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Sucker for a bargain.

First of all let me say hi and welcome you to The Internets Secret Bargains Blog Page, thanks for visiting.

Are you that one person that always seems to miss out on those fantastic deals your friends are always talking about? Well, if you are, you’re just like me. Or the way I used to be anyway.

Now, I’m a sucker for a great deal…. and you will be surprised just how much money you can save by just knowing where to look. ALL the well known retailers here in the UK have sales and hidden discounts, its part and parcel of what they do season after season year after year. The internet is a goldmine for finding these “secret” bargains as rarely do the best bargains get any promotion whatsoever….and that’s where we believe we can help.

Here, we hope to update you with all the hot deals we can get our hands on allowing you to make the most of all your hard earned cash

Lets begin our journey..

Happy Saving.

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Get a FREE letter from Santa.

What ever you call him. He is part of the magic of Christmas. Farther Christmas is probably your child’s favourite person at this time of year so why not help make it feel a little more special.

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As parents, trying to plan the perfect Christmas, getting  something for FREE to put a smile on your little ones face sounds like a great deal to me so why not take advantage of this great offer and get a FREE letter from Santa curtesy of The Royal Mail.

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So for the price of a stamp, ok its not completely free,The Royal Mail elves are helping Father Christmas this year by delivering children’s letters to him. It’s not just a one way communication method though.

Get your children to sit down and write their very own letter listing all the things that they would like for Christmas and make sure you send it to the following address.

Send your letters to:

Santa/Father Christmas
Santa’s Grotto
Reindeerland
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Remember to include your full name and address so he can write back.

Make sure you send any letters before 9 December 2016 so Father Christmas has a chance to reply. I’ve been made aware that Father Christmas is also able to rely in braille or large print, if this is of use to your child but make sure you let the elves know.

Portable North Pole

If you’d prefer a video then you have options too.

While it hasn’t launched this season as yet, the Portable North Pole gives you a personalised video for free. There are paid options but you don’t need to do them to get the full magic.

We’ve used them for years and it really makes it feel that Christmas has started early.

Happy Christmas 🙂

Christmas Gifts For Dads That Don’t Take Life Too Seriously. Part 1

Part of being a great dad means having a sense of humour in life. Help your dad celebrate the lighter side of fatherhood with a funny gag gift. He’s sure to share a few laughs while feeling like the luckiest dad in the world. See below for a selection of 5 great gifts for dad in this first part of our dad gift guide.

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Senior Moments memory workout.

As Dad watches the kids grow, he’ll start to feel older and older with each kid’s birthday and milestone. Help him stay young and sharp with the Senior Moments Memory Workbook. It’s filled with brain teasers, puzzles, quizzes, memory games, and advice to keep his mind sharp and his memory strong.

senior-momentsGet this at amazon here. £6.99 & free delivery with Book orders over £10

What’s your poo telling you 2017 calendar.

In later life we all need to keep of those aches and pains but even more importantly, we need to remind our dads that they should be checking out their poo. We all remember that Gillian McKeith woman don’t we?

The authors of the bestselling book What’s Your Poo Telling You? deliver a whole new year’s worth of facts, tales, trivia, and illustrated descriptions, covering the ins and outs of poo, pee, and farts! Actual* medical advice inside.

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Get this at amazon here. £9.99

Half a pint glass.

Let’s admit it, dads don’t do halfs, do they? The tiny glass it comes in seems unimpressive and it feels like it’s gone within seconds. However, understandably, some dads no longer have the capacity to drink such large quantities at once so we must give in to the faux pas that is the pint glass’s less impressive sibling.
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Get this HERE. £8.75

Mini Drone.

Let our old dads experience  a little bit of fun in their later years with this novelty, but quite fun, mini drone.

This quadcopter is absolutely great for beginners so it’s great for old dads, it has a special headless mode which keeps it easier for the user to use the remote control, keeping forward as forward and left and right as they should be using its special algorithm inside the drones micro-controller.

It also does several pre programmed trick so dad can pretend he’s cool and trendy.

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Get this mini drone HERE. £18.25

Sandal Socks.

