Money Saver Spain Newsletter 21 Mar 2013

  • Five Great Online Resources


    1. For minor DIY jobs around the house, check out YouTube for tutorials first. You’ll often discover that you can do the job yourself for a fraction of what it would cost to call a cowboy (sorry, a professional tradesman).

    2. To avoid throwing food away, use a website such as Supercook to see what you can make with what you’ve already got. Just put in the items and they’ll come up with recipes.

    3. Lots of free time? Take a free course online with Coursera – over 300 available from top universities (and more info in our post).

    4. For translations check out Linguee – it searches the web for documents from official bodies (such as the EU) or major companies.

    5. If you’re self employed in Spain and your accounts aren’t over-complicated, why pay for an accountant if you can do it for free? Sign up to Facturación Autónomos

    Consumer News


    There will be winners and losers with the new EU passenger rights proposal set for 2015. For example, there will be no more charges for simply correcting a spelling mistake on your booking, but hotel bills for cancelled flights will be capped at a maximum of 3 nights.


    The Supreme Court in Spain has announced that the mortgage “floor clause” (which establishes a minimum interest rate) to be invalid. The tricky part is that this is only when there’s been a lack of transparency by the financial institution, in other words if you’re affected it may be up to you to prove this.


    Latest Offers & Articles on Money Saver Spain

    -  One month free contact lenses from Alain Afflelou, valid till 30 Apr.

    -  Latest promos from Spanish fashion brands and free delivery from Women’secret on their w’shape swimwear collection until 24 Mar.

    -  Don’t forget 5€ off at M&S EU site ends 31 Mar, use code SAVE5 at checkout.

    -  15% discount at 3 Factory outlets in Madrid, valid till 31 Mar.

    -  Starbucks 50% off promo on Mondays till 12:00 h, see promo on their FB page (15 Mar post) and info on the Starbucks blog.

    -  Doopies & Coffee 2x1 on “Bobs” (doughnuts), valid till 24 Mar.

    -  Seen on Aki DIY stores leaflet: Saturday 23 Mar 15% off everything except items already reduced.

    -  Last days to get 15% off cosmetics at El Corte Inglés, ends 24 Mar.

    -  Free delivery with orders over 50€ at Maisons Du Monde in Decoration Department.

    -  Lunch for only 1€ in Vigo at Opontillón restaurant today and 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr (excludes drinks & dessert).

    -  Get 3% back when you get fuel at any Repsol, Campsa or Petronor petrol station and pay with your El Corte Inglés card. The 3% will be credited to you and can be used at El Corte Inglés, Hipercor, Supercor or Opencor. Promo ends 31 May, credit to be used by 31 Aug.

    -  Make sure you know about the requirement to declare all foreign-held assets over 50,000€ in our latest article.

    -  New free competition – win flights for two in Europe.

    -  1€ beers (half or quarter litre) at Foster’s Hollywood on major football match nights until 30 June, and 10€ off meals (see meal deals info).

    -  2x1 at BrasayLeña – print coupon and present, valid Sunday to Thursday evenings.

    -  Typical Easter sweet: Torrijas only 1€ at Ikea restaurants and hot chocolate for 1.50€.

    -  Ends today Vueling offers from 29.99€ each way for flights 2 Apr to 14 Aug. Also at Iberia flights from 39€ each way to Spanish airports or 59€ / 69€ to lots of European destinations – must buy round trip.

    -  For the kids: Discount coupons at Burger King and Pans & Company (OK, you can use them too!)

    -  Offers for families with 3+ kids at La Sirena frozen food shops (Madrid, Catalunya, Castellon area): 5% discount on your purchases. Fill in form and send a copy of your Familia Numerosa card.

    -  If you have young kids off to camp soon, why not get them a BIC mobile. Only 19€, includes 5€ in calls, it means you don’t have to worry if he/she comes back without it. Available at the Post Office (Correos) and Orange stores.

    -  More BIC: they currently have a promo on FB to win an iPad.

    -  Offers with coupons: Free delivery from The Body Shop, 25% off at NH Hotels and lots more - just need to register, coupons are free.

    -  Free samples Casen fibre supplements, just need to fill in the form.