors beat the tax-year deadline, Jason Hollands, of Bestinvest, has a series of practical tips.

First, act fast to make your Isa contribution, but don't hurry to select your investments. "A rushed decision on which asset class, market or fund to invest in could backfire," he warns.

Then consider utilising your capital gains tax allowance. "You can crystallise gains from selling assets of up to £10,900 this tax year without having to pay any tax," he points out. "The CGT allowance is often overlooked."

To avoid any problems if you invest at the last minute, invest online. If you do use the post, use the Special Delivery service or a courier to ensure any paperwork beats the tax deadline.

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