Cashtastic – Bargains, savings and tips from our expert

Candis Money Matters columnist Amanda Blinkhorn rounds up the best offers for savvy savers if your thoughts are turning to holidays this week…

Sun protection

Fancy flying to the sun for £27 and staying in a hotel for around a fiver a person per night? It’s not just the Greeks who are holding out for a better deal this summer. Fortune favours the brave and the patient this year. Check out Travel Republic’s amazing deals to see what I mean.

I know we’re not playing Let’s Get Beach Ready this year – it’s tacky, judgemental and shallower than a Cornish rock pool. However, we do have standards. Here are some ways to look beach-presentable without breaking the bank:

First stop is Boots. Don’t leave it till you get to the airport to stock up on holiday cosmetics. There’ll be no time to decant things into smaller bottles and you’ll be in no mood to be careful and frugal. Current deals include half price on Veet stripless wax and Garnier summer body lotion for £4 and a three for two deal on No7 Protect and Perfect Intense ADVANCED skincare. If you go in on a slow day and ask questions politely you may come away with a £5 off voucher as I did last week.

Going to the USA on holdiay? If your purchase is not vital for your trip you could save a fortune by waiting until you get there to buy cosmetics. The aforementioned Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced skincare can be bought for almost half the price at American drugstore chain Walgreen, which owns a stake in Boots.

Sick of paying a fortune for your holiday highlights? You can get them for £55 at Rush Hair and Beauty, which runs 60 salons across London and the south-east of England. They also offer 50% off colour appointments on Tuesdays and 50% off for new clients.

Don’t be sniffy about sun lotion. We all know a whiff of Ambre Solaire can be as evocative as Proust’s madeleines but you can make cheaper memories for your kids by picking up a bottle of Anovia Tropical Sun lotion at Poundland for, er, £1. Martin Lewis at Money Saving Expert has done all the hard work and asked the advice of the British Skin Foundation who assured him that cheap doesn’t mean substandard when it comes to sun cream.



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