Cashtastic bargains

This week’s tips and savings suggestions from our money columnist Amanda Blinkhorn


Grexit-proof your travel insurance

The latest news from Greece is mixed – This week’s ‘No’ vote means the country may be left high and dry with no money in its own banks and no financial support from the EU but, if Greece can keep things going internally, British holidaymakers should be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of deals, both on holiday essentials and upmarket souvenirs. However – it could all go horribly wrong so experts are recommending travellers buy and start their holiday insurance cover as soon as possible (rather than arrange it to be dated from when the holiday starts). That way you will be covered against sudden cancellations or companies or individuals going bust. This particularly applies to independent travellers.

Check your cash is covered

Travel insurance firms generally cover cash amounts of up to 200 Euros – if you are taking more with you ensure that it is covered.

Don’t blow a gasket

If you’re travelling under your own steam this summer make sure Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is in tip-top condition. Halfords Auto is offering 25 per cent off all car services and MOT packages. Offers include £79 for a six-month service and £99 for a six-month service and MOT. Visit to find out more.

Cash in on the heatwave

The sizzling weather is taking the sting out of our energy bills as the heating finally goes off for weeks, the tumble drier can be retired and three short, sharp cool showers replace the daily soak in the bath. Use this time to reduce bills for good this winter by freeing yourself from a prepayment meter if you can. According to Citizens Advice those on the lowest incomes (whose credit score is too low to enable them to pay quarterly or by direct debit) are forced to pay up to £226 a year more for their energy through prepayment meters. If you have inherited a prepaid meter from a previous tenant or are getting back on your feet financially it’s worth ringing your energy supplier to see whether you can switch your prepayment meter to a more economical arrangement.

Up and away

British Airways are having a corker of a sale this month. Bargains include flights and three nights at the Waldorf Astoria in New York for £649 if you book before July 14. Closer to home you can find flights to Barcelona, Nice and Jersey for £34 each way. Find out more here.

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