Bizarre bargain buys

If you look in unexpected places, you can get an absolute bargain. Go on, dare you!

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Venture away from the familiarity of the High Street to find bargains on top name brands. Office, Sports Direct, Very.co.uk and Superdry are among the stores that have online outlets on eBay, often selling end of line or ex-display stock. Find a list of genuine outlets at MoneySavingExpert.com.

Find free food

Become a digital forager with apps like Too Good to Go and Olio which match you with shops, restaurants or locals who would otherwise be throwing food away. FallingFruit.org tells you where you can find free fruit fresh from the tree – anywhere in the world! No apple is worth breaking the law though, so if a tree is on private land, ask the owner before you helping yourself.

Hot property

Get your hands on some legit loot at online site Bumblebee Auctions where the police go to sell off lost stolen items they can’t reunite with their owners. You’ll find things like bikes, jewellery and tools – and they’re all a steal! Keep in mind that you may have to pick up from the police station that is selling the item and you pay a small charge to register your account.

Start scheming

Most areas have a local furniture recycling scheme (google ‘furniture schemes’ to find one near you) where tables, chairs, sofas and sideboards are checked over, repaired and then sold on at rock bottom prices. Some are only sold to those on benefits, others are open to anyone. Also look for charity shops with special furniture branches to bag a bargain. To find a scheme near you simply google ‘local furniture recycling schemes’ to find one that’s close to home.

Give it the boot

Hunt for second-hand treasures at your local car boot sale. Get there early and pick up a bargain on everything from second-hand clothing to vintage treasures, nearly new household goods and great gifts. It’s a fun day out too as most places sell hot snack food and you can brush up on your haggling skills!