£41 No7 for £12, half price Soap & Glory, hot Vodafone sim deal, 10p/litre off petrol and get a refund on overpaid TV licence. 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.
£41 of No7 beauty products for £12 and half price Soap and Glory
Go into Boots stores or online, and buy two selected No7 items and you’ll get a free 'Starry Eyes' gift set containing eye shadow, mascara, eye shadow primer and eyeliner, worth around £30ish. As the cheapest combo of two No7 items is £12 for two 10ml No7 nail polishes (£6 each), that means you can get about £40 of beauty products for £12. The free No7 'Starry Eyes' set will be automatically added to your basket online, but you’ll need to pick it up from the shelf and take it to the till in store.
Plus, from today (Friday 7 December) you can get a Soap & Glory 'Bubble Act' or 'She's Show Ready' body care set for £30, down from £60, until 11.59pm on Thursday 13 December. There are two sets to choose from, they have the same contents but the box it comes in is different – each set includes 12 items such as body butter, hand cream, body spray and mascara – in total its contents is worth £80. And remember you don’t need to give it as one gift, you can split up the contents across multiple gifts to make them go further.
£13/mth for unlimited calls, texts and a big 20 GB of data
Millions are out of contract on their mobile phone but paying massively over the odds – some even continuing to pay the same price to cover the cost of a handset, even when it is paid off. Yet there are far cheaper option – using a sim-only deal – which are often a fraction of the price. Even if you want a new handset it’s usually cheaper to buy that outright and put a sim-only deal in it. If your handset needs unlocking and your contract is up, contact your provider and they should unlock it for free. And don’t worry, you can move your phone number across.
Right now there’s a hot deal on from Vodafone through comparison sitemobiles.co.uk (not available direct); you can get a year’s unlimited minutes, texts and 20GB 4G data (most people use around 5GB so this is big) for £20/month. Plus you get £80 automatic cashback after two months, so it’s actually the equivalent of £13.34/month – unbeatable for that much data. Though it hasn’t said when the offer will end, so if you want this it is safest to go sooner.
So if you’re paying more right now, unless you’re paying off a contract, ask yourself why. If you use less there are good deals out there from ID mobile, Smarty and Giffgaff, which are cheaper, so this is primarily for those who use their data a lot.
10p/litre off Morrisons petrol
Spend £50 or more in one transaction (excluding some items such as tobacco, stamps or lottery) in-store at Morrisons till Sunday (9 December) and you'll get a voucher for 10p/litre off petrol or diesel to use at its own forecourt. The voucher is valid until Sunday 16 December, and it can be used on one purchase of fuel only (up to a maximum of 100 litres). If you’re spending more than £100 split your shopping into two to get two vouchers.
Over 75? Get a backdated refund on paid TV licence
A standard colour TV licence costs £150.50 a year for most people, but if you’re aged 75 or over (or you know someone who is) then you don’t have to pay this (though some choose to on principle because they want to support the BBC). But as TV licences automatically renew every year, you need to actively stop it when you turn 75 – so if you’re 74 now remember to tell TV licencing to stop taking the fee when you turn 75, otherwise they’ll continue to.
So if you have been paying and don’t want to, you can claim the money back, and get it back dated to 1 November 2000 – the date that free licences for over-75s were introduced. Like Charlotte emailed on behalf of her dad “I contacted the TV license people as you suggested, completed the form and my dad has just received a cheque for £692. We are both delighted, as you can imagine.” Though some prefer to keep paying as a political support.
And data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows just under £38 million has been reclaimed in the past three years, with over £14 million refunded in 2017/18 alone. To reclaim call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6130 or go online to TV Licensing. You'll need your national insurance number, name, address and date of birth, and TV Licensing will work out the exact amount you're owed and pay you via bank transfer or cheque. You can also claim for a licence holder if you have Power of Attorney for them, or if they have died since and were paying.