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Wednesday, 10 June 2015
| Travelzoo Weekly Top 20|
Every week we search more than 1,000 companies worldwide
for their very best deals and compile the Travelzoo Top 20(R).
TOP 20 DEALS -- 10 June 2015
£249pp -- 'Stylish' Monaco Break; Fly from Liverpool
Source: Exclusive Luxury Breaks
£99 -- 'Stunning' Tudor House Stay in Sussex w/Meals & Wine
Source: Ghyll Manor Hotel & Restaurant
£299pp -- Greece Deluxe Week in 'Unspoilt' Halkidiki w/Meals
Source: Broadway Travel
£99 -- London: 4-Star Hyde Park Stay with Breakfast
Source: Corus Hotel Hyde Park
£804pp -- Thailand City & Beach Holiday; Fly fr Manchester
Source: Travel Interaction
£9 & up -- Our Favourite Gifts for Father's Day
Source: Travelzoo Local Deals
£115 -- Miami Beachfront Hotel, w/Breakfast, Save £69
Source: Thompson Miami Beach
£599pp & up -- P&O Med & Canary Islands Cruise Sale
Source: Iglu Cruise
£69 -- Cheshire: Overnight Stay w/Dinner for 2, Was £127
Source: Wychwood Park
£449pp -- Sharm: Award-Winning All-Inc Week; from Manchester
Source: Luxury Holiday Collection
£129 -- Dorset: Deluxe Chesil Beach Break w/Meals, Was £225
Source: Moonfleet Manor
£18.28 & up -- Liverpool Philharmonic in Concert, 41% Off
Source: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
£321 -- Mumbai Flights from Manchester (Return)
£159 -- 'Elegant' Welsh Suite Stay inc Dinner
Source: The Lake Country House and Spa
£299pp -- Turkey: Ölüdeniz All-Inc Week; Fly from Manchester
Source: Anatolian Sky
£84 -- Amsterdam City-Centre Stay, Save up to 46%
Source: Park Hotel Amsterdam
£29 -- Afternoon Tea & Bubbly for 2 at Manchester Hotspot
Source: 47 King Street West
£399pp -- Mallorca Deluxe All-Inc Week w/Flts fr 11 Airports
Source: Fleetway Travel
£149 -- Gourmet Cumbria Getaway inc Dining & Wine, Was £338
Source: Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel
£999pp -- Far East Cruise inc Malaysia, Borneo & Philippines
Source: Cruise Circle
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Associate Publisher: Christina Bracewell
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|Cutting your costs, fighting your corner||Martin's Money Tips Wed 10 Jun 2015|
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Banks are rarely mentioned in glowing terms. I oft hear growls of two varieties. First, moral turpitude, evidenced by huge fines such as Lloyds' for recent PPI mishandling, Barclays' for market rigging and HSBC's for aiding tax avoidance.
If your bank's a b*****d, don't bitch, just switch.
Yet in the last year, only 2% of people have. Thankfully, though, you can do it right now, and a continued price war to draw in your custom has just kicked up a notch. Here are the 10 need-to-knows...
A quick note from me: Having been through the big stuff, I'm taking some time off, so the rest of the email is in the talented hands of the MSE team.
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| Cheapest EVER loan 3.5% - and tricks to slash costs further |
Loan rates have plummeted, and for once it's not just for larger amounts - they're competitive from £2,500 up
Done right, borrowing's cheap, yet that doesn't mean you should do it. Only go for it for planned spending, eg, a new car or kitchen, for as little as needed, repaid as quickly as possible, where you've budgeted and repayments are affordable.
New. Martin's FREE 'Taking Your Pension' 40-page printed booklet. They've been the most radical pension changes for a generation, yet more choice means more pitfalls. Our new free booklet takes you step-by-step through how it works, whether income drawdown or annuities win, tax and more. Free Taking Your Pension guide
Father's Day deals: £3 photo mug delivered via code (was £10.50), FREE personalised card. MSE Blagged. Order mug by Mon 15 Jun for Father's Day. Card via free iPhone/iPad app - 20,000 available, order by Wed 17 Jun. See all Photo/cards deals.