Just, why not.

Cotton socks printed with a sandal design

  • Wear the classy socks and sandals look all the time!
  • Cotton
  • A great gag that gets worn again and again
  • Guaranteed to put some fun on your feet!
  • Contents: 1 x pair of cotton Sandal Socks

 

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Get these great sandal socks here. £3.79

 

 

Black Friday Retailer Deals.

This time we take a look at what plans the big retailers have for Black Friday this year.

amazonLast year amazon sold more than seven million items on this day alone. They sold an astonishing 86 items per second and it proved to be the online retailers biggest EVER sales day in the UK. Are they going to beat that this year?

The most popular items in their Black Friday sales event were Fifa 16, Kindle Fire, Samsung TV’s and the Xbox One.

Check out the amazon Black Friday webpage here.

 

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For starters Argos have advised shoppers this year to check their Black Friday opening hours, does this mean they are planning some big publicised doorbursting bargains?

The best way to keep check of this is by signing up to their newsletter and of course checking back here.

Last year Argos went big with photography discounts, slashing prices by up to 50% across most brands. Their big deal was wiping £150 off the price off one of their Vax vacuum cleaners.

Check out the Argos Black Friday page here.

 

asos-logoFans of Asos will be hoping that they get some more of the same this year. Last year customers were offered a voucher code entitling them to a 20% discount at checkout.

A good tip – Bookmark items that you know you want to buy a few days before the day – click on “save for later” and you’ll be able to see if it goes on sale on Black Friday.

Check out the Asos Black Friday page here.

 

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Known mainly for selling groceries, Tesco last year cut up to 70% off hundreds of products from TV’s to hair straighteners.

The company may well match their 70 per cent off electrical items from 2015, though this has not been confirmed.

Check out the Tesco Black Friday page here.

 

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Last year the store boasted a 15.5 per cent increase in internet sales during Black Friday and raked up to £187.7 million in one week.

Electrical goods such as TVs and laptops were some of the most popular items which were reduced.

Check out the John Lewis Black Friday page here.

 

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Boots is one of the stores expected to push their Black Friday discounts hard this year. Last year Boots offered great deals on most fragrances but nothing, in our opinion as good as their usual 3 for 2 Christmas offer. One highlight last year was the 50% off Emporio Armani She Eau de Parfum deal. Lets hope we get to see something similar this year.

Visit the Boots Black Friday deal page here.

 

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The popular bike store are getting themselves ready for this years Black Friday and already have details of some deals on their dedicated Black Friday web page. Last year they were offering great discounts of up to 50% on some of the most popular bikes, scooters and toys.

Check out their Black Friday Page here.

 

 

 

 

 

When Is Black Friday 2016?

Until a few years ago Black Friday was an event we all laughed at on the news, watching crazy Americans fight over 70″ TV’s but now its frimly part of the British retail calander.

Shoppers this year are expected to spend an average of £203 each, an overall £3 billion on Black Friday alon, so here is what you need to know to make sure you get the best deals possible.

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It would also be worth looking at our post here showing you what tricks retailers use to make deals look more appealing.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday, as a term, was first used to describe the day in which most shops “moved into the black” – meaning they had reached their break even point but today its a day for massive bargains, well supposedly.

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As a concept it works, customers queue for hours, even days to get their hands on the biggest bargains. Unfortunately, as we see all too often on TV, the mania that ensues can descend into violence as people punch, steal and argue over the latest discounted gadgets and appliances.

When is it Black Friday in the UK?

Traditionally Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving – an American holiday which falls on the fourth Thursday in Novemember.

This Year Black Friday will fall on the 25th November – but while some shoppers continue to fight for the best deals in store, many retailers expect the majority of Black Friday business to be done online.

What else do I need to know?

It’s not just Christmas presents you can get your hands on – many airlines and holiday websites also do great Black Friday deals, with some offering flights for just a few pounds last year.

And if you don’t find what you’re looking for on Black Friday, there’s always Cyber Monday.

 

 

Black Friday Reality

November 25th, make sure its in your diary, as that’s the date set for this years Black Friday Sale. Like the arrival of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve, this once American only tradition has now become one of the most anticipated sales events of the year.

