IF you are feeling the January pinch and wishing away the days until payday, you are not alone.
The average Brit has £184 to see them through the month, which works out at just £5.26 disposable income a day, according to a study by eBay.
But you can banish the financial blues with these free “perk me ups” that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
CASH: Get handy free money at your fingertips by completing online tasks in your spare time – and you will automatically receive £5 for signing up. For more information, visit cashback.co.uk.
GIN: Simply enter a competition to be in with the chance of winning a bottle of Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon Gin – all you have to do is write a review if your name is picked out. Visit https://bit.ly/3iLfr1r.
AMAZON: Get as much as £180 in Amazon vouchers when you buy a life insurance policy directly from Direct Line. Other insurers offer equally exciting incentives. Visit directline.com/life-cover.
SHOPPING: Win vouchers ranging from £2 to £1,000 redeemable at lots of retailers, including Amazon, Boots, Costa Coffee, Tesco and B&Q, when you sign up to review TV and radio shows at gfkmediaview.com.
LIPSTICK: Get the chance to win a Mac lipstick for free. The Powder Kiss Lipstick is on offer to three testers in return for an honest review. Visit bit.ly/3wbbXZi.
MEALS OUT: Get 2-for-1 meals, 50 per cent off food, or 25 per cent off food and drinks, at thousands of UK restaurants including Ask Italian, Carluccio’s and Chef & Brewer, with a Tastecard – usually £5.99 a month but right now you can sign up for a 90-day free trial for free at tastecard.co.uk.
ICE CREAM: Win a free tub of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food non-dairy ice cream (worth around £3.50) and a Phishing net to catch the yummy chocolate fish in their fan-favourite flavour when you enter your details into their website. Five lucky applicants will each scoop a YEAR’S supply. Go to benjerrynondairyphishfoodcompetition.co.uk.
NAPPIES: Get a free pack of Pampers nappies when you register on the brand’s website and sign up to become a member of the Pampers Squad. Register now at pampers.co.uk/registration-squad.
STORY: Get a free copy of Storytime, the UK’s biggest story magazine, plus a free notebook. Every magazine is packed with fairytales and other stories – featuring animals, myth and legend plus beautiful illustration – as well as puzzles and games. Just pay 99p postage. Check out storytimemagazine.com/subscription/ mf-a-free-issue.
POPCORN: Get your little ones a free small popcorn at Showcase cinemas. Just sign up as an Insider member and show your Insider card or QR code at the movies. You can register now at showcasecinemas.co.uk/insider/register.
FLOWERS: Sign up to delivery service Freddie’s Flowers and get your fourth box of seasonal blooms free. Once you have registered, claim your offer using code FF4BOX. Sign up at freddiesflowers.com/register/email.
TOOTHPASTE: Get a free tube of Oral B 3D white Clinical Toothpaste, which claims to whiten teeth in just three days, by signing up to SuperSavvyMe and sharing pics of your gnashers on social media. The best 15 online shares will win an electric toothbrush too. Register at bit.ly/3XGKfzd.
WASHING POWDER: For a chance to become a product tester and clean your clothes for free with Persil Powercaps, just enter your details at OfferX. Apply at bit.ly/3wdF6D6.