Tesco Clubcard Plus analysis, £10 off £40 Lidl shop, how to earn money at the general election and get a free letter from Santa. 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.
Tesco to launch Clubcard Plus scheme today – but is it any good?
Tesco is launching a new Clubcard Plus subscription service today (8 November), which gives perks like discounted shopping for a monthly fee of £7.99.
The scheme gets you 10% off two shops of up to £200 each every month, as well as a separate 10% off Tesco’s non-grocery brands like its F&F fashion range. It also gives double data on Tesco Mobile phone contracts and the option to apply for a new Tesco Bank credit card with no foreign transaction fees from next year.
You’d also get the usual benefits of the Clubcard scheme, which won’t be changing – so you can still earn points on spending and boost them to triple their value.
For most people the big benefit is the 10% off two shops. If you spend £80+ over two shops every month in Tesco stores it is worth it, as your gain is the same or more than the fee – if you max it out you’ll be £32/mth up.
Tesco has learnt from Amazon Prime that when people pay for a subscription they’re more loyal, so bizarrely it will tend to get the benefit of the subscription fee and more sticky shoppers by doing this.
£10 off £40 spend at Lidl
Today (Friday 8 November) pick up the free Metro newspaper and I’ve been told there’ll be a voucher for £10 off a £40+ spend at any UK Lidl stores (except Northern Ireland) usable until Thursday 14 November. If you miss it, the same voucher will also be printed in the Daily Mail (£1) tomorrow (Sat 9 Nov) and The Mail on Sunday (£1.80) on Sun 10 Nov.
Let the election boost your Christmas coffers
Don't worry, this isn't about who to vote for. The first December election in almost 100 years will happen on 12 December and many councils still have one-off jobs available for it. For example you can earn from £9/hr+ as a vote counter, or £135/day+ as a clerk (help run the polling station). Most roles don't require any particular experience, and you don’t need to be on the electoral roll either. To find out if there’s a role available contact your council or check its website.
Free letter from Santa for your kids
If your child writes a letter which includes their name and address, to Santa/Father Christmas, Santa's Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ byFriday 6 December (don’t forget to put a stamp on it), then Santa’s elves stationed at Royal Mail will get Santa to send a personally addressed letter to your child before Christmas Eve. Just a warning though, even though more elves are working hard (so there shouldn’t be any issues like previous years), Royal Mail says Santa can'tguarantee a reply even if you’ve sent your letter in nice and early, so while this is a nice freebie, it's not a definite freebie.
Or for a recommended £5 donation, the NSPCC also has elves and the money donated goes to helping children.
Alternatively, if your child is blind or partially sighted, they can get a free reply from Santa in Braille, audio or large print via special elves he stations at the RNIB. Write to: Santa Claus, RNIB, Midgate House, Peterborough, PE1 1TN by Monday 2 December and include name, age, address, contact number, and preferred reply format (either uncontracted/contracted Braille, large print including font size or audio CD). Or email email@example.com by Friday 20 December and they'll get an email reply from him.