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(Pocket-lint) - The Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite have landed themselves a discount in the Amazon Prime Day sales. The most recent Kindle Paperwhite adds waterproofing, so you can safely read in the bath or swimming pool without the worry of damaging it if it gets splashed.  The Kindle Paperwhite has been reduced by £50 to £79.99, and in the UK there's a GBP40 discount, meaning that it's only GBP79.99!

The Kindle Paperwhite offers front illumination of its E-Ink display, meaning you can read in the dark. The battery will last for weeks and it has a 6-inch 300dpi display.

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There's nothing like heading off on a holiday without having to weigh your luggage down with piles of books. The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone.

Not only is the Kindle power efficient, but it's also well-connected, meaning you can easily download new books. It's also incredibly easy to use with seamless integration with your Amazon account. The real decision is which model you should buy.

There are currently four models of Kindle offered by Amazon: Kindle with front light, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Kids Edition and Kindle Oasis. Here's how they break down.

Amazon Kindle with front light

o Amazon Kindle (2019) - save £35, now £54.99: View the Kindle offer on Amazon o Amazon Kindle (2019) - save GBP20, now GBP49.99: View the Kindle offer on Amazon

Amazon's latest basic Kindle adds a front light. It's not the same display as the Paperwhite: while both are 6-inches on the diagonal, the Kindle offers 167ppi and the Paperwhite offers 300ppi, so the more expensive model is sharper and higher quality. Be warned that the very cheapest version comes with Special Offers, which is basically a bit of advertising - you can see more about this in our review.;

The Amazon Kindle also doesn't offer waterproofing, but at this price, you're getting a lot of ereader for your money. It doesn't stretch as far as the Paperwhite below, but has plenty to offer.

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

o Amazon Kindle Kids Edition - save £45, now £64.99: See the deal on Amazon o Amazon Kindle Kids Edition - save GBP45, now GBP54.99: View offer on Amazon

The Kindle Kids Edition is aimed, of course, at children and has some services that the other Kindles don't. Under the surface though, it's the same as the standard Kindle above. The extra bits - which incur a little extra expense - are a case that comes as standard (available in blue and pink plus some other colours in the US) and a worry-free guarantee where the Kindle will get replaced even if it is damaged accidentally.

It also comes with a year's worth of free kids content - Audible audio books and Kindle books. 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

o Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) - save £50, now £79.99: See the Kindle deal on Amazon o Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) - save GBP40, now GBP79.99: See the Kindle deal on Amazon When the Paperwhite was launched, its unique feature was the illumination, meaning you could read it without the lights on.

With the entry-level Kindle offering lighting, it's no longer unique, with the Paperwhite instead occupying a mid-range position in the Kindle line-up. The 6-inch E-Ink display boasts 300dpi and has better contrast than the regular Kindle, meaning whites are brighter and blacks are deeper. Again, this is a touchscreen device with a battery that lasts for weeks.

In this design (last updated in 2018) it's thinner and lighter than before, as well as now offering IPX8 waterproofing, with a flat front - so no more ridge on that bezel like the old version. The Paperwhite comes in Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+3G options. The latter has the advantage that you're always connected, meaning that if you finish your book lying on the beach in Spain, you can browse and buy the next bestseller and get reading.

The 3G option costs a little more to buy initially, but there are no ongoing costs, it's a free connection thereafter. Again there are options for models with "special offers" (advertising) and without.  For most people, the advantage of illumination will make this the Kindle of choice, saving money over the Oasis, but bettering the basic Kindle.

Amazon Kindle Oasis

o Amazon Kindle Oasis (2018) - save £65, now £184.99: See the deal on Amazon

Bigger, better and now cheaper, the Kindle Oasis is designed to be the ultimate reading device. This model has a 7-inch display so slightly larger than all the other devices, but also incorporating the features. It offers illumination but with more LEDs so things are more evenly distributed.

It also boasts the auto-brightness of the (now retired) Kindle Voyage. The Kindle Oasis is also waterproof, meaning its safe in the bath or at the beach, while retaining a thin and light design, so it's easy to slip into any pocket. With 6-weeks of battery life, it's a premium reader and top of the Kindle family, also offering Bluetooth so you can listen to Audible books from your Oasis.

Again, there's the choice of Wi-Fi or 3G models, with the 8GB Wi-Fi model being the most affordable of the selection and the 32GB 3G version seeing the price soaring. The Oasis is easily the most accomplished Kindle - if you read every day then you'll appreciate the additional skills it offers.

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If you're after a cheaper Kindle, the standard Kindle has been discounted too. The Kindle has been taken down by £35 to £54,99, and by GBP20, so it's just GBP49.99

The standard Kindle also has a front lights, this version comes with adverts, with a slightly lower resolution display than the Paperwhite. There are a range of covers to protect your Kindle from scratches, and the storage will allow you to carry hundreds of books. Access to the Kindle Store means you can browse, buy and download wherever you are, with your pages synced via Whispersync so you can easily resume reading where you left off. 

This latest generation of Kindles also supports Audible audio book and can connect to Bluetooth headphones.

Many Audible books can also sync with the written version, so you can shift from reading to listening, seamlessly.

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Best Prime Day deals UK: All the best discounts on TVs, headphones, appliances, smart devices and more

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Prime Day 2021 is finally here and there are literally thousands of deals to sink your teeth into. But if the thought of wading through all those discounts gives you a case of deals fatigue, don't worry: our team is here to help. We've found the best Prime Day deals across a range of areas including audio, mobile, home, fitness and beauty and added them to our best Prime Day deals roundup below.

All of the recommended deals are thoroughly checked and vetted by the Expert Reviews team. So you can be sure that even if the product has a hugely inflated RRP, the discount is still top-notch and worth your time. With so many deals to choose from, our list is by far the quickest and easiest way to find some tasty discounts on big name products like Echo, Ninja, Apple, Sony and more.

Whether you're pining for a new 50in TV, want to get more creative in the kitchen, need to replace your headphones or are simply planning ahead for birthdays, we've got you covered. An important caveat: These deals will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. It is called Prime Day, after all.

So you should think about signing up if you want to be in on the action when all the deals start rolling in. If it all sounds like too much of a commitment, you don't need to worry. You can easily sign up for a free 30-day trial that can be cancelled at any time, should your need for Amazon Prime end alongside Prime Day.

Check out the best Prime Day deals below. Sign up for a FREE 30-day Prime trial

The best Amazon Prime Day deals

If you can't wait until Prime Day to get your hands on some seriously good bargains, Amazon has a few early Prime Day deals worth snapping up now. All of these deals have been checked by our team, so you know they're products worth buying.

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Amazon device deals: Prime Day deals on Kindle, Echo and more

Just GBP25 for the Echo Dot (4th Gen) (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

"Alexa, save me a fortune".

If you've always wanted a smart device but have yet to take the plunge, now is the best time to strike. For Prime Day, Amazon has slashed the price of the Echo Dot by 50%. Play music, control smart devices, set timers and get important updates simply by asking Alexa.

Buy now from Amazon

GBP40 off Echo Show 8 (2019) now GBP60 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Another cracking Amazon device deal here. A GBP40 saving on the Echo Show with smart features, video calling and more. Whether you want to catch up with friends, check the weather or send a message to other echo devices in your house, you can do it all with a crisp, 8in touchscreen display.

Hurry though, this is a limited-time deal. Buy now from Amazon

Save GBP50 on the Fire HD 8 Tablet (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Don't miss out on this excellent Prime Day deal. You can pick up a Fire HD 8 tablet with ads for just GBP40 right now.

Stream your favourite programmes, play games, video chat and ask Alexa those burning questions on the go, all for a bargain price. Buy now from Amazon

Mobile tech deals: Prime Day deals on smartphones, laptops, tablets and more

Google Pixel 4a now just GBP299 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

If you're quick, you can save GBP50 on the Google Pixel 4a. With a 5.8in screen, 6GB of internal storage and a 12MP rear camera, this is a fantastic little budget smartphone at great price.

Buy now from Amazon

SAVE GBP100 on the Apple MacBook Air (2020) with Apple M1 Chip (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

The beefy 2020 MacBook Air is Apple's newest lightweight laptop, and the first to be powered by Apple's own M1 chip. For a limited time, you can save an incredible GBP100 on the 256GB version, bringing the total to just GBP899. That's a top-notch discount on an amazing laptop, so take advantage of this deal before it's gone.

Buy now from Amazon

TV and audio deals: Prime Day deals on smart speakers, headphones and earbuds

Lowest-ever price on the 65in LG 65in NANO86 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Ordinarily this incredible 4K OLED smart gaming TV would set you back GBP899 but for a limited time during Prime Day, you can pick it up for just GBP649 - that's a whopping saving of GBP250. It's already a fantastic TV full-price, so this discount just makes a good thing even better. Buy now from Amazon

Echo Buds now GBP50 - save GBP70 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Pick up this fantastic deal on Amazon's Echo Buds now.

They're compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant, so whether you want to change your playlist or get a weather update, you can do it all hands-free. The Echo Buds offer up to five hours playback, with a 15-minute quick-charge option for two hours playback. Buy now from Amazon

Save over GBP100 on the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Our favourite Sony headphones are now heavily discounted for Prime Day.

For two days only, you can get the Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless, noise-cancelling headphones for just GBP198. These would ordinarily set you back as much as GBP300, so take advantage of this outrageous deal while you can. Buy now from Amazon

Home and kitchen deals: Prime Day deals on appliances, cleaning, alcohol and more

Ninja 3-in-1 food processor now GBP119 save an incredible GBP80 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Take advantage of this Prime Day deal now.

The Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with auto IQ is down to GBP119 for two days only. It comes with bundles of accessories and blades, meaning you can make everything from sauces and sides to cake batter and dough, all with one machine. There are five preset functions for common tasks like chopping and pureeing, as well as manual speeds and a pulse function for more complex dishes.

This is a great value food processor and one you'll want to keep on your counter for years to come. Buy now from Amazon

GBP137 off Eufy RoboVac 30C (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

One of our favourite robot vacuum cleaners is now down to GBP153 for Prime Day. Usually the Eufy 30C would set you back GBP290, so this is a cracking deal not to be missed.