Many of the retail deals are legitimate bargains, but others are nothing more than ordinary sales wrapped in shiny packaging. How can you tell the difference? Well, we have all the secrets to help you decipher all the sneaky trick that retailers use to clear unwanted stock.

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Massive Deals are RARE.

Mega Deals are the staple of every Black Friday sale aren’t they? No? Well, they should be. Blockbuster deals that have people queuing around the block are few and far between and usually offer very limited stock for very limited times.

The products look good, and the prices certainly sound good, but the reality of actually getting your hands on one of these items isn’t so rosy.

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In 2015, for instance, Sears plastered a Kenmore Elite washer and dryer on the front page of its Black Friday ad, with the promise of 51% off on the pair. But the fine print below the deal revealed that there were approximately only four available per store.

Discounts Are Often Inflated.

Black Friday deals aren’t just hard to come by, but most of the time they are just simply over stated. Its common for retailers to hike prices pre sale allowing them to make larger cuts come sale day, making their tiny discounts more appealing.

If you shop this year on Black Friday, don’t pay attention to the supposed percentage of the discounts. Instead, judge the value of a product based on the sale price and how it compares with the item’s price at other stores.

 

Always Read The Fine Print.

Finally, even if you manage to avoid all of the above tricks and traps, you could still be faced with more fine print. Retailers have a way of making some sales difficult to actually claim.

Certain deals may require completion of a mail-in rebate. Other products are available at their advertised sale price only for a few hours and then go up in price. Keep an eye out for such fine print and exclusions — usually located at the bottom of a Black Friday ad or beneath individual deals within the ad — so you aren’t surprised when you get to the store on Black Friday.

 

Christmas 2016 Must Have Toys

We take a look at the 20 must have toys predicted to sell out by December 2016… and of course where we think you will get them cheapest.

The biggest toy sellers and industry experts have, like every other year, announced their top toy predictions for Christmas 2016.

So we have been checking out the list, playing with them, getting our kids to play with them and figuring out which will truly be difficult to come by come December.

As we can we will update the prices to truly help you get the best deals..

Part 1 of our two part post. Toys 1 – 10 in no particular order

UPDATED 28th October 2016

Fisher Price Code-a-pillar

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One of a new breed of coding toys for preschoolers, the Code-A-Pillar is made up of 8 segments, which can be mixed around to direct the Code-a-pillar to move in a certain direction or do an action – just like coding. Cute and clever.

Ages 3+

Argos £38.99 Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery

Smyths £39.99 Collect in store for FREE. Also FREE delivery on orders over £20.

 

FurReal Friends Torch

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Bigger than you might expect (over 35cm tall), Torch My Blazin Dragon is a curiously-named responsive toy that will react when you stroke its nose, touch its charm button or give a plastic treat. It also breathes out a mist, snorts and giggles in a dragon-y type way.

Ages 4+

Argos £77.95 Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery

Amazon £59.99 & FREE delivery

Toys R Us £83.99 Click and collect only. Find your nearest store here.

Smyths £69.99 Collect in store for FREE. Also FREE delivery on orders over £20

 

VTech KidiZoom Action Cam

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This is our favourite for this years number one gift. Your child’s own ‘Go-Pro’, the KidiZoom has mounts to attach to a bike or a helmet, plus a waterproof case that can film underwater photos and videos and options to customise pics with cartoon images. You will need to buy your own SD card.

Ages 5+

Amazon £47.49 & FREE delivery

Smyths £39.99 Collect in store for FREE. Also FREE delivery on orders over £20

Toys R Us £49.99 But this one includes a carry case. Click and collect only. Find your nearest store here

Argos £44.99 Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery

 

Lego Nexo Knights Siege of Doom set

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Nexo Knights combine traditional LEGO sets with a Cartoon Network TV series and gaming app and the Machine of Doom set is all-action, with more than 500 pieces, catapults, giant spiked wheels and scannable shields. You also get 3 minifigures- General Magmar, Flama and Clay Moorington.

