Reserve your Christmas supermarket delivery slot. Ocado starts taking bookings from 11 October.
Check if you’ve won a premium bond prize. There are 1.5 million yet to be claimed - the oldest of which (for £25) dates back to 1957. Visit www.nsandi.com to find out more.
Swop your Tesco Clubcard points for Odeon cinema tickets. The deadline for doing so is 30 November. Tesco says it hopes to reintroduce the award by the end of 2019.
Marcus Online Savings Account from US bank Goldman Sachs. WE LIKE: The variable rate is a chart-topping 1.5% on anything from £1 to £250,000. WE DON’T LIKE: The rate includes a bonus of 0.15% which is fixed for 12 months but may disappear after that. The account is internet-only (with a phone helpline) so less attractive for some older savers. See Charlotte’s blog here for more thoughts.
Get up to 57% off Halloween theme park trips including Alton Towers, Chessington, Legoland, Thorpe Park and Warwick Castle with Kids Pass*. You have to subscribe to the scheme but you can currently get a 30-day version for just £1 which would take you through half-term. The annual pass is £39.99 and has loads of discounts on restaurants and cinema too.
WORTH A LOOK:
Give unwanted Marks & Spencer clothes or soft furnishings to Oxfam and get a voucher for £5 off a £35 spend on new M&S gear. Find out more here. Pants, sadly, are excluded but bras are welcome.
F$ZZYWATCH: Still on M&S, its Delacourt champagne is rumoured to be dropping from £30 a bottle to £20 this week, possibly Tuesday. At this price, worth a trial sip ahead of the Christmas drinks selection, especially as it's Sunday Times recommended. SMM will of course keep our eyes peeled for any other offers (Jane has her fingers crossed that Tesco will follow tradition and reduce Lanson Black Label).
Need sassy salopettes for Christmas? Ski-wear from Spyder is up to 60% off via Brand Alley - still flipping expensive though.
SKINTED BLOGS OF THE WEEK:
Charlotte picks the best credit cards for your Christmas spending here.
New 1.5% savings account from 'vampire squid' bank Goldman Sachs gets a grilling from Charlotte here.
MINTED BLOGS OF THE WEEK:
Jane looks at the best mobile phone contracts for kids here.
Jane ponders whether to punt on a new investment fund from a star manager here.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK (TO 30 September 2018):
Fraud was centre stage this week with the mighty Facebook admitting 50 million accounts had been hacked (so keep an eye on unusual activity and maybe change your password). The frightening depth of the fraud problem was illustrated by figures from UK Finance which revealed that more than £500 million was conned from bank customers in the first half of 2018 alone. See our guide to staying stay online here.
Otherwise, consumer champion issues were raised with energy regulator Ofgem telling 11 of the UK’s biggest suppliers to sort out how they deal with complaints. Meanwhile, the Competition and Markets Authority is to investigate how loyal customers, who stick with their current insurer, bank or utility firm, are charged more than those who shop around for deals.
Finally TSB (the saga continues) said its computer systems are back to normal after it admitted problems with its online accounts on Friday.
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