Martin Lewis, 46, shared his money saving deals on This Morning today – and highlighted how to get a potentially huge refund on the TV licence.Explaining who is eligible, he said: “A standard colour TV licence costs £150.50 a year for most people, but if you’re aged 75 or over (or you know someone who is) then you don’t have to pay this (though some choose to on principle because they want to support the BBC).“But as TV licences automatically renew every year, you need to actively stop it when you turn 75 – so if you’re 74 now remember to tell TV licencing to stop taking the fee when you turn 75, otherwise they’ll continue to.”He then detailed how to claim the money back, and said: “So if you have been paying and don’t want to, you can claim the money back, and get it back dated to 1 November 2000 – the date that free licences for over-75s were introduced.
“And data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows just under £38 million has been reclaimed in the past three years, with over £14 million refunded in 2017/18 alone.
“To reclaim call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6130 or go online to TV Licensing. You’ll need your national insurance number, name, address and date of birth, and TV Licensing will work out the exact amount you’re owed and pay you via bank transfer or cheque.
“You can also claim for a licence holder if you have Power of Attorney for them, or if they have died since and were paying.”
Martin had more money-saving deals to share, including how to get a phone contract for just £13 per month.
He said: “Millions are out of contract on their mobile phone but paying massively over the odds – some even continuing to pay the same price to cover the cost of a handset, even when it is paid off.
“Yet there are far cheaper option – using a sim-only deal – which are often a fraction of the price. Even if you want a new handset it’s usually cheaper to buy that outright and put a sim-only deal in it. If your handset needs unlocking and your contract is up, contact your provider and they should unlock it for free. And don’t worry, you can move your phone number across.
“Right now there’s a hot deal on from Vodafone through comparison site mobiles.co.uk (not available direct); you can get a year’s unlimited minutes, texts and 20GB 4G data (most people use around 5GB so this is big) for £20/month.
“Plus you get £80 automatic cashback after two months, so it’s actually the equivalent of £13.34/month – unbeatable for that much data. Though it hasn’t said when the offer will end, so if you want this it is safest to go sooner.
“So if you’re paying more right now, unless you’re paying off a contract, ask yourself why. If you use less there are good deals out there from ID mobile, Smarty and Giffgaff, which are cheaper, so this is primarily for those who use their data a lot.”
Finally, Martin shared some top beauty deals from Boots and Soap and Glory – perfect with Christmas just around the corner. He explained: “Go into Boots stores or online, and buy two selected No7 items and you’ll get a free ‘Starry Eyes’ gift set containing eye shadow, mascara, eye shadow primer and eyeliner, worth around £30ish.
“As the cheapest combo of two No7 items is £12 for two 10ml No7 nail polishes (£6 each), that means you can get about £40 of beauty products for £12. The free No7 ‘Starry Eyes’ set will be automatically added to your basket online, but you’ll need to pick it up from the shelf and take it to the till in store.
“Plus, from today (Friday 7 December) you can get a Soap & Glory ‘Bubble Act’ or ‘She’s Show Ready’ body care set for £30, down from £60, until 11.59pm on Thursday 13 December.
“There are two sets to choose from, they have the same contents but the box it comes in is different – each set includes 12 items such as body butter, hand cream, body spray and mascara – in total its contents is worth £80.
“And remember you don’t need to give it as one gift, you can split up the contents across multiple gifts to make them go further.”
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