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Stamp prices rising in March (and other price hikes to watch)

From stamp prices to passport renewals, you could end up paying much more than you bargained for next month. There are a number of price changes that will fall in March that could impact your budget. Which? rounds up the main hikes to be aware of and what you can do now to beat them.

First and second class stamps

Royal Mail has confirmed it will put up the cost of stamps by 2p from 26 March. The price of a first class stamp will rise from 65p to 67p and the price of a second class stamp will change from 56p to 58p. You’ll also pay 3p more if you are positing a large letter.

The cost of a large letter first class stamp will rise from 98p to GBP1.01 and a large letter second class stamp will go up from 76p to 79p. Royal Mail said it was putting up prices to help ensure the sustainability of the Universal Postal Service. It maintains the cost are still among the best value in Europe compared to other postal operators.

You can beat the price hike by stocking up on stamps you’ll need for invitations, birthdays and Christmas before the rise kicks in.

Passport renewal fees

The Home Office is planning to overhaul passport renewal fees from 27 March – and for the first time, it will be more expensive to apply by post. The change is meant to reflect the higher costs of processing postal applications compared to online applications. Below we’ve set out how prices are set to change for a standard 32-page passport:

Type of application Cost now Proposed cost from 27 March Percentage change Adult online application GBP72.50 GBP75.50 4% Adult postal application GBP72.50 GBP85 17% Adult fast track application GBP103 GBP142 38% Adult premium one-day application GBP128 GBP177 38% Child online application GBP46 GBP49 7% Child postal application GBP46 GBP58.50 27% Child online fast track application GBP87 GBP122 40% Child online premium one-day application – GBP151 n/a

You can find more of the proposed fee changes for 48-page passports and those that were born on or before 2nd September 1929 here[1].

The proposed changes are subject to parliamentary approval. But if your passport is due to expire this year you might want to renew earlier than you had planned to avoid the hikes. When renewing a passport, any time remaining on your old document is added to the new passport, up to a maximum of nine months.

So if your passport expires before 26 December 2018, you can apply for a new one before 27 March without losing out.

Mobile phone bills

EE is putting prices up for pay-monthly customers by 4.1% from 30 March 2017. The rises are in-line with the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation for December 2017. Unfortunately, if you are still within the minimum term of your contract, you won’t be able to switch without incurring a penalty.

But if your contract term has ended, you can leave penalty-free – so you may want to shop around for a new deal to avoid having to pay more. Just be cautious as other providers are also planning to hike prices. Vodafone and O2 have confirmed they will put pay-monthly prices up by 4% from April 2018 and Three will do the same from May 2018.

So far the smaller networks – including BT, Giffgaff, Talk Talk, Plusnet and Virgin Media – have yet to announce price rises.

Energy bills

When you come to the end of an energy deal, you will be dumped onto your provider’s standard tariff. This means you will normally pay much more and be vulnerable to price hikes. There are 46 energy tariffs that will expire in March, according to comparethemarket.com.

It estimates that 60,387 households are on these tariffs that are about to end and could face an average increase of GBP183 a year by reverting to the standard tariff. We’ve listed the deals about to expire in the table below.

If you are on one of these tariffs, you should act now to stop your bills going up. You can compare and switch energy tariffs using Which?

Switch[2].

References

  1. ^ here (www.gov.uk)
  2. ^ Which?

    Switch (switch.which.co.uk)

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Waterproof Fairy String Light & Applies to Anywhere – Battery operated (not included) LED string lights with waterproof function, allow you to decorate indoor/outdoor without any power cord or socket required.

Specifications:

String light length: 16FT

LED Qty: 50pcs 

LED Light Color:Warm White

Material:Adopt PP material, this kind of LED lights are break-resistant, and will last longer time than the fragil glass LED

Power supply: 3xAA battery (not included) 

CR2025 coin battery for remote (included)

Wireless operating range up to 12ft/3.6M(please point the remote to the battery case)

Function Buttons on Remote:

* ON/OFF: Turn on/off

* DIM+/DIM-: Adjust the brightness

* 1-8: Switch modes(Waves, Sequential, Slow-glow, Chasing/Flash, Slow Fade, Twinkle/Flash, Steady On)

* Timer: Timing Function, 6 hours on and 18 hours off per day

Package Includes:

1x Fairy string lights battery operated(16feet)

1x remote

1x user manual

10PCS Heart clips

  • ★ Globe led string lights: there are 50 warm white bulbs in delicate frosted, fantastic lights and really bright. well made and not flimsy. you don’t need to worry abot a socket because it is battery operated and a warm white color, Very pleasant to the eyes.
  • ★Dimmable remote controller with 8 lighting modes : In Waves, Sequential, Slow-glow, Chasing/Flash, Slow Fade, Twinkle/Flash, Steady On. works with remote with different modes of lighting sequence and you can also dim/bright the light.the handy remote that comes with it make it really convenient.
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  • ★Widely Application : the fairy string lights are great decorations for Indoor, Outdoor, Garden, Home, Pathway, Path, Lawn, Christmas, Xmas Tree, Halloween Holiday Party. This charming ambiance lighting can create excellent illumination and a warming and romantic atmosphere at night
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