Making the most of online bonuses

There was a time not along ago when having a Tesco Clubcard in your wallet made you a ‘savvy shopper’. If that is the height of your shopping nous nowadays you are by definition a ‘daft shopper’.

In 2003 financial journalist Martin Lewis set up for the small fee of £100. The purpose of the site was to get the best deals and advice for shoppers all in one place. The site was an enormous success, earning Lewis a profit of just under £87 million when it was sold in 2012.

Despite the rise in sites like Money Saving Expert it can still be tricky to find the best bonuses, discounts and vouchers. Fortunately for readers of Mancunian Matters, we have brought together some of the best discount sites and loyalty schemes on the web right now.

John Slots

The online gambling industry is booming in the United Kingdom and is now worth an estimated £5 billion a year in revenues. That might not sound like amazing news for gambling enthusiasts, but trust us, it is.

The rise in revenues of the industry has led to an explosion in the amount of companies offering their services to eager online punters. To gain the edge on their competitors, online sites are offering amazing discounts, vouchers and bonuses to potential new customers and John Slots aggregates these for their readers.

One of the most enticing offers on the site now is the Genesis Casino Bonus Code which offers new customers up to £1000 in bonuses as well as 300 free spins. Even if you haven’t gambled online before, you’ll still know that that’s a great offer!


People in the UK spent a combined £49 billion last year on eating and drinking out, with the average couple eating out twice a week. Restaurants and bars are big business, so why not save some money for yourself?

You can do just that by joining the 3.1 million members of Tastecard, the British food loyalty scheme that gives users 2 for 1 offers or 50% off at over 6,500 restaurants in the country.

Take advantage of a one month free trial before signing up for £39.99 a year to avail of the great offers. In Manchester you can get 2 for 1 meal deals at Pizza Express, Bock Biere Café, The Bridge Tavern and tonnes of other restaurants.

Bulb Referral

There are just 13 renewable electricity companies in the UK and Bulb are one that offer customers a great way to save on their energy bills. On average customers will save £300 a year by switching to Bulb when compared to the big six (Scottish Power, Npower, British Gas, EDF, E.ON & SSE.)

In addition to that you can get as much free energy as you want with the company’s referral scheme. Every time you refer a friend you will both receive £50 off your individual electricity bills.

By using a referral link to switch and encouraging just four of your friends or family to switch to Bulb you could save £250 from your annual electricity bill. In addition to this by using a renewable energy supplier you will be saving 3.5 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent to planting 1,770 trees.

Financial expert Martin Lewis recommends switching energy supplier if you can save £300 on your energy bill. Bulb could help you save plenty more than that through referrals

Hot UK Deals

Similarly to John Slots, Hot UK Deals is a site that aggregates the best special offers, discounts and vouchers in the UK. The vast majority of the deals featured on the site are seasonal, traditional retail deals.

This month the biggest deal on the site is a SIM free Ziaomi MI 8 mobile phone which customers can get for £199.95 from Argos. By using the site customers can click on the deal to save 26% on the mobile, saving nearly £70.

Workmen can also take advantage of discounted Scruffs Twister Safety Boots from building supplier Wickes. The boots retail at £45 but can be purchased for £30 through using Hot UK Deals.

Money Saving Expert

What better way to finish the article than with the site we started it with? Martin Lewis’ creation is the ultimate hub of online discounts, vouchers and deals. There is a dedicated section to the site that aggregates food, retail and clothing discounts for customers.

But users can also avail of the financial comparison tool on the site that helps users to find the best credit card and loan deals. Think of MSE like a financial version of Compare The Market, you wouldn’t buy car insurance without comparing prices and you shouldn’t sign up to a credit card without doing the same.

You can enter your individual needs and circumstances to the site so that its comparison tool can match you with the perfect finance deal. Before signing up you will also find out about the hidden terms and conditions that you need to know about as well as seeing trusted customer reviews.

You can even find deals like this £69 flight to New York on Money Saving Expert

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