Ditch sweet treats during Lent and pick up these alternatives to save money — plus how to book your £9.50 holiday


GIVEN up one of your favourite treats for Lent? The pancakes have been scoffed and many of us will be avoiding some of our biggest cravings for the next 40 days.

If you need a substitute for your usual indulgences, these swaps will save dosh . . .

Save money this lent by swapping out your fave treats for cheaper and guilt-free alternatives
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Wine not: Giving up wine? If it’s the alcohol and calories of your favourite tipple that you’re trying to avoid, you might want to stash a low-alcohol option in the cupboard for those moments of weakness. German wine brand Black Tower has a Deliciously Light range — with only only 29 calories per glass and at 0.5 per cent ABV, it’s virtually alcohol-free. Try swapping popular Black Tower Smooth Red Wine, £5 at Asda, for the light version, £3.99 at Ocado.

SAVING: £1.01

Top choice: Ice cream is one of our top treats, but if you’ve given up the real deal this Lent, try swapping for Halo Top. The US favourite has a fraction of the sugar and calories of regular ice cream, plus it’s high in protein. Nab a tub for just £2.50, down from £3.50 at Iceland until Friday.


Choc change: Nothing will come close to chocolate but a low-calorie hot choc might tide you over when you get desperate — and won’t up your calorie count too much. Stock up on Tesco Low Fat Hot Chocolate, £1.60 — a cheaper alternative to cupboard favourite Options, £4.

SAVING: £2.40

No snack-cidents here: Crisps are an easy ­afternoon pick-me-up, so if you’ve given them up, you’ll need to find a savoury replacement. Salt and vinegar fans will find a decent stand-in with Snack A Jacks, two for £3 at Morrisons, usually £1.77 each — so pop a few packets in your desk drawer.

SAVING: 54p on two packs

Deal of the day

Save £50 off the cost of this great men’s watch

GRAB this Casio men’s Edifice Watch for £89 from watches2u.com, with free next day delivery, down from £139. Use code CAS89UK.

SAVE: £50

Cheap treat

Treat yourself to a few biscuits with a cup of tea

CURL up with your favourite book whilst snacking on Bahlsen Choco Moments Crunchy Mint on offer at Ocado for £1.50. Was £1.99.

SAVE: 49p

My Sun Savers fiver

MERYL MORRIS, from Almondbank, Perth and Kinross, says: “I save up my Savers fivers to put towards my next trip with my daughter.”

  • Send us your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Please include your name and town.

Top swap

Why spend £5.29 on this eyeliner…
…when you can buy this one for only £3

AT Superdrug? Ditch your Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner, £5.29, for Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Dip Eyeliner, £3.

SAVE: £2.29

Reader’s saving tip

STEPHEN WILD, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, says: “If your cat scratches the carpet, use VapoRub on the area. It’s invisible, doesn’t cause damage and is a cheap alternative to other deterrents.”

  • Send us your tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if it is used. Please include your name and town.

Shop & save

Save £1.09 off the cost of these tasty crunch bars

STOCK up on Nature Valley Crunchy Oats & Honey bars from Asda, currently £1.25 for ten bars. Was £2.34.

SAVE: £1.09

Hot right now

LOOKING for Mother’s Day gift ideas? Make the most of the 50 per cent off sale at Cath Kidston. Go to cathkidston.com and select “offers”.

Don’t miss out on 260 holiday parks with the Sun Hols From £9.50

HERE is your chance to book one of our Hols from £9.50.

Pick from 260 parks across the UK and Europe, with holidays available until November.

Here's how to book Hols From £9.50 - and have your pick of 260 holiday parks in the UK and Europe
Here’s how to book Hols From £9.50 – and have your pick of 260 holiday parks in the UK and Europe
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Choose from a three-night weekend break or a four-night midweek break.

To book, collect SEVEN tokens, codewords or Sun Savers codes from those inside The Sun until March 9.

If you choose to collect seven codewords, go to thesun.co.uk/holidays and enter them to book.

To book by post, send back your printed tokens with the booking form found online.

Collecting via Sun Savers? Go to the Sun Savers app or sunsavers.co.uk and click “Start Collecting” on the “Hols from £9.50” page found in the “Offers” section. Then enter your seven codes to unlock booking.

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JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

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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

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

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