Quick! You need to use your old £10 notes before they stop being legal tender
British Gas customers save £200/yr, cheap Odeon tickets, £10 note warning, Easter eggs deal and top one-year fixed savings. These are our 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.
Martin’s Cheap Energy Club (which also gives cashback) or any Ofgem-approved site and scroll down the list of results until you see a provider you feel comfortable with, and the savings are typically £300/year.
Yet British Gas has launched a new dual fuel tariff called ‘All Online March 19’. Whilst it's not the cheapest on the market, it is far cheaper than any of its current tariffs and it’s the cheapest of the Big 6. It’s on average £900/yr for typical dual-fuel use compared with its £1,100/yr standard tariff which most people are on and that price is locked in for a year so no price hikes. So, if you’re currently a British Gas customer, and are determined to stick with it, this is a no-brainer. But YOU CAN’T JUST ASK FOR IT or go to its website. It’s is only available via a comparison site (like the ones listed above). You'll also need to book a free smart meter installation appointment by 31 July - these send automatic readings, so you get exact bills.
Yet, if you’re willing to switch to a small supplier with limited feedback, then your savings can be bigger, and tariffs start from a typical £807/yr on average use.
£10 for two or £20 for five Odeon tickets
Go online to daily deals site Groupon and you can currently get five Odeon cinema tickets for £20, or two for £10. Better still, you don't have to use all the vouchers in one go and they can be used by different people – so ideal for families or a group of mates.
While there’s an unlimited number of tickets available, the deal will run until Friday 20 April, although Groupon says it could pull the deal early if it becomes too popular, as it has done with a similar offer in the past. You can only use the vouchers when buying tickets in the cinema box office (so not online, on the app or self-service ticket machines) and it’s only valid for 2D screenings from Monday (26 February) until Wednesday 25 April. A few costly central London cinemas are excluded (Leicester Square, The Lounge at Whiteleys and BFI IMAX) and a few movies are excluded until certain dates, eg you can't use it on screenings of Black Panther until 1 March.
It’s worth noting though, that a full-price adult ticket for a 2D film at Odeon can cost anything between £3-£17ish depending on location, so it's only worth getting these discounted tickets if you usually pay more than around £4-£5 per ticket. For example, at London's Tottenham Court Road Odeon, you could save around £12 for an adult ticket as they're up to £16.50 each, whereas in Dorchester, the price is only £3.75 for some showings.
£10 note warning: If you’ve got an old-style £10 note you only have a week left to use it, as from Thursday 1 March shops will no longer accept it as payment, as they were replaced with newer plastic tenners last year. If you find any in your pockets or down the back of the sofa after next Thursday, while you can’t use them in shops many banks will still let you deposit them into your account – though there’s no obligation for them to do so (however the Bank of England will always let you exchange them there).
Four Easter eggs for £3: Easter Sunday isn't until 1 April, but now is often the cheapest time (pre-Easter) to buy chocolate eggs. And if you go online to Tesco or into a store you’ll be able to get a range of £1.50ish branded Easter eggs in a 'buy two get two free' offer, effectively making each egg 75p until Tuesday (27 February). Eggs included in the offer are Mars milk chocolate 141g, Kit Kat Chunky 140g, Cadbury Creme Egg 138g, Rolo 131g, Maltesers 127g and many others.
Top one-year fixed savings: I often focus on easy-access deals, but if you’re prepared to lock cash away you can earn more. The top easy-access deal is currently 1.35% from ICICI Bank, yet you could earn 1.95% by locking it in app-onlyAtom Bank for a year, or earn 2.1% for two years – very strong rates compared to what we’ve seen before. Both ICICI Bank and Atom Bank are fully regulated UK banks which means in the unlikely event they went insolvent you get the full UK £85,000 per person, per institution savings safety guarantee.