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Coupon queen Holly Smith reveals her top tips for finding the best bargains — play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JANUARY is over – but the seasonal sales are definitely not.  So, with the first pay cheque of the year finally in hand, you don’t need to blow it all to pick up a great deal.
We roped in our expert, coupon queen and vlogger Holly Smith — @hollyvlogs — to walk us round the best of the final bargains, store by store.
These are the shops you should be heading to if you want to grab the best deals available.
Boots: While its huge sale kicked off yesterday, today is the day to get down to the biggest Boots store near you. The best deals are on big make-up sets and Disney-themed products and it also has some great deals on men’s grooming kits. Get the kids’ Disney Ariel Dinglehopper hairbrush set for just £2.55, down from £8.50, in-store only.
SAVING: £5.95
Home Bargains: This week I’ve found lots of LOL Surprise! toys in store, perfect to stash away as birthday presents, and costing from £3.99. There are also plenty of Fisher-Price toys on sale, such as the Go Jetters Talking Ubercorn toy for £4.99, when the recommended retail price is £21.99.
SAVING: £17
Asda: When you’re doing the big shop, swing by the store’s home department for the best sales savings. I found Paw Patrol duvet sets for kids, down to £4.50.
And in this cold weather, nab Asda’s Slumberdown Luxury duvets, down to £13 from £30, in-store only.
SAVING: £17
B&M: The discount store is clearing all its Christmas stock, so the prices are super-low. I love the Trolls Poppy bath supplies gift set for only £2. Make sure you download the B&M app, as it has a barcode price checker, and you might find things that come up cheaper than priced in-store.
I found a Little Miss mug and shower gel gift set, reduced to £2 from £3.99, but via the app I can see it’s actually £1. But for a really brilliant saving, grab the Splatter Face game, which has an RRP of £14.99, but is now just £3.
SAVING: £11.99

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Get your loved one a bunch of roses so they know how much they mean to you
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Gin drinkers will absolutely love this
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Shop & save
Save £3 off the cost of this tube of toothpaste
POLISH those pearly whites with Colgate Dare To Love Toothpaste on offer at Superdrug. Was £5.99, now £2.98.
SAVE: £3.01
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GET a tube of Pringles from B&M for just 49p. Usually £1.25.
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Sun Super Days – A whole new world of FREE attractions
GET ready because readers’ favourite Sun Superdays is about to return!
The Sun offer that gives every reader the chance to get their hands on two FREE tickets to top UK attractions will be back inside your paper in just a week’s time.
Chessington’s Gruffalo rideMikael Buck / Chessington World of Adventures
First off this year is the fantastic Chessington World of Adventures Resort, where you will be able to get your hands on two FREE tickets worth over £95! This will launch in the paper on Saturday, ­February 9, so make sure you’re ready.
This will be followed by Alton Towers Resort in March, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in April and THORPE PARK Resort in May.
Later in the year you will also get the chance to grab free tickets to attractions such as The London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure! London, The Bear Grylls Adventure, SEA LIFE National Aquariums, Warwick Castle and more.
Getting your free tickets could not be easier.
Simply collect NINE Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed in the paper daily from the launch of the promotion.
This will be Saturday, February 9 for Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
Sun Savers is the best way to collect for your Superdays tickets, as you will need one less than those who collect via the printed tokens, meaning with Sun Savers you’ll get to book an entire day early!

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You will also get the chance to pick the date you visit, making sure that none of your friends and family miss out on a great day. The perks don’t stop there — with Sun Savers you’ll get the best availability, including peak periods.
With an offer this good you’d be crazy not to get involved, so make sure you pick up The Sun on Saturday, February 9 to start collecting for your first free tickets.

Your favourite rides and more to enjoy: 2019 highlights

THIS year’s Superdays is going to be bigger and better than ever before, with loads of new rides at the attractions, plus your old favourites.
Collect for your Sun Superdays tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and you will be some of the first guests to visit the brand new Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey.
The experience, which launches in early March, brings to life yet another of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s books, following in the ­footsteps of the Resort’s Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.
Visit the enchanted library and embark on a spellbinding ­adventure.
Search high and low in trees, fields and reeds helping Dog, Bird and Frog on your way to find the Witch’s lost belongings.
You will also get the chance to visit all the animals at their zoo and SEA LIFE aquarium, plus visitor favourite The Vampire Ride.
This year at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, you will be invited by Lord Vampyre to the brand new Haunted House Monster Party.
Get set for LEGOLAND’s most spook-tacular ride ever, where the whole house will be turned upside down. Opening this spring, the ride is packed with fun for the whole family.
Plus, don’t forget to visit LEGOLAND’s famous Miniland, above, where you can step into the world of LEGO and go sightseeing around the entire world.
If you’ve not yet experienced The Wickerman, then make sure to collect for your tickets to Alton Towers Resort in March.
Launched in 2018, the adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster brings together cutting-edge special effects with classic wooden coaster technology for the first time.
If you have little ones, check out ­CBeebies Land. Children can meet all their favourite characters, plus enjoy 14 rides and attractions including the Furchester Hotel Live Show and the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride.
For those feeling brave, collect for THORPE PARK Resort. Home to more than 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, it’s the ultimate destination for thrillseekers featuring some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.
Reach new heights with Stealth, the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, launching riders to 205ft at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Take flight on THE SWARM, the UK’s only winged coaster, or face one of Jigsaw’s most twisted traps with SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror-themed rollercoaster, featuring a 100ft “beyond-vertical” drop.
Plus, there’s loads of new rides and experiences in store for 2019 at the other attractions, so stay tuned this year to find out more.

