Bargain Hunter: Win a free toy dog to give your children the spirit of Churchill


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Churchill has this month begun a promotion giving away a cuddly toy dog, to those who buy a car or home insurance policy from the company. But Bargain Hunter readers can get one free in this week's exclusive competition

The soft toy is a fun replica of the Churchill dog. It even says the famous "Oh yes" catch-phrase when its collar is squeezed. The toy is aimed at children of all ages – "anyone who loves the Churchill dog", the company says.

To qualify for one of the soft toys, people need to buy a policy from Churchill before the end of May – but we have 10 up for grabs for readers. To be in with a chance of winning, send the answer to the following question to by Thursday 12 March.

The question: What was the name of the 1972 British film directed by Richard Attenborough that was based on Winston Churchill's book My Early Life: A Roving Commission?

A card you can make up yourself for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday 15 March and what better way to celebrate all she's done for you than sending her a free, personalised picture card.

Truprint is giving away a million but you'll have to move fast; the offer must be redeemed by this Monday. All cards available are 7 x 5" and come with their own envelope, although there's a 99p postage and packaging charge.

To order, simply log on to the Truprint website, choose a design and personalise it with your photos, names and messages. Your bespoke card will arrive within five days.

Celebrate English Tourism Week with a cheap break

You can get almost a third off the price of a short break with Mercure Hotels to celebrate English Tourism Week, which runs from 14 March to 22 March.

The chain has a special spring package, starting at £52, which includes a two- night stay with breakfast on bookings made three days in advance. For full details, go to

Peel off a pound when you buy Fruit Heroes

Tesco is offering £1 off Fruit Heroes, the fruit snack bar aimed at kids. Available in boxes of five, there are four flavours. The natural fruit bars will be just 99p until 29 March.

Married couples and civil partners: claim a tax break

From 6 April, more than 4 million married couples and 15,000 civil partners will be eligible for a new tax break.

The marriage allowance will allow a spouse or civil partner who doesn't pay tax to transfer up to £1,060 of their personal tax-free allowance to a spouse or civil partner – as long as the recipient doesn't pay more than the basic rate of income tax.

You'll need to register to claim the tax relief, but you can do so now by going online to

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