Money Saver Spain Newsletter 5 November 2015; Samsung promos, Black Friday, end roaming charges

Published: Thu, 11/05/15

Money Saver Spain Newsletter
5 November 2015
Remember, Remember the 27th of November!

October has finished, Halloween is over and now my inbox is being bombarded with Christmas offers.
But before that Black Friday will be held on the 27th of this month and Cyber Monday on the 30th. Spain has adopted yet another tradition and there will be heavy promotion by stores to get you to part with your hard-earned cash. You can read more about it in our updated post.

Consumer News
Roaming charges in Europe: After delays and concerns about the final approval of a ban on roaming charges for mobile phones in Europe, this has finally happened and the date set is mid-2017. But (there’s always a but!) there are loopholes - frequent travellers may have only limited free roaming rights.
  
Dishonest meat labelling: We rely on labels to make choices when shopping, but a new European consumer report on meat labels highlights some of the deceptive practices manufacturers and stores use.

Car emissions: If you expected that the EU would take advantage of the VW scandal to impose stricter emissions criteria, well it hasn’t turned out like that. The original proposal by the EU Commission that emissions could exceed lab test values by 60% on the road, down to 20% in the future, have finally been set at 110% on the road with a reduction to 50% in the future. Conclusion: Industry lobbies have more power than the EU and the consumer.

Medicines: The Spanish Monopolies Commission is studying the possibility of allowing any establishment (physical store or online) in Spain to sell medicines that do not require a prescription. Several countries already allow the sale of products such as ibuprofen or aspirin to be sold in supermarkets and online, however there is still some resistance to change by consumer orgs in Spain.

Cheapest supermarkets. Once again Spanish consumer org OCU has published the list of the cheapest supermarkets in Spain. Dani is the cheapest, Alcampo is in 5th place and Mercadona ties with Carrefour in 9th place.
Promos, Offers and More
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Electronics

Buy a Nexus 5X or 6P and get a Google Chromecast free – available from the Google Store Spain, ends 8 Dec.

Amazon’s new low cost tablet Fire is priced from only 59.99€ at Amazon Spain or £49.99 Amazon UK.

Buy a computer with an Intel processor at El Corte Ingles until 22 Nov (priced over 499€) and get 200€ back when you trade in your old computer (under 5 years old). Also get an extra 50€ if you buy a 2in1. Offer not available in the Canary Islands, excludes Apple.

If you’ve bought, or are going to buy, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, S6 Edge or Edge+ you can get up to 3 months free Netflix subscription. Valid for purchases from 20 Oct to 7 Jan 2016.

Also from Samsung, with a new Galaxy S6 on a Movistar contract, get a free Samsung Tab 3 Lite.

Family Fashion

If you live near Valencia, don’t miss the Outlet Fair on 13 to 15 Nov; top brands, rock bottom prices.

8 Golden Days promo at El Corte Ingles until 22 Nov, up to 30% off fashion brands for all the family, in stores and online.

Cotton Traders promo for newbies: use code ap82 and get 15% off when you spend £30 before 8 Nov, or use code ap88 to get the same discount on a £25 spend until 15 Nov.

Don’t forget, Kiabi offers plenty of plus-size fashion for men, women and also kids too.

Women’secret offer: 30% off sleepwear for Wow Club members (free – get card in store) until 25 Nov. Promo valid in stores and online.

Kids

Top Disney & Pixar films only 10€ on DVD or 12.90€ on Blu-ray at Carrefour. Also spend 20€ on Disney films and get a free 30x40cm poster.

Game stores offer used consoles and games for Xbox, PlayStation and more with a full 1-year guarantee.

Buy tickets at Tixalia and visit the Science Museums in Valencia for only 5€ each every weekend in November, plus use our exclusive discount with Tixalia to get a further reduction (website in English).

Buy any item from El Corte Ingles Christmas toys catalogue before 25 Nov and get a voucher worth 25% to use between 26 to 31 Dec on min. 20€ spend (in store or online).

ToysRUs online delivery charge only 1€ until 22 Nov, no min. spend.

Home

10% back as a voucher when you buy kitchens, home appliances and accessories at Ikea (need Ikea Family Card – free, get in store) until 23 Dec.

15% off Indesit home appliances at Worten until 9 Nov.

Fragrances & Cosmetics

FeelUnique offers £5 off a £55 spend with code FEEL5NOV or 15% off £100 spend with code FEEL15NOV until 30 Nov (codes won’t work if you choose euros).

The Body Shop promo: up to 50% off selected items both in stores and online.

More

Renfe promo: tickets from only 15€ for travel until 10 Jan, limited places.

Don’t forget that Amazon Premium in Spain is only 19.95€ and the first month is free. As well as the benefits of 1-day free delivery on nearly everything (along with other perks), Amazon now offers free unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive.

The Keys to the City: Visit Salamanca and get free entry to 13 buildings and museums until 20 Dec. Need to register at the municipal tourist office due to limited group size.

Science Week in Madrid: over 1000 activities, many free.

Free bookmarks to download & print: vintage, Frozen, floral

New and Updated Articles

Trade-in your old TV to get a discount on a new TV at Carrefour.

This Week’s Freebies

Olay Regenerist 15 ml (12,500 available, need to register).
KH-7 - need to visit the KH-7 bus on one of the stops around Spain.

And Finally…

15 common Spanish idioms for sounding like a native.
What to eat in Spain in November.