Check your breakdown insurance. With half-term and summer holiday travel coming up, make sure you won’t be left on the side of the road.
Prepare for school trips abroad. Avoid airport rip-offs by organising foreign cash in advance or prepaid cards. Also, if your child is holidaying with another family, make sure they’re properly insured. See Jane’s blog on how to insure children travelling solo.
Don’t just Google it. If you’re looking for a home for your savings, don’t simply type ‘best Isa’ or ‘best savings account’ into Google. The Sunday Times says you could easily fall foul of scammers impersonating genuine financial firms. Much better to look at comparison sites such as MoneySuperMarket* or independent analysts moneyfacts.co.uk.
Post Office Online Saver paying 1.42%. WE LIKE: The rate, which is the best on offer for deposits as small as £1. WE DON’T LIKE: Internet only and the rate includes a bonus which only lasts for 12 months. Note the date and get ready to move if necessary.
DEALS OF THE WEEK:
Hundreds of deals for Clubcard customers are on at Tesco throughout the month to celebrate the supermarket’s 100th birthday. If you’re not in the loyalty scheme you can still get the deals but you have to sign up to Clubcard first, although this is easy to do via an app. We spotted Magnum ice-creams for less than half-price, budget beer including Corona and cheap Lurpak butter.
Now the weather’s warmer, it’s the perfect time to get fit for free. NHS sponsored app Couch to 5k is a free app which introduces you to jogging. Also check out the increasingly popular Park Run which organises free five-kilometre runs weekly in local parks nationwide. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome.
Restaurant and discount app Tastecard is currently available for £1 for a 60 day trial. The card enables you to get two-for-one meals at thousands of eateries such as Ask, Belgo, Giraffe, Prezzo and Marco Pierre White. Alternatively you can get three months for free via the Latest Free Stuff website. The offers renew after the trial period for £39.99 a year so remember to cancel your membership if you don’t want it.
WORTH A LOOK:
Snap up some Mulberry womenswear and accessories for up to 70% less at Brand Alley. There’s also 50% off a selection of designer sunglasses and up to 60% off Diesel women’s jeans including black Skinzee Mid Rise Stretch jeans now £49.00 down from £115.00 (a discount of 58%).
Thinking of upgrading your TV and broadband? There’s a free £50 M&S voucher with 12-month broadband deals for new customers at NOW TV. Ends 31 May and you have to submit your email address to the Voucher Codes website.
SMM is always on the lookout for cheap London theatre tickets. We’ve come across the Theatre Monkey website which looks like a good source. Save up to 40% on The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, 33% on Thriller Live and lots of other shows. Could be a trip out over a wet half-term...
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Compensation hit the headlines with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) now saying the 12,000 investors who lost £236 million when London Capital & Finance failed might be eligible for compensation after all, reports the BBC. Initially it was thought they’d get nothing as the scheme wasn’t regulated.
Rail users however aren’t so lucky as Which? says they’re put off claiming for delays because of the complexity of the forms. And in another plus for victims of bank fraud, John Lewis is now including payback for cybercrime in its household insurance.
And finally, one to watch, although its accounts are protected by the FSCS. Metro Bank said that it is in advanced talks to raise £350 million after rumours concerning its financial health.
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Get ready for summer part one: save on garden parties by making your own Pimms. Mix cold tea, cough medicine and the dregs of any forgotten liqueur bottles with leftover fruit and plenty of ice. After one glass, no-one will notice the difference.
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