Netting A Bargain: Smart Santa can save big with Argos three-for-two toys offer

Jonathan Campbell rounds up the best deals on the web and the high street

Piranha 20in Atom Junior dual-suspension mountain bike, £199.99 at Argos
Jonathan Campbell

- ARGOS is running its three-for-two toys offer in store and online until 11.59pm on October 3. Video-game consoles and games are excluded. This deal will obviously make your Christmas gift budget go further whichever way you use it but don't forget - the lowest-priced item is the freebie. This means you can maximise the discount by teaming up with other parents, buying three identically or similarly-priced high-value toys or bikes together and splitting the money you save. For example, a group-buy with a shared transaction for three of these Piranha 20in Atom Junior dual-suspension mountain bikes (item 725/6819 or quick link at £199.99 per bike would save each family almost £67. Browse the selection at

- Signing up to companies' mailing lists and providing personal details when you shop can have its disadvantages, as anyone who regularly receives spam will testify, but one benefit is that you often receive birthday freebies. Pizza Express wishes you many happy returns with a voucher for a bottle of wine, prosecco or four beers. Incidentally, the restaurant chain has an offer at the moment that gives you two main courses for £10 on Wednesdays. Find out more at The Body Shop ( gives its Love Your Body loyalty-scheme members £5 to spend on their birthdays, while many Ikea Family card holders (see get an email letting them know about a free fiver's worth of shopping too. At Topshop ( you get 20 per cent off instead.

- Eurospar has the following half-price deals at the moment: Innocent strawberry and banana or mango and passion fruit smoothies 250ml (now £1); Clover spread 500g (£1.49); Dale Farm Goodness peace and apricot, strawberry or raspberry and blueberry yoghurt four-packs (£1); Denny pork sausages eight-pack 454g (£1.09); Shaws crumbed ham 130g (£1.34); Cookstown smoked or unsmoked thick-cut back bacon 250g (£1.44); McColgan's mince and onion, steak and gravy or chicken and ham pies 500g (£2); McColgan's giant sausage rolls 300g (£1.29); Quaker Oat So Simple nine, 10 or 12-packs (£1.22); and McCoy's crisps 14-pack (£2). These offers are available until October 15. For more information go to

- American Express cardholders (or prospective ones), take note: Amex will be running its Shop Small promotion again this year, from December 2 to 17. Why tell you about it so far in advance? Well, firstly, if you don't already have a card you'll have time to apply for one and benefit from £5 off at selected shops and restaurants when you spend £10. Secondly, the map of participating retailers (published nearer the time on takes a bit of navigation and serious money-savers will want to prepare by making a shopping list to maximise their statement credits. Stay tuned for more details.

Details accurate at time of going to print. Offers subject to availability. If you see a TinyURL link in this article, it’s just a convenient way of redirecting you to a web page that would otherwise have a long address.

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