Compatible with the Eufy app and Alexa, you can start, stop and even schedule cleaning around your home at the touch of a button. It was already a great budget robot vac, and is now even cheaper. So snap it up while you can.

Buy now from Amazon

Philips Essential Air Fryer now GBP145 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Save GBP85 on this slick, XL air fryer from Philips. The digital touchscreen makes this idea for any modern kitchen and the large capacity is big enough to whip up three to four portions of food with ease. You can grill, bake, roast and air fry up to 200oC and it's also easy to clean with dishwasher safe parts.

Buy now from Amazon

NutriBullet 900W blender now just GBP60

(C) Provided by Expert Reviews If you're quick, you can pick up the NutriBullet 900W blender and smoothie maker for just GBP60. That's a tasty little saving of GBP20.

You get bundles of extra accessories with this version, and the 900W motor is powerful enough to blend tough ingredients like ice, kale and nuts in as little as 30 seconds. Buy now from Amazon

SAVE GBP60 on the Ring Spotlight Cam now GBP119 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

See, hear and speak to visitors on your device with this smart doorbell. You'll get a notification when movement is detected outside, so you can always keep on top of incoming parcels and visitors.

This wired version plugs into a standard socket, giving you unlimited power without the need for recharging. Buy now from Amazon

Just GBP65 for Philips Hue white and colour ambience starter set (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

If you want to upgrade your smart home setup, this starter set is ideal. It comes with a Hue Bridge, as well as one white and one colour bulb for complete light customisation.

Despite the high RRP stated, you're still getting a great deal here, as this starter set retails at around GBP100 on average at Amazon. Buy now from Amazon

Health and beauty deals: Prime Day deals on hairdryers, toothbrushes, fitness trackers and more

Toni&Guy Style Fix Straightener now GBP18 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

These cheap-as-chips straighteners are now even more affordable for a limited time at Amazon. They're a compact size, so perfect for hand luggage and trips away, but still come with a salon-length 1.8-metre cord.

Buy now from Amazon

Now GBP60: Panasonic Nanoe hair dryer with diffuser (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Right now, you can pick up one of our favourite hair dryers for less at Amazon. The Nanoe has been designed to dry more effectively and retain more moisture than standard dryers, leaving you with a smoother end result. This luxe rose gold version won't be on offer forever though, so pick it up while you can.

Buy now from Amazon

Console and gaming deals: Prime Day deals on Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox and more

Nintendo Switch Lite with Animal Crossing now GBP199 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Designed for handheld play, the Switch Lite is the ideal console for gaming on the go. Right now, you can pick it up in dashing Turquoise, with the ever-popular Animal Crossing game, for GBP199. That's a saving of GBP20 on this epic bundle.

Buy now from Currys

 

Amazon Prime Day 2021: Everything you need to know

How can I make the most of Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Once again, it's worth noting that Prime Day deals are available exclusively to Amazon Prime Members, so it's worth investing in membership - or the site's 30-day free trial -before the sales extravaganza kicks off. Once you've done that, you're all set - the deals are all there for the taking. But if you're still feeling a little bit overwhelmed, Expert Reviews is here to help.

We'll be giving you rundowns of all the best deals over the course of Prime Day 2021, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @expertreviews, while keeping an eye on our roundup of the best Prime deals on offer. Sign up for a FREE 30-day Prime membership trial

What is Amazon Prime Day?

In short, Amazon Prime Day is a one-or-two-day(s)-only shopping event. But, unlike Black Friday, it's exclusive to the online retailer Amazon and is reserved for those with an active Amazon Prime account.

As you'd expect from one of the largest retailers in the world, Amazon Prime Day is great for saving money on a massive range of goods - especially electronic items. Last year's Prime Day saw huge discounts on pretty much every product under the sun - just like Black Friday. If you loved Black Friday last year, making the most of Amazon Prime Day should be at the top of your priority list.

There are plenty of benefits to be had with Prime, including next-day delivery on an enormous range of products and access to the Prime Video library. You can also listen to your favourite tunes ad-free and on-demand with access to Prime Music's library of more than two million songs. Prime Day 2021 is finally here and there are literally thousands of deals to sink your teeth into.

But if the thought of wading through all those discounts gives you a case of deals fatigue, don't worry: our team is here to help. We've found the best Prime Day deals across a range of areas including audio, mobile, home, fitness and beauty and added them to our best Prime Day deals roundup below. All of the recommended deals are thoroughly checked and vetted by the Expert Reviews team.

So you can be sure that even if the product has a hugely inflated RRP, the discount is still top-notch and worth your time. With so many deals to choose from, our list is by far the quickest and easiest way to find some tasty discounts on big name products like Echo, Ninja, Apple, Sony and more. Whether you're pining for a new 50in TV, want to get more creative in the kitchen, need to replace your headphones or are simply planning ahead for birthdays, we've got you covered.

An important caveat: These deals will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. It is called Prime Day, after all. So you should think about signing up if you want to be in on the action when all the deals start rolling in.

If it all sounds like too much of a commitment, you don't need to worry. You can easily sign up for a free 30-day trial that can be cancelled at any time, should your need for Amazon Prime end alongside Prime Day. Check out the best Prime Day deals below.

Sign up for a FREE 30-day Prime trial

The best Amazon Prime Day deals

If you can't wait until Prime Day to get your hands on some seriously good bargains, Amazon has a few early Prime Day deals worth snapping up now. All of these deals have been checked by our team, so you know they're products worth buying.

Prime Day deals: Quick links

Amazon device deals: Prime Day deals on Kindle, Echo and more

Just GBP25 for the Echo Dot (4th Gen) (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

"Alexa, save me a fortune". If you've always wanted a smart device but have yet to take the plunge, now is the best time to strike.

For Prime Day, Amazon has slashed the price of the Echo Dot by 50%. Play music, control smart devices, set timers and get important updates simply by asking Alexa. Buy now from Amazon

GBP40 off Echo Show 8 (2019) now GBP60 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Another cracking Amazon device deal here.

A GBP40 saving on the Echo Show with smart features, video calling and more. Whether you want to catch up with friends, check the weather or send a message to other echo devices in your house, you can do it all with a crisp, 8in touchscreen display. Hurry though, this is a limited-time deal.

Buy now from Amazon

Save GBP50 on the Fire HD 8 Tablet (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Don't miss out on this excellent Prime Day deal. You can pick up a Fire HD 8 tablet with ads for just GBP40 right now. Stream your favourite programmes, play games, video chat and ask Alexa those burning questions on the go, all for a bargain price.

Buy now from Amazon

Mobile tech deals: Prime Day deals on smartphones, laptops, tablets and more

Google Pixel 4a now just GBP299 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

If you're quick, you can save GBP50 on the Google Pixel 4a. With a 5.8in screen, 6GB of internal storage and a 12MP rear camera, this is a fantastic little budget smartphone at great price. Buy now from Amazon

SAVE GBP100 on the Apple MacBook Air (2020) with Apple M1 Chip (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

The beefy 2020 MacBook Air is Apple's newest lightweight laptop, and the first to be powered by Apple's own M1 chip.

For a limited time, you can save an incredible GBP100 on the 256GB version, bringing the total to just GBP899. That's a top-notch discount on an amazing laptop, so take advantage of this deal before it's gone. Buy now from Amazon

TV and audio deals: Prime Day deals on smart speakers, headphones and earbuds

Lowest-ever price on the 65in LG 65in NANO86 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Ordinarily this incredible 4K OLED smart gaming TV would set you back GBP899 but for a limited time during Prime Day, you can pick it up for just GBP649 - that's a whopping saving of GBP250.

It's already a fantastic TV full-price, so this discount just makes a good thing even better. Buy now from Amazon

Echo Buds now GBP50 - save GBP70 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Pick up this fantastic deal on Amazon's Echo Buds now. They're compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant, so whether you want to change your playlist or get a weather update, you can do it all hands-free.

The Echo Buds offer up to five hours playback, with a 15-minute quick-charge option for two hours playback. Buy now from Amazon

Save over GBP100 on the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Our favourite Sony headphones are now heavily discounted for Prime Day. For two days only, you can get the Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless, noise-cancelling headphones for just GBP198.

These would ordinarily set you back as much as GBP300, so take advantage of this outrageous deal while you can. Buy now from Amazon

Home and kitchen deals: Prime Day deals on appliances, cleaning, alcohol and more

Philips Essential Air Fryer now GBP160

(C) Provided by Expert Reviews Save GBP70 on this slick, XL air fryer from Philips.

The digital touchscreen makes this idea for any modern kitchen and the large capacity is big enough to whip up three to four portions of food with ease. You can grill, bake, roast and air fry up to 200oC and it's also easy to clean with dishwasher safe parts. Buy now from Amazon

NutriBullet 900W blender now just GBP60

(C) Provided by Expert Reviews

If you're quick, you can pick up the NutriBullet 900W blender and smoothie maker for just GBP60. That's a tasty little saving of GBP20. You get bundles of extra accessories with this version, and the 900W motor is powerful enough to blend tough ingredients like ice, kale and nuts in as little as 30 seconds.

Buy now from Amazon

SAVE GBP60 on the Ring Spotlight Cam now GBP119 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

See, hear and speak to visitors on your device with this smart doorbell. You'll get a notification when movement is detected outside, so you can always keep on top of incoming parcels and visitors. This wired version plugs into a standard socket, giving you unlimited power without the need for recharging.

Buy now from Amazon

Just GBP80 for Philips Hue white and colour ambience starter set (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

If you want to upgrade your smart home setup, this starter set is ideal. It comes with a Hue Bridge, as well as one white and one colour bulb for complete light customisation. Despite the high RRP stated, you're still getting a great deal here, as this starter set retails at around GBP100 on average at Amazon.

