Rare prepay energy fix, bag Zara clothes in Spain at a fraction of the cost in the UK, 10% off National Railcards code and ‘free’ Clinique minis in £2 magazine. 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.
Web exclusive: £1+ kids’ book sale
Until midday on Fri 11 July, you can pay from £1 for popular kids’ books such as Horrible Science, Moshi Monsters and Spongebob Squarepants online at Scholastic. There’s a minimum £10 spend though and delivery is £3 for up to 50 books. There are over 80 titles to choose from but you may need to go quick if there’s a particular book you or your child want as titles are likely to sell out fast.
Fix your PREPAY energy bill
A fixed tariff locks you in at a set rate, ensuring no price hikes. For key/card prepayment meter users, they've been rare and costly. Yet finally we're seeing some developments, allowing some to switch, cut costs & prevent price hikes...
There are now two cheap fixes on the market – both are cheaper for many prepay customers than the standard tariffs of the big six. Of the two I prefer EDF Energy: Blue+Fixed Prepay Oct 2016 , which is actually slightly costlier (about £20 a year for someone on typical usage) than the Ovo pay as you go energy one year fix, but it’s fixed for far longer and has no exit penalties. So, if things change (eg, prices elsewhere drop), you can leave with no charge.
While many people will save cash as well as getting price surety by switching to this, it’s important to do a comparison to see if you’ll save, use Martin’s Cheap Prepay Fix Comparison or any Ofgem approved comparison site.
What if fixing costs more? If you can fix and cut costs, it's a win. If fixing costs a little more, you decide which counts for you more - short-term savings or the peace of mind of no hikes for longer.
Can I switch if I owe supplier cash? Yes, if under £500 per fuel.
It’s also worth seeing if you can switch to a billed meter so you can pay by direct debit, which can cut costs by nearly 20%. You could then grab a cheap fix, yet this will depend on a variety of factors and they will sometimes charge to give you a meter.
Going to Spain – don’t buy in Zara before you go
If you’re one of the millions planning a trip to Spain at some point this summer, stop shopping at Zara right now. The pound price of the Zara clothing in the UK is often more expensive than the euro price for Zara clothing from its home country Spain – and that’s even before you convert the currency (which further cheapens the Euro price).
Better still it allows you to select an English language on its Spanish website, meaning you can browse there and contrast the prices to the ones on Zara’s British website before you go.
The price differences can be phenomenal, for exact on the same day that, a leather clutch bag with fringes was £120 on UK site, E80 (c. £64) on the Spanish site; and a mens jacket that was £129 was E100 (so c £80). Plus there’s sales on in both countries at the moment
Its worth noting this is not about going to Europe, its just about going to Spain. I checked Zara France for similar, but there the price is much higher than in spain (and was only very marginally cheaper than in the UK)
· ‘Free’ Clinique minis in £2 magazine. I like these deals as the product is often worth more than the magazine, so it’s worth buying even if you don’t read it to get the products cheaper than buying them direct. Pick up the August edition of Glamour magazine (Ellie Goulding on the cover) for £2 by Monday 11 August and you’ll find one of four Clinique freebies, including lip colour balm in strawberry or watermelon (usually £8), High Impact mascara (worth £7.65) and Dramatically Different moisturiser (worth £5.25).
· 10% off National Railcards. Railcards can save you big bucks as they get you a third off travel. Whether you’re after an annual 16-25, Family and Friends, Two Together or Senior Railcard, they usually cost £30. So spend over £90 a year, even on one trip, and it’s worth getting one. But you can currently get an extra 10% off when you enter the code LONMID10 online at the Railcard checkout so you get the card for £27.