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Shopping via the internet has by far overtaken the high street in terms of where consumers buy their products; UK shoppers spent £91 billion online in 2013, and though this may be less than the overall £300.7 billion size of the UK retail market, it is definitely not a figure to balk at. Online shopping is often far cheaper than the high street, though with all that sterling flying around cyberspace, what are the best ways you can save more money by shopping online? Here’s our top picks.
Automatons generally get a bad rap in our society; apocalyptic visions of artificial intelligence gone rogue, overthrowing humanity; robots don’t all conform to this stereotype, however. Shopping robots (shopbots) are programmes that go through internet retailers’ inventories and prices to find you the best deal. There are loads too, and a quick search on your favourite search engine can produce a vast number of results.
Take Advantage of Your Online Rights
It’s strange to think that, through buying from online retailers, one is actually covered by more consumer rights than would be afforded to one if they’d bought a product on the high street. Buying in-store gives you no right of return unless the product is faulty, compared to online where, under the distance selling regulations, you have the right to return even fault-less goods for a full refund, including delivery costs (though you may have to pay to send it back). Know your rights!
Find Those Discounts!
High street shops often have their own online outlet stores, and one can find plenty of huge discounts through money saving expert’s outlet discount finder. Online shops such as Bedstar also offer plenty of discounted products, and, again, a quick search can find plenty of stores that offer purely discounted items; doing one’s research can save plenty of pounds! Sites like HotUKDeals also offer a surplus of different discount codes and offers; when you get to the checkout of any online store and are presented with the ‘enter discount code’ field, search the name of the site plus the word ‘deals’ and, more often than not, you’ll get money off your purchase. Easy!
Taking advantage of the decidedly social apps that include Groupon and Social Living can save you lots of money. These apps, aimed at the saver on the fly, can afford many discounts at businesses that usually wouldn’t have discounts on offer; think restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas, travel operators and even spas! Facebook exclusive offers are also coming thick and fast these days, so keep an eye out on the pages of your favourite products and retailers to find those hidden deals!
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One of my husbands friends has a daughter that I have only just go to meet, she’s four years old and she really is adorable. I am not a huge fan of kids, not having any myself and never have been an aunt they are somewhat foriegn to me and I tend to find myself annoyed at them getting in the way rather than enjoying their company – God that makes me sound awful doesn’t it? But I am sure I am not alone.
This little girl really is a treat though, she’s really grown up and smart and doesn’t miss a trick – you can’t talk down to her or try and trick her.
She absolutely loves Dora so I have been keeping an eye out for offers and deals for anything to do with Dora, I am going to be flavour of the month when I pass on the link to diego and dora games that I just found and that is with both herself and her parents as it is bound to provide her with endless hours of fun throughout the remainder of the school holidays thus freeing up more time for them to relax and do their own thing – her dad for example is absolutely mad about Call of Duty and her mum loves to ride horses.
She also loves any kind of girlie things, if it’s pink she loves it and she likes doing beauty and makeup, she is probably better at it me and always asks if we can play nail polish games and graffiti games at dressica.com when I go round to visit and let our dogs have a pupppy play date
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By now you will no doubt already use sites like TopCashBack and Quidco to earn cashback on your online purchases – but did you know that both have recently launched ways you can earn a little extra on your instore purchases as well?
Each week a number of special offers will appear such as “Buy any 1lt bottle of Troicana and get 50p cashback”, you make your purchase in your favourite supermarket such as Tesco, Sainsbrys or Asda and then you send them a picture of your til receipt.
It really is a simple and easy process but be sure you read the instructions and requirements fully – I bought a slighly bigger size of something than an offer on Quidco was for and the cashback was declined.
The best thing about ClickSnap and SnapandSave though is that there are some genuinely great offers each week that can see you getting products for free or even making a profit. Last week Quidco were offering £5 cashback on a 400g box of Ferrero Rocher which were priced at £5 in Tesco so effecively free. Topcashback had an offer for £2 off a £10 spend on fuel. This week they Quidco offering £2 cashback on a 700g bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup which is priced at £2 in most of the supermarkets this week.
So make sure you check the weekly deals from both these new services from the cashback big boys and save even more
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++ 25% off ladies/gents shoes + 20% off (ends at midnight) at Boohoo
Use codes “HAPPYFEET” for 25% of footwear and then “PAYPALXMAS20” for 20% off.
++ 50% off Vans at Selfridges
++ 25% off Bank Fashion
Use code: BANKGRAZIA
++ Amazon Black Friday week starts MONDAY
++ Reeces White Butter cup miniatures 131g 83p at Asda
++ £10 plants for 10p at Homebase
VERY limited stock so don’t get excited! But you might get lucky
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I have been spoilt when it comes to the worktops in our kitchen as they are a very stylish and high quality black granite that look gorgeous but also wear really well – and I didn’t even have to pay for them, they were already there when we moved in
When I go to my parents house to stay over now and I need to use the kitchens I am always nervous about marking the surfaces which are no where near as good as ours. I have already burnt one patch by putting a hot pan straight down on it and the last time I was there I put a big knife mark right in the middle when I midlessly chopped an onion in half without using a chopping board – something that I would do at home on my surfaces in the kitchen without problem. To say that my dad was not impressed with me would be an understatement.
Should I ever need to do a search for “granite worktops Buckinghamshire” I am sure that TheGraniteHouse.co.uk will be the site that comes the most highly recommended as I know several people who have used them already and have nothing but priase for the service, quality and price.
