Bargain Hunter: Low prices for high-vis jackets? Get to Halfords

Cyclists and fitness fanatics need to be seen in the dark nights

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Halfords has cut 20 per cent off high-visibility clothing aimed at cyclists and fitness fans until December.

The company points out that when the clocks turn back at the end of October, the dark evenings and dull weather will mean cyclists and pedestrians are less visible to motorists.

“This initiative means that they will be more likely to afford products that can keep them seen and safe,” Halfords says, which makes sense.

Products included in the 20 per cent off deal include the ProViz Reflect 360 Jacket, which has been cut from £79.99 to £63.99, and Halfords’ high-vis jacket for children, down from £4.99 to £3.99.

Don’t get bitten: head to Asda for your malaria tabs

Travellers heading for long-haul destinations this winter may need a course of malaria tablets. But there’s good news: they’ve just got cheaper, according to a supermarket chain.

Asda claims to have become the first supermarket to produce malaria tablets generically, and to mark their introduction it has reduced the cost by a third – selling the drug at £12 for 12 tablets, less than half the nearest retail price of £30, reckons the supermarket chain.

Now’s the time to find a tariffic energy deal

Switch your energy tariff now to feel the benefits in chilly November. Comparison site GoCompare points out that it takes weeks to move to a new supplier, so switchers should get a move on.

Jeremy Cryer at Gocompare said: “For many people, managing winter energy bills means having the heating on less, turning down the thermostat, putting on an extra jumper and going to bed early to keep warm.

“But they should ensure they are on the best energy tariff in time for the colder weather.

“It can be a six to eight-week process to switch. The sooner you begin the better chance you’ll have of being on a cheaper tariff before the cold really sets in and your bills rocket.”

Starting uni? Spread the cost of your TV licence

Personal finance is important for undergraduates, especially as many will be taking on new financial responsibilities. So it’s little surprise that new research suggests they would like more support when it comes to financial matters.

The study by Unite Students – a company which provides student accommodation – reveals that a quarter of students have taken on more debt than they expected, with 2 per cent of them resorting to payday loans. Almost half – 49 per cent – said they relied on financial support from their family.

TV Licensing is encouraging students to seek help if they are worried about whether they can afford to pay for one. A licence costs £145.50 for the year, but there are payment plans which make it possible to pay in smaller, more manageable chunks.

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