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From bread sauce to pigs in blankets, we taste Christmas trimmings from the high street for your table

WHILE the turkey is the centrepiece of Christmas dinner, the best bit is always the trimmings.
Whether it’s crispy pigs in ­blankets or creamy bread sauce, these added extras elevate the meal from a humble roast to a full-on festive feast.
Giulia tasted over 60 different trimmings so you can decide what’s best to buyOlivia West – The Sun

So where should you go to source your top-notch trimmings? The Sun’s GIULIA CROUCH has tested all the major supermarket offerings to find the best of the bunch.
She tasted pigs in blankets, stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, mince pies, brandy butter and Christmas pud from the big stores and picked a winner, or two, in each category.
Pigs in blankets
Entertain the whole family this Christmas with tasty pigs in blankets

M&S 16 Pigs In Blankets, £5 – buy now: Juicy fat sausages wrapped in salty savoury bacon. A strong start from M&S but not cheap.
Aldi 10 Pigs In Blankets, £2.49 – buy now: If you like thick cut bacon these are the ones for you. It’s also cured in treacle which adds a delicious hint of sweetness.
Lidl 10 Cocktail Sausages Wrapped in Smoked Dry Cured Bacon, £2.29 – buy now: Not bad but nothing special. The sausages lacked flavour but you wouldn’t notice if covered in gravy.
WINNER Asda 12 Pigs in Blankets, £2.50 – buy now Very strong from Asda. Not stingy on the smoked streaky bacon and some nice subtle spices in the meat. Yummy!
Tesco 12 Pigs in Blankets, £2 – buy now: Decent pigs in blankets. These crisp up well in the oven.
Iceland 12 Sausage and Bacon Rolls, £2  – buy now: It’s pretty hard to go wrong with something as ubiquitously popular as pigs in blankets but these are very wrong. The sausage is grainy and slimy and the pathetic bacon falls off while cooking. Rank.
Sainsbury’s 10 Taste The Difference Pigs in Blankets, £3 – buy now: Can I taste the difference? Not particularly. Save yourself 50p and go for Asda.
Morrisons 12 Butcher’s Style Pigs In Blankets, £2 – buy now: Very nice pigs in blankets. Salty, moreish and festive.

Cranberry sauce
Get the turkey ready with these tantalising treats

­WINNER Morrisons Cranberry Sauce, 300g, £1.50 – buy now: Tangy, sweet and aromatic from a hint of cinnamon. A really lovely condiment.
Iceland Cranberry Sauce with Port, 205g, £1.29 – buy now: A bit sweeter than the others so great if you’ve got a sweet tooth. Jam-like consistency.
Aldi Rich and Tangy Cranberry Sauce with Sloe Gin, 300g £1.29 – buy now: A boozy hit comes from the sloe gin which adds a really delicious element.
M&S Cranberry and Port Sauce, 400g, £3.20 – buy now: A good balance of tart and sweet with an aroma of spices and port but not significantly better to justice spending more.
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Wild Cranberry Sauce, 220g, £1.80 – buy now: Fragrant and sweet with a fresh smell and jammy consistency.
Tesco Finest, Traditionally Made Cranberry Sauce, £1.30 – buy now: Smoother and more like a puree. Okay but not as flavoursome as the rest.
Lidl Cranberry and Port Sauce, 200g, 99p  – buy now: Nothing to complain about here. A very nice cranberry sauce for an absolute bargain.
Asda Cranberry Sauce, 200g, 75p – buy now Tart cranberries make up this glossy sauce. Nice if you like more sour flavours and it’s the cheapest of them all!

Brandy butter
Get some brandy butter deals

M&S Brandy Butter, 200g, £3.70 – buy now: Caramel-like and generous on the brandy but again not really worth the extra money.
WINNER Lidl Brandy Butter with Courvoisier vs Cognac, 200ml, £1.49 – buy now: Smooth, creamy and wonderfully buttery with a welcome hit of booze. Perfect consistency. Spreadable but melts in the mouth.
Iceland Brandy Cream, 250ml, £1.79 – buy now: If you prefer cream with your mince pie this is a solid choice. Light but boozy.
Sainsbury’s Brandy Butter, 200g, £2.15 – buy now: Firm and great for spreading. Warming but not overpowering from the brandy.
Morrisons Extra Thick Brandy Cream, 250ml, £2.50 – buy now: Super-delicious. For those who prefer the taste of cream but like a consistency closer to butter.
Waitrose Brandy Butter, 200g, £2 – buy now: A subtle sweetness but a good hit of Brandy at the end.
Aldi Brandy Butter, 200g, £1.49 – buy now: Luxurious with a whipped creamy texture. A bit strong though.
Asda Brandy Butter, 200g, £1.75 – buy now: Mellow with hints of vanilla and buttercream. Icing sugar is added to make it silky.

