Beat BT price hikes, free wills, 50% off posh hotels, £119 Kindle Fire HD and more. These are Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.
Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.
Web Exclusive: 60%+ off winter coats
If you're looking for a hardy coat to keep the rain and cold out this winter, the Regatta online outlet has up to 80% off men’s, women’s and kids’ jackets and waterproofs.
The great thing about this sale is that nearly all items are slashed by at least 50%, while many top 70% off. Big discounts include a men's Kingswood jacket for £33 (was £110), and a women's Vanesa 3 in 1 jacket for £27 (was £90). Brrr-illiant!
Escape BT price hikes
BT has just announced price hikes coming into force on 4 January 2014. Line rental climbs 54p to £15.99 a month, call connections rise to 14.7p (were 13.8p), and some call costs are up too. Your options:
1) If you want to stick with BT, you can lock in cheaper than the current price by paying £141 for a year upfront, which works out at £11.75 a month. So if you can afford to pay upfront, it’ll save you about £51 a year once the price hikes take force. It includes weekend calls only, whether you pay monthly or upfront.
You’ll need to make at least two BT calls per month to avoid a £2 monthly charge - so if you're using your line just for broadband, make sure you plug a handset in a couple of times a month to make some calls (even if they're free ones).
2) Alternatively, within 10 days of receiving the price hike notice from BT, which should be dropping through doors and into email inboxes now, you can break the contract penalty free and switch. That’s where the big savings come from.
For line rental only, Primus Line Rental Saver is just £5.99 a month, with no calls included, on a year’s contract via Broadbandchoices – feedback’s not great, though if you just need a line for broadband, it shouldn’t be too bad. Alternatively, the Post Office Home Phone package is usually £12 a month (or £120 for a year upfront) and has inclusive weekend calls.
Free wills for over-55s
Let's be brutal, we're all going to die. And if it happens when you're will-less, on top of the grief, it can cause a financial nightmare for the people you care about. October is Free Wills month for those aged 55 and over in about 30 towns and cities in England and Wales including Chester, Derby, Torquay, and more - check the Free Wills Month website for participating solicitors in these towns by entering your details.
Here you get a solicitor drafted will, which would normally cost about £150, for free. This is done in the hope you’ll leave a bequest to a charity when you die, but you’re under no obligation to do so.
Martin’s quick deals
· Kindle Fire HD 16GB £119. The tablet is reduced by £40 at Amazon currently – by far the cheapest I’ve ever seen it on sale.
· 50% off boutique hotel rooms. Mr & Mrs Smith is a broker that finds you rooms at boutique hotels around the world. It’s pricey, but you can currently use the code STYLE (originally in the Telegraph newspaper) via this special link to get half price stays at over 100 super-posh worldwide hotels until 31 December 2013. You need to stay for three consecutive nights and book by Friday 15 November.
Examples include Hipping Hall in the Lake District, which drops to £69.50 a night (usually £139), and Ametis Villa in Bali for £210 a night (usually an eye watering £392).
· Unlimited London Midland day travel. Hop on and off all London Midland trains as many times as you like for a full day for £15 (or £9.90 with a railcard). Fill in this online form and get one of the 50,000 vouchers available for travel between Saturday 19 October and Sunday 3rd November. Example journeys include London to Liverpool and Crewe to Stratford-upon-Avon.