£10 Havaianas, free sat nav app, long term energy fix and more; these are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’s Deals of the Week.
Remember, deals can change quickly, even while Martin's on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while we 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.
Fix energy bills for three years?
Over the next five years, it's almost certain energy prices will rise considerably. Even if wholesale prices (what the energy firms pay) don't inflate, new power stations, environmental schemes and more will push costs higher.
- Fix for three years: The new Npower Price Fix promises no hikes until 30 September 2016 and for someone with typical bills, at £1,320/year dual fuel (direct debit), it’s £100 cheaper than someone paying for an average standard tariff. So if prices rise 10% a year as some predict (no certainty), some will save £1,000 over the three years.
- Does it beat EDF Blue? The EDF Blue February 2015 fix, while shorter, is much cheaper at £1,190/year for the average dual fuel user. Like Npower, it has no early exit fees, so if you want to leave early (eg, prices elsewhere get cheaper) you can. It's available for dual fuel and electricity only (not prepay).
Provided you switch to the cheapest tariff once EDF Blue’s fix is over, it’s likely to be the cheapest route unless prices rise very rapidly in that time. Yet Npower does at least provide longer term peace of mind.
- Always compare (possible cashback available too): Never just switch to these tariffs without doing a full market comparison (on an Ofgem Confidence Code approved site), as the exact cheapest for you depends on your usage, postcode and current tariff.
More info in the useful links section.
Free sat nav app for 30 countries
Free sat nav for 30 countries: If you’ve an iPhone or Android with GPS you can use the Navfree free app, which turns a GPS smartphone into a sat nav – perfect if you’re planning to go on holiday this summer (or for use here).
The big boon here is that once you've downloaded it to your phone, it doesn't need any internet data to find routes, search or access its maps via GPS (unlike similar apps, eg, Google Maps), as these are stored offline in your phone – just make sure you download the maps by wi-fi BEFORE you go.
- Free 2-month Family & Friends Railcard: Get a FREE two-month Family and Friends Railcard via the Daily Mail website. You’ll also get a £10 off code to use in July/August to get the annual card (so it’ll be £20 then as the price is due to rise to £30).
I’m a big fan of these cards – they allow one to four adults to get a third off, providing they’re travelling with between one to four 5-15 year olds, who get 60% off.
- £10 Havaianas at Matalan: Shop online at Matalan and you can get a pair of Havaianas flip-flops for £10. Delivery is currently £1 but will go back up to the usual price of £3.50 at 12:30pm today (Thursday). You can also collect in-store for free. The flip-flops cost £15-£20 at other stores, so this is a decent saving even with the delivery charge.
- Free Pimm’s & lemonade: Register free or sign in to Pitcher & Piano and you'll get a voucher for a FREE 50ml Pimm's and lemonade (one free drink per person), usually £5.45. The voucher is valid at every Pitcher & Piano till 31 May while stock lasts.