Five cinema tickets for £25, 20% off school uniform, cheap football shirts, best one-year savings deal.
Family finance tips whatever your budget
18 June 2018 www.skintedmintedmum.co.uk
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK:
Holiday special (the summer break is not that far away):
Read your travel insurance. You may well be looking forward to some holiday activities which may not be covered. Quad biking, banana boating and jet ski are the most likely, says a Telegraph/Go Compare survey. See our SMM guide to travel insurance here for more top tips.
Book transport to the airport. Parking at the airport or train tickets to it are cheaper if you reserve in advance. Don’t leave it till the last minute!
Check passport still in date. It can take several weeks to get a new one so make sure yours and your kids’ is still valid. Remember some countries require you to have six months of validity before opening their doors...
National Savings & Investments Guaranteed Growth Bonds paying 1.5% for one year and 1.95% for three years. WE LIKE: NS&I is backed by the government and is pretty much risk-free. WE DON’T LIKE: NS&I has cut the maximum saving for new customers from £1 million to £10,000. You can get better fixed rates elsewhere. Moneyfacts picks Atom Bank at 2.05% for a year and Gatehouse at 2.33% for three years.
DEALS OF THE WEEK:
M&S has 20% off school uniform until midnight on 3 July here. Buy big or get caught out by summer growth spurts.
Cheap kids’ football shirts for those into the World Cup: £3.99 at H&M for lots of countries including a bilious green German away shirt and a bright yellow Swedish one. Our spies say there was an unsightly scrum (wrong sport?) for these on Saturday.
Get five Odeon cinema tickets for only £25 at Groupon here. Some exclusions apply, offer lasts until 11 July.
WORTH A LOOK:
Armageddon on the high street: sales at House of Fraser, Debenhams and up to 80% off at New Look. Will the last shop left please turn off the lights?
For online fashionistas, there’s 50% off in the Net a Porter sale here.
Get free entry to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show (normally £8 to £18 depending on ticket) in various venues around the country until September via Money Saving Expert here.
SKINTED BLOGS OF THE WEEK:
Charlotte explains here how to be safe online while you're away on holiday.
As exam season draws to an end, Charlotte looks at how to save on prom clothes here.
MINTED BLOGS OF THE WEEK:
Sometimes you just can't get the staff: Jane outlines here five investments funds she's fed up with.
If yesterday didn't go to plan, Jane offers some ideas for how to do Father's Day here.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK (TO 17 June 2018):
Another week, another data breach: this time, Dixons Carphone says that nearly six million payment cards and 1.2 million data records were targeted but there is ‘no evidence’ that cards have been used fraudulently. On a linked theme, NatWest is trialling cardless online shopping where you use a fingerprint or password, not the card number, when you buy online. And there’s a possible conclusion to a financial saga which started in the last century: Equitable Life is being sold - which could result in a windfall for its remaining 260,000 policyholders. Also, there’s a new service recently launched to help the recently bereaved: one call or email to deathnotificationservice.co.uk allows you to notify all banks and finance companies of a death rather than having to phone each firm individually.
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Save on school uniform by getting your child to search the school lost property box for their 'mislaid' kit. Unnamed items are cheaper than buying new stuff over the summer. Just make sure you wash it thoroughly.
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