Cash-saving ideas inspired by Downton Abbey as period drama hits cinema screens — plus play to win £50k on the Sun Savers Raffle

WITH Downton Abbey hitting cinema screens, it is the perfect time to get penny-pinching ideas inspired by period drama.

So lord it up by following these tips for savings . . .

Follow our cash-saving ideas inspired by Downton Abbey as period drama hits cinema screens
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Pounds in your pantry: Go back in time to the era of waste not, want not. Get everything out of your kitchen cupboards and write a list of what is in the pantry before you hit the supermarket. Then aim to build meals around what you already have at home.

Another great idea is to use, it’s a website that allows you to add your ingredients to a list and it will provide you with recipes that match them. The film might inspire you to host your own afternoon tea, which is a lot cheaper than forking out for a hotel one. Get a pretty cardboard floral cake stand for £1 from Poundland.

Tesco’s Finest sultana scones are on offer, down to £1 from £1.50.

Upstairs, downstairs: You might not be able to afford a servant but you can get help around the home thanks to tech. The Google Home Mini smart speaker, £49, is my fave. You can set reminders and listen to podcasts or music. And get waited on at Wetherspoons and McDonald’s when you order via their apps. Use the McDonald’s app this month to get free cheeseburger.

Estate dates: If you love history and old country houses, join the National Trust. Individual membership usually starts at £72 for adults. But family membership (where two adults can visit with up to ten of their children or grandchildren) costs £126.

Catch up for less cash: Need to refresh yourself with previous Downton episodes before hitting the cinema? Find every series on Amazon Prime Video, which costs £7.99 a month, and cancel at any time. If you prefer watching a DVD, get the entire box set of series one to six from Amazon for £28.94, cheaper than the Argos price of £30.

  • Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals subject to availability.

Deal of the day

Grab all these goodies from Co-op for only £5

GET Co-op’s SFC boneless chicken box, Birds Eye mini potato waffles, mini corn on the cobs, McCain crispy French fries and Rowntree lollies for £5 when bought together.

SAVE: £5.30

Cheap treat

Save 15p off this packet of Tesco Finest crisps

TESCO Clubcard members can get exclusive discounts at the moment, including Tesco Finest crisps for 85p, down from £1.

SAVE: 15p

Top swap

Gin lovers will be going mad over deals on offer at Tescos and Aldi

ARE you a gin lover on a budget? Instead of forking out £21 on Bombay Sapphire at Tesco, pay £13.99 for a bottle of Topaz Blue Gin at Aldi. I’ll drink to that.

SAVE: £7.01

My Sun Savers fiver

CLAIRE EVANS, from Hengoed, Mid Glamorgan, says: “I am going to use my Sun Savers fivers to take my three-year-old on a steam train to see Santa.”

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Reader’s saving tip

LORRAINE CASSIN, of Droylsden, Greater Manchester, says: “To clear carpets of pet hair, put on rubber gloves and simply brush it away.”

  • Share your tips at and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Please include your name and town.

Shop & save

Save £4.96 off the cost of this George Foreman grill

GET cooking with a George Foreman Compact Grill, £15 at Asda, down from £19.96.

SAVE: £4.96

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Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle
Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

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