CAN’T bill-ieve the price of gas and electricity could get any higher?
Regulator Ofgem yesterday warned the average energy bill could soar by £117 a year, after raising the price caps on gas and electricity.
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The body insisted the increase was due only to suppliers’ rising costs and was not a licence for profiteering.
But there are ways to ease the pain of spiralling energy bills.
- Turn it off. You can bring down your bill by £30 a year by turning off appliances, according to advice from the Energy Saving Trust. Remember, standby mode still uses energy — and so costs you money.
- Check it out. Bills creep up if you are on the wrong plan, as with mobile phones. Study your bill to see what you are paying for. Comparison sites such as Uswitch can steer you towards the best deals and you can get up to £25 cashback at Quidco if you use the site to switch energy supplier.
- Jump out. Cut down the time you spend scrubbing yourself in the shower. It is estimated that just one minute less a day in the shower could shave £7 a year off your bills.
- Switch’n’save. Use a company that will automatically switch your supplier when they find a better deal for you.
As well as saving you money, it will also save you the time and effort it takes to swap. Find out more about changing your provider at switchcraft.co.uk/thesun — where they find the best deal for you, for ever!
- Set it aside. After a decadent December and maybe a “dry” January, this month is sometimes called “frugal February”.
Many people choose the shortest month of the year to do a savings challenge — or do something that will add up over the course of the year. Try putting away £1 every Monday, £2 each Tuesday, £3 each Wednesday and so on.
It may not always realistic but the sum soon adds up. We spend more at weekends, so try a no-spend Saturday and put that aside. Even a little saving can help.
- PRICES correct at time of press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
TREAT yourself for Valentine’s Day with up to 15 per cent off selected eBay sellers when you use code PLATINUM by Sunday. Jimmy Choo 100ml EDP was £42.95, now £36.55.
REACH for a bottle of Tesco’s Double-Strength Orange Squash, above, instead of Robinsons Orange Squash, below.
Reader’s saving tip
MICHAEL BEDDIE, from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, says: “Weedkiller is so expensive – but white vinegar will do the same job at a fraction of the cost .”
- Send your hints to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published. Please include your name and town.
Shop & save
CREATE a new look with the Technic Entranced Eyes Make-Up Set on offer at Argos. Was £12.99, now £4.99. While stocks last.
My Sun Savers fiver
JEAN PRIME, from Atherstone, Warks, says: “I am going to Las Vegas this year and I’ve been saving my Savers fivers for a little flutter in the casinos there.”
- Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and get 28 codes, worth £5, if we print yours. Include your name and town.
Hot right now
GET up to 75 per cent off toys in the winter sale at poundtoy.com. Save an extra ten per cent with the code WINTER10.
BUY anything from the tasty fish-and-dressing range at thesaucyfishco.com and be treated to a free limited-edition sauce worth £3.99.
Win a cruise for two
ALL aboard! We are giving away a luxury cruise holiday for two, worth more than £2,700, in our latest incredible Sun Savers competition.
Fifteen readers will bag a 12-night dream trip for two on the Back To The 80s cruise holiday in Bali from Imagine Cruising.
The adventure begins in Singapore, where you have two nights to enjoy the food and shopping malls. You will then set off on Voyager Of The Seas for an activity-packed, three-night “Marvellous Malaysia” cruise. From luxurious, relaxing spaces to thrilling entertainment and sports facilities, Voyager Of The Seas has it all.
You then return to Singapore to fly to the idyllic island of Bali for seven nights.
The highlight of your stay there will be the Back To The 80s concert. Dance the night away to the decade’s biggest hits from artists including Ultravox frontman Midge Ure, Toyah Willcox and Soft Cell’s Marc Almond. Plus, sing along with Carol Decker and T’Pau’s China In Your Hand and Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven Is A Place On Earth.
To be in with a chance of winning, download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk. Next, collect TEN Sun Savers codes from those printed daily until February 19. Today’s code is on Page 18.
Enter your TEN codes on Sun Savers, then go to the “Win A Cruise” page in the “Offers” section and click “Enter” before midnight on February 25.
Once you have done that, you are in with a chance of bagging this magical getaway.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Download the free app or sign up online at sunsavers.co.uk.
Sun Savers gives you the chance to take advantage of FREE cash, treats and prizes.
- Multiple code collect, February 2, 2019, to February 19, 2019. Entry closes at 23:59pm on February 25, 2019. 18+ UK residents only. T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk.
Sun Superdays returns tomorrow
WE have a bewitching offer tomorrow: Two FREE tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort, worth more than £95, with Sun Superdays!
Just collect NINE Sun Savers codes from those printed each day in the paper from tomorrow until Tuesday, February 26. Or collect TEN tokens and use tomorrow’s booking form.
But if you collect Sun Savers codes, you can pick the date you go.
The resort’s new Room on the Broom attraction is a must-visit.
Get tomorrow’s Sun for your first code
‘Bats smell like Daddy’s socks . . . ’
WE sent six-year-old Milly Sweeting to test the Room on the Broom attraction, based on the book series by Julia Donaldson, which opens on March 10. Here is her verdict:
I think I’m a bit like the nice witch in Room on the Broom. I’ve got ginger hair and I like cats.
I put on a hard hat and yellow jacket, just like a real builder, and met the people making the rooms.
In the book, the witch keeps dropping things and at Chessington you have to find them all. In the first room you help the dog find the witch’s hat, jumping up and down until it falls out of a tree.
In the second room I stuck my hand in a bale of hay to find the witch’s bow. Then there’s a room where you have to find the missing wand. It’s hidden somewhere quite funny!
There’s a mirror maze, talking animals and a massive dragon blowing out smoke.
The funniest bit was when I tested the smells they’re using in the rooms – flowers, trees and leaves. One was meant to smell of bats but it smelled like my daddy’s socks.
I’ll definitely go back – my brother will jump at that dragon
Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle
JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.
Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.
To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.
Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.
- T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk/faqs.
Fancy a free fiver?
YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.
Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.
Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have collected 28.
This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.
For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.
We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.
MOST READ IN MONEY TIPS
Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.
To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.
With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.
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