THE price of a pint these days is enough to have us crying into our beer.
The Good Pub Guide has reported prices have jumped 10p a pint in the past year, and now average £3.79.
But tap into my savvy tricks and you can pour pounds back into your purse . . .
’APPY DAYS: Happy hours are still big business, but signing up to certain apps can be the key to freebies.
The Young’s On Tap App currently offers a free pint when you first download it.
Ember Inns offers a similar free beer deal, while Greene King has 20 per cent off your first order when you download its app.
SWITCH IT UP: If you are a bottled beer fan, you will usually save a few pennies by switching to tap. But have you thought about buying your own mini kegs for home?
Tesco sells a five-litre keg of Sharp’s Doom Bar for £15, which works out at £3 a litre. Buy the same beer bottled and you will spend £3.40 a litre.
DON’T BE CAMRA-SHY: Sign up to be a member of the Campaign For Real Ale — Camra — and get some serious perks.
For £26.50 a year, members are given a wide range of deals, including £30 worth of real ale vouchers (these can be used at pubs including JD Wetherspoon, Castle Rock and Amber Taverns).
They also get discounts such as 10p off a pint and ten per cent off products at thousands of pubs nationwide.
If you are the average drinker (118 pints a year, apparently) you could save a pretty penny. Find out if your local is part of the scheme at camra.org.uk/discountscheme.
ALE BE: You could save by choosing pubs that sell their own-brewed pale ales.
They will sell at a cheaper price per pint than those from an external brewery, according to The Good Pub Guide.
You could also opt for beers with lower alcohol content, as these tend to be cheaper — great if you just really like the taste of beer.
-PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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THERE is still time for you to grab two FREE tickets, worth up to £60, to a SEA LIFE Aquarium of your choice!
Choose where you go from TEN Aquariums across the UK: London, Birmingham, Brighton, Loch Lomond, Manchester, Great Yarmouth, Weymouth, Hunstanton, Scarborough and Blackpool.
Dive into jaw-some fun and explore a magical underwater world of shiny scales, tenacious tentacles and razor-sharp teeth.
Come face-to-fin with the ocean’s most weird and wonderful creatures.
We recommend the UK’s oldest aquarium at SEA LIFE Brighton, with its fantastic new experience, Day & Night.
Discover the magic of the ocean as it changes from light to dark in a UK-first experience.
Dance along the bio-florescent tropical shore, marvel at the beauty of coral reefs and journey through the aquarium’s underwater tunnel to marvel at its new floor-to-ceiling viewing window.
With the UK’s largest collection of sharks and rays under one roof, including Black Tip Reef Sharks, Zebra Sharks and Bloch Tail Sting Rays, there are many reasons to visit time and time again.
Why not climb aboard the glass- bottom boat, which is exclusive to SEA LIFE Brighton, and see the wonderful creatures from a truly amazing perspective?
Plus, visitors can celebrate the return of SEA LIFE Brighton’s much- loved turtles, Lulu and Gulliver.
You can also encounter turtles at SEA LIFE Aquariums in Weymouth, Great Yarmouth, Blackpool and Manchester.
How to get your tickets
To get your free tickets, simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.
Then go to the “Offers” section and click “Start Collecting’ on the “Superdays – SEA LIFE” page.
Next, collect NINE Sun Savers codes from those printed daily in the paper until Tuesday, September 24. Today’s Sun Savers code is on Page 20.
Lastly, enter your NINE Sun Savers codes on the app or website to unlock booking.
Or get your tickets by collecting TEN printed tokens and booking using the form found in last Saturday’s paper and online at thesun.co.uk/superdays. Today’s token is in Saturday's paper.
Over the next couple of months you will be able to grab tickets to Madame Tussauds London and The Bear Grylls Adventure in Birmingham, so keep your eyes peeled.
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Win your bills with Switchcraft: 2 x £5,000 to be won
YOU could be bill free for a year with our Sun Savers competition.
We have teamed up with auto- switching service Switchcraft to give away two prizes of £5,000 to cover your yearly household bills.
To beat energy price rises, it is best to switch supplier every year. But most people are too busy to search price comparison sites.
Switchcraft’s technology keeps you on a great deal and the whole process is hassle-free – from finding your perfect plan to telling your current supplier you want to switch.
In 2018, the average Switchcraft customer saved £219.
To give you more choice, Switchcraft checks the widest range of suppliers, including the “Big Six” energy companies, independents and even solar-powered operators.
Switchcraft does the hard work for you but you are in control at every step.
It emails you details of your new energy plan and If you don’t like it, it won’t switch you.
If you do, it times your switch so you never pay exit fees – and you can cancel at any time.
To enter the competition, go to switchcraft.co.uk/sunsavers and sign up to switch your energy.
Once you have done this, you are in. You can also enter at sunsavers.co.uk or via the Sun Savers app.
Go to the Switchcraft page in the “Offers” section to opt in and enter.
Terms and conditions
Competition closes at 23:59pm on Sunday, September 22. Over 18, residents of the UK only (excludes Northern Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands). One entry per person.
Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries. There will be TWO winners of 1x £5,000 cash.
Sign up to Switchcraft auto-switching service required. Allow seven days from entry closing for the draw to take place.
Winners will then be notified within 14 days. Please allow 28 days for receipt of prizes. Prize is non-transferable.
Your information will only be used for the purposes of this competition. Promoter is News Group Newspapers Ltd.
Not open to staff of the Promoter and promotional partner or their families.
The winners will be asked to participate in reasonable publicity relating to this competition.
Editor’s decision is final. For a list of winners send stamped addressed envelope to News UK, Competitions Department, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF stating which competition you would like the winners’ details.