ARE you heading home for the festive season?
Now is the time to book trains, as most operators have just released tickets right up until Christmas Eve — with great discounts on early bookings.
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But here I also have some other top tips for saving on train fares . . .
GET A RAILCARD: A range of discount cards are offered by National Rail. Those for 16-25 year-olds and 26-30 year-olds, as well as the Two Together card — the couples card where the discount applies only if you travel together — all give a third off any standard and first-class anytime, off-peak and advance fares and cost £30 each for the year. For the same price, you can get the Family & Friends card, for up to four adults and four kids, which grants a third off most adult fares and 60 per cent off kids’ tickets. But it doesn’t work at peak times.
CASH IN ON CASHBACK: If you sign up today for the £30 railcard for 16-25 year-olds as a new member of cashback site quidco.com, you get £15 back. The card then gets you a 33-per-cent discount. So if you buy a £45 ticket you save £15 with the card and, if you add the cashback, that is your railcard paid — and you still get a third off all future tickets for the year. Deal ends this Sunday — but only 2,000 cards available.
TICKET-SPLITTING: Booking separate tickets for separate parts of your journey seems complex but can deliver big savings. Manually it can be tricky, but use a website to do the hard work for you. Traintickets.com is a new site that does it. But I tried it for a few journeys and it wasn’t always the cheapest, so do compare with the National Rail website.
DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT: Use comparison websites to help find you a good fare but they also might have hidden costs. Trainline.com charges up to £1.50 a time and redspottedhanky.com bookings have a £1.50 fee. It is worth it if you make a huge saving but it is good to be aware of that extra cost.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
PRET is giving customers a chance to try its new cookie for free. Buy a hot drink between 3pm and 4pm on Friday 11 October to get a free pecan & caramel cookie.
END National Curry Week by bagging a bargain. Simply buy three Slimming World Free Food meals or meats at Iceland to get a free packet of pilau rice.
I LOVE making my own popcorn for movie nights on the sofa. The CouchPotato popcorn maker from Wayfair at £68.99 is great, but the £12.99 VonShef.com version is far cheaper.
Shop & save
TAKE a trip to B&M to bag a Bosch Tassimo coffee machine for £39.99, down from £49.
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