Bread sauce
We share the best range of bread sauce

M&S Bread Sauce, 400g, £3.20 – buy now: Lacking in seasoning and sloppy.
Asda Extra Special Bread Sauce, 200g, £1.50 – buy now: Pleasant and creamy with a peppery finish.
WINNER Aldi Bread Sauce, 300g, £1.29 – buy now: Rich with double cream and warming from nutmeg. Really delicious and indulgent.
Waitrose Christmas Bread Sauce, 300g, £2.19 – buy now: Wet, thin and boring. Bread sauce should have more character than this.
Morrisons Bread Sauce, 300g, £1.50 – buy now: Nicely seasoned and with a bit of bite from the use of ciabatta instead of sliced white.
Tesco Bread Sauce, 300g, £1.50 – buy now: A bread sauce made with gluten free breadcrumbs – weird.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Bread Sauce, 300g, £1.70 – buy now: Good thickness and strong flavours of onion and clove.
Lidl Bread Sauce, 300g, £1.29 – buy now: Delicately flavoured but the texture is lumpy.

Turkey gravy
Why not try out a new gravy mix for your turkey?

M&S Posh Turkey Gravy, 500g, £4.25 – buy now: An average gravy but an increased price. Not special.
Aldi Turkey Gravy, white wine and butter, 500g, £1.49 – buy now: Made with white wine and butter this is a flavoursome gravy that would compliment turkey beautifully.
Asda Rich and Herby Turkey Gravy 425g, £2.50 – buy now: A very acceptable gravy from Asda here with notes of rosemary, sage and garlic.
WINNER Waitrose Christmas Turkey Gravy, 450g, £2.99  – buy now: This is truly special. Made with turkey stock, onion, Maderia wine, Port and sage there’s a whole orchestra of flavours here. The consistency is rich, glossy and coating.
Lidl British Turkey Gravy, 500g, £1.49 – buy now: A cheaper riff on the Waitrose one. Also flavoured with Maderia and sage this is a good budget option.
Tesco Finest Turkey Gravy, 350ml, £1.50 – buy now: Smooth and sumptuous this gravy is flavoured with Sauvignon Blanc and red onion.
Morrisons, Turkey Gravy, marsala wine, herbs and seasoning, 500g, £2 – buy now: Does what it says on the tin. This gravy taste the most of turkey out of all of them and it’s no surprise since they’ve used turkey thigh, breast and skin in the stock. Rich and flavoursome.

Stuffing
We test a selection of stuffing on the high street for Christmas

Iceland 12 Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffing Balls, £1.50 – buy now Packed full of sage these stuffing balls taste like Christmas. Excellent.
JOINT ­WINNER Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Pork, Roast Chestnut and Thyme Stuffing, £3 – buy now : A big wadge of salty, herby goodness. The roast chestnut makes it really special.
JOINT ­WINNER Tesco Finest 6 Pork, Bramley Apple and Cranberry Stuffing Stars, £2.50 – buy now– Star-shaped stuffing? What’s not to love. The apple and a touch of honey bring a sticky sweetness that balances out the rich pork and we love the jewel-like cranberry on top. Also the star shape means more crispy edges.
Morrisons 12 British Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffing Balls, £3 – buy now: Traditional flavours and a good meaty texture.
SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Aldi 6 Pork Stuffing Balls with Caramelised Onion, £2.49 – buy now: It’s Christmas so why not wrap everything in bacon? Aldi have done just that with these stuffing ‘baubles’ and we thank them for it.
Lidl Pork Sage and Onion Stuffing, 350g, £2.39 – buy now: Another traditional stuffing for those who don’t like Christmas dinner to be messed with.
M&S Pork, Chestnut, Bacon and Thyme Stuffing, 340g, £3.70 – buy now: If you don’t like sage this would be a good choice. Sweet, salty, herby.
Asda 12 British Pork Sage and Onion Stuffing Balls, £2.50 – buy now: Heavy on the sage which immediately screams Christmas dinner. A good price too.

