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20 things you can do for less than £5

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What can you do for less than a fiver? We weren’t sure so went on the hunt to find out if there is anything (fun and useful!) you can do for less than £5.

20 things you can do for less than £5 

We were surprised to find out that there are actually quite a few things you can do for less than a fiver. Some may not be your cup of tea, but hopefully there’s a few you might like! Here’s our list of 20 things you can do for less than £5:

1) Free makeover 

Some beauty brands offer free makeover trials. Several offer a makeover where you can get back the cost of the trial if you buy products at the time. Boots No7 is one of them. Even better, you’re under no obligation to buy their products, though the consultant may try and sell to you. You can book your free appointment online. If you can’t find your local store on the list, go in and ask them.

Cost: Free.

2) Free visits to Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts look after 2,300 nature reserves in the UK and you can visit a vast majority (around 98%) of them free.

You can also support your local Wildlife Trust by becoming a member. Your money will help look after the wildlife and wild places in your area, and support work to inspire people about nature, including working with local schools and communities. It can cost as little as £3.25 per month.

Cost: Free or £3.25 per month.

3) £5 hair cut

You can pay just £5 for a haircut at the Toni & Guy Academy. The blurb says that hairdressers with varying levels of experience study at the academy, so you could get someone very experienced or a hairdresser who’s not being doing it for that long. A Toni & Guy ‘educator’ will supervise them.

You have to be open to having a fashion inspired look, so it’s probably not for you if you know exactly what you want or if you just want a trim!

The academy is open Monday to Friday you need to turn up at 9.30 for the morning session or 1.45 for the afternoon session. Be prepared for your appointment to last up to four hours, depending on what you want to have done (take a magazine or book!).

Cost: £5 for a cut, more for a colour or highlight.

4) Free workout

There are lots of gyms that offer free passes for one day or longer. One of them is DW Fitness, which offers a free three day no-obligation pass. Fill in the form online and they will call you within 24 hours to book your session. You must use the pass must within 14 days of you downloading it.

You can only redeem one guest pass every 60 days, though, so you can’t use it for regular trips to the gym!

Cost: Free.

5) Free birthday brow wax and facial 

If you have a Debenhams Beauty Club rewards card, you can get a free brow wax by Benefit and a free facial by Elizabeth Arden if you bring your card to the store and can prove your date of birth within two weeks of your birthday.

Cost: Free.

6) Pound shops

We couldn’t get away without mentioning pound shops in this article! From sun cream to sundries, pound shops, such as Poundland, offer a huge range of products for, you guessed it, £1. Some items cost more, but they’re always clearly marked.

Cost: £1

7) 10p theatre tickets

There are a limited number of 10p standing tickets that go on sale one hour before each Jerwood Theatre Downstairs performance at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The standing places are restricted view and subject to availability, but you are only paying 10p for a performance!

Cost: 10p.

8) Free live TV and radio shows 

From Strictly Come Dancing to The One Show, you can be an audience member for BBC TV and radio programmes. You can join their mailing list to hear when tickets for your favourite shows become available.

If you get a ticket, get there early to make sure you get a seat. The BBC sends out more tickets than there are places to ensure they have a full house. They say they do this because not everyone who asks for tickets uses them.

Cost: Free.

9) Free visit to a museum or gallery

There are lots of museums or galleries in the UK that you can visit free, like the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and the Leeds Art Gallery.

Cost: Free.

10) Free festivals

If you are a fan of festivals such as Glastonbury, Leeds and Bestival you can volunteer with Festival Samaritans in exchange for free entry. However, bear in mind that the main emphasis is being there for the people at festivals who need emotional support, not being at a particular event.

They recruit in January each year and you don’t need to pay a deposit. If you are chosen to be a volunteer you will undergo Samaritans training which lasts 8-10 weeks. Your volunteering hours will depend on which festival they are volunteering at, and what cover is available.

Cost: Free.

11) Free gardening communities

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens help gardening groups from tiny communities through to big city farms by giving practical support and representation. Membership is free, but you must complete an annual survey to check and update the information they hold about your project and to confirm your continuing commitment to membership of FCFCG.

Cost: Free.

12) £5 tickets to see Shakespeare 

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London sells £5 standing tickets for every performance. Be warned though, as lengthy plays may equal sore feet!

13) £4.67 English Heritage membership 

Access over 400 historic places across the UK if you take out a membership with the English Heritage.

Cost: £4.67 per adult per month when you pay via direct debit.

14) Free birthday cupcake 

If you join Patisserie Valerie’s Cake Club and tell them the date of your birthday, you will receive a free cupcake voucher. You’ll also get regular monthly offers and promotions and an introductory 10% discount off your next visit to any of their cafés.

SAVVY TIP: You don’t need to give them your actual birth date! I never do.

15) £3 cinema tickets if you’re 60 or over 

You can get discounted tickets for seniors at most cinemas, including Odeon where Silver Cinema screenings start at £3 and include tea, coffee and biscuits.

SAVVY TIP: Senior tickets are available at certain times on specified days. Tickets will only be issued if you produce a valid senior card, senior bus pass / Freedom pass or state pension letter. Senior tickets are limited to one per senior.

16) £4.69 pub lunch for over 60s 

Every Monday to Friday, the Hungry Horse pub chain has a ‘Golden Years’ menu, which offers anyone over 60’s two courses for £4.69. The portions are for smaller appetites.

17) £3.50 travel via Megabus

Megabus has one million £3 (plus 50p booking fee) fares on journeys around the UK this summer. You need to book at least four weeks in advance by the 7th September and travel by the 5th October. Fares are subject to availability.

Cost: £3.50

18) £2.50 private and public gardens 

You can visit a range of privately owned and public gardens, listed on the National Garden Scheme, for as little as £2.50. Visit the website for opening times as they are not all open all year round and some of the private gardens you can only visit by arrangement.

Cost: From £2.50.

19) ‘Free’ holiday 

Volunteer with Diverbo and get a ‘free’ week at one of their English-speaking villages in Spain or Germany. In return, you are required to speak English to Germans and Spaniards who are there to practice and improve their English. You also have to pay for your flights and for the hotel the night before and after the programme.

One-to-one conversation periods are mixed with mealtime discussions, group sessions and evening entertainment. Vacancies are available throughout the year.

Apart from your flight and two nights’ hotel accommodation, Diverbo pays for everything else. But if you want additional snacks or refreshments or require medication you’ll have to pay extra. You’ll be put in a shared room, which is worth bearing in mind!

Cost: You need to pay for your flights and the hotel for the night before and after the programme, but the rest is free.

20) Free park runs

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the UK. They are open to everyone, usually held on Saturday mornings and are safe and easy to take part in. You can register online and if you bring a printed copy of the barcode that they send you when you register, you will also be able to log your time.

Cost: Free.

Please let us know on Facebook and Twitter if you have any suggestions for things you can do for less than £5.

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