Money Saver Spain Newsletter 1 October 2015; Amazon supermarket, 25% off H&M, lower IBI taxes

Published: Thu, 10/01/15

Money Saver Spain Newsletter
1 October 2015
When is a free TV not a free TV?

Have you heard the news? Movistar will give away a free TV for anyone contracting their TV package during the upcoming 2015 Christmas promo!

Well, it turns out that the TV will be configured so you can only watch Movistar TV. And, to make things worse, it’s just like the router that comes with your internet package: the TV is loaned, so it’s not even yours.

With this TV/monitor you won’t be able to watch Netflix or Filmin (or from what we’ve read anything except Movistar TV channels). For those who still think it’s an interesting option, you can choose from 3 different screen sizes but remember: when you cancel your contract or change provider the TV has to be returned.
Consumer News
Lower IBI tax: Pending final approval for the 2016 Budget are reductions on the IBI tax for energy efficient homes. The law will allow Ayuntamientos to reduce the tax by up to:
  • 20% for A rated properties
  • 16% for B rated
  • 12% for C rated
  • 8% for D rated
  • 4% for E rated
Neither F nor G rated properties will get a discount (or those that don’t have an energy certificate). Note that the magic words are “up to”, so Ayuntamientos will be able to decide how much discount to apply.

The 2€ ATM charge: A draft order is being put together regarding removing the double charging of clients for using an ATM in Spain (see our article from last week’s newsletter). There’s still some liaising necessary between the Ministry of Economy, the Bank of Spain and other bodies before it will be approved, so let’s see how long that takes…

VW fallout: More car brands have been brought into the emissions scandal, with Audi, Seat and Skoda (all part of the same group) admitting manipulating the emissions on many models by the use of software.

New electric bills: Today (finally!) the new electric bill comes into force that charges based on the hourly rate of electricity. You’ll only notice the difference if you have a smart meter AND the PVPC (previous TUR) regulated tariff; estimates show that around 6 million households will be affected. The deadline for installation of smart meters nationwide is Jan 2018.
Promos, Offers and More
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Amazon Supermarket in Spain

Amazon Spain has launched their online supermarket in Spain, selling non-perishable foods & drinks as well as cleaning products. Items marked “Producto Plus” need to be bought together with more items to reach the 19€ delivery threshold. You can get quicker deliveries with Amazon Premium, in Spain it’s only 19.95€/year and you can get a 30 day free trial period. What about Amazon supermarket prices? Well, based on my own quick unofficial price comparison they seem very competitive.

Electronics

15% off Asus desktop computers and All in One models, ends 10 Oct at Worten stores. Also 20% off Sony cameras ends 14 Oct.

Family Fashion

Get 25% off one item at H&M when you sign up for their newsletter (you’ll get a code by email). Tip: Visit your local store to try on items, then buy the most expensive one online with the discount. Also at H&M online, free delivery until 4 Oct with code 0134.

Cotton Traders promos: £10 off for newbies with £35 spend, use code ap81 until 4 Oct.

Sale at Marks & Spencer EU site, up to 60% off.

15€ discount off 50€ spend at Amazon Spain clothes store, use code NOVEDAD15.

Mid-season sale at Cortefiel and Pedro del Hierro stores (and online), discounts of up to 50% on selected items.

Home

3x2 chairs and stools at Carrefour, cheapest one free.

Dolce Gusto machines offer 50€ cash back. Look out for models with promo label at major stores (El Corte Ingles, MediaMarkt, Carrefour).

Get a 1.50€ discount voucher for Skip detergent caps from Unilever.

Spend 25€ on selected household cleaning products at Hipercor and get a voucher for a free box of Skip Ultimate worth 4.99€.

3x2 on dry cleaning at Pressto (located in El Corte Ingles stores across Spain, including islands). Download free coupon, ends 24 Oct.

20% off energy efficient home appliances at Worten stores, ends 14 Oct.

Buy a Samsung Side by Side fridge and get a free 24” or 32” LED TV, ends 10 Nov.

Food & Drink

Discount voucher from Nestle for Buitoni Piccolinos mini pizzas.

Fragrances & Cosmetics

Kiehl’s offer 3 large samples free when you register online and then make any purchase. Or just visit your local store where you can also get freebies just for filling out a card with your details.

Get 2 mini-size products when you spend 49€ at Clinique online (use code PIELOCT) and if you buy Clinique Smart moisturiser you’ll get a 10-day sample size serum.

The Body Shop 2-day promo 2 & 3 Oct: 3x2 on make-up and 50% off second body care item.

More

Vueling promo: 1 million seats from 29.99€ incl. charges, buy until 6 Oct, fly 14 Oct to 16 Mar 2016.

Sanitas medical insurance offers a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Lite WiFi with new policies from 1 Oct to 1 Jan. Excludes dental-only policies.

New AVE routes from Renfe with offers until 15 Oct of only 20€ per trip (limited routes). See our article on more info about how to save on rail travel in Spain.

Fnac stores (and online) 3x2 on TV series this month - with online purchases over 40€ get a 10€ gift voucher.

Rakuten UK (was Play.com) have loads of deals in their 1st birthday anniversary. Get 10% off everything with code BDAY10 today and tomorrow.

NH Hotels up to 25% off in their Autumn promo.

All Posters 35% off until 4 Oct with code MWM973.

Get up to 100€ in fuel vouchers when you buy Firestone tyres at FeuVert.

2x1 on DVD / blu-ray TV series at MediaMarkt.

New and Updated Articles

Read our updated info on Spanish fashion brands and how to save.

This Week’s Freebies

Affinity Ultima Junior dog food (via cash back)
La Roche Posay cream (20,000 available)
Naturaleza y Vida hair products (2700 available via cash back)

And Finally...

If you enjoyed Very British Problems (find it on Amazon UK or Amazon Spain), you’ll probably enjoy Very British Problems Abroad.