Mince pies
Finish your dinner off in style with these mince pies

Asda Extra Special, baked in store, 4 Mince Pies, £1.65 – buy now: You can taste that these are freshly baked. Crumbly and buttery pastry and generous filling.
Aldi All Butter 6 Mince Pies, £1.25 – buy now: An underwhelming pastry – too crumbly and lacking in flavour but the filling is pleasant and sweet.
Morrisons 6 Mince Pies, £1 – buy now: A classic mince pie and a great price. Can’t complain.
Tesco 6 Finest Mince Pies, £2.50 – buy now: Juicy and fruity with a delicate thin pastry. The addition of walnuts brings good flavour and crunch.
Iceland 6 Mince Pies, £1.89 – buy now: Too sweet and syrupy for me but the pastry goes nicely crisp and golden when in the oven.
WINNER M&S 6 mince pies, £2.50 – buy now: By far the best. The pastry is rich with butter and has a delightful chew. The star on top looks really pretty and inside there’s a medley of festive flavours – plump, spiced fruit, apple puree, glace cherries and lemon and orange zest.
Waitrose All Butter 6 Mince Pies, apricot, glace cherries, £2.50 – buy now: Really delicious hot as the buttery pastry mingles with the sweet, sticky apricot, glacé cherries and almonds filling.
Sainsbury’s 6 Deep Filled Mince Pies, 90p – buy now: Quite disappointing. The pastry tastes of very little and the filling is too acidic.

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Christmas pudding
Plus, here’s some tasty Christmas puddings on offer

Lidl Luxury 9 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, 454g, £3.49 – buy now: A great balance of sweetness and booze but the texture is a little too firm.
Morrisons, 9 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, 454g, £5 – buy now: The texture is a bit cloying and flavours generally unexciting. A let down.
M&S 12 Month Matured Intensely Fruity Christmas Pudding, 454g, £6 – buy now: Incredibly moist this pud is packed full of soft, brandy soaked fruit. I especially like the orange flavour running through it.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 18 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, 450g, £5.50 – buy now: A ­classic Christmas pud with a whole host of festive spices and a nice touch of orange oil.

Tesco Finest 12 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, 907g, £8 – buy now: Soft, sticky and gooey on the inside with tons of tasty pecans but a little dry on the outside.
Asda, Christmas Pudding, 454g, £1.99 – buy now: Gorgeously fruity but light on the booze and could do with more spices.
WINNER Iceland Classic Christmas Pudding, cider, sherry, rum, 6 month matured 454g, £2.25 – buy now: Dark in colour this pudding looks decadent and inviting. It’s sticky and rich with vibrant cherries and laced with lashings of cider, sherry and rum with just the right balance of sweetness. Very impressive.
Aldi 6 month mat Xmas pudding grace cherries, juicy vine fruits, 454g, £1.89  – buy now: Juicy vine fruits and glace cherries make this pleasantly sweet but it’s underwhelming compared to the rest.


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Fortnite action figures are hitting shops this week as bargain hunters spot them in Asda

Category : Asda , Money , Shopping

FORTNITE action figures are going on sale this week – and it’s a great opportunity for parents with Fornite-obsessed little ones to get ahead with their Christmas shopping.
Bargain hunters have already spotted toys from the popular video game in Asda, but they’re not going on sale until this Saturday, the budget supermarket says.
Asda is officially launching a range of Fortnite action figures this Saturdayhotukdeals
Gary Thompson, a user on deal-sharing website hotukdeals, spotted the toys in an Asda store in Glasgow over the weekend, but claims he wasn’t allowed to buy any.
He said: “Fortnite genuine toys. These were in Asda George at Glasgow Fort on Saturday 24th. When trying to purchase them the till said no.
“No sale until the 1st December. Even manager said no to selling them. Also available were lama packs and chests. Must be toy for Fortnite fans.”
The toys included packs of Raptor and Carbide for £11.95 according to Gary, as well as Rex, Cuddle Team Leader, Brite Bomber and Ragnarok as a pack of four.
The Sun has asked Asda to confirm the pricing of each toy but it’s yet to tell us.
But it’s not the only retailer to start selling Fortnite action figures this Saturday – Smyths Toys is planning to do the same.
It is also yet to reveal more news about the launch – all we know so far is that the toy retailer is launching the toys at midnight on Saturday.
Zavvi is selling the Cuddle Team Leader for £26.99Zavvi
Many people are expecting the toys to be really popular.
A user commented on hotukdeals’ website: “Thanks, good to know that Asda will have them too so if I don’t have any luck in Smyths I can pop next door.
“I can see these selling out and going for crazy prices on eBay.”
eBay is also selling Fortnite action figures but people are warning that some of the figures aren’t authentic and bad quality.
A user said: “Wouldn’t bother with eBay, I ordered and received a set from China, awful quality, looked like from a pound shop, not worth £10-£50!
“They wouldn’t even stand up, these look much better quality, I’ll try again with these, thanks.”
Other retailers selling the popular toys are Forbiddenplanet.com as well as Zavvi.com, but so far they’re only available to pre-order online for delivery from mid-December.
Forbiddenplanet.com is selling the Cuddle Team Leader figure for £24.99, compared to Zavvi’s slightly more expensive price at £26.99.