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It’s not something most people would think of but you can earn a nice little bit of extra pocket money by simply using or sharing your skills with others.
My fiance earns a little extra cash using two of his skills – he fixes computers for people and he coaches others at snooker, a game he is very good at himself and has been playing since he was a child. He doesn’t do the coaching too often though as he is not a very patient man and he says that it stresses him out more than anything – given that mostly he teaches children to play and you need a lot of patience to work with them I can see why he doesn’t feel it’s exactly right for him
But if you do have the patience to teach children than it can be very rewarding to help them get in to sports and see them grow.
Another great way to help kids get into various sports though is to let them play computer games – it teaches them the rules of the game and the basic idea behind them so that when they do go out and play the real thing as they will no doubt be encouraged to do, they have a good understanding of what they are doing and are less of a ‘newbie’ than they could be.
If you were looking to get into soccer for example you could test your feet skills on various games or even add more fun and play with the looney tunes characters.
If you are lucky enough to live in a country with a big winter sports scene then there are many ways have fun with virtual ice games online to get the ball rolling – so to speak – the possibilities really are endless.
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Date: Tuesday 12th March 2013
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When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he’s always been after.
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I am sure there’s not a woman on the planet who wants to turn 30. And since I turned 30 I am convinced I’ve got old over night. I see things now that probably aren’t really there – like looser skin, wrinkles on my forehead, grey hairs etc.
Also every time I get an ache or pain I blame my age. When I get into bed at night I moan and groan in pleasure like I am 100 because I get to rest my aching and tired bones. What I would really love is a memory foam mattress some of my friends had, I have heard about memory foam mattresses before of course but having never used one I didn’t really understand the appeal or why someone would pay extra for one – that all changed after I stayed over at my friends recently, my word those things are divine!
Unfortunately a full memory foam mattress isn’t on the cards right now as we have no spare pennies to afford such luxuries. But you can apparently get mattress toppers which are thinner (and cheaper) versions that sit on top of your existing mattress and offer a similar effect.
Mattress topper shopping here we come – these old bones of mine will be very grateful
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I’m very much interested in my own health and well being and a lot of people feel the same way, espcially in Januray after perhaps over indulging a little over the Christmas period. Eating whole foods, plant based diet does wonders for the human body, significantly reducing the risk of myriad diseases, promoting optimal internal system health, helping to maintain a healthy body weight and much more.
I also discourage pharmaceuticals when and wherever possible, as there are many plant based alternatives that can be very effective in countering certain health problems.
With that in mind, I find the Nopalea wellness drink quite interesting.
According to the manufacturer (TriVita, Inc):
Nopalea is a tasty wellness drink sourced from the fruit of the Nopal cactus (Opuntia Ficus Indica). The healing properties of the Nopal cactus have been relied on for centuries by native peoples, and they’re now available in Nopalea. Each 32–ounce bottle of Nopalea brims with the health benefits of the Nopal fruit. Nopalea helps your body neutralize its inner toxins and reduce its inflammation.
I had not previously heard of the Nopal cactus, nor the name Opuntia Ficus Indica, but when I looked up more information on the plant, my suspicions were confirmed: this is the cactus also known as the Prickly Pear, which is native to my home region, the Sonoran desert.
With the help of Nopal cactus extracts, Nopalea is packed with rare and potent antioxidants that are scientifically proven to help the body reduce inflammation.
TriVita claims that when you take Nopalea daily, it can help your body:
Cleanse itself of daily toxins
Promote optimal health
Seeing as though the anti-oxidants contained in this drink have been proven to help with inflammation (the leading cause of pain), I can see this product being a very helpful plant-based solution that could help many people. In addition, I personally LOVE the taste of the prickly pear cactus fruit, so it’s very likely that I would enjoy the taste of this wellness drink. I’m certainly looking forward to trying out Nopalea for myself in the near future.
Over 3 million bottles of the Nopalea anti-inflammatory wellness drink have been sold. To learn more, check out the Nopalea Facebook page or try it for free (only pay $9.95 for shipping) by calling 1-800-203-7063.
You can currently get a free sample by getting in touch with them, just pay $9.95 shipping.
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Are you the sort of person that hates race car games or puzzle games? You want to get right down to it with a nice beat em up and really punish your adversaries to a pulp? Then this site is just for you because you can live out all of your Ben Ten fantasies without even leaving your home! Better yet, you don’t even have to spend any money. Why? Well, http://www.ben10fire.com has a great arsenal of really fun and engaging Ben Ten style games for you to choose.
If the Ben Ten stuff isn’t quite your speed one of my favorite samurai titles to play online is Samurai Jack: Code of the Samurai. If you ever watched the cartoon on Cartoon Network in the early to mid 2000s, you’ll know this game was meant for fun. It’s very easy to play and is a bit on the action/adventure and side-scrolling side. You get secret weapons along the way that will greatly help you in your quest.
Another title you might be familiar with is Naruto: Battle for Leaf Village. This is another great series that was shown on cartoon network. Of course, they have a bunch of titles out for different next generation gaming consoles, but this online edition is kind of special. Basically, you not only face different ninjas from different clans, you also fight a bunch of different monsters and creatures. It definitely makes this game a bit more challenging. Controls are very simple and the game can get quite addicting. Trust me!
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