Martin Lewis is back with some money-saving advice including checking if you've been overpaid tax credits and free breakfasts for armed forces and free West End shows for kids.
Also, uSwitch.com reveals that 70 per cent of consumers have been overcharged on at least one household bill in the past year, with 33 per cent overcharged more than once. 95 per cent of cases were identified by the customer rather than the bill provider.
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.
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Warning. Avoid tax credit overpayment
Over five million tax credit review forms should now be landing through the letterbox this month. Some will have had them, some are still to come. You might not need to send it back, but whatever you do - don't ignore it. If things are wrong, you could be forced to repay cash you've already spent.
The clue is in the colour of the envelope you’re sent. If you ONLY get a brown envelope renewal form, just check the info's correct. If it is, you don’t need to do anything more. If not, or things have changed, call 0345 300 3900 or post it back ASAP. If you get a white-enveloped declaration form, you must check and sign it.
The deadline's 31 July, but don't put it off if you've got issues, the official helpline gets super-busy then. Do it now, while it's easier.
Being overpaid might sound like a dream, but it's more like an unpleasant nightmare as you must pay back the cash, even if you've already spent it. It often happens when people don't declare changes such as moving in/out with a partner, income, kids or childcare costs. So if anything changes or has changed, tell them URGENTLY. If you’re unsure, give them a quick call anyway.
Hotel and hostel deals
Ramada yesterday launched a 30% off sale at 90 hotels across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It's for stays from 3 July to 30 September, but you must book by 31 July (and at least 14 days in advance, though of course there’s only a limited number per hotel so speed is crucial).
Plus, for UK stays, why not consider a hostel? Forget the outdated scare stories of cold showers, paper thin bedsheets and hordes of hardy backpackers, many hostels now offer family rooms, double beds and even catering. And until 31 July, you can get 20% off private family rooms that sleep up to six at 101 YHA hostels.
Just enter the code summer-005 online at YHA or call 0800 0191 700 and mention it when booking stays of two or more consecutive nights until 1 September.
• Free brekkie or carvery if you’ve served in the armed forces: To celebrate Armed Forces Day (Saturday 29 June), serving and veteran members of the army, navy or RAF get a free all-you-can-eat breakfast or a carvery (both usually £4ish) at all Crown Carveries from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June. Simply show an ID card or veterans’ lapel badge along with the voucher. Veterans without a lapel can get one free from the Veterans UK website, though as delivery is currently taking 13 weeks, sadly you’ll miss this offer.
• 50% off Alton Towers, Thorpe Park & more. Until the end of July, grab promotional packs of Kit-Kats (they cost about £1) and you’ll find a voucher for 50% off for up to four people at most Merlin theme parks, including Chessington, all four Dungeons, Warwick Castle and more, valid until 31 March 2014 (check the voucher for date exclusions). Adult tickets at Alton Towers cost £46, so it’s a huge saving – plus you get to eat chocolate!
Alternatively you can pick up the Sun newspaper today and tomorrow to get a 2for1 voucher in each paper.
• £1 bargain cosmetics, including Stila & Twilight gift sets. I’ve been tipped off about a load of make-up and cosmetic bargains in-store at Poundland. The bargains include branded Stila foundation (RRP £14-£26) as well as vampire fantasy Twilight gift sets (usually £4-£6). Not all Poundland stores will sell ‘em - but it's worth a check.