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In other Fornite news, toy giant Hasbro has revealed that it’s working on officially licensed Fortnite Nerf Guns.
Pop consumer products company Funko has also launched different lines of Fortnite merch including action figures, T-shirts and key-rings.
But if the video game isn’t your thing, Asda has just launched a huge toy sale including Lol Surprise and Lego – and a simple trick will save you up to 55 per cent.

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Soaring power bills means parents will buy 13million fewer Christmas presents this year

Category : Money , Shopping

HARD-UP parents will buy 13 million fewer Christmas presents this year because of spiralling energy bills, a survey has found.
Over half of families said they will struggle to afford energy this winter forcing almost one in six to buy less gifts to make ends meet.
Getty – Contributor Children may have to settle for less this year as parents are being forced to cut down on holiday spending[/caption]
Parents surveyed said they will buy five fewer presents on average – which would total 13 million fewer across the country.
It comes as energy prices shot up six per cent in a year – to an average of £1,194 – forcing the Government to bring in a pay cap to bills to support struggling families.
Household energy debt has rocketed by 24 per cent and since January 32 providers have announced 55 price rises.
Supplier Eversmart commissioned the survey of 1,796 people and its CEO Barney Cook said: “Christmas should be a time of eating, drinking and spending time with your family.
Getty – Contributor The rise is energy bills is forcing almost one in six to buy less gifts in order to make ends meet[/caption]

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“A time for loosening your belt rather than tightening it – instead many families may see their energy bills as the ‘pinch’ that stole Christmas.
“It shouldn’t be that way – heating your home in colder weather and keeping the lights on in the darker evenings shouldn’t come at a prohibitively expensive cost.”
Over two fifths of families will be forced to reduce spending over winter, with 27 per cent of parents cutting back on meals out.
Nearly one in ten will reduce the number of clothes bought for their kids while 16 per cent will commit to less leisure activities like swimming.

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Save your bacon and cheat the dreaded ‘meat tax’ tax with these top tips — plus win a £14,000 caravan

Category : Money , Sun Savers , Tips

IF you like your meat, this is one to read beef-ore your next food shop. Proposals for a “meat tax” could see prices of bangers and bacon soar by 80 per cent.
Oxford University scientists claim hiking the price of red meat would prevent 6,000 deaths a year by encouraging us to eat healthier alternatives.
Continue to enjoy the meat dishes you love without having to reach deep into your pocketsAlamy
Here, family food blogger Michelle Rice, of utterlyscrummy.blogspot.com, reveals her tips for keeping the cost of meaty treats to a minimum . . .

Price freeze. “Opt for frozen casserole meat or mince and stick them in a slow cooker. Frozen meat, particularly chick-en, is much cheaper than buying fresh and makes easy dinners. A 1.15kg bag of chicken fillets is £5 at Iceland compared to £5.79 for 1kg of chicken fillets at Asda.”
Bulk buy online. “There are lots of online butchers and meat retailers that offer bulk deals for very good prices. For example, you can get £9.75 off 5kg chicken breast fillets at greatbritishmeat.com. Introductory deals are also fantastic, such as £10 off at farmison.com.”
Bigger is better. “Make a vat of Bolognese sauce and use it for lasagne, chilli and cannelloni. Save £2 off three 675g mince packs at Morrisons. After cooking, divide into meal-sized portions and freeze leftovers for ready meals. A whole chicken is much cheaper than pre-packed and can be used for risotto, pasta bakes, soups and sandwiches.”
Stretch it out. “Add extra vegetables or toppings to recipes. Another potato and carrot, or some pumpkin or sweet potato, in a casserole can make one more serving. Add cooked pulses or in- expensive canned beans, chick- peas and lentils too. Throw a handful of oats (75p at Asda) into Bolognese sauce before simmering to bulk it out.”
Quality over quantity. “Choose good-quality meat over poorer quality, cheaper meat. This especially applies to sausages — the cheaper the sausage, the more fillers and less meat. Four to six good-quality sausages will flavour a risotto, casserole or pasta sauce far better than eight to ten poor quality sausages. Shop around and you can find Heck 97 per cent pork sausages for £2.50 at Morrisons, compared to £3.15 at Tesco.”

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Airlines blasted by ministers for hoodwinking passengers so they pay more to sit together

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AIRLINES were blasted by ministers yesterday for “hoodwinking” families by using “cynical and exploitative” computer programmes to charge them more for booking seats together.
Digital Minister Margot James blasted their “temerity” for using online tools that ripped customers off.
Alamy Airlines have come under attack after it was revealed that they charge more for families who want to sit together[/caption]
She confirmed authorities were now looking at cracking down on the practice of using algorithms to recognise family names on booking sites.
The practice costs travellers around £400m extra per year.
Ms James said the new Institute for Data Ethics and Innovation would launch a probe into airlines who use the algorithms.
She told the Commons Communications Committee: “In the aviation sector, algorithms are employed in terms of allocating seats on aircraft and with some airlines they’ve set an algorithm to identify passengers with the same surname travelling together.
PA:Press Association Digital Minister Margot James branded computer algorithms used by some airlines ‘cynical and exploitative’[/caption]
“They’ve had the temerity to split the passengers up around the plane and when the family want to travel together they are then charged more.
“That is an example of a very cynical exploitative means of deploying algorithms to hoodwink the general public, which I trust the CMA and the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation are I trust going to get on top of.”
She also revealed some energy and telecoms firms were pushing up tariffs for people who they considered unlikely to switch.
She said the Government would be looking at curbs to tackle problem online gambling in an upcoming White Paper.
Getty – Contributor The Government are set to look into companies which use algorithms in hope of tackling the issue of hoodwinking[/caption]

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“All of these things conspire to create a bigger problem which we are definitely addressing as part of the development of the white paper.”

