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MoneySavingExpert has one life tip they claim everyone should live by

Dominic Smithers

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MoneySavingExpert has one life tip they claim everyone should live by

With everyone being squeezed for everything they have at the moment, I think we could all do with some money saving advice, couldn't we?

And when you're looking for a tip or two, they don't come any savvier than the folks at MoneySavingExpert.

The economic whizz kids have saved us all an absolute fortune in the past, whether it's on car insurance, holidays or everyday bills.

Well, one of their experts has now given their top tip when it comes to getting the most out of your online shop.

In a post to the site, Steve Nowottny looked back at some of the things he's learned during his time at the company.

And he said that when it comes to ordering from retailers like Amazon it's vital you 'get more to pay less'.

The basic premise is that if you just fall outside the free delivery zone, then it's better to buy another item rather than pay for said delivery.

You could save money on your next online shop. Credit: Mamuka Gotsiridze/Alamy
You could save money on your next online shop. Credit: Mamuka Gotsiridze/Alamy

Explaining his theory, Steve said: "Always check what you need to spend to get free delivery - if you're just below it, it can be cheaper to add an extra item than pay for delivery.

"For example, we found a £49 John Lewis clutch bag, delivery £3.50, but instead added a £1 Sellotape to be over the £50 free delivery threshold.

"Other stores where this works include Asos, which has a £35 free delivery threshold, and Matalan, which has a £50 free delivery threshold."

Now, while this might sound like a frivolous piece advice, every little helps, especially now, so it's worth making a note of.

If you're a Sky customer, though, Martin Lewis has urged you to check your bills right away.

Martin Lewis urged Sky customers to check their bills. Credit: Mark Thomas/Alamy
Martin Lewis urged Sky customers to check their bills. Credit: Mark Thomas/Alamy

It turns out, that the broadcaster hasn't been telling their customers when their contracts are coming to an end.

Ofcom closed an investigation earlier this month into why they have not been notifying their customers - meaning bill payers will not be aware of offers for new contracts, and could be paying more money for their TV package than necessary.

The regulatory board argued that the TV giant must tell its customers about this, but Sky disagreed. 

The rules, which were introduced in February 2020, states that all broadband, phone and paid TV companies must tell their customers when they’re nearing the end of their contract.

However, Sky’s Pay TV service believes they are ‘not an electronic communication service’ and should not follow this rule.

The broadcaster reportedly hasn't been telling their customers when their contract is coming to an end. Credit: John Eveson/Alamy
The broadcaster reportedly hasn't been telling their customers when their contract is coming to an end. Credit: John Eveson/Alamy

They told LADbible: "We continue to believe Sky’s Pay TV service is not an electronic communication service under the legal definition in the Communications Act 2003, but we note the outcome of Ofcom’s investigation. 

"We look forward to working with Ofcom to seek a legal review."

Lewis suggests that customers could check on the online account portal, Sky Message Centre, and find the contract message.

Called ‘Confirming your Sky offer,’ the message should detail the date your contract started and the length of your contract.

Sky customers can also simply call up the company and ask when their contract ends. 

Featured Image Credit: PA/Alamy/Jeanette Teare/Alamy

Topics: UK News, Martin Lewis

Dominic Smithers
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