Buy now from Amazon

Health and beauty deals: Prime Day deals on hairdryers, toothbrushes, fitness trackers and more

Toni&Guy Style Fix Straightener now GBP18 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

These cheap-as-chips straighteners are now even more affordable for a limited time at Amazon. They're a compact size, so perfect for hand luggage and trips away, but still come with a salon-length 1.8-metre cord. Buy now from Amazon

Now GBP51: Panasonic Nanoe hair dryer with diffuser (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Right now, you can pick up one of our favourite hair dryers for less at Amazon.

The Nanoe has been designed to dry more effectively and retain more moisture than standard dryers, leaving you with a smoother end result. This luxe rose gold version won't be on offer forever though, so pick it up while you can. Buy now from Amazon

Console and gaming deals: Prime Day deals on Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox and more

Nintendo Switch Lite with Animal Crossing now GBP199 (C) Provided by Expert Reviews

Designed for handheld play, the Switch Lite is the ideal console for gaming on the go.

Right now, you can pick it up in dashing Turquoise, with the ever-popular Animal Crossing game, for GBP199. That's a saving of GBP20 on this epic bundle. Buy now from Currys

 

Amazon Prime Day 2021: Everything you need to know

How can I make the most of Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Once again, it's worth noting that Prime Day deals are available exclusively to Amazon Prime Members, so it's worth investing in membership - or the site's 30-day free trial -before the sales extravaganza kicks off.

Once again, it's worth noting that Prime Day deals are available exclusively to Amazon Prime Members, so it's worth investing in membership - or the site's 30-day free trial -before the sales extravaganza kicks off. Once you've done that, you're all set - the deals are all there for the taking. But if you're still feeling a little bit overwhelmed, Expert Reviews is here to help.

We'll be giving you rundowns of all the best deals over the course of Prime Day 2021, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @expertreviews, while keeping an eye on our roundup of the best Prime deals on offer. Sign up for a FREE 30-day Prime membership trial

What is Amazon Prime Day?

In short, Amazon Prime Day is a one-or-two-day(s)-only shopping event. But, unlike Black Friday, it's exclusive to the online retailer Amazon and is reserved for those with an active Amazon Prime account.

As you'd expect from one of the largest retailers in the world, Amazon Prime Day is great for saving money on a massive range of goods - especially electronic items. Last year's Prime Day saw huge discounts on pretty much every product under the sun - just like Black Friday. If you loved Black Friday last year, making the most of Amazon Prime Day should be at the top of your priority list.

There are plenty of benefits to be had with Prime, including next-day delivery on an enormous range of products and access to the Prime Video library.

You can also listen to your favourite tunes ad-free and on-demand with access to Prime Music's library of more than two million songs.

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UK Homebuyers Are Worried About A Property Market Crash

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Why are we worried about a UK property market crash when we've only just recovered from the last one?

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Barrows and Forrester analysed house price data over the last two major economic recessions in the 1990s and 2008 and while both lasted for just five quarters in terms of the impact on national GDP, the impact on the property market lasted far longer.

The 1990 Recession

In Q3, 1990 house prices started to drop from an average of GBP58,773 with the market bottoming out in the final quarter of 1992 at GBP53,213. It wasn't until the third quarter of 1996 that they recovered to their pre-recession level (GBP58,854). However, the research by Barrows and Forrester shows that when adjusting for inflation, this pre-crash house price high actually sat at GBP136,613 when the recession hit.

When allowing for inflation, their research shows that the market didn't truly recover until the third quarter of 1999 when the average house price finally climbed to GBP142,566, meaning the property market crash due to the recession actually lasted nine years, not six.

The 2008-09 Recession

When the recession hit in the second quarter of 2008, house prices had already started to cool from the highs of GBP189,503 seen in Q3 of 2007. They then plummeted from an average of GBP183,082 and continued to do so until the first quarter of 2009 when the market bottomed out at GBP155,701. It wasn't until the second quarter of 2014 that the average house price returned to its pre-recession levels (GBP185,362), exceeding the 2007 peak the following quarter (GBP191,260).

But again, when adjusting for inflation, the average UK house price when the recession hit in Q2 of 2008 actually stood at GBP249,812. This house price benchmark is one that the current market has only just returned to in Q1 of this year when the average house price hit GBP252,873 across the UK. So while the property market crash lasted for five years on paper, the inflation-adjusted recovery timeline actually spans almost 13 years.

The Next Property Market Crash

Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, commented:

"With the end of the stamp duty holiday nigh, many market naysayers are starting to call the next property market crash from the comfort of their keyboards and this negativity is starting to filter through to homebuyers and sellers. However, the reality is that when looking at the actual value of the market when adjusting for inflation, we've only just recovered from the last market crash. Despite this, the market has been running red hot of late, with buyer and seller confidence at an all-time high and it goes to show just how influential market sentiment is when it comes to turning the cogs of the UK property market."

1990s Recession

Quarter Year Timeline Average UK House Price Inflation-Adjusted Timeline Inflation-Adjusted Average UK House Price
Q3 1990 Start GBP58,773 Start GBP136,613
Q3 1991 End GBP57,959 End GBP127,252
Q3 1996 Recovery GBP58,854 - GBP112,979
Q3 1999 - GBP80,443 Recovery GBP142,566

Average house prices sourced from the UK House Price Index and then adjusted for inflation to equivalent 2020 prices

2008-09 Recession

Quarter Year Timeline Average UK House Price Inflation Adjusted Timeline Inflation Adjusted Average UK House Price
Q2 2008 Start GBP183,082 Start GBP249,812
Q2 2009 End GBP157,806 End GBP216,473
Q2 2014 Recovery GBP185,362 - GBP212,230
Q1 2021 - GBP252,873 Recovery GBP252,873

Average house prices sourced from the UK House Price Index and then adjusted for inflation to equivalent 2020 prices


  • Barrows and Forrester is a multi-award winning, independent lettings and estate agent located in Birmingham.
  • James Forrester has worked within the property industry for 20 years, 10 of which have seen him apply his expertise within the Birmingham property market in particular.
  • James is also a director of StripeHomes, a company specialising in top-quality new build developments in the North East and Midlands.
  • As a result, James has an unrivalled knowledge of the sales, lettings and new build sectors, making him an accomplished, all-round property market commentator.

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European markets’ best run in two years; UK jobless rate falls; US retail sales disappoint – as it happened

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European stock markets have racked up their longest winning streak since April 2019, as optimism over the economic recovery continues to lift shares.

London's market also saw gains, with the FTSE 100 finishing at its highest close in almost 16 months. But shares in mining companies, and property companies dipped.

The pound nudged a one-month low, after the ending of lockdown restrictions was postponed by a month. Oil also pushed higher, with Brent crude hitting £74 per barrel tonight, the first time in over two years.

But investor Michael Burry gave the markets something to ponder - tweeting that we're in the biggest speculative bubble ever.

Cassandra (@michaeljburry)

People always ask me what is going on in the markets.

It is simple. Greatest Speculative Bubble of All Time in All Things. By two orders of magnitude. #FlyingPigs360

June 15, 2021

The day began with the UK's jobless rate dropping to its lowest since last summer, at 4.7%.

The number of people joining company payrolls surged by almost 200,000, as firms took on more staff to handle rising demand following the easing of lockdown rules this spring. Vacancies jumped to their highest since the pandemic, while redundancies also returned to more normal levels. But experts warned that long-term unemployment was rising, including among younger people.

A volley of US economic data painted a mixed picture, with retail sales falling faster than expected in May.

Economist cited supply chain problems, rising prices, and the move towards spending money on services rather than 'stuff' as lockdowns eased.

Confidence among homebuilders fell, as rising prices made new homes less affordable, while producer prices surged as manufacturers and service sector providers hiked prices. On the upside, US industrial production rose -- lifted by a jump in car production. And the UK and Australia agreed the broad sweep of a new trade deal....but its impact on households will be meagre.

As my colleague Richard Partington explains:

Tariffs will be cut on Australian products such as Jacob's Creek and Hardys wines, as well as on beef, lamb, swimwear and confectionary.

However, by the government's own admission, the savings add up to GBP34m a year - little more than a pound each per household. Scotch whisky, biscuits and ceramics will be cheaper to sell into Australia, aiming to help UK industries that employ 3.5 million people. Still, the government admits that its deal will only boost UK GDP by up to 0.02% after 15 years, barely a rounding error for a GBP2tn economy.

Farmers, though, fear a surge of Australian meat that will undermine their businesses.

Peter Walker (@peterwalker99)

On the Australia-UK trade deal, Labour argue the tariff-free quotas for meat imports are so high the 15-year protective period for UK farmers is essentially pointless.

Initial limit for beef imports: 35,000 tonnes. *Total* imports in 2019: 1,766 tonnes. https://t.co/YEfRBuyGJL

June 15, 2021

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has warned fintech firms to expect some 'tough love', reiterating the need for stablecoins to be fully backed by assets. The UK's competition watchdog announced a review of Apple and Google's mobile ecosystems, over concerns that their dominance is hurting consumers.

Stocks are slightly lower on Wall Street, ahead of tomorrow's Federal Reserve meeting. The Dow and the S&P 500 are down around 0.15%, with the Nasdaq Composite off 0.65%.

Here are more of today's stories:

Goodnight. GW

Updated at 7.41pm BST

Burry: It's the greatest speculative bubble of all time...

Investor Michael Burry -- most famous for his role in The Big Short -- has warned that the markets are currently in the greatest speculative bubble ever.

Burry returned to Twitter this week for the first time since February, and tweeted a new warning about rampant speculation, saying:

"People always ask me what is going on in the markets.

It is simple. Greatest Speculative Bubble of All Time in All Things. By two orders of magnitude. #FlyingPigs360."

Cassandra (@michaeljburry)

People always ask me what is going on in the markets.

It is simple. Greatest Speculative Bubble of All Time in All Things. By two orders of magnitude. #FlyingPigs360

June 15, 2021

Business Insider explains what the 'flying pigs' reference means....

The hashtag was likely a reference to a famous saying in investing: "Bulls make money, bears make money, but pigs get slaughtered." Burry has repeatedly told investors that they're being too greedy, speculating wildly, shouldering too much risk, and chasing unrealistic returns.

