Free heritage days, Boots Christmas deals, cut-price theatre, discount contact lenses, is your child due a windfall?
Family finance tips whatever your budget
10 September 2018 www.skintedmintedmum.co.uk
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK:
Switch energy suppliers. Energy bills are due to be capped (see below) but swapping providers via a comparison website is a better defence against overspending. See our SMM guide to saving on gas and leccy here.
Check your flights. Did you book with British Airways between 21 August and 5 September this year? The details of 380,000 transactions, including payment data, were hacked. Check your bank statement for any withdrawals you don’t recognise.
Find old gift vouchers. Given the reported troubles at Debenhams and House of Fraser, check if you have any unused gift vouchers and, if so, spend them sooner rather than later. Remember most vouchers have expiry dates so whatever store issued them, it’s worth spending them when you get them. Or see Jane’s blog for how to cash in unwanted ones.
Veteran investor Terry Smith has a new fund: Smithson. WE LIKE: Smithson will invest in small and medium-sized global companies where there is potentially more growth. Smith’s FundSmith Equity fund is the top global fund over five years. WE DON’T LIKE: It’s an investment trust (see our guide to what these are) so fees could be higher than a standard fund.
DEALS OF THE WEEK:
Free access to thousands of tourist and heritage sites this weekend as part of the Heritage Open Days programme from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September. Go on the website and enter your postcode to see what’s open near you. A similar event, Open House London, is on from Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 September. Highlights include Burlington House, Custom House, Roca London Gallery and Royal Albert Hall.
Now the nights are drawing in, how about a cut-price show up in town? There’s up to 59% off Kinky Boots and 42% off The Woman in Black at LOVEtheatre.
Thinking of your next holiday? There’s a £10 Amazon voucher up for grabs if you spend more than £300 with Virgin Atlantic via VoucherCodes here.
WORTH A LOOK:
Checking out the deals on buying through cashback websites is always worthwhile. Topcashback currently has up to 70% cashback at Currys PC World on selected items and between £21 and £131, depending on the contract, on broadband deals with Virgin.
Buying contact lenses online can often be cheaper than going to the local optician. There’s 10% off for first orders from VisionDirect with this code: SUN10.
Christmas has come early to Boots. Keep an eye out for their weekly Star Gift offers as we get closer to the festive season. There are some 3 for 2 offers on Soap & Glory products already.
SKINTED BLOG OF THE WEEK:
Charlotte looks at ways to be safe from online fraud here.
What's the best bank account for students? Charlotte picks the best offers here.
MINTED BLOGS OF THE WEEK:
Your child could be due a windfall from the government. Jane reveals all here.
Jane finds out here if you should board the easyJet Isa paying 7.28%
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK (TO 9 September 2018):
Cheers for the government which is introducing a price cap on energy bills which hopefully will save the average household £75 a year. But jeers for British Airways which admitted this weekend that cardholders who bought tickets online between 22:58 on 21 August and 21:45 on 5 September could have had data stolen by fraudsters. Separately, thousands of debit cardholders were charged twice for debit card payments on 29 August. It makes you yearn for the days of cash… but on the other hand, given that the number of bank branches is to shrink even more (RBS will close a further 54 by January), where would you get the cash from?
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