The Bargain Hunter: Magazine freebies; M&S discounts; cheaper fuel

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It's not easy trying to live the high life on a budget. While celebrities and the super rich still live it up as if the recession isn't happening, the rest of us are counting the pennies and cutting down on life's little luxuries. Then again, who said glamour had to be expensive? Free with this month's 'Prima' magazine is an Elizabeth Arden Heritage Colour Intrigue Eyeshadow Quad worth £25 – great for personal use or as a present for someone else. The magazine itself focuses on women's issues, crafts and fashion but even if that doesn't float your boat, a cover charge of just £2.50 means you save £22.50 on a high-end make-up set. Keep in mind though that the deal is only available while stocks last which, as it was announced via the popular mailing list, may not be a great deal longer.

Speaking of makeovers – it's not every day you get to transform your home on a shoestring. So those of you planning a redesign will be pleased to hear of the fantastic deals Marks & Spencer currently have on home furnishings. To lessen the pre-Christmas strain on our pockets, M&S are offering a terrific 30 per cent off furniture online and in stores. But that's not all – orders over £30 come with free home delivery and any item purchased before 10 December is guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Day.

Finally, if you're struggling with the cost of fuel at the moment, then may be for you. Despite the recent fall in charges across the UK, petrol remains a major budgetary consideration for most households, with many wasting time hunting down the best deal. Well no more. After typing in your postcode, the website scours the stations in your area, revealing its bargain finds in a simple chart.

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