The Scion Asset Management chief deleted his Twitter profile in early April after sounding the alarm on Tesla stock - which he's short - as well as GameStop, bitcoin, dogecoin, Robinhood, SPACs, inflation, and the broader stock market. He resumed tweeting on Monday.

European stock markets post longest winning streak in two years

Europe's stock markets have racked up their longest run of gains since April 2019 - by a whisker.

The Stoxx 600 index of European shares has closed half a point higher at 458.81 points, up just 0.11%. That's its eighth daily gain in a row, the best run since mid-April 2019, and a record closing high.

The Stoxx 600 over the last two years

The Stoxx 600 has surged by 15% so far this year, extending its recovery from last spring's crash, as the vaccine rollout has boosted confidence that Europe's economy will recover.

The European Central Bank's PEPP bond-buying programme, and massive fiscal spending from the US, has also supported the markets, with investors confident that stimulus won't end soon.

FTSE 100 closes at near 16-month high

Back in the City, the FTSE 100 has ended the day at its highest close since the pandemic hit Europe in late February 2020.

The blue-chip index finished today's session nearly 26 points higher at 7172 points.

That's its highest close since 21 February 2020, just before parts of Lombardy went into lockdown, triggering turmoil in global markets.

The FTSE 100 earlier hit a new near-16 month intraday high of 7189 points, the highest since markets started to tumble in the last week of February 2020. As this chart shows, the FTSE 100 hasn't recovered all its pandemic losses - unlike the US stock market, or Germany's DAX - but it's getting closer:

The FTSE 100 over the last two years

AB Foods (+3.3%), which owns discount clothing chain Primark, was the top riser, followed by telecoms group BT (+2.9%).

Royal Dutch Shell (+2.3%) added to yesterday's gains, as oil continued to climb. Multinationals benefitted from the weaker pound, with engineering firm Spirax-Sarco (+2%), chemicals group Johnson Matthey (+2%) and tobacco firm BAT (+1.8%) in the risers.

But... the more UK-focused FTSE 250 index fell by 0.5%.

Fallers included commercial property firm Hammerson (-6.5%), whose shopping centre tenants will be hurt by the delay to ending lockdown, and holiday operator TUI (-3.4%), as hopes of a holiday getaway this summer faded for some families.

Oil prices pushed higher today as traders anticipated stronger demand as the global economy recovers, and the prospect of an imminent increase in supply from Iran faded.

Brent crude traded as high at £73.90 per barrel, the highest since April 2019. US crude hit its highest since October 2018, touching £72 per barrel.

UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo said demand for oil was likely to outstrip supply in the short term:

"With supply growth lagging demand growth in the near term, faster falling oil inventories are supporting oil prices,"

Ricardo Evangelista, senior analyst at ActivTrades, said traders were watching the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Tehran:

The markets have been looking with interest at the ongoing negotiations between the US and Iran, with the objective of reviving the nuclear agreement between the two countries, which could also mean the end of restrictions on Iranian oil sales. However, early losses in the price of crude were swiftly reversed following indirect negotiations between the two countries that have so far failed to bear any fruits, with observers considering that an agreement is far from imminent.

Crude Oil Today (@WtiOil)

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Today's Crude Oil Prices:
? WTI: £71.77 (+0.87)
? Brent: £73.62 (+0.76) #supply #crudeoil #oilexploration

June 15, 2021

Ryanair boss: airlines must fly over rogue states despite Belarus 'hijacking'

Gwyn Topham

Airlines must remain free to fly over rogue states despite the "state-sponsored hijacking" of a plane by Belarus, according to the boss of Ryanair, as he told MPs of the "hostile and threatening" actions towards the flight crew in Minsk.

The captain and five crew of Ryanair flight FR4978 from Athens to Vilnius were put under armed guard in Minsk after diverting the plane for a fake bomb threat - apparently staged to allow the Belarus government to capture an opposition journalist among the 126 passengers.

Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega were arrested on landing. The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said the crew were pressured to provide filmed statements saying that they had diverted voluntarily, although Minsk air traffic control had told the captain that a bomb would be detonated if the plane continued to its original destination in Lithuania.

The ATC also falsely claimed to have tried to contact Ryanair's operations base, leaving the captain with no option but to heed their advice, O'Leary said.

O'Leary told the Commons transport select committee on Tuesday that the captain was:

"repeatedly seeking an open line of communication to Ryanair's operations control centre in Warsaw, various excuses came back from Minsk on why they couldn't reach us, Ryanair weren't answering the phone, all of which was completely untrue".

He said the pilot's only means of communications was through Minsk, which "confirmed it was a red alert".

Upon landing, unidentified persons boarded the aircraft carrying video cameras, O'Leary said, to "repeatedly attempt to get the crew to confirm on video that they had voluntarily diverted.

"The crew were put under significant pressure, taken under armed guard and held for a number of hours. The captain was accompanied by an armed guard ...

It was a very hostile and threatening environment."

Here's the full story:

In something of a financial morality tale, the EU has excluded 10 of the heaviest-hitting banks in the debt market from running lucrative bond sales as part of its EUR800bn recovery fund.

Why? Because historic breaches of antitrust rules - such as manipulating currency markets or taking part in a bond trading cartel - mean they have blotted their copybook with the Commission. So while these issues took place some time ago, and have been settled, these banks will miss out on some juicy fees if they're not seen as 'fit' to handle the work.

The FT has the story:

Brussels' biggest ever borrowing spree kicks off on Tuesday with the sale of a new 10-year bond to fund the NextGenerationEU programme under a so-called syndication, where a group of banks is paid to drum up demand from investors.

But 10, including big players such as JPMorgan, Citigroup, Bank of America and Barclays, have been told they cannot take part in these deals due to previous involvement in market-rigging scandals, according to people familiar with the matter.

Banks found to have breached EU competition rules "will not be invited to tender for individual syndicated transactions", said a spokesman for the European Commission, which handles debt issuance on behalf of the EU.

"The Commission implements a strict approach to ensuring that the entities with whom it works are fit to be a counterparty of the EU."

Banks found guilty of antitrust breaches will be required to show they have taken "remedial measures" to prevent them happening again before they will be allowed to bid for syndications, the spokesman added.

Tommy Stubbington (@TomStub)

EU freezes 10 banks out of bond sales over antitrust breaches https://t.co/HL2KtuTLQA via @financialtimes

June 15, 2021

US homebuilder confidence knocked by rising costs

More US data on the wires.. and this time, confidence among American homebuilders has fallen to a 10-month low.

Sentiment was knocked by rising costs and supply shortages, which may show the US housing market is cooling after a surge in prices in the last year. Here's the details, via CNBC.

  • Homebuilder sentiment dropped 2 points to 81 on the NAHB's monthly index, down from a recent record peak of 90 last November.
  • "Higher costs and declining availability for softwood lumber and other building materials pushed down builder sentiment in June," said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke.
  • Builder sentiment rose in the West but fell in all other regions, most sharply in the Northeast, but overall sentiment remains high in historical terms.

NAHB chairman Chuck Fowke, a homebuilder from Tampa, Florida, said rising costs were making houses less affordable:

"Higher costs and declining availability for softwood lumber and other building materials pushed down builder sentiment in June,"

"These higher costs have moved some new homes beyond the budget of prospective buyers, which has slowed the strong pace of home building."

Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders)

Unexpected downtick for June ?@NAHBhome? Homebuilder Confidence, to 81 vs.

83 est./prior month; present & future single family sales fell, along with prospective buyers traffic ... unavoidable increases for new home prices continuing to push buyers to sidelines pic.twitter.com/QnDuwqFm7y

June 15, 2021 CNBC (@CNBC)

Homebuilder sentiment drops to 10-month low, as construction costs drive prices higher https://t.co/XX0ctqmriv

June 15, 2021

Lumber prices, incidentally, have been falling steadily in the futures market since soaring dramatically earlier this year. With prices so steep, some people have been putting off new projects, while the temporary surge in demand that pushed prices up is fading.....

Dominic Chu (@TheDomino)

Yeah...I'd say Lumber futures have gotten a serious reality check...you could almost say that the sky-high prices for this commodity were "transitory" https://t.co/cCQMLnd4U8 pic.twitter.com/D057yu0gqO

June 15, 2021

Wall Street opens cautiously ahead of the Fed

After that flurry of economic data, the New York stock exchange has opened cautiously ahead of tomorrow's Federal Reserve decision.

Energy stocks are rallying, as crude oil prices hit their highest levels in over two years. But other stocks are more subdued, with retailers, and some banks and tech firms dipping.

So after opening at a record high, the S&P 500 index has slipped a little.

Investing.com (@Investingcom)

?BREAKING: *S&P 500 HITS NEW RECORD HIGH ? pic.twitter.com/muJyDKiKxT

June 15, 2021
  • Dow Jones industrial average: Down 121 points or 0.35% at 34,272 points
  • S&P 500: down 6 points or 0.15% at 4,248 points
  • Nasdaq Composite: down 27 points or 0.2% at 14,146 points

Chevron are leading the Dow risers, up 1.6%, followed by American Express (+0.6%), while JP Morgan (-1.5%) and DIY chain Home Depot (-1.1%) are leading the fallers.

US factory production has picked up, led by a recovery in car manufacturing.

Total industrial production increased 0.8% in May, new data from the Federal Reserve shows, following a downwardly revised 0.1% in April. Manufacturing production advanced 0.9 percent, led by a 6.7% gain in production of motor vehicles and parts -- after the computer chip shortage hammered output earlier this year.

The Fed says:

Overall vehicle assemblies jumped about 1 million units to 9.9 million units (annual rate); even so, they remained more than 1 million units below their average level in the second half of 2020, as production continued to be hampered by shortages of semiconductors

Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders)

Industrial production in May stronger at +0.8% vs. +0.7% est. & +0.1% in prior month (unfortunately rev down from +0.7%); factory production +0.9% vs. -0.1% prior; utilities +0.2% vs. +1.9% prior; mining +1.2% vs. -0.4% prior pic.twitter.com/CxlyIvl4Ny

June 15, 2021

US producer price inflation jumps to 6.6%

US producers kept hiking their prices in May, in another sign that inflationary pressures are building.