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When will the new £50 note be released and who will feature on it?

THE £50 banknote was once described as the “currency of the corrupt elites”.
But in October 2018, government ministers opted against scrapping it, in hope of developing a more durable and secure note. Here’s what we know…
The new £50 note will be released after 2020Alamy
When will the new £50 be released?
There are currently 300million £50 notes in circulation, with a combined value of £16.5billion.
The Bank of England has said we won’t be seeing the new £50 note before 2020.
The new version will be made of plastic rather than paper, like the current £5 and £10.
The Sun revealed last month that Treasury bosses had decided to save the note after considering scrapping it due to money-laundering concerns.
Who will feature on the note?
Bank governor Mark Carney said the banknotes are a great way to celebrate the contributions of Britain’s “greatest citizens”.
The new £50 note will feature a renowned British scientist.
The scientist may specialise in any field of science, including astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, mathematics, technology and zoology.
And Bank of England has asked members of the public to offer their suggestions.

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Stephen Hawking is a crowd favourite, but there is also pressure to feature an eminent female scientist.
The committee will draw up a shortlist, and the final decision will be made by Mr Carney.
Speaking at London’s Science Museum, he said: “There is a wealth of individuals whose work has shaped how we think about the world and who continue to inspire people today.
“Our banknotes are an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of UK society and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens.”
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How more than 200 shopping centres across UK could fall into administration

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THE high street in Britain is facing further crisis with more than 200 shopping centres at risk of falling into administration, according to experts.
Analyst Nelson Blackley said the rise of online shopping is causing a “downward spiral”, adding that the closure of malls would be “catastrophic”.
A closed Toys R Us shop in a south London shopping mall as an expert warns of the risk to centres across the UKAlamy
The closure of stores such as BHS and Toys R Us means that hundreds of centres are at risk, according to Mr Blackley.
He told the BBC: “We have too many of them, doing exactly the same – the same range of stores and products – and basically that’s not attractive.
“If centres close, particularly in small towns, it will be catastrophic.”
Most of those at risk are said to be owned by US private equity firms under deals that will need refinancing.
Mr Blackley, who is based at Nottingham Trent University, added: “People are suggesting a number of leading national retailers are on the edge and may close and that would bring shopping centres down with them.”
He said when a “major anchor store” moves out it has a “downward spiral” affect.
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The retail expert added: “You can’t fill shopping centres with nail bars and vape shops.”
A number of high street retailers, including Debenhams, Mothercare, New Look and House of Fraser, have all announced financial struggles in recent months.
Up to 100,000 retail jobs have been axed over the past three years, according to figures released in September.

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Enjoy Mrs Crunch’s delicious meat-free recipes for this year’s National Vegan Day

Category : Money , Mrs Crunch , Recipes

THIS Thursday marks National Vegan Day. Catering for guests and family with different dietary requirements isn’t always easy, but you can follow these recipes that the whole family will love – even if they usually eat meat.
The vegan menu has tasty and filling onion bhajis, a curry and a light and sweet pavlova.
Bakes onion bhajis
(Serves eight)
Why not try serving these delicious vegan onion bhajis with a wedge of lime
Prep time: 10 mins.
Cooking times: 1 hour
Cost: 88p
YOU NEED:
For the bhaji mix:

5 small onions, sliced 5mm thick
5 tbspn chickpea or Gram flour – available in supermarkets
1 pinch salt
1/2 tspn ground cumin
1/2 tspn ground coriander
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
16 squirts of low-calorie cooking spray
1 tbsp tomato puree
water, as needed

Spices for the pan:

1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp chilli powder

METHOD: Preheat the oven to 200 C/Gas Mark 6. Line large baking tray with baking parchment.
Gently sweat the onions off in a frying pan with half the oil until they turn translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
Sprinkle in the chilli powder and mix. Add the turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger and stir well.
Remove from the heat. Place the chickpea flour, salt, cumin and coriander into a medium bowl and mix well.
Add the onions and tomato puree into a bowl and mix.
Add a little bit of water to get the correct consistency – it should be wet and easy to stir but not sloppy.
Drizzle the remaining oil on to the prepared tray, place 2 tablespoons of the onion mix on to the tray for each bhaji, ­flatten slightly with the back of the spoon.
Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes.
Then spray the oil on top of the bhajis and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.

