Buy stolen goods, 20% off iPads, free six months’ music streaming, discount codes 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.
Police auction site
Tu store locator
Web exclusive: 20% off iPads at HMV
HMV is reducing iPads and iPods by 20%, in-store only. Stock is very limited though, so if you want one, go quick. It’s a case of checking your local store and seeing whether there’s anything available. Do remember, though, the store is in administration, which means it can refuse to refund you if goods are faulty – so there’s a risk, yet the goods should (as long as they’re brand new and not ex-display/demo products) still have Apple’s manufacturer’s warranty.
Buy stolen goods and other second-hand tips
As goods leave a shop, their value crashes – so buying second-hand is an easy way to get quality, often-unused items for less. As well as eBay, charity shops and boot sales, there are other things to check:
Buy stolen goods... legally.
Police forces use an eBay-style site to sell lost property or goods seized from criminals. You pick them up in person from local nicks or get them delivered (not large items). Big bargains are possible, especially for bikes.
Yet this is more a “bookmark the site”, rather than “go today”. Stock’s limited and the fact I’m talking about it means now's probably the worst time to bid because of competition from so many other buyers.
FREE cars, sofas and more via giveaway websites
Instead of dumping or eBaying goods, many people offer 'em free to locals on websites like Freecycle and Freegle. Go to these sites and you're sent to free-to-join, volunteer-run local email groups, though nowadays you can also view much of it on their sites. It's up to you to monitor new freebies on offer. When you want to offer something, you just send an email to the group. You need to ensure you follow etiquette though, it’s better to offer before getting. On some Freegle groups, for example, you must give yourself.
Airport lost property auctions.
Unreclaimed baggage goes under the hammer at airport auctions.
Top ones include Greasby’s in Tooting, London; Wellers in Surrey; Hertfordshire Auctions in St Albans and BCVA in Bristol.
Urgent – check your Clubcard account now!
After my team and I pointed out to Tesco that people were reporting Clubcard vouchers going missing from their accounts, it asked police to investigate a possible breach of data.
Some people have lost hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers, so check your online account now. If you notice vouchers are missing, or your personal account details have changed, contact Tesco’s Clubcard customer services team on 0800 591 688.
Free six-month music streaming
(RRP £30): Rdio - a competitor to Spotify - is offering six-months’ free service (RRP £30) for PC/Mac users, even if you’ve previously taken a seven-day trial.
25% off all Sainsbury’s Tu clothes
Shop in-store at bigger Sainsbury’s stores which sell its Tu clothing range and get 25% off all items, until 25 February. The sale includes all men's, women's and kids' clothing (including items already in the sale) plus school uniforms.
£5 off £50 groceries at Tesco.com
Until 24 February, or before 30,000 codes have gone (20,000 were left when I last checked on Wednesday), you can get £5 off £50 at Tesco with the code GRHRFG – even if you’ve shopped online at Tesco before.
New users spending £60+ can boost their discount to £17 off by using the code above and also adding the code XXMR67.