Producer prices rose by 6.6% per year in May, the largest increase since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began calculating 12-month data in November 2010.

Core PPI inflation (stripping out food, energy and trade services) climbed 5.3% - the highest since data began in August 2014. On a monthly basis, the producer price index rose 0.8%.

Goods inflation drove prices higher, up 1.5% in May while services prices rose 0.6%.

Prices of goods such as non-ferrous metals, meat, fuel, and motor vehicles increased in May. On the services side, the cost of automobile retailing, freight transport, clothing and footwear retailing, portfolio management and building materials supplies retailing all rose.

Firms are raising their prices following a jump in costs -- such as raw materials, transport and wages -- and in response to higher demand.

Neil Birrell, Premier Miton Chief Investment Officer, says this may put pressure on the Federal Reserve as it starts its two-day meeting today:

"US producer prices jumped much more than expected to 6.6% in May; this could put a bit of pressure on the Fed tomorrow in how they word their comments on inflation and the outlook for rates.

Meanwhile, retail sales missed expectations, showing a big drop over April, suggesting that the consumer recovery may not be as strong as thought, but this is only one data point in a strong recovery."

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How to get a free £10 voucher to spend on Amazon Prime Day 2021

Amazon Prime Day is almost upon us and while there's still one week to go until the main event - this year's deals will run from 21 June to 22 June - you don't need to wait to start saving money. Ahead of the two-day shopping bonanza, Amazon has launched a promotion that will not only help you save more when the event officially starts but also help out small businesses at the same time. We all know it's been a challenging year for start-ups, so Amazon has decided to lend them a helping hand.

From 7 June to 20 June, the online giant is offering any Prime members GBP10 credit to use on Prime Day, if they spend GBP10 or more on items sold by select UK small businesses. Shoppers can purchase from any small business sold through the retailer, including products from Amazon Handmade and Amazon Launchpad. It's also making it easier for customers to shop small by flagging those taking part with a "small business" banner, while Echo device owners in the UK can also say "Alexa, shop small business" to discover products eligible for the "spend GBP10, get GBP10 promotion".

More than 300,000 sellers are eligible for the promotion in 2021, which is more than twice as many as last year. Read more: To help curate your shopping list, we've gathered some of the small businesses participating in this deal, so you can get a head start on browsing.

Our IndyBest team hand-picks every deal we feature. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without bias. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

How can I take part?

Amazon Prime Day's discounts aren't on offer to everyone who visits the site. Instead, they are exclusively for those who have an Amazon Prime membership.

Membership costs GBP7.99 a month or GBP79 for a year, and subscribers are eligible for perks including same-day delivery, over 800,000 free ebooks and access to Prime Video and Amazon Music services. If you're already a Prime member, you will automatically get access to the deals, but if you're not yet and want to take advantage of the huge savings on offer, you can sign up for a 30-day trial anytime before the sale begins.

Small businesses to support

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Founder Katherine Swift strongly believes in the importance of antioxidants in our diets, and invested her own savings to create OMGTea.

Sourcing high-quality matcha from Kagoshima in Japan, all the products are organic and can be used in tea, smoothies, ice cream and milky coffees. Buy now

Tuck into a plant-based bag of crips or protein balls

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Based in Glasgow and founded by Tracey Hogarth, plant-based Nudie Snacks's mission is to produce snacks that are healthy and environmentally conscious.

Using wonky vegetables that would have been discarded, the brand makes tasty crisps and protein balls that make perfect mid-afternoon snacks. Having been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, its seen huge success, however during lockdown sales fell by 95 per cent, so Amazon has provided the company with a lifeline to continue selling to offices as well as directly to consumers. Buy now

Brighten up your beach bag with a colourful towel

Brighten up your beach bag with a colourful towel

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If you're heading on a staycation or looking to spruce up your bathroom, head to Dock and Bay, a towel brand that makes colourful designs in bold patterns.  It was founded in 2015 by Andy Jefferies and Ben Muller who grew tired of their 9 to 5 jobs, where they lived for their international holidays spent on the beach. So they created a beach towel that's compact, lightweight and resistant to sand and odours, that even promises to dry faster than a regular towel, making holidaying a breeze.

Buy now

If you're updating your interiors, but don't want to wait, Honeypot offers a speedy way to sofa shop

If you're updating your interiors, but don't want to wait, Honeypot offers a speedy way to sofa shop (Amazon)

This family-run furniture company is based out of Grantham and the core concept of the business is to do away with the middle man that usually comes when shopping for sofas and other bulky pieces. Instead of upwards of a 10-week wait for your order, it aims to deliver with just five days, and the brand guarantees installation.

With modern, timeless pieces, there's plenty of styles to shop, from a classic two seater to plush L-shaped designs. Buy now For the latest discounts on tech, home appliances and more, try the links below:

Read more on Amazon Prime Day 2021

Best Prime Day home appliance deals - We're expecting huge savings across big-name brands such as Shark, Dyson, Nespresso and Philips Best Prime Day tech deals - Whether it's a new phone, tablet, laptop or noise-cancelling headphones you'll find the best deal here

Best Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals - Calling all gamers: prepare for big discounts on the popular console and bundles Best Prime Day fashion and clothing deals - With prices slashed on dresses, jeans and more, it's time to get your re-entry outfit planned Best Prime Day kids' toys deals - find discounts on toys, gadgets and board games for kids of all ages

Best Prime Day TV deals - Update your at-home cinema experience without paying full price with our featured deals Best Prime Day gaming deals -Looking for a new console, or after a new controller or game? Here are the best deals for gamers

Best Prime Day fitness deals - From yoga mats to dumbbells, snap up these savings and upgrade your home workout Best Prime Day laptop deals - This year we expect big discounts on MacBooks, Microsoft Surface laptops and more Best Prime Day Apple deals - With rarely seen savings on the brand's products, it's the perfect time to invest in new tech

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How to get a free £10 voucher to spend on Amazon Prime Day 2021

Amazon Prime Day is almost upon us and while there's still one week to go until the main event - this year's deals will run from 21 June to 22 June - you don't need to wait to start saving money. Ahead of the two-day shopping bonanza, Amazon has launched a promotion that will not only help you save more when the event officially starts but also help out small businesses at the same time. We all know it's been a challenging year for start-ups, so Amazon has decided to lend them a helping hand.

From 7 June to 20 June, the online giant is offering any Prime members GBP10 credit to use on Prime Day, if they spend GBP10 or more on items sold by select UK small businesses. Shoppers can purchase from any small business sold through the retailer, including products from Amazon Handmade and Amazon Launchpad. It's also making it easier for customers to shop small by flagging those taking part with a "small business" banner, while Echo device owners in the UK can also say "Alexa, shop small business" to discover products eligible for the "spend GBP10, get GBP10 promotion".

More than 300,000 sellers are eligible for the promotion in 2021, which is more than twice as many as last year. Read more: To help curate your shopping list, we've gathered some of the small businesses participating in this deal, so you can get a head start on browsing.

Our IndyBest team hand-picks every deal we feature. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without bias. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

How can I take part?

Amazon Prime Day's discounts aren't on offer to everyone who visits the site. Instead, they are exclusively for those who have an Amazon Prime membership.

Membership costs GBP7.99 a month or GBP79 for a year, and subscribers are eligible for perks including same-day delivery, over 800,000 free ebooks and access to Prime Video and Amazon Music services. If you're already a Prime member, you will automatically get access to the deals, but if you're not yet and want to take advantage of the huge savings on offer, you can sign up for a 30-day trial anytime before the sale begins.

Small businesses to support

(Amazon)

Founder Katherine Swift strongly believes in the importance of antioxidants in our diets, and invested her own savings to create OMGTea.

Sourcing high-quality matcha from Kagoshima in Japan, all the products are organic and can be used in tea, smoothies, ice cream and milky coffees. Buy now

Tuck into a plant-based bag of crips or protein balls

Tuck into a plant-based bag of crips or protein balls (Nudie Snacks)

Based in Glasgow and founded by Tracey Hogarth, plant-based Nudie Snacks's mission is to produce snacks that are healthy and environmentally conscious.

Using wonky vegetables that would have been discarded, the brand makes tasty crisps and protein balls that make perfect mid-afternoon snacks. Having been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, its seen huge success, however during lockdown sales fell by 95 per cent, so Amazon has provided the company with a lifeline to continue selling to offices as well as directly to consumers. Buy now

Brighten up your beach bag with a colourful towel

Brighten up your beach bag with a colourful towel

(Amazon)

If you're heading on a staycation or looking to spruce up your bathroom, head to Dock and Bay, a towel brand that makes colourful designs in bold patterns.  It was founded in 2015 by Andy Jefferies and Ben Muller who grew tired of their 9 to 5 jobs, where they lived for their international holidays spent on the beach. So they created a beach towel that's compact, lightweight and resistant to sand and odours, that even promises to dry faster than a regular towel, making holidaying a breeze.

Buy now

If you're updating your interiors, but don't want to wait, Honeypot offers a speedy way to sofa shop

If you're updating your interiors, but don't want to wait, Honeypot offers a speedy way to sofa shop (Amazon)

This family-run furniture company is based out of Grantham and the core concept of the business is to do away with the middle man that usually comes when shopping for sofas and other bulky pieces. Instead of upwards of a 10-week wait for your order, it aims to deliver with just five days, and the brand guarantees installation.

With modern, timeless pieces, there's plenty of styles to shop, from a classic two seater to plush L-shaped designs. Buy now For the latest discounts on tech, home appliances and more, try the links below:

Read more on Amazon Prime Day 2021

Best Prime Day home appliance deals - We're expecting huge savings across big-name brands such as Shark, Dyson, Nespresso and Philips Best Prime Day tech deals - Whether it's a new phone, tablet, laptop or noise-cancelling headphones you'll find the best deal here

Best Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals - Calling all gamers: prepare for big discounts on the popular console and bundles Best Prime Day fashion and clothing deals - With prices slashed on dresses, jeans and more, it's time to get your re-entry outfit planned Best Prime Day kids' toys deals - find discounts on toys, gadgets and board games for kids of all ages

Best Prime Day TV deals - Update your at-home cinema experience without paying full price with our featured deals Best Prime Day gaming deals -Looking for a new console, or after a new controller or game? Here are the best deals for gamers

Best Prime Day fitness deals - From yoga mats to dumbbells, snap up these savings and upgrade your home workout Best Prime Day laptop deals - This year we expect big discounts on MacBooks, Microsoft Surface laptops and more Best Prime Day Apple deals - With rarely seen savings on the brand's products, it's the perfect time to invest in new tech

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Save £5 on this Teckin Smart Plug (four-pack). (Photo: Amazon)

Save £5 on this Teckin Smart Plug (four-pack). (Photo: Amazon)

Making things easy for yourself around the home is always a good thing.

