Bargain Hunter: Energy savings mean Christmas lights don't have to come down

 

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LED Hut has launched a new range of Lumilife LED Christmas lights for 2014, and Bargain Hunter readers can get an exclusive 25 per cent discount on them.

The range includes indoor and outdoor options, with different types of lights available such as string, curtain, net and icicles. There are decorative branch lights and even flickering, real-wax LED candles.

And there are not just savings on the cost of the lights themselves; they may also help you reduce your Christmas bills in the future.

The company says that LEDs use up to 90 per cent less energy than traditional lights and they are more durable. This means that in going green you'll also be slashing bills for many Christmases to come.

To see the full range go to ledhut.co.uk/christmas-led-lights.html. To get our exclusive 25 per cent discount use the code HUNT25 at the checkout. The offer runs until 20 December.

Are you taking Mr 0 per cent to help with the presents?

Anyone planning on paying for Christmas on plastic is missing a trick by not taking advantage of the many 0 per cent purchase deals currently on the market.

Sainsbury's reckons around 15 per cent of shoppers end up suffering credit card interest charges by not signing up for a 0 per cent deal.

It has calculated that anyone using a card with the market-average APR of 18.9 per cent would spend an extra £268.36 paying back a £2,000 purchase over 18 months, compared with a 0 per cent card.

While that sounds a strong argument for rushing to take out a card, bear in mind that if you don't pay off the balance within the 0 per cent interest-free period, as many fail to do, you will still be landed with interest charges.

It's also worth reminding you that putting purchases on credit cards means you're building up a debt. If you can pay it off at the end of the month and avoid charges – or even get cashback, as some cards offer – credit can be convenient and even a good idea. Otherwise it may make more sense to have a loan with planned repayments, so that you clear the debt as soon as possible .

Marilyn Monroe radiates charm for winning readers

Readers who know the name of the actress who starred in the film Some Like it Hot was Marilyn Monroe were in with a chance of winning a pack of Radflek Radiator Reflectors, which sit behind radiators to stop heat escaping and going to waste.

The five winners of our Bargain Hunter competition were: Peter Garlick of Northampton; A Limer of Leeds; Elizabeth Murray of St Ives; Christine Taylor of Leigh-on-Sea; and Clive Langston of Birmingham.

A chicken coup with voucher deal at KFC

KFC has launched a mobile voucher campaign for the first time with Vouchercloud. The deal offers £1 off the new pulled chicken range. Details at vouchercloud.com.

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