Cheap line rental, restaurant vouchers, gym deals, free Murad facial voucher and cheap book deals. These are 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.
WEB EXCLUSIVE DEAL: £50 Ocado shop free AND six months delivery for £45
New Ocado customers can buy a voucher from daily deals site LivingSocial for £45 until 4.59am on 14 January. The voucher'll get you:
- £50 of Ocado shopping. A six-month anytime delivery pass worth £49.99 (slots are from 6am-11.30pm).A 12-month saving pass worth £8.99, which gives 10% off over 600 branded products (already price-matched with Tesco) for a year.
Once you've bought the voucher, you'll need to register and place an order with Ocado by 28 February. Just enter your LivingSocial code as you check out and provide your payment card details (no charge will be taken unless the total purchase is over £50). Within seven days of ordering, Ocado will email to confirm your delivery and saving passes are active.
Beat line rental price hikes
BT upped line rental prices from £14.60/month to £15.45/month on Saturday, Virgin Media customers will face line rental hikes from next month, while Sky and TalkTalk have recently upped costs too. But don't take it lying down. Fight back, by ditching and switching to far cheaper deals:
Get line rental only for just £7/month. Already cheapest, until the end of January, Primus Line Rental Saver is cut to £6.99/month (from £7.99) with the price fixed on a 12-month contract.
To get the deal, you’ll have to go via comparison website Homephonechoices. It doesn’t, however, include calls. If you want calls included, Homephonechoices currently has a line rental and evening/weekend landline calls included deal from Primus for £8.49, which is fixed for a year.
Want to stick with BT / Virgin / TalkTalk? Save £60/year. Even if you don't switch, pay a year upfront and you can save. BT's Line Rental Saver is £129, saving £56 compared with paying monthly - but only weekend calls are included. TalkTalk is £114 and Virgin Media £120, both save £60/year.
Of course, if you are in contract for line rental, or get other services in a linked deal, switching just line rental alone is often not possible.
- Fish and chips at BHS: Print off a voucher from the BHS website and take it with you to get free fish & chips (usually £5.50), when you buy a hot drink (£1.50ish) every Friday until 8 February at BHS restaurants
- Free brekkie at Ikea: Members of the free Ikea Family club can get a free six-item breakfast (usually £2.25) at most Ikea stores till tomorrow. If you’re not a member, you can sign up free in-store and get a temporary card that’ll work
- Burger King 2for1s: Register on the Burger King website to get a raft of 2for1 vouchers
- 2for1 at Carluccio’s: Register with Carluccio’s on its special offer website (see the useful links) and you’ll get a voucher to get 2for1 on main meals until 11 February
- 40% off at PizzaExpress: Register with PizzaExpress on its website and get a voucher for 40% off your food bill till 24 January. Careful though, a lot of restaurants are excluded
You can often get free gym passes and trials for between one and seven days either by asking at your local gym or by looking online for deals. But there are other ways of going to the gym for less:
- No-frills gyms: If you can forget saunas, jacuzzis and fit gym instructors, there's been an explosion in no-frills gyms. Prices are around £10-£20/month and you can usually cancel any time as there’s no minimum contract length. These include gyms such as PureGym, The Gym Group and Fitspace. Public leisure centres run by local councils also often have no minimum contract length, and membership’s usually under £30 a month
- Pay-as-you-go gyms: No-frills gyms also often give you the option to pay per gym session. Alternatively, the websitePayasUgym.com sells pay-as-you-go passes for 900 gyms across the UK – and these can be cheaper than paying per visit directly with the club
- Short contracts on posh gyms: Longer trials are a good halfway-house between paying as you go and signing up for a year's contract, although they're usually more expensive than annual memberships. For example, you can currently get a two-week pass for Harpers Fitness on its website from £14, depending on where you live. Check with your local gym for deals, or use special websites such as The Gym Website - a broker which sells short-term gym memberships
- Or work out at home. Running shoes and weights go far. Check on Amazon and eBay for cheap sportswear and gym equipment
- Soltan glitch/deal: Buy six 75ml mini Soltan water resistant sun lotions (good for travelling) in SPF factor 15, 30 or 50+ in-store at Boots and you seem to only pay for one - at just £5.49. Whether it’s a glitch or by design, my team have tried it and found it works – for now. Stock up sharpish
- Free Murad facial: Buy February's Essentials magazine (£2.99, with "Teresa from London" on the cover) and on p45 you'll find a voucher for a free 30-minute Murad Youthful You facial, worth between £27.50 and £50. Be aware it’s subject to availability and these things can be temperamental. Book with one of the 70 participating salons before 31 January quoting Essentials, and take your voucher with you on the day
- £24 for six Man Booker Prize 2012 books: Get all six fiction titles shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for £20 from The Book People’s website (delivery is £3.95 or free if you spend over £25).