From slow cooker's to electric blankets – here's our guide to money-saving gadgets this Black Friday

BLACK Friday means cheap deals on fun stuff like tellies and coffee machines.

But shoppers can also snap up a range of money-saving gadgets that will quickly pay for themselves, such as these.

SLOW COOKER: Making a casserole in one of these costs 15p, according to comparison site, compared to 32p in a traditional oven.

That amounts to £7.80, compared to £16.64, if you did this weekly for a year.

SAVING: £8.84

WHAT TO GET:’s Swan Retro slow cooker is £30, down from £40

HEATED AIRER: Tumble dryers cost 99p per 9kg cycle, compared to 9p for a heated airer.

So three loads a week would cost £65.34 or £5.94 respectively if you used the appliances in the five coldest months (22 weeks), when drying outside is not possible.

SAVING: £59.40

WHAT TO GET: Robert Dyas’s Status portable heated clothes airer is £49.99, down from £69.99

ELECTRIC BLANKET: Using a 3kW plug-in electric heater for an hour costs about 57p, but electric blankets cost about 1.9p.

Over the five coldest months (November to March), that means paying £2.93, compared to £87.78.

SAVING: £84.85

WHAT TO GET: The Original Factory Shop’s Daewoo single heated blanket is £16, down from £39.99

MICROWAVE: An oven costs nine times more to run than a microwave. Cooking four baked potatoes a week for a year is £34 in an oven, but £4 in a microwave.


WHAT TO GET: The Original Factory Shop’s Tower Rose Gold microwave is £89, down from £159.99

LED BULB: They cost under 2p to run for ten hours, while halogen ones cost 7.9p and incandescent ones 11.3p.

So over a year, that would be £7.30, £28.84 or £41.25 respectively, if a light was on for ten hours a day.

SAVING: £33.95

WHAT TO GET: Wilko’s 3-pack for £3, down from £6

  • Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

LAND a Lego Classic Creative box for just £20 at Asda, down from £39.97.

SAVE: £19.97

Cheap treat

ROLL up, roll up! Cadbury milk chocolate Mini Rolls are half-price at Tesco with a Clubcard, now just 90p.

SAVE: 90p

Top tips

THEATRE fans with a Mastercard can get early access to tickets – usually worth £50 – for more than 50 West End shows in January and February from as little as £10.

Register via to book tickets online from 10am today. You will need to pay using a Mastercard to get the discount on your tickets.

Top swap

GIVE yourself a lift with a new pair of boots.

Isabel Marant has a nice pair for £815 but Asda’s George section has similar for just £26.

SAVE: £789

Savers’ little helper

PREMIUM Bond prizes totalling £74million remain unclaimed – including five worth £100,000 and nine worth £50,000.

MoneySavingExpert’s Helen Saxon said she hopes the huge sums will be “a kick up the backside” for anyone who has not checked if they have won.

To claim, phone 08085 007 007 or write to NS&I, Sunderland, SR43 2SB.

Shop & save

THE Co-op has new Goose Island bar snacks, including mac & cheese bites, onion rings and halloumi fries. Two for £4 or £2.50 each.

SAVE: £1

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GOING places? You can get up to 30 per cent off accommodation at in its Black Friday sale.

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