Driving license warning, beauty freebies, £20 posh hotel rooms 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.
Apple apps and games
Driving licence renewal
Countries which require an International Driving Permit
De Vere Venues Hotel sale
Web Exclusive: 10 free Apple games and apps
Until Sunday 14 July, Apple is giving away five free games and five free apps (usually costing up to £15), including How to Cook Everything, Barefoot World Atlas (interactive world map for children), and Infinity Blade II (action game). To get them, simply visit the App Store on your device (see the Useful Links section), download iTunes if you don't already have it, and the offer should appear on the homepage.
Warning - check your driving licence now, or risk a £1,000 fine
Many people are carrying a driving licence, which could get them into trouble. If you’re stopped with any of the following incorrect items, it can result in a fine of £1,000.
A. Recent figures show over 2.6 million have the incorrect address on their licence – it’s free to change this.
B. Up to 3% of married women have their former, incorrect name on their licence – again, this is free to change.
C. And most crucially, it’s important to understand that your photo licence must be renewed and updated every 10 years – so check yours now - it’s the 4b date on your licence. If this is out of date, you need to renew it. Sadly it’ll cost £20, but that’s cheaper than a fine.
Also, for anyone thinking of driving when abroad this summer, it’s important to know that while a UK licence is accepted throughout the EU, there are some countries like the USA, Thailand and India where an International Driving Permit is recommended or required – see the Useful Links section to check by country. It’ll cost £5.50 from selected Post Office branches to get one.
PS. Don’t Google to apply for any of the above. Go direct to the official websites or you may be charged extra fees by firms that hijack the process.
Magazine beauty freebies
It’s magazine beauty freebie time again. This is where the freebies cost more to buy than the magazine, so if you want the item, it’s worth getting the mag, even if you don’t want to read it.
• 13 L'Occitane in £4.20 mag: Buy August’s Harper's Bazaar (Michelle Dockery’s on the cover) and you'll find a 15ml L'Occitane Precious Cream moisturiser on the mag. Harper's Bazaar says it's worth £15, but as the full-size version (50ml) costs £43, it’s closer to £13.
• £4-£12 Balance Me skincare in £2 mag: Buy August's Glamour (Jessie J’s on the cover) and get one of four Balance Me products enclosed with the magazine. Top value’s the 10ml Tinted lip salve (usually about £12), followed by 20ml Moisture-rich face cream (worth £9.60), 50ml Pure Skin face wash (worth £6.40) and 100ml Super Toning body wash (worth £4.10).
• £8.60 Ren skincare in £4 mag: Buy the August edition of Red magazine (Elle Macpherson’s on the cover) and get three travel-sized Ren skin care products stuck to the cover: 15ml Rosa Centifolia cleansing gel, 10ml Rosa Vita-Mineral day cream and 3ml Frankincense Revitalising night cream. The magazine’s out until 6 August.
• £7.30 Nip & Fab skincare in £3.60 mag: Get one of three Nip and Fab skincare products in August’s edition of Cosmopolitan (Rachel Bilson’s on the cover). The freebies in value order are 45ml Bust Fix (worth £7.30), 45ml Dry Leg Fix (worth £4.60), or 55ml Body Glow Fix (worth £2.70).
Martin’s Quick Deals
- 750 Boots points with £30 spend: Today ONLY (Thursday 11 July), you can get 750 Boots advantage points (more than SIX times the usual 120 you’d get) when you spend £30 in-store (or £50 online).
- De Vere £20 FLASH hotel room sale: Mid-range chain De Vere Venues (not to be confused with De Vere Hotels) will release 10,000 rooms at £10 per person (minimum two people, so the lowest cost is £20) at 10am today (first come, first served). The offer’s for stays at 20 venues between 20 September and 30 December 2013. Rooms usual cost about £49-£125 a night, so this is a good deal.
- £20 George Foreman five-portion family grill (RRP £60): From Monday, Lidl has limited stock of the George Foreman five-portion family grill in all its stores for £19.99. If you want it online, the cheapest I’ve seen it is £28 at Amazon.