TIP: Serve with a spicy chutney or make a dip using soya yoghurt, diced cucumber, mint and a sprinkle of salt

Potato curry
(Serves six)
Alamy Spice up your life with this amazing vegan potato curry[/caption]
Prep time: 30mins.
Cost: £6.60 – £1.10 per serving
Cooking time: 30mins.
YOU NEED:

2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
200g butternut squash, cubed
2 tbspn vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1.5 tsp cayenne pepper
4 tsps curry powder
4 tsps garam masala
2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and minced
2 tsps salt
1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
1 (400g) tin chickpeas, drained
1 (400g) tin peas, drained
1 (400g) tin coconut milk

METHOD:
Place potatoes and squash into a large saucepan and cover with water.
Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until just tender, about 15 minutes.
Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Meanwhile, heat the ­vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened, about 5 ­minutes.
Season with cumin, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, curry powder, garam masala, ginger and salt; cook for 2 minutes more.
Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, peas and potatoes.
Pour in coconut milk, and bring to a simmer.
Simmer 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Serve with rice and ­decorate with chillies and curry leaves.

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Vegan pavlova
(Serves 10)
Make use of water from a can of chickpeas by making this delicious pavlova
Prep time: 35mins
Cost: £5.50 – 55p per person
Cook time: 1hr 30mins
WHAT YOU NEED:

1 (400g) tin chickpeas in water
1/4 tspn cream of tartar
150g caster sugar
1/2 tspn vanilla extract (optional)
500g soya yoghurt – plain or vanilla flavoured
300g Morrisons Berry Selection

METHOD:
Preheat the oven to 110C (100C fan) or gas ¼. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Drain the tin of chickpeas, reserving 125ml of liquid.
Place the chickpea liquid into a ­mixing bowl and add the cream of ­tartar.
Using an electric handheld mixer, whisk until soft peaks form.
Gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until firm glossy peaks form (this can take up to 20 minutes).
Add the vanilla extract, if using, and whisk until well incorporated.
Using a pencil, mark out the circumference of a dinner plate on some baking parchment.
Spread the meringue inside the ­circle, creating a crater by making the sides a little higher than the middle.
If you want to be fancy you can pipe into two layers and use piping equipment.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 90 minutes, or until firm and the pavlova comes away easily from the baking parchment.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Top with the yoghurt and the strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

TIP: You can add the leftover chickpeas into the potato curry


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Best Christmas sandwiches from high street retailers including Greggs, Aldi, and Tesco

