No energy hikes for FOUR winters, Vax sale, 4,500 free days out, Primark sales trick, 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: Vax up to 75% off
This may sound too good to be true, but it isn't - you can get massive discounts on Vax cleaners, simply because the boxes are slightly damaged, even though the product's absolutely fine. I’ve mentioned this sale before and the feedback was excellent, with many reporting barely a dent in the cardboard box.
From 10am today (12 September) until Monday 16 September, go to the Vax sale website and enter the password FACTORYSALE13 to bag these huge discounts. Delivery's £4.99.
Important! If your product is faulty, you still have your usual consumer rights, as explained in The Sale of Goods Act 1979. But you won’t be able to return the item on the basis the box is damaged.
NEW! No energy hikes for FOUR winters
Energy prices are predicted to rise again this winter, then keep rising year on year – many pundits predict it’ll be 30-40% higher in four years. However, Npower has just launched a market leading fix that may help those who are scared of the potential continued rise in prices, and crucially, it has no exit penalties, so if the unlikely happened and things elsewhere got cheaper, you can leave no hassle.
The tariff is called the Npower Price Protector and it’s fixed until 31 March 2017 - in other words, it guarantees no price hikes for the next four winters. For someone on typical bills paying £1,420 a year, it’ll on average cost £1,340 a year, so you save instantly and get price surety.
Now there are cheaper tariffs out there, the cheapest variable is £1,155 and the cheapest fix £1,140 but it only lasts a year. So you have a choice between the short term saving or the long term price surety. If you’re someone who rarely switches it’s better to lock in for longer.
Yet as the exact cost and saving depend on your usage and region, always do an exact comparison first to check how it adds up for you using an Ofgem approved comparison site or see Martin’s full Cheap Gas and Electricity guide for help with detailed options.
FREE days out at 4,500 hidden historical properties
This is a one-off opportunity to grab. From today - Sunday 15 September ONLY, you can get free access to many usually-closed sites in England (not London, that’s next weekend) and other tourist attractions that usually charge.
Of those that normally charge but will be free there’s Petworth House in West Sussex (usually £12) and Beatrix Potter’s cottage in the Lake District (usually £8.50) – both free on Saturday only - and the Manchester Jewish Museum (usually £3.95), which is free all weekend.
Of places normally closed, you’ve Nenthead Mines in Cumbria - England’s highest and largest lead mining complex - and Joyce’s Clocks building in Shropshire.
See the full list of sites open for free this weekend. With some, you may need to book in advance and the days it’s valid can vary.
The reason this happens is some privately-owned properties taking part get funding or have tax-exempt collections, which means they must allow public access for a certain number of days a year. Others just open up for the joy of it!
Martin’s quick deals
Use Primark trick to avoid sales queues! There’s a sale on at Primark, yet for many the thought of stepping in there for the usual clothes fight and hideous queues on a Saturday afternoon sends shivers down the spine, While the site doesn’t allow you to buy on its website, here’s a trick, you can currently buy Primark goods via Asos with free delivery. Plus some, though not all of the goods on there, are in the sale - such as a Rolling Stones t-shirt for £5 (was £8) and a maxi dress for £7 (was £10).
Hurry though, I’ve heard that this may not last long, and Primark goods could soon be taken down from the Asos website.£2 'Suddenly' perfume from Lidl. Ok, so the headline may not make this sound like an extraordinary deal, but what makes it great is that many on the web swear Lidl’s Suddenly Madame Glamour perfume smells just like Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, which retails at £60!
What’s more, it’ll be half price at just £1.99 a bottle (50ml) this Saturday and Sunday in stores nationwide (maximum six bottle per person). I can’t promise you’ll think it smells like Chanel, but if you’re near, you may want to give it a sniff.
Burger King 2for1, meal deals and more. Register with Burger King and get a printable voucher with 18 individual deals on it, including 2for1s on double cheeseburgers and Whoppers. It’s valid at most branches (excluding theme parks, some railway and motorway branches and some other outlets) until Sunday 3 November.