£1 camping, the best card for spending everywhere, Nectar and Tesco Clubcard warning, free Lego toys 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.
The cheapest way to spend abroad: Martin’s full guide to cards and travel money
VoucherCodes for a free Body Shop lip balm
Nectar points exchange
Tesco Clubcard exchange
Capital One Aspire World
Capital One Classic Extra
£1 camping via The Sun
Web exclusive: Free £1.50 Body Shop lip balm
Go to the VoucherCodes website, enter your email address and get a voucher to either print or show in-store on your smartphone by this Sunday to get a free Born Lippy Stick lip balm (plum, toffee, lychee, pomegranate and pink berry) at participating stores. There are around 40,000 available, although it's still possible the freebies will run out, so go quickly to make sure you get yours.
Nectar and Tesco warning
Don’t spend your Nectar points now: Usually, 1,000 Nectar points is worth £5 off at Sainsbury's, Argos, Homebase etc. Yet from 24 July until 13 August, you’ll be able to exchange points at Sainsbury’s stores for vouchers worth double that at restaurant chains Strada, Café Rouge and Bella Italia, Vue cinemas, or quadruple at theme parks like Alton Towers (though with 2for1s so common that’s not necessarily the best use of your points).
Tesco Clubcard double-up ending Tuesday: Currently Tesco lets you swap £5 of Clubcard vouchers for £10 to spend in some departments, both in-store and online, by 11 July – so now’s your last chance to take advantage of the scheme.
Though before doing that, check whether you can reclaim old Tesco points (you can print out old unused vouchers). Also check you don’t want to redeem points on any of Tesco’s Clubcard Rewards, including restaurant deals and days out at places such as Cadbury World and Colchester Zoo, where you can quadruple the face voucher value.
New top card for spending everywhere
The new Capital One Aspire World credit card has killer features. You can use it to get both cashback in the UK, and cheap spending abroad – usually you’d need two cards to do this. This is an aid to your credit score as it means only making one credit card application, plus one card makes life easier.
It goes without saying this deal is only for those who will repay IN FULL each month (preferably by direct debit) or you’ll be hit by 19.9% rep APR interest. The card’s core features are:
a) UK cashback: You get 0.5%-1.25% cashback every time you spend on it, paid annually.
b) Cheapest way to spend abroad: Most debit and credit cards add a hidden 3% load (so £100 of euros costs £103) on what they charge us. This card is load-free worldwide, so you get unbeatable bank rates which smash bureaux de change in every country.
c) Like all credit cards, if you buy something costing over £100 in the UK or abroad, the card firm is jointly liable. This is a big help if the retailer goes bust or is in a far-flung country.
If you’ve a poorer credit score, the Capital One Classic Extra’s similar abroad, but has slightly lower cashback on UK spending at 0.5%. It’s easier to get, though the rep APR is 34.9% so ensure you repay IN FULL.
It’s worth noting, if you were to apply for two best buy cards for each purpose, you could get slightly better cashback rates and slightly lower ATM fees on overseas withdrawals - so it’s a balance deciding what to go for.
- Camp for £1/night: Buy The Sun (40p) any day from this Saturday until 5 July and each day you'll find a voucher which can bag you £1 pitches (available at 84 UK campsites), as well as 2for1 stays and 7for5 stays. 170+ UK campsites are participating in total, but not all campsites offer all the deals. You must book your pitch in advance to get the deal and bring your vouchers with you on the day – you need one voucher per night’s stay.
- Seven Nails Inc varnishes £22 lucky dip: From 5pm today (Thursday), visit the Nails Inc website to get seven full-size (10ml) Nails Inc polishes for £18, plus £3.95 delivery. The polishes usually cost £11 though they are a common magazine freebie and can be bought discounted too. Still, the value should comfortably exceed the price – though the colours are a lucky dip (they include shades such as Maida Vale and Notting Hill Carnival).
- ‘Free’ £4ish Lego with paper: Buy the Daily Mail this Saturday (90p) and inside you'll find a voucher for a free Gandalf the Grey Lego toy to take into high street WHSmith stores (or Eason in Northern Ireland) on that day only. Or buy the Mail on Sunday (£1.50) this Sunday, where there'll be a voucher for a Creator Little Car Lego toy. Again, it can be redeemed at WHSmith or Eason, on that day or on Monday 1 July. The toys are subject to availability.