Free travel insurance, Father's Day gift offers and free farm entry and pig racing for kids - just some of Martin Lewis' Real Deals
The nature of deals is they move fast – prices, terms and stock levels can change rapidly, even while Martin’s on the programme (14 June), as so many people are checking them out. So go quickly, always double-check before spending or making a special trip, and check the terms and conditions.
Plus, while we hope these are cracking deals and save you cash; as Martin always says, if a specific deal involves spending and you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it, please don’t do it.
Remember, deals can change quickly...
Web exclusive: £6 Thorntons chocs for 60p
Download the Simply Tap mobile payment app (it’s part owned by Visa) from iTunes or Andorid Marketplace. Then as a promo to get you to use it, enter the code JUBILEE when prompted and the Thorntons deal will appear - this lets you buy the Best of British Chocolate Collection (7,500 boxes are available) for 60p delivered, instead of £6. You’ll also have to register your details as well as a valid credit or debit card.
Before you do it, be aware that some people have reported problems paying for the offer via the app – which the company says is because you have to match your address exactly to the electoral roll.
Free £100 to switch bank account
A bank has launched a new deal which pays you £100 to switch to it, meaning there are now two offers on the market which give you money for switching accounts. As both are best buys anyway, there’s no harm on grabbing the money and cheering – though do be aware you’ll need to pass a credit score to get them.
- Halifax Reward Account: This has just started offering £100 to new people switching to it (you must apply by 15 July), and provided you earn over £14,000 and pay your salary in every month, it also gives you £5 a month, every month. Yet don't get it if you ever go overdrawn, as it charges up to £2/day.
- Alternatively you can also get £100 if you switch to First Direct (or £125 today via some special web links) though you need a minimum salary of £22,800. The key to First Direct is it has won every customer service poll I’ve ever run by a landslide – so if you value service over rate (though the free £100 helps) it’s a corking deal.
Father’s Day Restaurant deals
Sunday vouchers are usually rare, but the good news is some chains have launched special deals for Father’s Day (check your local non-chain restaurants for offers too).
Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia have 25% off and Strada 20% off if you register and print off a voucher from their special offer websites (see the related links).
Turn up at Chiquitos and dads will get a free main meal when another main meal is purchased. After 5pm at Beefeater Grill, dads can get a free steak, chips and veg when another adult main is purchased – just tell staff you’re a dad. And book in advance at Table Table and dad gets a 'free' three course meal when another adult buys three courses from the Sunday dining set menu, costing £11.99.
Free pig racing (free entry to 300 farms)
This Sunday, it’s the annual Open Farm day, when over 300 working farms across England, Scotland and Wales will open their gates to the public – perfect for a Father’s Day outing.
Expect to see activities like pig racing, the Lamb National, scarecrow making, pond dipping and maybe some chicks hatching. Most are free to walk in, though some require you to book ahead and may charge a fee (£1.50-£5) or ask for a donation. So double-check the Open Farm Sunday website and call ahead if the weather’s bad, in case of cancellations.
Magazine cover beauty freebies
This is an easy way to stock up your make-up bag cheaply - the magazine cost is less than the make-up would cost itself, so it’s worth grabbing if you were due to buy the product, even if you don’t like the mag.
- ‘Free’ £10-£15 Benefit make-up: July’s Glamour magazine (out now) costing £2, has one Benefit luxe mini make-up product on the cover. There are three items to choose from ‘The Porefessional’ (pore minimiser), which Benefit says is worth £10, ‘That Gal’ (face primer) worth £15 and ‘Bad Gal’ (mascara) worth £10.
- ‘Free’ £8-£10 Body Shop eye make-up: July's £3.80 edition of InStyle magazine has a full-size Body Shop mascara it says is worth £10, or two shades of eye pencil worth £8 each on the cover.
- ‘Free’ £14 Jemma Kidd eye make-up: July's £3.90 edition of Red magazine has either the Jemma Kidd I-Glamour volume mascara or Stay-Put eyeliner on the cover. Both are full size and it says they’re worth £14-£15 each.