It means more time for you and less time doing repetitive and boring tasks. Who wouldn't like to be able to flick off the lamp across the room without getting up from the couch, or turn on the coffeemaker while grabbing a few extra "snooze" minutes in bed? How to make this dream come true?

Smart plugs! And we found a great one. Right now you can score a four-pack of Teckin Wi-Fi Smart Plugs for £25, or £5 off with on-page coupon, at Amazon -- that breaks down to just £6.25 per plug -- ahead of Prime Day.

Shop it: Teckin Wi-Fi Smart Plug (four-pack), £25 with on-page coupon (was £30), amazon.com

Not only is this the all-time lowest price we've seen on this four-pack; these smart-home plugs have earned a five-star rating from more than 1,400 Amazon reviewers.

And of course, you'll get free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Not yet a member? We're going to make that easy for you too: Just sign up for a free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of £25 or more.)

This is how it works

Simply plug one of these smart plugs into a wall outlet, then plug in anything from a lamp or a TV to a coffeemaker.

Connect the plug to your Wi-Fi network and use your phone to sync to the Teckin Smart app (it works with Android phones and Apple iPhones too). And that's it. Now you can control just about anything in your home with your phone. 

This, the latest Teckin plug, also comes in an especially convenient shape, which shoppers love. "These oblong plugs are perfect," raved a delighted shopper. "I've been using the older round Teckin plugs for a few years now and they work great. But two of that old style don't fit side by side in a standard wall outlet. With this new shape they are wider and shorter, so two plugs do fit in a single outlet.

Now you can control two separate devices from one outlet without extra cords. Perfect!" Story continues

Save £5 — control appliances from any room in the house with just your phone. (Photo: Amazon)

Save £5 -- control appliances from any room in the house with just your phone. (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: Teckin Wi-Fi Smart Plug (four-pack), £25 with on-page coupon (was £30), amazon.com

Better than Wemo and TP-Link

There are, of course, other smart-home plugs on the market, like the Wemo Mini Smart Plug and TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug.

But Amazon shoppers seem to prefer the Teckin Smart Plug more, especially because of its no-brainer app. "I am just amazed how simple these were to set up. All four up and working in less than 10 minutes! And their app is even better than Wemo or TP-Link.

These are everything they say and super- simple to use," shared another five-star reviewer.

Bottom line

At £25 with on-page coupon (was £30), these Teckin Smart Home Plugs are the lowest you're likely to find them. Oh, and they also work with the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants, raising the question: Seriously, could these make your life any easier? 

Shop it: Teckin Wi-Fi Smart Plug (four-pack), £25 with on-page coupon (was £30), amazon.com

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Fortunes of UK online billionaires soar by a FIFTH during lockdown

Fortunes of UK online billionaires soar by a FIFTH during lockdown: Sunday Times Rich List reveals record 171 billionaires in Britain despite lockdown as Sir Leonard Blavatnik comes out top with GBP23bn wealth

  • Warner Music's Sir Leonard Blavatnik topped the Rich List with a GBP23bn fortune
  • UK billionaires saw their fortunes soar from GBP106.5billion to GBP597.2billion in 2021
  • Losses noted for Philip Green, Duke of Westminster and Andrew Lloyd Webber

By Faith Ridler For Mailonline

Published: 10:27, 21 May 2021 | Updated: 11:37, 21 May 2021

A record 171 billionaires in the UK saw their fortunes soar by more than a fifth as they shook off the financial toll of the pandemic, the Sunday Times Rich List reveals. 

Ukrainian-born Sir Leonard Blavatnik, 63, has topped the Rich List for the second time with his GBP23billion fortune following a GBP7.219billion leap in his wealth.

Overall, the number of UK-based billionaires has jumped by 24 per cent compared to 2020 in a stark contrast with the economic turmoil of a global crisis which saw millions enter furlough.  

But this had little impact on the very wealthiest, with the fortunes of billionaires increasing by 21.7 per cent over the year - from GBP106.5 billion to GBP597.2 billion.   

Blavatnik, 63, saw his personal wealth leap by GBP7.219billion, placing him at the top of the Rich List for the second time since 2015 - when he was worth GBP13.17billion.

Ukrainian-born Sir Leonard Blavatnik (above) has topped the Sunday Times Rich List for the second time with his GBP23billion fortune

Ukrainian-born Sir Leonard Blavatnik (above) has topped the Sunday Times Rich List for the second time with his GBP23billion fortune

Pictured: Simon Reuben (L) and David Reuben Pictured: Sri Hinduja (L) and Gopi Hinduja

In second and third place were David and Simon Reuben (left) Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family

Who are the top 10 richest people in the UK in 2021? 

These are the 10 richest people in the country according to the rich list:  

  1. Sir Leonard Blavatnik - GBP23 billion
  2. David and Simon Reuben - GBP21.46 billion
  3. Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family - GBP17 billion
  4. Sir James Dyson and family - GBP16.3 billion
  5. Lakshmi Mittal and family - GBP14.68 billion
  6. Alisher Usmanov - GBP13.4 billion
  7. Kirsten and Jorn Rausing - GBP13 billion
  8. Roman Abramovich - GBP12.1 billion
  9. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho - GBP12.01 billion
  10. Guy, George, Alannah and Galen Weston and family - GBP11 billion
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The Ukrainian-born businessman made his fortune in the music industry, having cashed in a GBP1.377billion stake in Warner Music when it listed in the US last year.  

Despite his wealth, Blavatnik is understood to have furloughed a member of staff at the global sports subscription service DAZN during the pandemic. 

He took the title of UK's richest man from Sir James Dyson, who slipped back to fourth in the table after his wealth only increased by GBP100million to GBP16.3billion.

The electricals entrepreneur was also beaten by property investors David and Simon Reuben, who reached the second spot after their wealth increased by GBP5.46billion to GBP21.46billion.

Meanwhile, Sri and Gopi Hinduja, who run the Mumbai-based conglomerate Hinduja Group, saw their fortune rise by GBP1billion to clinch the third spot.

Other notable billionaires to feature in the top 10 include Alisher Usmanov, who saw his wealth rise by GBP1.7billion after selling his 30 per cent stake in Arsenal football club.

Chelsea owner and fellow Russian Roman Abramovich also saw his fortune climb, rising by GBP1.9 billion to GBP12.1 billion for the year.

Further down the list, fashion magnate Sir Philip Green saw his fortune drop by GBP20million to GBP910million after his Arcadia fashion empire collapsed into administration in November.

Blavatnik took the title of UK's richest man from Sir James Dyson (above), who slipped back to fourth in the table after his wealth only increased by GBP100million to GBP16.3billion

Blavatnik took the title of UK's richest man from Sir James Dyson (above), who slipped back to fourth in the table after his wealth only increased by GBP100million to GBP16.3billion

Pictured: Alisher Usmanov Pictured: Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal (right) and family have a fortune of GBP14.68 billion, while Russian Alisher Usmanov (left) trails slightly behind with GBP13.4 billion

Retailer Anders Povlsen tops Rich List in Scotland 

Scotland's wealthiest people saw their fortunes soar over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List.

Danish retailer Anders Povlsen was named the richest person in Scotland in the latest study, increasing his wealth by GBP1.27 billion to GBP6 billion.

He is named as one of 10 billionaires in the Scottish rich list.

Mr Povlsen, who owns more land in the UK than the Queen and the Church of Scotland combined, increased his fortune chiefly off the back of his retail empire, according to the study.

He has a 25 per cent stake in the online fashion giant Asos - which recently acquired the Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge brands - with the bulk of his wealth stemming from the Denmark-based fashion retailer Bestseller.

Lockdown has also proved lucrative for Glenn Gordon and family, owners of the Willian Grant & Sons whisky business.

The family have registered gains of GBP409 million in the past year to lift them to GBP3.595 billion.

John Shaw and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw lifted their wealth to just under GBP3 billion.

Glaswegian Mr Shaw and his wife own a 60 per cent stake in Biocon, an India-based pharmaceuticals business.

Only five of the top 14 spots on the Scottish list failed to increase their fortune.

The Thomson family are listed in seventh at GBP1.271 billion, down GBP136 million and Trond Mohn and Marit Mohn Westlake and family are in eighth at GBP1.259 billion, down GBP66 million.

Jim McColl is 10th at GBP1 billion, no change on last year; Lord Laidlaw is 12th at GBP787 million, no change; and Sir Brian Souter and Dame Ann Gloag are 14th at GBP650 million, down GBP80 million. 

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The fall of the Group, which included Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins, was one of the most significant losses noted on the High Street during the Covid crisis. 

Three of the brands were ultimately sold to Boohoo, but thousands of jobs were placed at risk as the retailers prepared to move online.   

Others who saw their wealth sink over the past year include the Duke of Westminster, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Cameron Mackintosh.  

The Duke, who owns the lucrative Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, London, saw his personal wealth drop by GBP241million. 

However, he did manage to remain in the top spot of the Sunday Times Young Rich List - for those 30 and under - with a fortune of GBP10billion.

He slipped two places to 12th on the main Rich List.

Lockdowns also had an impact on those who make their money on the West End, with Andrew Lloyd Webber's fortune falling by GBP275million.

This meant his total net worth dropped by 34 per cent to GBP525million ahead of theatres finally reopening this month.

The British composer is set to open his latest musical, Cinderella, at the Gillian Lynne Theatre next month. He did not feature on the main Rich List for 2021. 

