20p Kindle e-books, slash water bills, Valentine’s deals, free YSL make-up and Spamalot tickets. These are Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.
Martin has deals to help you treat your loved one on Valentine's Day and more...
20p Kindle e-books
Champagne at Asda
Champagne at Sainsbury’s
Dozen red roses at Asda
Free burger and chips at Yates’s
25% off Prezzo
2for1 mains at Azzurro
25% off Zizzis
£10 off when you buy two mains at Strada
33% off Bella Italia
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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.
Web exclusive: 20p Kindle e-books
Amazon is selling a host of Kindle books at a bargainous 20p each, including Yann Martel's Life of Pi, The Hundred-Year-Old Man and The Half-Life of Hannah. Amazon doesn't list all 20p books on one page, so check the bestseller list and scan for bargains – most of the top 20p books are in there.
Water bills are set to rise – but you can cut bills now
On 1 April, English & Welsh water bills will rise by an average 3.5%, but some by up to 5.5%. (Scotland's up 2.8% - the first time in four years, while Northern Ireland bills are included in rates.) Yet you can save large.
The most important question is, do you have more, or the same number of bedrooms as people? If yes, and you're in England or Wales, big savings are possible shifting from bills to a free meter (you have to pay installation costs in Scotland, which could outweigh any savings). Your water company can help you decide. As someone tweeted me: "We've water-metered. Monthly direct debit down from £80 to £25" – which is £660/year less.
Not allowed a meter? Get an assessed bill. If they say it's impractical to give you a meter (often in flats with shared pipes), ask for an assessed charge which bills you on likely usage, not on the size of your home. Great for low-occupancy homes.
Valentine’s deals to make your heart flutter
- Cheap champagne: Until 13 March, you can get Louvel Fontaine Martel champagne for £10 instead of £24 a bottle at Asda. The next cheapest deal you’ll get is Antoine De Clevecy champagne, which is currently £12 at Sainsbury’s until 14 February.
- Cheap flowers: Get a dozen red roses courier delivered by Asda on Valentine's Day for £19. Make sure you order before 13 February for free delivery, otherwise there's a £2.99 charge.
- Restaurant vouchers: There’s never any good restaurant vouchers available on Valentine’s itself (well there are for lunch, but seriously, Valentine’s lunch?). So if you’re on a budget but still want to take your loved one out, it’s best to go either before or after Valentine’s Day.
The following vouchers are currently available from restaurant websites (unless stated):
- 25% off Prezzo: Can be used every day until 18 February, apart from Valentine’s Day and Saturdays.
- 2for1 on mains at Azzurro: Can be used every day until 28 February apart from Valentine’s Day.
- 25% off Zizzi: Can be used every day until 13 February.
- 33% off Bella Italia: Can be used every day until 13 February, excluding Saturdays. Download via the specific link thatsbella.co.uk.
- £10 off Strada when you buy two mains: Valid every day - bar Saturdays - until 28 February. Download via the specific link stradaoffers.co.uk.
- Free £6.50 burger and chips at Yates’s: OK, not strictly Valentine’s this one, but thought I’d throw it in. Just register on the Yates’s website to get a voucher which is valid everyday till 31 March, including Valentine’s Day. To get the free meal, you’ll have to buy a drink.
- Free £15 ish YSL foundation and face serum sample: 'Like' Yves Saint Laurent's Facebook page and 200,000 samples are available from its counters. You get a 5ml foundation and a 5ml serum sample. Based on the full-size cost, it’d set you back around £15 ish in total - though whether it’s ‘worth’ it for such tiny sets is a different matter.
- Free Spamalot tickets: Until 2 November, you can get free tickets to Spamalot if you turn up to the show dressed as a knight “ni”, or if you’ve actually been knighted (Sir Bradley?). You have to wear four out of nine knightly articles, which include things like a helmet, a cape, a shield, a tunic and chain mail – although if there are no seats left when you get there, you won’t get in. You also can’t choose your seat, but tickets usually cost between £15 and £65.