The Bargain Hunter: Christmas deals

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The passing of Bonfire Night marks a special point in the year – when I first feel able to utter the C-word that strikes terror into the heart of bargain-hunters everywhere: Christmas. As the thriftiest among us know, the earlier you start your shopping, the better deals you'll find, and this year will be no exception.

Something to watch for

Our first stop is Sainsbury's, where Christmas decorations are currently three for the price of two and small gifts have been heavily reduced. As part of a buy–two-get-one-free-deal, you can pick up a National Geographic land and sky telescope for £12, a pair of National Geographic binoculars for £6, a Mensa calendar challenger organiser for £10 and a Mensa brain trainer also £10.

Keep the kids happy

The online only Woolworths' store has a third off popular toys in the run-up to Christmas. Save on Peppa Pig, Ben 10, Toy Story, Disney Princess and Fisher Price. Head to Woolworths. for more information.

Grab a bit of culture

From a less Christmassy, more cultural perspective, here's a great offer from the Museums Association. In this time of local government cuts, museums need all the support they can get, so they have introduced a discount membership scheme to encourage bargain hunters to get involved. Throughout November, the MA is offering full membership with £50 off the normal price.

A pizza of the action

This week's top printable coupon comes via and entitles customers to pick up a meal for just a few pennies at Pizza Express. Simply visit and print the voucher and present it while ordering any main dish at the restaurant. You will then be able to grab a second main course for 53p.

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