NEW. 3-year 0% balance transfer just a 2.39% fee. The price war rages on. Barclaycard* (Eligibility Calc) now lets accepted new customers shift debt to it for up to 36mths 0% for just a 2.39% fee. It cut it in response to Halifax* (Eligibility Calc) lowering the fee on its up to 36mths 0% card to 2.49%. Virgin Money* (Eligibility Calc) is still 36mths 0% with a 2.5% fee. Repay quicker? Don't pay a fee. Tesco* lets you to shift debt to it at 18mth 0% NO FEE. With all, never miss min repayments and clear the debt before the 0% ends or they jump to 18.9% rep APR (Tesco 20.6%). See Best Balance Transfers (APR Examples).
|Cheapest energy deals for three years - save £280/yr |
There's a hidden energy price war - while standard prices are unchanged, switchers' deal prices are falling
The new energy secretary's wagged her fingers at the 'Big 6' firms for not cutting prices. Yet don't be fuel-ish and wait for politicians to deliver - the cheapest deals for around three years are available now, if you're willing to ditch & switch.
PayPal warning UPDATE. Last week we warned 'don't use PayPal to pay on a credit card' as you'll lose your Section 75 rights. Many asked: 'But what about debit card chargeback?' Now that's in, too. Full info in Martin's PayPal warning.
90 hayfever tablets, £4 deliv. If you're suffering from high pollen (achoo... many at MSE Towers are), we've found 3 months of legit generic equivs to Zirtec and Clarityn for £4 - nothing to sneeze at. Branded versions from Boots are up to £25. Cheap, legit hayfever tablets
NEW: Top 1.5% easy-access savings. A welcome boost, BM Savings (min £1,000) now pays 1.5% AER variable, beating Tesco (min £1) at 1.35%. Both are beatable if you're willing to switch current account. Full info: Top Savings
Hot home ins deals - 'free' Karcher pressure washer or £85 M&S vch. MSE Blagged. These special links get you freebies: a) Age UK, M&S vch* (£35 contents/buildings, or £85 combined) until Tue or Karcher Pressure Washer* (RRP £80) on combined cover; b) Together Mutual, £80 M&S vch* on combined cover; c) L&G £65 Amazon vch* using code GIFT15. They arrive within 120 days. Important: we're not saying they're cheapest; compare with results of Gocomp*, CompareTM & MoneySup*. Full info: Cheap Home Insurance
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£79 Nails Inc set £25 deliv, incl four £14 polishes. MSE Blagged. Set incl four Nails Inc gel effect polishes (norm £14 each), £11 corrector pen, £6 nail file & £6 nail buffer. 8,000 avail. Plus free £11 polish with £4 mag. All Nails Inc deals.
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Clever ways to slash your costs on the web. Price alerts, Amazon bargain basement, 80% off at web outlets...
How do you safely find the best deals in the virtual jungle? Our 40+ Online Shopping Tricks aim to get you the very best price on everything you need to buy, with tools to spot hidden bargains & slash prices. Here are 10 to tease you in:
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ONLINE CODES: Beauty, books & more. We've blagged a Body Shop 30% + £4 'free' gift code, while there's a Burt's Bees extra 20% off sale code, The Works 25% off blagged code & Scribbler 15% off £5 code. ALL Codes & VchsShow Best Buys
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Question of the week
Q: I bought my buildings insurance policy from my mortgage provider as it said I had to in order to get the mortgage, but I think I was mis-sold and I could have got a much cheaper policy from somewhere else. What are my rights? Jenny, by email
MSE Rebecca's A: If your mortgage provider said you had to buy buildings insurance through it to be accepted for the mortgage, the policy may have been mis-sold. This is because, while you may have to buy buildings insurance as a condition of getting a mortgage, you have the right to buy from any provider (as long as it meets your mortgage lender's minimum cover criteria).
Contact the provider directly and complain to it, then if after eight weeks it's not responded, or you're not happy with the response, you can go to the free Financial Ombudsman Service. See our Home Insurance guide for full details of how to get the best price.
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'I worked for £1 an hour'
That's it for this week, but before we go, did you have a terribly paid first job? From walking two hours to earn a quid to getting paid 20p to balance the books, we've heard some stories. Tell us about your first job in the forum.
We hope you save some money,
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