British Gas customers’ £300/year savings, 50% off Sky, free eye tests, free kids’ summer camp and £10 Pimm’s. 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.
Are you a British Gas customer? Hidden trick gets £300/year off
Sainsbury’s Energy isn’t really Sainsbury’s Energy – it’s run and supplied totally by British Gas, which just licenses the name. And right now its cheapest tariff is far cheaper than British Gas. So you can slash the cost of your energy without even switching suppliers. It's the same gas and electricity, service, safety and crucially the smart meters are compatible between the two.
For someone with typical dual-fuel usage, the average costs are...
- BG standard tariff (70% of people are on standard tariffs): £1,044/yr
- BG cheapest switchable tariff (HomeEnergy Fixed 2018):£1,019/yr
- Sainsbury's cheapest (Fixed Price June 2017): £750/yr
As Sainsbury’s tariff is a fix, the rate you pay is locked in for a year (rate, not cost – that depends on usage). Plus if you're switching from British Gas it won’t charge exit penalties. Sadly it's not available if you're on prepay or in Northern Ireland. The tariff does have £30/fuel early exit fees.
As you can see the savings are huge – the cheapest on the market is only £16 a year cheaper for typical usage. Yet as your cheapest depends on where you live and what you use, there’s no one winner, so just plug your details intoMartin’s ‘Cheap Energy Club’, which also gives switchers £30 dual-fuel cashback, or any other Ofgem-approved comparison site, and it'll tell you the best deal for you.
45%+ off Sky TV bundles
Until 11.59pm tonight (Thursday 30 June) new Sky customers who apply online only (or those who left it 12 months or more ago) can get 45%+ off a year’s contract on almost all of its TV packages when you pay by direct debit.
So for the Complete bundle, including Movies and Sport, which is normally £80/month, it’s currently £43/month. Or for the basic bundles it’s £10 a month rather than the usual £20. You do have to pay a £10 set-up fee though.
Existing Sky customer? There’s nothing stopping you from haggling down the price of your existing package. Use this as weaponry in your haggling armour – and remember the big key is indicating you’ll leave if you don’t get a better deal. In fact, in my recent poll, 88% of Sky customers who’d tried haggling said they’d succeeded.
Free Vision Express eye test: Go online to Vision Express by Sunday 10 July and you’ll be able to book a free eye test in one of its stores (normally £15ish if you have to pay). Once booked you’ll be emailed a voucher which you’ll need to take with you to your appointment by 31 August 2016. Or if it’s more convenient Tesco Opticians also always offers a free eye test with no voucher needed. Remember, if you need a prescription you don’t need to buy glasses here – you can take your prescription to any optician. If you live in Scotland, you’re entitled to free eye tests anyway. Remember having certain medical conditions or family history of eye conditions will also entitle you to free eye tests.
Free Apple & Tesco summer classes for kids: Both have three-day in-store camps this summer with limited spaces – Apple’s includes learning to create a film, creating interactive books and learning how to code (for ages 8-12 only).Or Tesco’s Eat Happy Project for ages 5-11, at 50 Tesco cafes, teaches kids how to cook. Places for both courses are given on a first come, first served basis, so book quick if you’re interested. Plus an adult will need to accompany their child the whole time.
Pimm’s war – now £10/litre: Last week Morrisons had £12/litre Pimm’s on offer, which was the cheapest, but Asda has now waded into the ‘Wimbledeal’ war. You can now get one-litre bottles of classic Pimm’s No.1 for £10 online atAsda and in its stores (last week it was £15 and other stores are selling it for up to £21). Asda hasn’t said when the offer will end, but as this is a good price during Wimbledon, and it’s summer, they’re likely to go quick. Please be Drinkaware.
Coronation Street fans rejoice - you can expect more of what you love as bosses have confirmed plans to air six episodes a week.
The soap currently airs five weekly installments, but has previously experimented with a temporary additional airing on a Thursday. The current layout of the set will be extended to compliment the expansion in production, creating additional studio space and new employment opportunities!
The only catch is that fans of the cobbles will have to wait until 2017 for the extra episode...
Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme - commonly regarded as the bloodiest ever day in British history.
The Queen is set to lead the nation in remembrance of World War I's most brutal encounter, with more than one million men killed in just five months - 24 hours after fighting began more than half of Britain's soldiers were wounded or dead.
Richard Gaisford is live at the Thiepval memorial in France this morning, where many bodies still lie. Later today Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate will climb to the top of the monument and stay to pay their respect at the vigil tonight.
We'll be a step closer to knowing who our next Prime Minister could be at midday, the deadline for Tory MPs to put themselves forward to replace David Cameron. Boris Johnson and Theresa May are the frontrunners, and we'll hear from another throwing their hat in the ring this morning.
Jeremy Corbyn's determination to carry on as Labour leader - despite losing the confidence of his MPs - will come under intense pressure as a leadership challenge is launched.
We'll meet the teenage waitress told to wear a skirt and make-up "for the punters". Erin Sandilands, who was sacked after refusing to do so, went on to win a payout for the degrading and humiliating treatment.
Kylie and her fiance Joshua Sasse got romantic on the red carpet last night, as they joined Eddie and Patsy at the Absolutely Fabulous world premiere.
And great news for Corrie fans! The cobbles will becoming to your screens six times a week from next year - we'll have all the details for you on this morning's show.
Do you have a summer health question for Dr Hilary Jones?
Maybe you have a skin condition and you're worried about the effects of the sun, or you might be travelling somewhere for the first time and want advice on necessary immunisations. Perhaps you need advice on jet-lag or travelling with young children, or maybe you take medication and are worried about taking this while on holiday?
Whatever summer health advice you're after, ask us anything and we'll answer some of your questions on the show.
Email us at email@example.com with your name, age, contact number and question with SUMMER HEALTH in the subject line before Thursday 7th July 2016.
It was just a sea of people screaming, running towards me, like something out of a disaster movie
British journalist Laurence Cameron describes the "chaos" that unfolded in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport first-hand, following the explosions last night.
Cameron shared some shocking photos from inside the airport, capturing the atmosphere some 20 seconds after the attacks. The journalist told Piers and Susanna that taking photographs helped disconnect him from the surrounding terror.
He added, "All the passport desks had been abandoned, police were everywhere, guns drawn...it was chaos."
At least 41 have now been reported dead in the terror attacks.
We can't remember if we mentioned it or not, but actual Renée Zellweger carried out extensive research behind-the-scenes at GMB for the latest Bridget Jones film. In fact, she liked some of our crew so much she invited them to star in the film!
The official trailer has just landed and we are delighted that our director Erron has a speaking part in it (one word counts, right?) - have a watch above!
And we thought Piers Morgan's rider was extravagant...
This morning Piers and Susanna were joined by Sharon Shoesmith, the children's services boss who was sacked over the shocking death of Baby P.
Shoesmith was at the helm of Haringey Children’s Services department when Peter Connelly, 17 months, was beaten to death in 2007. The case provoked a national scandal after it emerged that social workers, police and doctors missed a series of warning signs that could have saved the child's life during the eight-month period of abuse.