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Wednesday, 13 May 2015
| Travelzoo Weekly Top 20|
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TOP 20 DEALS -- 13 May 2015
£299pp -- Corfu All-Inc Holiday w/Upgrade, inc Summer Travel
Source: Broadway Travel
£179 -- Devon Escape inc Fine Dining & Bubbly, Was £364
Source: Northcote Manor
£249pp -- Iceland Break with Tours; Fly from Manchester
Source: Fleetway Travel
£99 -- Lake District 2-Night Manor Stay with Daily Dinner
Source: Windermere Manor Hotel
£269pp -- All-Inc Turkey Break w/Boat Trip, from Manchester
Source: Bargain Late Holidays
£107 -- Paris Stay nr Champs-Elysées w/Cruise Tickets
Source: Hotel Etoile Saint Honoré
£15 & up -- Highly Praised 'Barnum' Musical, Save up to 53%
Source: Liverpool Empire Theatre
£139pp -- Madrid 3-Nt Break w/Flights from the Northwest
Source: Qwerty Travel
£355 -- Fly to Bangkok with Etihad from Manchester (Return)
£86 -- Florence 4-Star Stay w/Breakfast & Wine
Source: Hotel Cellai
£349pp -- Sharm 5-Star All-Inc Escape w/Flts fr Manchester
£109 -- Worcestershire Tudor-Style Manor Stay w/Meals
Source: Hogarths Stone Manor
£799pp -- Holy Land Escorted Tour w/Trips; Fly fr Manchester
Source: Fleetway Travel
£159 -- Peak District 4-Star Getaway w/7-Course Tasting Menu
Source: Losehill House Hotel & Spa
£499pp -- Luxury 7-Night Emirates Escape w/Flights, £400 Off
Source: The Holiday Place
£25 -- Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Guided Walk, Reg £45
Source: Mountain Monkeys
£108 -- Germany: 16th-Century Black Forest Stay w/Upgrade
Source: Hotel Adler Häusern
£299pp -- Deluxe Mallorca Escape w/Meals, fr the Northwest
Source: Luxury Holiday Collection
£129 -- Historic Shrewsbury Stay with 2-AA-Rosette Dinner
Source: Lion + Pheasant
£1899pp -- Maldives 5-Star All-Inclusive w/Suite & Transfers
Source: Luxury Holidays Direct
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Free Lego, iPhone6 £140 off, overseas Supercard, £86/yr b'band & line, 21mth 0% spend, 'free' Kindle, Ted Baker 20%, £1 knickers
|Cutting your costs, fighting your corner||Martin's Money Tips Wed 13 May 2015|
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The Travelex Supercard* launches today, it's a pilot of the first ever free plastic with near-perfect rates in every country - euros, dollars & more: there's no exchange rate fee, no cash withdrawal fee and no credit check, so anyone can get one (you need a smartphone/tablet).
In the past I've championed the use of specialist overseas credit cards for when you're on holiday. That's why Travelex gave us an exclusive heads-up on this, so we've had time to analyse it. And this innovative new kid on the block does take a bit of explaining. It isn't a credit or debit card, it's, er, well...
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|The Ones Not To Miss||Wed 13 May 2015|
| iPhone 6 £140 off, then unlimited calls, texts & data £12/mth - but... |
...it's a refurb. Then again, good refurbs look new, work like new & have warranties to ensure they keep working
The term 'second-hand' covers a big range - refurbs can be a day to 5yrs old. The best have usually been fixed, polished, tested & have warranties. We've a totally new (honestly) Cheap Refurb Mobile guide. Here are the key digits:
Knickers coming right down. £1 for La Senza pants. Liquidation stock with original price tags online at Poundshop (were £4-£5), plus we've a code for free delivery if you're spending £12+ (on anything). Knickers coming down
Free Mental Health & Debt Help booklet 2015. It's Mental Health Awareness Week. 1 in 4 experience a mental health issue annually, and those who do are 6x more prone to debt crisis. The most important thing to understand is you're not alone - we see this like any money issue. Download & share our 44-page Mental Health & Debt booklet
Free insulation worth £700 plus £25 J Lewis/Argos vch. MSE Blagged. It's back. Anyone in a suitable home (not NI) can get free loft & cavity wall insulation and a £25 J Lewis/Argos/Homebase etc gift card. Free insulation
Free Kindle Fire HD with cheap home insurance. MSE Blagged. Many hot freebies with building & contents policies this week. 1) PolicyExpert: Kindle Fire HD6* or £80 Amazon vch*. 2) Age UK: £85 M&S vch (£40 contents only). 3) Together Mutual: £75 M&S vch*. 4) L&G £60 Amazon vch using code MSEMAY15. The Kindle takes up to 80 days, vouchers 120. Important: Get quotes from all & compare to best of Gocomp* & MoneySup*. See Cheap Home Insurance
| Longest EVER fee-free 0% spending card - 21mths interest-free borrowing |
New. Tesco's launched the longest ever fee-free 0% spending credit card. Done right, it's zero cost borrowing
Credit cards are both the best and worst way to borrow. Worst for: Just borrowing willy-nilly to fill gaps in your income; that leads to a credit dependency and can kill your finances. Best for: Planned purchases (eg, new sofa/to pay car ins) that's budgeted for and repayable on a 0% card within the time limit - as you can borrow at no cost at all.
