Money Saver Spain Newsletter 22 October 2015; Ikea food discount, freebies, MediaMarkt promo

Published: Thu, 10/22/15

Money Saver Spain Newsletter
22 October 2015
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The average household in Spain spends 60€ on every electric bill before they’ve even switched a light on. Since 2008 electricity price increases have doubled the average of all other EU countries, and Spain is now fourth from the top in the league table of EU highest electric prices.

When prices have risen, households have been hit harder than industry and, when prices have fallen, households have seen small reductions than industry.

Read our post on reducing your electric bill in Spain, it could be the best money-saving hour you spend this year!

Note: No newsletter next week – back on Nov 5.
Consumer News
Euro coins: As Ireland has decided to stop making 1 and 2 cent coins this month, introducing price rounding for cash payments to the nearest 5 cents, we suppose it’s just a matter of time for Spain to follow. How many stores in Spain do you think would actually round their prices down?
Credit card fraud: Although only 0.02% of card transactions are fraudulent, it’s still a good idea to know your rights. If your card is copied or duplicated, as your original credit card is still in your possession then your bank should return immediately any charges fraudulently made. However for lost or stolen cards you are normally liable for fraudulent use for the time period until you report the loss to your bank – responsibility is limited to 150€ except in cases where you are considered to be guilty of negligence.

Connect your phone to your TV: Google’s new Chromecast is on sale, allowing you to view anything from your phone / tablet / laptop on your TV. At a price of around 39€, the new version has a disk shape making it easier to connect to TVs integrated in furniture.  Don’t look for it on Amazon Spain as it’s been announced that Amazon will stop selling these items at the end of October as it competes with Amazon’s Prime Video service.

Olive Oil: Prices are on the rise, but rather than due to olive harvest issues it’s due to speculators distorting the market. With prices up over 50% in the last 18 months “liquid gold” is becoming just that.

Spam alert! Ignore Whatsapp messages going around promising Ikea vouchers (normally 150€) just for resending the message to 10 of your contacts.
Promos, Offers and More
Netflix is now available in Spain, first month free, then 7.99€ per month. Films and series available in several languages.


Up to 20% off LED TVs 50” or bigger at El Corte Ingles.

Promo at MediaMarkt: Take your old smartphone or tablet (doesn’t need to work) before 28 Oct and get a discount off a new one:
  • 20€ off purchases 170-229€
  • 40€ off purchases 230-499€
  • 60€ off purchases over 500€
Family Fashion

Save 10€ when you spend 50€ on sleepwear and lingerie at Marks & Spencer EU, ends midnight Oct 23.

Mid-season sales still on at Mango, H&M, Cortefiel, Women’secret.


Buy online at ToysRUs or BabiesRUs until 24 Oct and get 20% back as a gift voucher. Voucher can only be used online from 29 Oct to 22 Nov.

10 different discount vouchers at Prenatal, need to use online.

Get a 10% discount at Eureka Kids online only with code NESTLE10 until end 2015.

Up to 30% off toys at Kiabi until Oct 27, online only.


Leroy Merlin 15% off made-to-measure wardrobes, Lexman light switches (several colours available) and PVC windows, ends 9 Nov.

Casa Shops 20% off rugs until 25 Oct and 40% off “At Home” collection until 8 Nov.

El Corte Ingles offers up to 50% off a selection of top brand mattresses until 1 Nov.

Food & Drink

At Ikea’s Swedish Food shops on Fridays get 15% off all food items that fit in an Ikea Food shopping bag. Need to have Ikea Family card (free – get in store).

1€ discount voucher ViveSoy rice milk drink; also download discount vouchers for Asturiana milk & milk products.

Fragrances & Cosmetics

L’Occitane free make-up bag and samples when you spend 15€ online, also available in stores. Use code KISS.


Free Picasso exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid until Dec 13.

If you use airports in Spain often, you may be tempted to sign-up for the Aena Club card that promises 50% off parking along with other perks such as discounts in restaurants and stores. However the 50% parking discount is only applicable when you catch certain national flights, all other flights only allow for a 10% discount.

FlixBus to launch trips Spain-Europe with tickets from 5€.

Freebies with Women’s Mags

Why do we include these? Because often the freebies are worth a lot more than the mag, good value even if you only look at the pics!

Glamour 3€: Two Rituals scrubs or creams (valued at approx. 5€) and Glamour Lifestyle card which gives you 20% off lots of top brands from 9 to 15 Nov (H&M, Rituals, The Body Shop…). Also more samples inside from Garnier & Clinique.

Marie Claire 3.95€: Document holder and Clarins sample.

Elle 3.95€: Mini Birchbox with three 10 ml samples (creams and hair conditioner). Also inside more samples from Clinique, Estee Lauder and Biotherm.

New and Updated Articles

Updated info on no-win, no-fee websites for flight incidents claims.

This Week’s Freebies

Commes des Garcons – Floriental fragrance
La Roche Posay - Redermic (need to fill in details online – “diagnostico antiedad”)
Nestle Eko (cash back).