Free boilers, reclaim regular payments, discounts on FitFlops, Lyle & Scott and more are Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’s Deals of the Week.
Martin says: 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.
For more info on all these deals, see the useful links section.
Web exclusive: Burt's Bees £24 lucky dip beauty bag (was £50)
The ever-popular Burt's Bees grab bags are back, in two varieties - Pink Blossom and Rose. Each bag contains beauty products including tinted lip balm, body lotion, lip shine and much more. The bags are currently reduced from £50 to £25 delivered (delivery's free on £25+ orders), but you can get £5 off entering the code ILOVEBEES online by 5 July, though you'll have to pay £3.95 delivery, taking the total to £23.95.
The new government-pushed Eco scheme is rolling out. It forces big energy companies to ensure they’re trying to make homes – especially for those on low incomes or getting income-related benefits or pension credit - more efficient.
As part of this, four of the big six suppliers – EDF, Eon, Npower, and Scottish & Southern – are now giving out free boilers, typically worth £2,300 – and you don’t have to be a customer to qualify. This boosting of your home's efficiency can save you hundreds of pounds a year on your gas and electricity bills and make your home a more pleasant place to live.
To qualify for the boilers you’ll usually need a gas boiler that’s either inefficient, broken or old. To see if you qualify, the company will inspect your boiler for free. So if you’re unsure, it’s worth calling. If you qualify, installations can take between four to 12 weeks from when you first call up. There’s no specific time it takes to install a boiler, but it’s likely to be a few days.
Standard installations are usually free, although there may be a cost if extra work needs doing, if the installation requires extras such as additional radiators, or the boiler needs moving to another location, etc. You will, however, be told this before you sign.
To get a free boiler, apply via the energy company’s website, or call it.
Reclaim regular payments if your bank's refused to cancel
If you’ve ever set up a recurring payment (also called continuous payment authorities (CPAs)) beware, they feel like direct debits but aren't. Often used by payday lenders, adult websites, subscription sites, etc, they allow vendors to take money from your card regularly whenever they think they're owed.
You know it’s a recurring payment if you were asked to give the long number from your debit or credit card rather than your bank account details. Until November 2009, you didn't have a right to cancel these at the bank, which meant a nightmare if firms refused. Yet even after that, many bank staff remained ignorant of that and refused. Some still do.
But if the bank didn't cancel it when asked, you're due your money back. You're entitled to a refund of all the money paid since then (unless you were locked into a contract, so you owed the money). You can claim back as far as November 2009. Make a complaint – if it’s refused, take it to the Financial Ombudsman.
- 60% off Hi-Tec Sprint trainers code: Enter the code SPRINT60 online at Hi-Tec by this Sunday to get 60% off all men's and women's Sprint trainers (a new style of trainers available in three colours). This takes the price down to £14 from £34.99, though delivery's £2.99 on orders under £50 – there’s limited stock, so go quick.
- Body Shop 30% off code including sale: Enter the code ENDING online at The Body Shop by next Monday to get 30% off. Delivery's £2.99. You can also get the offer in-store until Sunday using the voucher on the VoucherCodes website.
- Extra 50% off code for Lyle & Scott sale: Enter the code 50SHIRT online at clothes store Lyle & Scott by tomorrow to get 50% off polo shirts, T-shirts and shirts included in the up to 50% off sale. Delivery's £3.95.
- 50%-ish off FitFlop at three different stores: There’s a one day flash sale at the FitFlop website today for the Sling M style, making them £25 (usually £50). Use the code FFSALE13 to get free delivery. Plus Shoetique has up to 50% off FitFlops on its website, and Rubbersole is running a 40% off sale on FitFlops on its site, but you can use the code SALES4 to get an extra 10% off sale prices until midnight on Sunday. Which is cheapest depends on which style you’re trying to buy, so check them all.