New no-fee balance transfer card, Father’s Day days out and restaurants deals, ‘free’ fake tan and cinema tickets, plus more. These are Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.
Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I am 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.
Top 0% Balance Transfers: Martin’s full list and guide
Free cinema ticket via Sweet Sundays
Iron Man 3 2for1 via Vue
Chiquito dads eat 'free'
Frankie & Benny's dads eat 'free'
Bristol Zoo dads go 'free'
Longleat dads go 'free'
Banham Zoo dads go ‘free’
Web Exclusive: £10 Starbucks voucher for £5
Go to daily deals site Groupon to get a £10 Starbucks in-store voucher or online code for £5 (to use on coffee beans and accessories online). The voucher’s valid until 31 December and appropriately don’t worry, the whole thing’s not too taxing to do.
First decent no-fee balance transfer for years
A balance transfer's where you get a new card which repays existing cards for you, so you owe it instead. Now there’s another salvo in the ongoing balance transfer price war I’ve been reporting to you.
Tesco has launched a 12 month 0% card with no balance transfer fee. In other words, you can shift debts to it at absolutely no cost and repay within the 12 months (or it’s 18-24.2% representative APR after).
Yet only go for it if you’re certain you can clear the debt or will shift again after 12 months. Fail to repay the card within the 0% period, and big interest dwarfs the no-fee gain. So go for a card which you’re sure you can repay in the 0% time, even if the fee’s bigger. These include Halifax, which is 0% for 15 months (17.9% APR after) with a 1% fee, and Barclaycard is 0% for 27 months (18.9% APR after) with a 2.98% fee.
But if you’re doing a balance transfer, always remember my golden rules:
a) Repay at least the set monthly minimum, or you may lose the 0% rate.
b) Aim to clear the debt or shift again before the 0% ends, or rates rocket.
c) Don't spend on these cards, it isn't usually at the cheap rate.
Free cinema ticket
You can get a 'free' cinema ticket valid on Sundays at participating cinemas - which includes Cineworld - when you buy four big bags of promotional chocolates with "Sweet Sundays" written on the bag by 8 November. Just register the code inside the bag on the Sweet Sundays website and you’ll be sent a voucher to use at your cinema. Better still, the bags are on sale at around £1 in Tesco and Morrisons at the moment – they cost a little more elsewhere. Some exclusions apply, so check before buying.
‘Free’ fake tan in £4 mag
Until 2 July buy Elle's July issue (£4, Amy Adams on the cover) and a tube of light, clear or dark tanning gel will be enclosed in the sleeve with the magazine. It's 58ml, so worth about £13.53 (based on the 150ml version costing £35 at Asos).
Father’s Day days out and restaurant deals
- 2for1 cinema tickets to Iron Man 3 at Vue: Register or sign into Vue Cinemas to get a 2for1 voucher for Iron Man 3 valid any day, anytime (subject to availability and at participating cinemas only) till 19 June, including Father's Day.
- Dads go free zoo passes: Go to the Bristol Zoo, Banham Zoo (in Norfolk) or Longleat Safari Park websites and you can print a ‘dads go free’ voucher – effectively a 2for1 that you can use this Sunday (and Saturday at Longleat).
- Chiquito dads eat 'free': Dads get TWO free courses from the Father's Day menu at Chiquito when you buy another main on Sunday. No voucher needed.
- Beefeater Grill 'free' steak for dads: Dads get a free 6oz rump steak (plus trimmings) at Beefeater Grill when you buy another main after 5pm on Sunday. No voucher needed.
- Frankie & Benny's dads eat 'free': Dads get two free courses from the specials menu at Frankie & Benny's (usually £10.95) when you buy another course on Sunday. No voucher's needed.