Les Miserables producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh also saw his wealth shrink amid the pandemic, with his net worth falling GBP40million to GBP1.2billion.

He did, however, manage to remain in the top 250. Sir Cameron is placed at 138.

Musician Adele, 33, is another whose wealth took a hit, dropping by GBP20million to GBP130million amid her divorce from charity CEO Simon Konecki.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who topped the list in 2018, also saw a significant drop in his personal fortune, with the Rich List noting a loss of GBP5.82billion since 2020.

The CEO of the Ineos chemicals group fell 20 places on the List in 2021.     

Robert Watts, compiler of the rich list, said: 'The global pandemic created lucrative opportunities for many online retailers, social networking apps and computer games tycoons.

'The fact many of the super-rich grew so much wealthier at a time when thousands of us have buried loved ones and millions of us worried for our livelihoods makes this a very unsettling boom.' 

Only around one in five of the Rich List's top 250 are women, with 19 of the 53 who appear featuring as half of a married couple. 

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho (above) are in 9th place with a fortune of GBP12.01 billion

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho (above) are in 9th place with a fortune of GBP12.01 billion

Guy, George, Alannah and Galen Weston and family have a fortune of GBP11 billion

Guy, George, Alannah and Galen Weston and family have a fortune of GBP11 billion

Chelsea owner and fellow Russian Roman Abramovich also saw his fortune climb, rising by GBP1.9 billion to GBP12.1 billion for the year

Chelsea owner and fellow Russian Roman Abramovich also saw his fortune climb, rising by GBP1.9 billion to GBP12.1 billion for the year

Covid's biggest losers: Who saw their fortunes shrink in 2021? 

Fashion magnate Sir Philip Green saw his fortune drop by GBP20million to GBP910million after his Arcadia fashion empire collapsed into administration in November. 

Others who saw their wealth sink over the past year include the Duke of Westminster, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Cameron Mackintosh.  

The Duke, who owns the lucrative Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, London, saw his personal wealth drop by GBP241million. 

However, he did manage to remain in the top spot of the Sunday Times Young Rich List - for those 30 and under - with a fortune of GBP10billion.

He slipped two places to 12th on the main Rich List.

Lockdowns also had an impact on those who make their money on the West End, with Andrew Lloyd Webber's fortune falling by GBP275million.

This meant his total net worth dropped by 34 per cent to GBP525million ahead of theatres finally reopening this month.

The British composer is set to open his latest musical, Cinderella, at the Gillian Lynne Theatre next month.

He did not feature on the main Rich List for 2021. 

Les Miserables producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh also saw his wealth impacted by the pandemic,  with his net worth falling GBP40million to GBP1.2billion.

He did, however, manage to remain in the top 250.

Sir Cameron is placed at 138.

Musician Adele, 33, is another whose wealth took a hit, dropping by GBP20million to GBP130million amid her divorce from charity CEO Simon Konecki.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who topped the list in 2018, also saw a significant drop in his personal fortune, with the Rich List noting a loss of GBP5.82billion since 2020.

The CEO of the Ineos chemicals group fell 20 places on the List in 2021.     

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Another 27 inherited at least some of their wealth.

Elsewhere, the wealth of some of Britain's most established musicians has also jumped, with Sir Mick Jagger, 77, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, now worth GBP310 million.   

Sir Elton John's personal fortune rose by GBP15 million to GBP375 million, despite the lack of live music performances permitted during the Covid crisis.

But it was Sir Paul McCartney, 78, who topped the list of music millionaires with an estimated net worth of GBP820million, up GBP20million.

He was the only musician to make the main Rich List, sitting in 196th place.   

At the other side of the spectrum, England football star Marcus Rashford has topped the Sunday Times Giving List in a record-breaking year for donations.

Rashford, 23, has also appeared on the Young Rich List for the first time with a fortune of GBP16million.

The likes of One Direction stars Zayn Malik, 28, and Louis Tomlinson, 29, were also featured for their GBP36million and GBP45million fortunes respectively. 

Danish retailer Anders Povlsen was named the richest person in Scotland in the latest study, increasing his wealth by GBP1.27billion to GBP6billion.

He is named as one of 10 billionaires in the Scottish rich list.

Mr Povlsen, who owns more land in the UK than the Queen and the Church of Scotland combined, increased his fortune chiefly off the back of his retail empire, according to the study.

He has a 25 per cent stake in the online fashion giant Asos - which recently acquired the Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge brands - with the bulk of his wealth stemming from the Denmark-based fashion retailer Bestseller.

Lockdown has also proved lucrative for Glenn Gordon and family, owners of the Willian Grant & Sons whisky business.

The family have registered gains of GBP409million in the past year to lift them to GBP3.595 billion.

John Shaw and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw lifted their wealth to just under GBP3billion.

Glaswegian Mr Shaw and his wife own a 60 per cent stake in Biocon, an India-based pharmaceuticals business.

Only five of the top 14 spots on the Scottish list failed to increase their fortune.

The Thomson family are listed in seventh at GBP1.271 billion, down GBP136 million and Trond Mohn and Marit Mohn Westlake and family are in eighth at GBP1.259 billion, down GBP66 million.

Jim McColl is 10th at GBP1 billion, no change on last year; Lord Laidlaw is 12th at GBP787 million, no change; and Sir Brian Souter and Dame Ann Gloag are 14th at GBP650 million, down GBP80 million. 

The Duke of Westminster, who owns the lucrative Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, London, saw his personal wealth drop by GBP241million

The Duke of Westminster, who owns the lucrative Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, London, saw his personal wealth drop by GBP241million

Those who saw their wealth sink over the past year include the Duke of Westminster, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (above) and Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Those who saw their wealth sink over the past year include the Duke of Westminster, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (above) and Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Musician Adele, 33, is another whose wealth took a hit, dropping by GBP20million to GBP130million amid her divorce from charity CEO Simon Konecki

Musician Adele, 33, is another whose wealth took a hit, dropping by GBP20million to GBP130million amid her divorce from charity CEO Simon Konecki

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 23, tops Sunday Times Giving List after raising GBP20million in donations from supermarkets 

Marcus Rashford (above) has topped the Sunday Times Giving List

Marcus Rashford (above) has topped the Sunday Times Giving List

England football star Marcus Rashford has topped the Sunday Times Giving List in a record-breaking year for donations.

The Manchester United striker, with a personal worth of GBP16million, has become the youngest person to top the philanthropy list by raising GBP20million in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling child food poverty in the UK.

For the first time, total donations on the list exceeded GBP4billion, with a 36 per cent rise on the previous year's GBP3.2billion taking the 2020 total to more than GBP4.3billion.

Along with helping charity FareShare distribute four million meals to vulnerable children during the pandemic, Rashford, 23, also forced a series of Government U-turns over free school meals.

The Prime Minister retracted his vow not to extend the voucher system into the summer holidays on June 16, two days after Rashford called on his Cabinet to reconsider the decision in an open letter.

In October, he launched a petition urging the Government to again extend free school meals through the half-term and Christmas holidays, eventually pressuring ministers into providing GBP170million of extra funding.

Rashford, who received free school meals himself, was made an MBE in the delayed 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

He has since called for an urgent review of the free school meals system.

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, said: 'We are delighted he's been honoured in this way.

Marcus's support for FareShare over the last year - and his commitment to tackling child hunger - has simply been incredible.

'His own experience of relying on free school meals to eat brings authenticity and compassion to his campaigning, and his status as a Premier League footballer means people and politicians sit up and take notice.'

Rashford features on the list alongside fellow footballer, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who ranked sixth after raising GBP4 million for the NHS from fellow Premier League footballers through the GBPPlayersTogether appeal.

The Manchester United striker, with a personal worth of GBP16million, has become the youngest person to top the philanthropy list by raising GBP20million in donations

The Manchester United striker, with a personal worth of GBP16million, has become the youngest person to top the philanthropy list by raising GBP20million in donations

The Sainsbury family ranked second in the list, as serial benefactors through a network of trusts which generated just under GBP230million for charities.

Jonathan Ruffer, whose Auckland Project is leading the regeneration of the former County Durham mining town, was third with GBP62million gifted in 2020.

The Sunday Times ranking sets the sums donated or raised for charity against the Rich List wealth valuation for those individuals or families.

Coronavirus has fuelled the giving spree, and the Giving List recorded nine donations of more than GBP100million and 71 gave at least GBP10million - up from 42.

Some GBP520million of donations covered pandemic-related causes, including PPE, community support and helping to plug the cumulative GBP10billion funding gap in the finances of charities around the country.

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Lose Your Job During COVID? The FCC May Have a Broadband Discount for You

(Credit: FCC)

If you lost your job during the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive a £50-per-month discount on your broadband plan.  On Thursday, the FCC announced it's opening enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12. Sign-ups will be available on Getemergencybroadband.org or through an approved provider under the Lifeline program. 

"In less than two weeks, we will have a new way for disconnected Americans to access the internet to carry out their day-to-day life, so they can reach the virtual classroom, take advantage of telehealth, and seek new employment opportunities," said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. The subsidies will come from a £3.2 billion program Congress passed last year to help low-income consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits include:

  • Up to a £50-per-month discount on your home internet service and associated equipment rentals.

    The discount can also be applied to bundles that include voice and texting. However, the subsidy can only be applied to an approved internet provider.  

  • Up to a £75-per-month discount on an internet plan if your household is on federally recognized Tribal lands.
  • A one-time discount of up to £100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop PC at a participating provider. But you'll need to pay at least £10 to £49 toward the computer you choose.

    Smartphones are not included. 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is open to households already signed up for an existing low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband provider. This includes people enrolled in the federally sponsored Lifeline program or on Medicaid. 

eligibility for the programCredit: FCC

People who also lost a job or were furloughed during the pandemic starting on Feb.

29, 2020 can also apply. However, their household income during 2020 must have fallen below £99,000 for single filers and £198,000 for joint filers.

If you've been approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or a school breakfast program, you can also receive the discounts. The FCC's website has more information on eligibility. The broadband and computer discounts won't be handed out directly to consumers, though.