Ages 8+

Amazon £24.99 & FREE delivery

Toys R Us £27.99 Click and collect for FREE & FREE delivery

 

Nerf Modulus Tri Strike

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Not one, not two, but THREE different kinds of darts in the same blaster… a sure fire way to end up with a foam missile to the head on Christmas afternoon.

Ages 8+

Toys R Us £29.99 & FREE darts. FREE click and collect & FREE Delivery

Amazon £24.99 & Free delivery

Argos £29.99 Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery

Smyths £29.99 Collect in store for FREE. Also FREE delivery on orders over £20

BB-8 Remote Control

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This remote-controlled BB-8 toy is 2016’s hottest Star Wars toy. It can roll in all directions and makes expressive droid sounds (if droids can make expressive noises). This loyal companion could replace the much-loved R2-D2 as the new favourite Star Wars robot.

Ages 4+

Argos £44.99 Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery

Amazon £64.20 & FREE delivery.

 

Barbie 3 Storey Townhouse

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Barbie gets her own Barbie-pink house filled with a bathtub that doubles as a rooftop spa, a swing chair, a flat-screen TV plus a working lift (hey, who needs stairs?). No Barbies included.

Ages 5+

Smyths £79.99 Collect in store for FREE. Also FREE delivery on orders over £20.

Amazon £79.99 & FREE delivery.

Argos £84.99 Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery.

Furby Connect

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Furby has come a long way since 1998 when it first made an appearance (and sold 27 million in that first year). Furby Connect now comes with an app, has eyes that show 150 expressions and gets regular updates via Bluetooth. And guess what? If Furby gets that little bit irritating, you can pop on an eye mask and Furby goes to sleep.

Ages 6+

Argos £49.99 Pink Purple Blue & Teal. Orange £44.99. Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery.

Amazon £49.99 Pink Purple Blue & Teal. FREE delivery.

Smyths £49.99 Pink Purple Blue Teal & Orange. Collect in store for FREE. Also FREE delivery on orders over £20.

Toys R Us £59.99 Pink Purple Blue & Teal. FREE click and collect & FREE Delivery

 

WowWee Chip the Robot Dog

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Wow indeed. The WowWee Chip robotic dog knocked us out when we borrowed it. Yes, it’s very expensive but it’s an incredible toy. Your child will be able to train Chip by talking or by using an app and in return Chip will become affectionate and develop a personality. Chip even has its own throw-and-fetch ball.

Ages 8+

Amazon £199 & FREE delivery.

Smyths £199 Collect in store for FREE. Also FREE delivery on orders over £20.

Toys R Us £199 FREE click and collect & FREE Delivery

Tiny Treasures Newborn Baby Doll

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An incredibly life-like doll who has a baby-perfumed smell (the nice smells not the pooey ones) and is soft enough to cuddle, although weighs the same as a newborn. She also comes with a birth certificate, hospital tag and a cardboard car seat.

When we initially checked out this cute little doll it was only in stock at Argos, is that a sign it will be sold out come December?

Ages 3+

Argos £39.99 Boy & Girl version. Collect in store for FREE. Otherwise £3.95 Same day delivery.

Secret Discounts on Amazon

Amazon Buying Tips.

Amazon’s the biggest name in online shopping and although you can often find some of the best deals on the net there, we want more.

This guide has a few tricks to help slash prices, as well as our Amazon Discount Finder search, which finds secret 75%+ off bargains on electronics, clothes, beauty and more. We will also show how to you can also track price reductions and beat delivery charges.

Don’t forget to check out the latest Amazon deals that we can find here.

Amazon Discount Searches.

Amazon often offers major discounts of 75% or more, yet it directs people to other, higher profit margin products instead.

There is however a geeky way to create your own Amazon searches to display all heavily-reduced bargains. All you need to do is fiddle with the Amazon web addresses to bring up lists of knock-down prices.

The problem, as you have probably guessed, is that these are a real pain in the butt to configure manually, so you guessed it….

We have done it for you.

Below you can find a list of popular searches that will get you all the bargains you could ever wish for.

If you would like to request a search query let us know and we will send you all the info you need.