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How To Save Money During The Coronavirus Lockdown

Here at, we're all about saving you time and money when it comes to booking your perfect holiday, so it's only natural that we've looked into everything you can do to save a few pennies during the current UK lockdown. Whether you're in need of some money-saving hacks to help you with your financial worries, or just want a couple of ideas on how you can save up ready for you to have an amazing holiday when this all blows over, we've got you covered.

From refunds and discounts to membership freezes and free trials, our savvy team have outlined a selection of things you can do to during this time to make your money go further. Read on to find out how you can save...

Apply for rail ticket refunds

Whether you're a commuter who can no longer travel into work, or someone who was planning to travel for leisure, you can apply for a refund on your season, advance, off-peak and anytime tickets, in many cases without paying any admin fee (usually £10). To do so, you should contact the company you bought your ticket from, usually the train firm. Please note that any advance tickets purchased after 7am on 23 March will not be eligible for a refund.

Take advantage of free trials

Adults can take advantage of free trials on services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Now TV and Kindle Unlimited; learn guitar through free online lessons for three months from Fender; free meditation via the Headspace and Calm apps; and much more.

Plus, not only can schoolchildren enjoy a free three-month language course from Rosetta Stone and make use of Carol Vorderman's maths school, they can also listen to hundreds of books for free via Audible.

Freeze your gym membership

As gyms are closed during this time, many of them are proactively freezing monthly direct debits for members. If you haven’t heard from yours, proactively call them or get in touch via social media to find out how you can benefit from this scheme.

To help you stay fit and healthy at home, various celebrities and personal trainers are offering free home workouts on their channels, most of which the whole family can take part in and enjoy (with no equipment necessary). Our favourite examples of these are Joe Wicks' week daily P.E. lessons, as well as Chris Hemsworth's fitness programme that's offering free workouts for the next 6 weeks.

Pause your TV sport packages

In light of the recent sports event postponements, both Sky and BT are allowing customers to pause their sports package for a period (rather than cancelling subscriptions fully and risking having to pay a hefty fee to get out of the contract). For Sky Sports, this can be activated online and will only take a couple of minutes, whereas BT customers are encouraged to call up and discuss package options if they want to change anything. It's worth mentioning that you'll still be able to watch the Sky Sports channels during this time, you just won't need to cough up any cash for the privilege.

If you work for the NHS, use your discount

To say thank you to the wonderful key workers across the NHS, emergency services, social care and the armed forces, not only do companies such as Blue Light Card consistently offer discounts both online and on the high street, but other retailers are now supporting those who work in these essential roles by offering them free or discounted products and services.

Will you be trying any of these money saving tips? Do you have any we should add to the list? Tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!

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