Instead, the FCC is distributing the subsidies to the providers as reimbursements, which will then be applied to your total bill. 

The other restriction is how only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. "The program will end once the program funds are exhausted, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the pandemic, whichever comes first," the FCC says. 

The Getemergencybroadband.org website and the FCC's FAQ has more details on the program.

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Psst…Amazon has a secret coupon page, and it's full of hidden deals

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Breathe better, weigh better, hear better, and save better with Amazon coupons. (Photo: Amazon)

Breathe better, weigh better, hear better, and save better with Amazon coupons. (Photo: Amazon)

Love to coupon?

While super-savvy shoppers can turn saving a few bucks (or more) at their favorite store into an art form, it's generally a pretty straightforward pursuit. Online, though, it's a little trickier. Still, you don't have to install any extra software extensions or peruse pages of codes that might not even work in order to glom some good deals--not when Amazon has a secret page full of coupons you can use right now.

What it is

It's pretty simple.

Like your good 'ol clipped newspaper coupons, Amazon offers up various discounts on things like tools, pet supplies, electronics and fashion. Once you "clip" the coupon of your choice, it's automatically added to your cart, and the discount is applied once you check out. And just like that, you've saved some money without giving away a ton of your time.

How it works

You can find Amazon's coupon page by clicking on the Today's Deals section that's found right under the homepage search bar.

Once you land on the deals page, the coupon section can be found on the top left, right under where your delivery location is typically shown. (Coupon categories can be found on the left sidebar.) Once you find something of your liking, simply press "Click Coupon." The discount is automatically saved to your cart, but you won't see it reflected in the price until you check out, so don't freak if the full price is still displayed. To make sure the coupon will be applied, view the item and check under the price. The amount to be saved should be right under the total cost.

After that, all you have to do is pay, pat yourself on the back and wait for your (now-discounted) delivery!

Tips and tricks

  • Just because you clip a coupon doesn't mean you have to immediately buy the product. You can save your coupons and apply them when you decide to close the deal on the item, so don't stress out about how much time you're spending browsing the page; your coupons will be there waiting for you at checkout.

  • If you're searching for a particular brand, you can type the name into the search bar to view all of the related savings.

  • The "Sort By" drop-down menu on the right-hand side can help you find the biggest deals, expiration dates and the most popular items--all great things to note while browsing.

  • Above the list of categories on the left side of the page, there's an option that allows you to view all of the coupons clipped, which can help you compare discounts and rates easily.

  • If you have Amazon Prime, you'll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member?

    Well, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here. (And, of course, even those without Prime get free shipping on orders of £25 or more.)

Things to remember

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  • Coupons are only eligible for one item, which means if you buy six packs of toilet paper, only one pack will receive the discount shown on the coupon.

  • New coupon offers are constantly added, so check the page regularly for up-to-date savings.

  • There is an expiration date on Amazon coupons, so if you find something you want, buy it!

  • If you return an item bought with a coupon, the amount you saved might be subtracted from the return credit.

  • There's an option to share a coupon on social media or via email, so if you find a discount your friend will love, send it their way (it won't take away from your ability to use the same one).

Below, the full selection of coupons you can scope out at Amazon, as well as our picks for can't-miss deals going on right now.

Let's clear the air with this secret sale! (Photo: Amazon)

Let's clear the air with this secret sale! (Photo: Amazon)

This Levoit Air Purifier is super easy to use -- just push its single button for power and speed and you're all set. It features a multi-layer cleaning system with a True HEPA Filter, so it can remove up to 99.97 percent of allergens, pollen, dust mites, mold and more in your home. It's ideal for spaces up to 215 square-feet.

"The Levoit Air Purifier basically saved my life," shared a delighted five-star reviewer. "I was tested to be very allergic to dust mites. This air purifier works magically and keeps the air clean in my room. It has a touch screen for multiple functions--I love the night function.

It is so quiet that I don't even notice it's on. Highly recommended for people like me." Shop it: Levoit Air Purifier, £90 with on-page coupon (was £100), amazon.com

Ounces and pounds and grams, oh my!
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Ounces and pounds and grams, oh my! You can count on this kitchen scale. (Photo: Amazon)

The Etekcity Food Kitchen Scale is snazzy enough to dress up a countertop, but compact and thin enough to be easily tucked into a drawer or cabinet, or taken on the road. 

So much for the style--how 'bout some substance? Well, choose your metric, and the Etekcity has got your covered. It can handle pounds, ounces, grams, milliliters, even fluid ounces.

And check it out: Simply press the "tare" button to deduct the weight of any bowl or plate you choose to use, giving you the truest of true readings. And the auto-off function means you don't have to press a button using fingers covered in flour, condiments, or other kitchen schmutz. "...If you cook and bake a lot like we do, this scale helps achieve an accurate measurement," raved a savvy Amazon shopper. "It's super convenient when a recipe calls for an ingredient in grams and you don't have the tools to measure, this scale is simple to use and accurate..."

Shop it: Etekcity Food Kitchen Scale, £12 with on-page coupon (was £14), amazon.com

We smiled when we saw this secret sale...and looked better doing it after. (Photo: Amazon)

We smiled when we saw this secret sale...and looked better doing it after. (Photo: Amazon)

Hey, wine and coffee drinkers: Want to brighten up your besmirched smile? Amazon's here to help with a secret coupon for the AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Kit--it's on sale for £39, or £21 with on-page coupon. Its secret?

The AuraGlow mouthpiece employs an LED accelerator light that hastens the work of the whitening gel (included)--most reviewers say they started seeing results after three treatments daily 30-minute treatments. They say that years of coffee, tea, wine, and soda pop drinking are no match for the AuraGlow.  In fact, some sensitive-teethed shoppers prefer the AuraGlow kit to Crest White Strips. "I usually have problems with the white strips because I can only handle using them every third day or so.

I am able to use this kit daily with no problem," reported one happy camper. Shop it: AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Kit, £39 with on-page coupon (was £60), amazon.com

Ear buds? There, buds!
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Ear buds?

There, buds! Onsale with a not-so-secret Amazon coupon. (Photo: Amazon)

What is making Amazon shoppers fall in love with these ToZo T10 Wireless Earbuds, you ask? The audio quality, duh, thanks to large 8mm speaker drivers that produce powerful, crystal-clear sound and deep, soulful bass.

Trust us: These earbuds sound better than the ones that came with your phone. "I was immediately impressed with the sound quality as it was better than the wired earphones that came with my Samsung Galaxy S9. With my previous earphones, I would have a hard time hearing the majority of audio even at maximum volume," wrote a five-star Amazon reviewer

Their carrying case is also their wireless charging case, which provides 14 hours of crystal clear audio. Score a pair for more than half off with on-page coupon at Amazon. (Discount available for black and white versions.) Shop it: ToZo T10 Wireless Earbuds, £24 with on-page coupon (was £50), amazon.com

Grab some big coupon savings, then take one of these tablets and call us in the morning. (Photo: Amazon)

Grab some big coupon savings, then take one of these tablets and call us in the morning. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for £117 with on-page coupon (down from £160), the Vankyo MatrixPad S20 is one of the best wallet-friendly Android tablets out there, thanks to its lightweight and compact design, impressive 10-inch display and 3GB of memory paired with 32GB of on-board storage, which is expandable up to an impressive 128GB with a microSD card.

Now, that's something you can't do with the Apple iPad. "...And all I can say is wow! As a former iPad user, I must say how nice it is to get to a tablet that does exactly what I want it to do," raved a satisfied Amazon shopper. "This Vankyo tablet is fast, has a great battery life and is super responsive to the touch.

I use this both as a device for composing and writing, and also with a teleprompter app for delivering speeches and messages. It really suits my needs and is an incredible value for the money..." Shop it: Vankyo MatrixPad S20 10-inch Tablet, £117 with on-page coupon (was £160), amazon.com

These boots are made for transforming. (Photo: Amazon)

These boots are made for transforming. (Photo: Amazon)

It's two, two, two boots in one!

Try it mid-rise or with the shaft folded over to show off the faux fur inside. They're mega-comfy, available in a slew of colors and stylish to boot (sorry...couldn't resist).  "These boots are very comfortable," one shopper shared. "I like the chunky mid heel.

The zipper makes these an easy on and off boot...They are versatile enough to pair well with jeans, leggings, or a skirt." Shop it: Megnya Winter Boots, £20 with on-page coupon (was £40), amazon.com

Is it good for your doggie? C'mon...it's got

Is it good for your doggie? C'mon...it's got "Science" and "Diet" right in its name! (Photo: Amazon)

These delicious nuggets, designed for the mature pooch in your home, smell and taste just like chicken with brown rice and barley. Science Diet from Hills, a longtime leader in the quality-dog-food field, is made entirely in the USA with farm-raised cluckers as the main ingredient.  "I chose this food because, at 14 years old, my dog was beginning to suffer some agility issues," shared a very happy pet-owner. "My neighbor, a vet, suggested I use a senior dog food for him with a mobility nutritional component.

In the six months I've had my dog on this, he is much more willing to go up and down stairs, sometimes even volunteering the effort! " Shop it: Hill's Science Diet Dry Dog Food, 30-pound bag, £51 with on-page coupon (was £68), amazon.com

LilyAna's cream is Retin-all you need for healthy skin. (Photo: Amazon)

LilyAna's cream is Retin-all you need for healthy skin. (Photo: Amazon)

Who among us couldn't use a little rejuvenation and nourishment? You're careful to eat right, aren't you?

How 'bout some healthy, loving food for your weather-beaten, age-challenged skin? This top-rated retinol cream from LilyAna boasts a lightweight feel, plus it's a pro at reducing signs of aging, acne scarring, and evening out skin tone. "Let me first say I'm a very picky retinol user," one shopper shared. "I usually use a high-end organic product (aka: Origins) but thought I'd give this one a whirl, given the reviews.

I'm a tried and proven convert now. I love this product. It is so luxurious, never causes burning, peeling or redness.

Truthfully, I think this is best retinol cream I've ever used." Shop it: LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream for Face, £20 with on-page coupon (was £30), amazon.com The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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