Have you signed up for Martin Lewis’ weekly Money Saving Expert newsletter yet? If not, go for it right now! It’s absolutely chock full of special offers, discounts and excellent tips for spending less, from the teeny-tiny to the impressively enormous.
This week’s email looks at ten things you shouldn’t pay for when you can get them for free, looking at all this in detail:
- EHIC scams: EHIC cards give you free or low cost medical care when you’re abroad in Europe. They’re free to apply for and renew but some websites are charging £15 for ‘fast track’ processing, which doesn’t even exist.
- Free bank accounts: information about switching from a paid account back to a free one.
- Free eye tests via Optical Express
- Avoiding paying insurance on things you no longer own
- Cheap foreign exchange rates for your holiday currency
- Claiming Payment Protection Insurance compensation yourself if you’ve been mis-sold, to save paying commission to lawyers and claim firms
- Using a service called 0800 Buster to call expensive 0800 numbers from your mobile at local rates
- Saving on ESTA fees for travel to the USA
- Free insulation: don’t pay £300, get home insulation for free
- Making driving test savings: booking your driving test through the Directgov website to avoid the £30 booking fee levied by many websites
And that’s just for a start. It goes on and on, a veritable feast of zillions of top class money saving ideas. I had to scroll down ten times to read this week’s newsletter, and there’s so much information in it I’ve had to save it for later.
Martin Lewis is an obsessive money saver, campaigner and consumer advocate. His site, Money Saving Expert, has spawned all sorts of brilliant money saving initiatives. Martin’s new TV programme kicks off on ITV1 next Tuesday, 25th September, 7.30pm, and it’s bound to be just as exciting as the newsletter!
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