How registering to vote could earn you extra cash!
Election money makers, the best way to spend abroad, wine discounts and a free pint, and 20% off ASOS - these are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Quick Deals.
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.
£20 cashback with the top overseas spending credit card
Normally spend abroad on debt or credit cards and while the providers get near perfect rates, most add an up to 3% “non-sterling exchange rate fee” on top. Meaning something that costs £100 costs you £103. Yet specialist overseas credit cards don’t add that fee, so you get the same near perfect exchange rate as the providers – smashing bureau de change – in every country, every time you go away. Just ensure you pay the card off IN FULL each month to minimise the interest.
If you can get it the Halifax Clarity credit card has been one of my two top picks for years, as it also has low overseas ATM charges, and apply right now it’s giving £20 cashback (within 90 days) when you spend once (there’s no minimum) by the end of September. So pocket this and only use when abroad (or do one transaction to get the £20) and pay off IN FULL each month to minimise the 18.9% rep APR interest. It’s worth noting though it’s better to spend on these cards than withdrawing cash (as then you will pay some interest even if you clear in full).
25% off wine, Prosecco and champers and FREE lager
Buy online or in-store from Tesco over the next week and you can get 25% off when you buy six or more bottles of wine, prosecco or champagne even if it’s already discounted – things include First Cape First Selection Sauvignon Blanc for £5 (was £7), or Chanoine Vintage Champagne £20/bottle (was £30) and then the 25% discount is added automatically at check out. M&S too instore is giving 20% off for three to five bottles, or online its 25% off two or more cases.
And register your details with Punch Taverns and you can get a voucher for a totally free £4ish pint of lager or 500ml bottle of cider (or soft drink if you don’t drink) at 900 of its pubs in England and Wales, until Monday 29 May, or sooner if all 72,000 free drinks (80 per pub) are redeemed.
My aim in telling you these deals isn’t to encourage you to drink more, it’s to do it cheaper, please be Drinkaware.
20% of Asos
Buy the June edition of Elle magazine (£4.30, Lana Del Rey on the cover), and in it you'll find a discount code which gives you 20% off at Asos. Then activate the code on the Elle website, and once activated you can use it by 23 June 2017. Even if you don’t want to read the magazine, if you're looking to spend £25+ at Asos it'd be worth just getting the magazine for the code, as the discount will cover the cost.
Urgent. Register to vote, do your civic duty and make some extra cash too
The date to register is 11.59m this Monday 22 May, it takes just a few minutes online at Gov.uk. Or you can download a form to register by post (for those in Northern Ireland download it at Your Vote Matters – you can’t vote online) though do it quick. This also has a financial benefit, as being on the electoral roll is also crucial to bolster your credit report – your financial CV. Not being on the electoral roll can kibosh your ability to get the best deals for mobile phones, car insurance, energy bills, cheap credit cards and more.
Plus the elections are a great opportunity to do your civic duty and earn a bit of cash at the same time. Some councils, including East Devon, London Borough of Hammersmith, Milton Keynes and Edinburgh, are still advertising for people to help count votes or staff polling booths, and you can earn £100 to £250 for doing this. Check your local council’s website to see if they are recruiting, and even if there are no immediate vacancies, they may put you on a waiting list in case someone drops out. Most roles generally don’t need any experience, but you need to be over 18 to be a poll clerk, and over 16 to be a counting assistant.