Rare 20% off codes for Ted Baker, French Connection & Matalan. For high brands. A Ted Baker 20% off code, a FCUK 20% code, Matalan 20% code & in-store vch and F&F £10 off £50 code. See ALL Codes & Vchs
Beauty 'freebies': £11 Clinique serum, £10 Neal's Yard cream, £10 Body Shop scrub... There's a 'Free' £11 Clinique face serum via £4 mag, a 'Free' £10 Neal's Yard hand cream via £4 mag, and a Body Shop 'free' £10 body polish & 30% off code if you spend £10. These and more in our full Beauty Deals guide.
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Tesco Direct £20 off £150 code, combinable with 1,000 extra pts (worth up to £40) on iPads. Thur-Mon. Tesco Direct's the supermarket's equiv of Argos, with toys, electricals, furniture, etc, so this code can be a winner (always compare). Plus until Sun, combine it with '1,000 Clubcard points' on iPad Air & Air 2. Full info: Tesco Direct Codes
Lastminute.com 50% off spa breaks sale + 15% extra off code. MSE Blagged. Lastminute.com's running a spa sale till Mon (incl massages, facials, treatments) for 26 venues, and we've blagged an extra 15% off code. Lastminute.
Got Sky Sports or BT Sport for footie? Time to cancel for the summer. If you only subscribe to Sky Sports or BT Sport for the footie, you can cancel & restart it in August - but notice periods mean act now. See Cancel Sky Sports.
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£45 Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker (next cheapest £60, RRP £99). Monitors sleep & activity. Cheap Jawbone
| £86 for YEAR'S b'band & line rent (after £100 cashback) - equiv £7.16/mth |
From BT-owned Plusnet. Some can save £200+/yr compared to big-firm standard line rental and broadband deals
Many adverts yell about broadband costs and whisper the fact you also need their line rental, and that's where it's expensive. In fact, for standard line rent & b'band with BT you pay £360/yr, with Virgin £410/yr. So we also factor in both prices, and this top deal has just returned - it's just £186 over a year and you get £100 cashback. Easy winner...
Ever had Sentinel (AI scheme) card protection? Vote YES for £100s. Sentinel had a card protection plan (similar to CPP) sold via Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, etc. It's agreed to repay possibly £100m+ to mis-sold customers. Letters are being sent NOW asking you to vote on an automatic redress scheme - vote yes. See Sentinel reclaim info.
Ideal Home Show Scotland & Manchester 2for1 code. MSE Blagged. If you missed our freebies last month, get a pair of tix for £12-£14. For 22-25 May in Glasgow and 4-7 Jun in Manchester. See Ideal Home Show tickets.
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This week's poll: Is your energy company's service any good?
Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) over the last SIX MONTHS (or less if you’ve recently switched). If you’ve gas and electricity with different firms, please rate both.
What class are you?
Those 65+ were most likely to feel middle class, with 61% identifying themselves as such.
A surprising 3% of voters said they felt classless.
Other class claims include:
- 0.3% say they're upper class
23,913 voted. See the full results.
Question of the week
Q: I want to switch my account to a bank with better interest rates, but I also have a loan with my current bank. Do I have to stay until I've paid off the loan? Keeley, via email.
MSE Sam's A: Put simply, no. There's nothing stopping you from switching your bank account to one with a better interest rate and continuing to pay off your loan as usual. See our Best Bank Accounts guide for the top deals, including up to 5% interest or a free £150 bonus. While having a debt doesn't stop you from leaving, the new bank will credit-check you (so it could have an impact, but it's unlikely, and it's rarely as harsh as for a credit card or mortgage).
It's actually worth your while to switch accounts, because under the Lending Code, banks have the legal right to transfer cash, known as 'setting off', from your bank or savings accounts to pay off other debts held with them, such as credit cards or loans.
If you're struggling to pay off your loan then read our Debt Help guide for what to do.
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72? But I'm only 35
That's it for this week, but before we go, you may have heard that Microsoft has a tool that tries to determine your age after you upload a photo. It's fun, but beware it's not exactly a model of accuracy or consistency. So you just might be horribly offended or extremely flattered. Either way, share your result in the How Old Am I? conversation in our MoneySavers Arms forum.
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