NEARLY 250 million old £5 and £10 notes, which are no longer accepted in shops, are yet to be returned to the Bank of England. While the old notes are no longer accepted in shops, they do still hold their value and can be traded in for new usable notes at a number of places - see the box out below for the full details. Around 124 million paper £5 notes and around 122 million paper £10 notes are yet to be returned, the Bank of England has told consumer website Money Saving Expert. The old £5 and £10 notes haven't been accepted in shops since May 2017 and March 2018, respectively. New polymer £5 banknotes were introduced by the Bank of England in 2016, while the new plastic £10 note was bought into circulation in 2017. The new fivers and tenners were designed to be sturdier than the old versions; able to withstand water damage and less likely to tear. How to make your old fivers and tenners usable againThe paper notes have been officially out … [Read more...] about There are £1.8bn worth of old fivers and tenners still floating around – here’s how to cash in yours
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PUBLISHED: 14:54 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 31 August 2018 Richard Cornwell Each stone will be worth £50 to the finder Picture: ARCHANT Archant People are being invited to take part in a special challenge exploring a popular Suffolk resort – with prize money of £250 up for grabs. Suzanne Day, Archant promotions executive, with the five Enjoy Felixstowe More! hand-painted stones Picture: ARCHANTTo mark the start of the new Enjoy Felixstowe More! website, a competition has been launched to find five unique hand-painted stones which have been hidden along the seafront.Last year thousands of families took part in a similar activity when painted stones were placed around the beach area, with youngsters seeing how many they could collect and then hiding them again for others to find.The activity has been carried on this summer – and has gone nationwide with many communities running similar projects.Enjoy Felixstowe More! is hiding five … [Read more...] about Enjoy Felixstowe More by taking part in stone hunting fun to win cash prizes
AFTER-SCHOOL clubs can boost kids’ confidence and teach them new skills. But these extra-curricular activities don’t come cheap. Parents spend £237.52 per child per academic year, on average, according to one poll. Here is how to cut the cost of after-school activities. Buy second-hand. From sports gear to musical instruments, buying used can save you serious dosh. Raid older siblings’ belongings, check eBay and Gumtree or ask other parents at school. Could you organise swaps via Facebook? You can also rent almost anything on sites like fatllama.com. Cash in on discounts. Most clubs have fees to join but they may do free trials, so your youngsters can give it a go without a financial commitment. Often there are early-bird offers for the first people who sign up. Could you get a group of their friends together and ask for a group discount? If you travel in a group, car-share to save petrol. Find free clubs. Check your local council’s website for free … [Read more...] about Here’s our cash-saving advice for cutting the costs of after school clubs — plus win £15k in our raffle
TODAY we are going to look at how you can get more for your money with a bargain product that adds versatility to great value. Concentrated cleaning product Zoflora may kill 99.9 per cent of household bacteria and eradicate odours, but it has also developed cult status among buyers. The unofficial Zoflora Addicts Facebook group has more than 50,000 fans — and counting. And no wonder, when the Yorkshire-based fragrant cleaner is so cheap. Its RRP is around £1.50 but you can get it for a quid or less in bargain homeware stores. I’ve even nosed out the news that there’s a Christmas version on the way — scent by Santa. These are my top tips to help you clean up: Scented washing-up bowl: Pour a capful into your washing-up bowl and add boiling water — it will make your kitchen smell lovely and disinfect the sink at the same time. Even better, pop your dirty dishcloths in the water and leave overnight - they will be cleaned ready for the next day and your … [Read more...] about Here’s our cash-saving tips to make your cleaning products go even further – plus win £15,000 in our raffle
THE summer holidays are upon us and many Brits are off to the Continent - but buying euros can be tricky given the ever-moving exchange rate. Here is our guide to the current state of the market, and how to get the best price when you swap your cash. What is today's pound to euro exchange rate? Following a rise earlier in the week, just after 8am today the pound was trading at around €1.11. But actual rates for holidaymakers are significantly lower. Sterling has plunged against the euro and dollar in recent weeks as traders bet against the UK currency. It comes after Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned of an "uncomfortably high" risk of a disorderly Brexit and said banks must prepare for a recession. International trade secretary also said there is a 60-40 chance of "no deal" because of stubbornness in Brussels. A weaker pound is better for British exports - but imports will cost more, potentially driving up inflation. It also means your money doesn't stretch as far when … [Read more...] about Pound to euro exchange rate – what’s the exchange rate today and where is the best place to buy currency?