The Bargain Hunter: New app can be an online grocery saver


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If you do grocery shopping online at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose or Ocado, a new app could come in handy. The Companion app pops up when you're on a supermarket site to let you know if you could save money with a cheaper, like-for-like basket from a rival retailer. It also tells you about cashback offers, two-for-one deals and vouchers, and is available for PCs at shopping comparison site mySupermarket, with a version for phones promised next spring.

Half-price Shuttle tickets to France

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has reduced the price of some day trips to France by half to £22 per vehicle for return journeys between Folkestone and Calais. You must travel on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 13 November and 13 December to get the discount. Call Eurotunnel Le Shuttle on 0870 850 7570 and quote Travelzoo.

Play Santa and get a £5 toy voucher

You can get a fiver off £35 of play gear at Argos by handing a bag of unwanted toys to the retailer. The toys will be handed over to children's charity Barnardo's to be distributed to hard-up youngsters for Christmas. Under the Toy Exchange scheme, which Danielle Lineker helped launch, if you donate a bag of unwanted toys to Argos or Barnardo's.

Wine deals pop up at supermarkets

Ahead of Christmas, wine deals seem to be popping up and quickly disappearing at many supermarkets or at their online sites. M&S, for instance, is offering 25 per cent off if you mix and match any two cases of wine by tomorrow, 4 November. At Waitrose, there's 25 per cent off all wine and champagne if you buy six bottles by Tuesday 6 November. Tesco is offering wines at three for £12 until 20 November. Expect more to follow as we get closer to the Yuletide season.

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