Bargain hunter: 'Quad-plan' deals on broadband, TV, landline and mobile packages
Simon Read is Personal Finance Editor at The Independent. He edits the Saturday Your Money section and writes the Daily Money column and Wednesday’s Midweek Money section in i newspaper. He also writes for the news and business pages of the Independent and i newspaper and is a regular money commentator on TV station London Live. He has won numerous awards including Consumer Finance Journalist of the Year.
Saturday 10 May 2014
Virgin Media reckons families could save up to £300 a year by signing up for its "quad-play" bundles.
The entertainment giant's new deals, which were launched this week, combine broadband, TV, mobile and landline packages.
They're only being offered to existing Virgin Media customers at the moment, but will be available to all from the end of May.
The deals? They come with preposterous names, but don't let that put you off as they could still represent good value.
The Big Bang bundle includes 100mb broadband together with TiVo and a home-phone talk plan for £30 a month.
The Big Kahuna bundle is £45 a month for 152mb broadband, TiVo, and a landline.
For an extra fiver a month, you can get a mobile Sim with 250mb of data, unlimited texts and minutes. Phone handsets are not included in the deal.
There's also a £16 a month line rental to bear in mind, bringing the total cost of the bundles to £51 and £66 respectively.
However, Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch, advised: "Before you opt for a bundle deal it's important you make sure it's right for your usage. While the cost of the package is obviously key, it's not the only consideration. Review your current usage by checking your recent bills, paying close attention to your monthly usage of minutes and texts, and your broadband download limit, and make sure the bundle you choose reflects this."
Website can save you a packet on a new car
Planning to buy a car? The website Carwow lets you search online for new motors, get quotes from dealerships and compare them by best discount, location, delivery time or reviews.
It claims the average saving for people who use it to buy a brand-new vehicle is £2,500. Check it out at www.carwow.co.uk
Asda's currency sale for half-term travellers
For families looking to get away at May half-term, Asda Money is offering a three-day, travel-money rate sale next week.
It runs from Tuesday 13 May at 8am until Friday 16 May at 8am and cash can be picked up at any Asda Travel Money Bureau.
Home delivery is also available free if you order more than £500-worth of currency, otherwise the cost is £3.95
Score at supermarkets with Panini World Cup stickers
If you know any kids who are collecting the Panini FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil stickers, buy a pack this weekend at Tesco, Sainsbury's, The Co-operative, Morrisons, Asda or Waitrose and you can get 25p cash back.
You'll need to sign up and download the TopCashback Snap & Save mobile app and then submit a picture of your receipt. You have until until 12 May to do so.
Five-star stays for less at InterContinental Abu Dhabi
You can save up to £440 a couple on five-star stays in Abu Dhabi if you travel between 15 May and 15 July.
The deal includes five nights at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi on a bed and breakfast basis from £499 per person with Cheapflights.co.uk.
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