Money Saver Spain Newsletter 3 Sep 2015; Free experience packs, 20% off Huawei, MediaMarkt promo

Published: Thu, 09/03/15

Money Saver Spain Newsletter
3 September 2015
Post Holiday Blues?

Welcome back after the break and a big hello to all the new subscribers.

I hope everyone managed to rest during the summer. As for myself I had a staycation this year in sunny Madrid and in mid August I had hand surgery (this newsletter has been typed by a friend - please excuse any typos!).

Many thanks to everyone who took part in our survey in July, hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate some of the suggestions in the upcoming weeks.

What can we expect in September? By the look of the window displays in many Spanish stores, you’d think that winter was just round the corner with boots, coats and thick jumpers on sale. But on the plus side, we won’t have to suffer anything in stores to do with Xmas until at least November.

Here’s our round up of the latest consumer news, promos and offers in Spain. Don’t forget to check out a great freebie near the end of the newsletter.
Consumer News
Assets abroad: If you have assets abroad worth over 50,000€ and haven’t declared them on form 720, watch out as the Spanish Tax Office is applying disproportional fines. Why is this? Undeclared assets abroad are being classed as an unjustified increase in personal wealth and, as such, are taxed at a higher rate (up to 56%) and are also subject to a fine of 150%. In one case a person with assets worth 340,000€ has been fined 439,000€! (Data taken from Consumer Org. OCU).

Cars: Euro 6 came into force on 1 Sep. If you don’t know what Euro 6 is, it’s a new regulation regarding the level of harmful emissions and is applied to new cars sold from this month. Manufacturers says this comes at a cost – an average of 500€ extra per vehicle.

More cars: New car sales were up 23% in August compared with the same month last year with VW at the top of the sales table. During 2015 the top seller overall is the Citroen C4. Don’t forget that Plan PIVE grants are still available.

Bank accounts: Beware if you have a dormant account in Spain that’s subject to regular charges (commission). Once the money in the account has been used up by the charges, the account will go in the red, which means you’ll owe the bank money as interest is applied to an unauthorised overdraft. The Bank of Spain does not agree with this practice, but banks continue to do it. Conclusion: never leave an account dormant, always close it and make sure you have the paperwork to prove it.

Fibre Optic: To date Orange was the only company that didn’t have a 300 MB broadband package, but now they’ve launched their service with symmetric speed (30 / 100 / 300 MB). What does this mean for the consumer? You’ll be able to upload at the same speed as download, good news if you like to post videos online.

Fines: From this summer, if you’re fined in any EU country for any of the following traffic offences you’ll receive the notification at your registered address:
  • Speeding
  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Jumping a red light
  • Driving under the influence of drink or drugs
  • Motorbike users not wearing a helmet
  • Using a prohibited lane
  • Using a mobile phone
Use the EU’s free GoingAbroad app to check local traffic laws
Promos, Offers and More
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Electronics

MediaMarkt offers 0% finance in up to 30 months with min. spend 149€. No additional charges, ends 13 Sep.

Lenovo Yoga tablet 2 10.1”, reduced to 259€ at El Corte Ingles stores until 9 Sep and price matched at Amazon Spain.

Carrefour offers a discount of up to 120€ when you buy a laptop, tablet or laser printer and provide your old one in part exchange. Offer valid till 20 Sep, old item must have charger and be in working order (no broken screen). Need to fill in details online and a courier will pick up your old computer/printer.

Apple discounts for students and teachers still available.

20% off all Huawei smartphones at El Corte Ingles until 9 Sep.

10% off tech & computing at Rakuten UK until 4 Sep, min. spend £5, max. discount £20, use code TECH10.

Fashion

30% off at Women’secret with code AUTUMN30, ends 4 Sep. 30% off at Cortefiel ends today, use code NUEVO30. Both promos have free delivery with orders over 20€.

Sign-up forClarks EU newsletter and get 10€ off your first order (newbies only). New autumn collection available with free delivery and returns, multilingual website.

Cheap clothes for all the family at Kiabi stores and online, includes second pair of jeans 50% off. Kiabi also offers plus sizes for adults and children New service lets you order online, collect & try on in store before paying – min. order 15€.

Register at C&A and get 10% off your first order. New online outlet and plus sizes section.

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Ikea’s new catalogue is out and you should receive it in your letterbox. Includes new products and prices. See our post on how to save at Ikea.

Sign up to Casa Shops newsletter to get 10% off your first purchase in store and a free shopping bag.

Kids

ToysRUs offer 20% back as a gift voucher when you spend min. 40€ in their “Back To School” range. Voucher valid till 31 Oct, can’t be used on electronics, video games or gift vouchers.

Get cheap kids’ clothes at Kiabi , promos include t-shirts from 3€, second pyjama for only 1€ and second pair of jeans 50% off.

15% off at Eurekakids online when you pay by PayPal, use code PAYPAL15 before 15 Sep. Excludes following brands: McClaren, Concord, Jane, Romer, Inglesina and Peg Perego.

Get free Back to School items when you buy Frigo, Magnum, Calippo and Carte D’Or products.

Alpino coloured pencils offers the chance to win one of 30 prizes of 1000€ each for your children’s education. Need to upload a photo of the receipt next to the box of pencils (box of 12, 18 or 24), max. 10 entries per person.

Food & Drink

Order restaurant delivery via La Nevera Roja app (links at foot of webpage) and get 30% off your first order. Use code APP30, min. spend 12€, valid all 2015 (newbies only).

Costco Wholesale stores are expanding their network in Spain, currently in Seville and Madrid (Getafe) with new locations in 2016. Need to pay annual card fee of 36.30€. You can also get top brands at low prices at Dealz (Poundland) stores with 9 stores in Spain – nearly everything priced at 1.50€.

New discount codes from Unilever: Magnum mini, Calippo, Lipton tea and more.

12€ in discount coupons for Isabel products (tuna & ready meals).

Fragrances & Cosmetics

The Body Shop offers 25% off everything online from 4 to 6 Sep for Love Your Body Club (non-members can join immediately online). Use code LYB25.

FeelUnique offers free worldwide delivery on orders over 15€, website available in English & Spanish. Check out the Sale section for discounts and don’t forget to recommend a friend (they’ll get 15% off their first order and you’ll get £/€5 off your next order).

More

Don’t forget that you can get your favourite brands from Chemist Direct and Pharmacy2U straight to your door in Spain. Promos change weekly (sign-up for their newsletters for more info).

Get Spotify Premium free for 2 months when you subscribe via your PayPal account before 20 Sep. See below for new post about PayPal perks.

Swarovski online outlet is available for a limited time with discounts of up to 30%.

Visionlab “Dias Sin IVA” – equivalent sales tax discount on glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids until 6 Sep.

If you’re looking for a present for someone in the UK, get cheap Magazine Subscriptions with discounts in many cases of over half the normal cover price. Eg. Good Housekeeping 51% off, Men’s Health 58% off, Instyle 65% off.

New and updated posts

Broadband contracts – what to check.
PayPal Perks – more than just paying without a credit card.
Birthday treats . discounts and promos.
Save on train travel in Spain.

This Week’s Freebies

Top Freebie of the week: Free experience pack from Mapfre. All you need to do is fill in an online questionnaire (personal details and info about your car). You’ll then receive an email with a 12-digit code, to validate the code clink on the link in the email and fill in the code divided in 3 groups of 4 digits each and choose your experience pack.

6 Sep is the first Sunday of the month, and that means free entry to many museums and tourist attractions across the country (check locally).

Lancome Genifique Serum sample size.

Commes des Garcons (choose from 4 fragrances).