FESTIVITIES begin when the first Christmas sandwich hits the supermarket shelf which is why we’ve taken on the ultimate challenge to find out which ones are worth your cash.
We tried 21 Christmas sarnies (someone had to do it, right?) and ranked them out of five on appearance, taste and value for money for an overall score out of 15.
Sun reporters Hollie Borland and Rachael Clarke tasted supermarket sandwichesThe Sun
Top of the charts was Sainsbury’s newest Christmas sandwich, The Big Beef, based on a beef roast dinner, with an actual Yorkshire pudding in the middle and smothered in gravy mayonnaise.
While it’s not your classic Christmas sarnie it scored well with our taste testers, bagging an impressive 14 out of 15 points.
It scored top marks for appearance and value for money, only falling short by a point on taste because it’s not very festive.
Aldi’s bargain £1.99 Specially Selected turkey with pigs under blankets came in second place, scoring five in value for money, but just missing out on its looks and flavour.
The Simply Turkey and Stuffing dish from Boots’ didn’t fare well, scoring a measly six out of 15, flunking on taste, value and appearance.
Here’s our verdict on which Christmas sandwiches are a hit, and those you should probably skip:
Sainsbury’s The Big Beef, £3 – 14
Appearance: 5, Taste: 5, Value for money: 5
Available: October 22
It looks like a posh Big Mac and tastes delicious too – the Yorkshire pudding in the middle works far better than it sounds. It only missed out on top marks because a beef roast dinner isn’t the most festive of meals
Aldi’s Specially Selected turkey pigs under blankets. £1.99 – 13
Appearance: 4, Taste: 4, Value for money: 5
Available: October 29
One of the cheapest sarnies we tested is a proper meat feast, what with the turkey, sausages and bacon fillers. And at £1.99 it’s great value for money
M&S Three bird roast, £3.80 – 12
Appearance: 5, Taste: 3, Value for money: 4
Available: November 1
Only the turkey filler out of the trio of sandwiches tasted Christmassy, with the hoisin duck reminding us of a Chinese takeaway
Co-op’s coronation turkey brioche roll, £3.15 – 12
Appearance: 4, Taste: 4, Value for money: 4
Available: November 1
The bread to filling ratio is off, and could do with more turkey – but the coronation sauce provides a tasty alternative to cranberry jam
Asda’s festive bubble and squeak, £2.50 – 12
Appearance: 4, Taste: 4, Value for money: 4
Available: November 5
New this year, this veggie option is definitely one that meat eaters will enjoy too. The filling has the texture of stuffing while the sage and onion infused bread really packs a punch
Eat’s brie, cranberry and stuffing on onion seed, £93.95 – 12
Appearance: 5, Taste: 4, Value for money: 3
Available: November 5
The cafe chain’s vegetarian option has a lovely, nutty flavour with the perfect amount of cranberry sauce. But the thin slices of brie are lost in the flavour and at £3.95 it’s on the more expensive side
Boots’ pigs under blankets, £2.75 – 11
Appearance: 3, Taste: 4, Value for money: 4
Available: November 7
The meaty sandwich contains a good amount of sausage and the cranberry sauce has the same effect on the bacon as maple syrup would. A great addition to the line up
Greggs’ Christmas sandwich, £3 – 11
Appearance: 3, Taste: 4, Value for money: 4
Available: November 8
It has everything you need in a festive sarnie including turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The turkey slices are thick but we’re not sure we’ll be trading in our sausage rolls for the £3 meal
Asda’s turkey and trimmings, £2.50 – 11
Appearance: 3, Taste: 4, Value for money: 4
Available: November 5
The Sun It’s well seasoned, with a lot of meat and generous on the cranberry sauce. There are whole cranberries too so it’s not in danger of being dry[/caption]
Tesco’s festive feast trio, £3.60 – 11
Appearance: 5, Taste: 3, Value for money: 3
Available: November 5
The fillings are inspired by a starter, main and pudding. The bread is light and fluffy but they’re a bit scarce on the filling. The Black Forest gateau inspired dessert roll can’t work out if it’s sweet or savoury, and frankly you’d be better off with a brownie
M&S’ Turkey feast, £3.50 – 11
Appearance: 4, Taste: 4, Value for money: 3
Available: November 1
The sandwich is well filled with crumbly stuffing and crispy bacon. The pulled turkey has a good bite to it and moist texture
Costa’s veggie Christmas lunch wrap, £3.50 – 11
Appearance: 3, Taste: 5, Value for money: 3
Available: November 1
The sweet potato falafel with Wensleydale and cranberry cheese and spiced plum chutney is a sweet twist on the traditional Christmas nut roast. But being in a wrap, it feels like it’s gone in two bites
Eat’s festive full works on malted wheat, £4.25 – 11
Appearance: 4, Taste: 5, Value for money: 2
Available: November 7
The sandwich has a a good bite to it, with thick slices of turkey and stuffing. The spinach adds a refreshing crunch but at £4.25, there are healthier options for your wallet
Aldi’s ham hock and cheddar, £1.69 – 10
Appearance: 4, Taste: 2, Value for money: 4
Available: October 29
This was the second cheapest one that we tried and it tasted like a posher ham and cheese sandwich, with no real Christmassy twist. The ham is salty and at any other time of year it’s a great sandwich but not festive enough for us
Tesco’s turkey trimmings, £2.20 – 9
Appearance: 4, Taste: 2, Value for money: 3
Available: October 29
The turkey trimmings contains all of the meat but despite its appearance it’s bland  and disappointing compared to the other turkey options
Costa’s turkey and emmental shimmer brioche, £3.25 – 9
Appearance: 4, Taste: 3, Value for money: 2
Available: November 1
It certainly looks festive with the gold glitter sprinkled on the bun but the fun doesn’t extend to the taste. There’s more bread than filling so you’ll end up full without the flavour
Sainsbury’s turkey feast with Cumberland stuffing, £2.40 – 8
Appearance: 3, Taste: 2, Value for money: 3
Available: October 22
The sliced turkey tastes okay but the stuffing is strange. It’s cubed, foamy and leaves your mouth dry
Waitrose’s duck, orange relish and red cabbage wrap, £3.20 – 8
Appearance: 3, Taste: 3, Value for money: 2
Available: November 7
There’s no denying that it tastes festive – the orange relish leaves the taste of Christmas pudding in your mouth. But after a second bit, the perfume-y flavour is overpowering. A bit like a festive duck spring roll
Costa’s turkey feast with sweet cranberry sauce, £3.60 – 8
Appearance: 3, Taste: 3, Value for money: 2
Available: November 1
It’s packed full of punchy flavours but the smokey bacon kick is bit much in every bite. There isn’t enough cranberry sauce leaving the bread a little dry
Boots’ Simply turkey and stuffing, £1.50 – 6
Appearance: 2, Taste: 2, Value for money: 2
Available: October 1
New this year, it’s the cheapest sandwich we tried is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s soggy, flavourless and takes the fun out of Christmas

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Eagle-eyed shoppers have already spotted festive sarnies at Boots, including flavours such as Turkey, Bacon & Stuffing, Parsnip Fritter & Butternut Squash and Pigs Under Blankets.
Iceland has launched crisps which taste like a Christmas TREE – and it could be one of the most controversial flavours ever created.
Move over pigs in blankets, Tesco is launching pigs in duvets and we can’t wait to get our hands on the flaky puff pastry treats.

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