Hot broadband deals ending tonight,£10 Halfords MOT check, top 1 and 2-year fixed savings, free Lego and McDonald’s freebies. These are our Money Saving ExpertMartin 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.
HOT fibre broadband deals ending tonight – now’s the time to pounce
The secret to bagging a top broadband deal is to pounce on hot, short-lived promos and currently there are three hot ones available right now – but you’ll have to go quick as two end midnight tonight. It's worth comparing these to what you currently pay - for example many on standard offers pay £40+ a month for broadband and line which is £480 a year, so switching could save you £300+. But as all broadband dealsare postcode-dependent, to check whether you can get them use Martin’s ‘Broadband Unbundled’ tool. All the deals below are on 18 months contracts.
- Ends tonight - BT fibre (avg speed 50Mb), equivalent to £20.55/mth. Many of you prefer telecoms juggernaut BT, and this deal's a doozy - in fact for the speed you get it's the market's cheapest, factoring in vouchers - but it’s for newbies only (haven’t been with BT for past 12 months on broadband, TV or mobile). Go via price comparison site Broadband Genie and you can fast fibre broadband with average speeds of 50Mb.
You pay £9.99 upfront, then £10/mth for broadband and £19.99/mth for line rent - though it's cheaper to pay 1yr's line upfront for £219.84. Yet the key to this is you can claim £110 prepaid Mastercard and £50 Amazon voucher back within 3 months of activation. Annoyingly, you won't be remind, so don't forget to claim yourself. Factor those in and it's equivalent to £20.55/mth (if you pay line rent upfront), or £1ish more/mth if you pay line monthly.
- Ends tonight – TalkTalk fibre (avg speed 63Mb), equivalent to £22.68/mth. If you want slightly higher speeds newbies (don’t currently have its broadband) who sign up to TalkTalk broadband via uSwitch by tonight, can get average 63Mb fast fibre broadband and line-rental for equivalent £22.68/mth. You pay £25.45/mth (so £458 over 18-months) but then you can claim a £50 voucher for Amazon, Argos, Tesco or Ticketmaster – so if you were going to spend that anyway and factor it in, it’s equivalent to £22.68/mth.
- Ends Sunday – SSE fibre (avg speed 35mb), equivalent to £19.95/mth. Newbies (don’t currently have its broadband) who go via some comparison sites (eg Martin’s broadband unbundled, Compare the Market or Broadband Choices) can get average 35Mb fibre broadband and line rental with SSE. You pay £23/mth for broadband and line rental, but you also get to claim a £55 prepaid Mastercard or Amazon voucher), so if you were going to spend there anyway it works out to an equivalent £19.95/mth.
Remember with all these deals you MUST CLAIM the voucher yourself. So diarise and make sure you do it.
£10 Halfords MOT when you spend 50p
Until Wednesday 15 May, buy anything online or in-store from a Halfords (there’s 300+ stores across England, Wales and Scotland) and it’s giving a voucher code to get its MOT check for £10, which normally costs £35. The cheapest thing I spotted that qualifies is a 50p sponge or £1.50 air freshener – but it’s better to buy this instore as delivery costs £3.99 for orders under £40 online.
To get the £10 MOT you’ll be given a voucher at the till containing a unique code, which you then need to put inonline at the checkout when booking your MOT at your nearest Halfords Autocentre (you can’t book in-store). If you buy online for delivery, you'll receive an email voucher within two to seven working days. You’ve got until 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 June to book the MOT, but you can book it as far as 16 May 2020 – so even if your MOT isn't due until next year, you can still take advantage.
As for the Halfords own MOT centre, like any nationwide chain there’s good and bad feedback. But this is best for those who are pretty sure you’ll pass your MOT, as if you’re going to need repairs Halfords Autocentre may not be the cheapest for repairs.
Free mini Lego: Visit any Smyths store from 9am-2pm on Saturday 4 May and your kids can get a free Lego set worth £5ish. Smyths haven’t confirmed what the Lego will be, but it's happening on May the fourth (Star Wars Day) and Star Wars characters will be appearing in some stores, so my cheeky guess is it could be Star Wars-related. You don't need to buy anything to get the free Lego, and based on past events the freebies tend to go quickly, so if you want this, you may want to get there early to avoid disappointment.
Top one and two-year fixed savings: If you’re prepared to lock cash away for over a year there’s a new top 1-year fixed savings account from app-only Atom Bank paying 2.03% AER on min £50, or 2.3% fixed for two years. You can only open and manage the account via its app (on Android and iPhone) and Atom Bank is fully regulated which means in the unlikely event they went insolvent you get the full UK £85,000 per person, per institution savings safety guarantee.
McDonald’s deals, incl free hot drink: One for Andy Peters this, until this Sunday (5 May) newbies and existing users of the McDonald’s app can get £1 off a £5 spend at McDonald’s (order via the app) or £3 off a £10 spend and £5 off a £20 spend. To get it, open the 'Deals' section of the app and select the amount off you want to use. The discount will then automatically be applied. You can claim each money off dealonce, in separate transactions.
Plus if you’re new to the app, and not placed an order on it before, you can get any hot drink for free (norm 89p-£1.50ish). You should see the freebie in the deals section of the app, but you don’t have to use it on your first order – it’s valid until Sunday 30 June.