Get a free McDonald’s cheeseburger - Martin Lewis tells us how
Reclaim credit in your ParentPay account, new top one-year fixed savings, £100 of No7 beauty for £30 and free McDonald’s cheeseburger. 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.
Have cash left in your ParentPay account? Get it back once term ends
ParentPay is a payment system, which lets parents add credit to their account using a debit or credit card, which they can then use to pay for their child's school items, such as lunches, trips or after-school clubs. You can also use ParentPay to pay the school or caterer directly. It’s used by 9,000 schools and has 5million users.
And as the school year is coming to an end, many have been asking if you can get any credit left back.
To check what you’ve got, log into your ParentPay account, and your balance will appear on the top right-hand corner of the homepage. If you’ve credit leftover, you'll be able to withdraw the cash straight away - select the 'withdraw' option on your Parent Account page. Full help on theParentPay website.
It should be paid immediately back to your card or bank account that’s connected to your ParentPay account, but if you're withdrawing a large amount, it could take up to 10 days. Though do note, you can only make three withdrawals within a three-month period.
If you've got credit on money paid to your child's school or caterer through ParentPay, you'll need to contact it directly to ask for a refund, as they hold the credit, rather than ParentPay. The school or caterer should then refund your credit into your Parent Account, where you'll be able to withdraw it using the step above.
Top one-year fixed savings
Over the past year, savings rates have ever so slowly been creeping up. And if you’re prepared to lock cash away for a year there’s a new top 1-year fixed savings account fromShawbrook Bank paying 2.02% AER on min £1,000. You can open and manage the account online and Shawbrook 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.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to tie up your money, the top easy-access account is Marcus Bank (part of investment bank Goldman Sachs) paying 1.5% AER - including a 0.15% bonus for 12 months – after which the rate will drop so you make you sure you diarise and switch then. You can save from £1 and make unlimited withdrawals. It too has the full £85,000 UK savings safety guarantee.
£100ish of No7 beauty for £30
Go online or in-store to Boots and you can buy a £30 No7 'Beauty Vault' set – which has contents in it priced at £85 (with current offers), or £113 without offers - so it's a saving of at least £55, and pretty decent if you already buy the products.
In the set you’ll get 'Lash Impact Ultra' mascara, 'Lovely Lips' lip balm lipstick, ‘Matte Liquid Lips' lip gloss, 'Stay Perfect Metallic Eyes' eyeliner, 'Instant Illusions Airbrush Away' primer, 'Match Made' bronzer, 'Skin Illuminator', ‘Protect & Perfect' SPF 30 facial sun cream, 'Radiant Results' revitalising micellar cleansing water and ‘'Radiant Results' revitalising cleansing wipes.
Free 99p McDonald’s cheeseburger
Newbies who download the McDonald’s app can get a free 99p cheeseburger until Thursday 15 August. To get it, download the app, go to the ‘Deals’ tab, click on the freebie and press ‘Add to mobile order’. Then when in McDonald’s claim your freebie using the order number you're given. Sadly, there’s no veggie alternative.