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Back to school offers and cut-price England tickets: this week's deals and discounts

Kids going back to school. Getty Images

There’s a great bunch of money-saving deals and discounts for you to grab this week, including back to school offers, free London building tours and cut-price England tickets.

But don’t forget, a bargain is only a good deal if you were planning to splash out on it anyway.

Back-to-school lunchbox deals

Keen bargain spotters at the website HotUK Deals have been busy rounding up all the best deals for lunchboxes/lunchbags ahead of the start of school after the summer break.

They’ve looked at offers from the likes of Argos, Sports Direct, Wilkos, Asda and many more. You can find the thread – which also includes tips on personalising kids’ lunch boxes – here.

Enjoy afternoon tea and save 24%

If you fancy afternoon tea for two, you can get it at Cafe Rouge and save 24% on the usual price through Wowcher. You have to buy a voucher through the site for £19 – down from £25 – and use it at a Cafe Rouge branch by 15 November.

If you want bubbles too, buy a £25 voucher – down from £30 – and you and a friend will be served a glass of prosecco each with your cakes and scones.

40% off WOW flights

WOW air is offering 40% discount off flights. You’ll need to use the WOWSALE promo code on bookings made at the site before midnight on 27 August.

The offer is on selected return trips from London Gatwick, London Stansted and Edinburgh to any WOW air destination, flying between 27 August and 15 December 2018.

Free guided tours to landmark London buildings

You could get a free behind-the -scenes look at the Royal Albert Hall. Getty Images

You can now buy tickets for this year’s Open House event in London. It takes place on the weekend of 22 and 23 September and gives anyone a chance to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peak at a wide range of buildings in the capital.

There are a range of new highlights this year as well as hundreds of landmark buildings, such as the Royal Albert Hall and Burlington House, opening their doors for free once again.

Top life hacks of 2018 (so far)

MoneySavingExpert has updated its top ‘life hacks’ of 2018. It includes Ikea tips, a McDonald’s hack, savings get-out-of-jail-free card and how to beat airline seating rip-offs.

The useful list actually now has 91 ways to save you cash.

Bake off sale at Sainsburys

The supermarket chain has cut the price of many of the essentials a baker needs in its stores. A Russell Hobbs hand blender, for instance is down from £15 to £10 while a Salter electronic same has been cut from £20 to £10.

The offers – which also include cake tins, chopping boards and bowls – will be available in branches until 30 September.

Bank Holiday sales

The Amazon website has an August Bank Holiday Sale until 29 August. There are deals on Amazon devices plus loads of Deals of the Day.

Meanwhile Currys PC World promises savings of up to 65% in its August bank holiday deals event in high street stores, including 10% off when you spend more than £500 on two or more large kitchen appliances.

Cut-price top tickets to see England play

England fans have a chance to see their World Cup heroes at Wembley. Getty Images

There’s a chance to see England’s World Cup heroes play their first match at Wembley since reaching the semi-final of the game’s top tournament in a couple of weeks.

But now top tickets for the match on 8 September against former World Cup winners Spain have been cut by 30% – from £70 to £49 – in a deal offered through Travelzoo.

There’s a similar offer for England’s match v Croatia on 18 November.

Which student bank account to choose?

If you or anyone you know are heading off to university, MoneySavingExpert has a cracking round-up of student bank accounts looking at all the top freebies and cheapest overdrafts offered for 2018-19.

Tip of the week

Teaching students about money is one of the most important things they can learn, reckons Araminta Robertson, the creator of Financially Mint, a blog that aims to help students learn how to manage money while in college.

“The first step is showing them that money is important and that they need to learn how to manage it – the rest will come with self-motivation and a bit of guidance,” she advises.

But parents can be a huge help, she says.

“A way to get them interested is by using the words ‘how to make money’. No one can resist that, least of all, students. Tell your son/daughter/nephew/niece/whoever that you can teach them how to make money, and that you’ll help them through the process. If they have a mentor to look up to, they won’t feel so lost and confused.”