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I'm surprised by how much prices have gone up since I learnt to drive about 4-5 years ago.
To save money, you can go for block-booking which tends to give a good discount, or you can take advantage of the introductory offers from one instructor or company, then switch to another one when it runs out.
Personally I never liked the look of crash-courses. If you just want to pass as quickly as possible, then yes go for a crash course, but driving is one of those things that takes time to sink in and I reckon 12 hours of lessons over 3 months is better in the long term than passing your test through a crash course and completely forgetting everything a month later.
Also, if you can drive a few different cars while you're learning, it's great experience. Through a series of coincidences my instructor went through 4 different cars in the space of 3 months, plus I had some practice in my moms old Ka too. (In that ka, one of the coils burnt out while I was driving with her once, leaving it running on 3 cylinders. This resulted in 30 minutes of being shouted at to go faster, and her not believing me when I was trying to tell her something was wrong with the car not my driving.)