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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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Smyths Half Price Half Term Sale.

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Sales Update

Online & in store until 6th November.

The Smyths half term half price sale is valid until 6th November or until stocks last.

When we looked earlier today there were just over 100 items included in the sale and a good number of discounts at 50%

This is more of a pre Christmas clearance in our opinion but there are still a few great offers.

If you want to check out whats in the sale yourself take a look here.

 

 

 

Toys R Us Flash Sale

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Flash Sale up to 50% off

Online only

Toys R Us are have a pre Christmas Flash Sale. The sale starts today (06/10/2017) and lasts for a week. When we looked this morning there were 272 Items in the sale. Most of the items seem to be delivery only and the minimum order value to get FREE delivery is £29.99. See the T’s & C’s for FREE delivery here.

 All the popular brands are covered including Disney, Star Wars, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Thomas and Friends.

If you want to check out the Sale click HERE.

Some notable items we found with big reductions;

Mountain Rock Train Table 20% off. Now £79.99

Strolly 3 in 1 30% off. Now £90.99

My Little Pony Crystal Castle. Save 30%. Now £29.98

 

Reclaim & Boost Tesco Vouchers


Tesco have one of the most generous reward schemes on the high street and it’s possible to make those loyalty points go even further with just a little know how. So here’s our know how, showing you how to reclaim lost Tesco vouchers and how to boost the value of those you have. Plus we’ve details of how to add to your points haul without spending.

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Clubcard basics

Regular shoppers at Tesco earn Clubcard loyalty points. Every three months it sends the points as vouchers, yet it’s possible to gain massive extras.

In July, Tesco revamped its Clubcard scheme and began sending out new dark blue contactless cards to customers. It also announced a major overhaul of its Clubcard app, meaning you can now use it to sign up to Clubcard and show vouchers in store rather than using ones sent through the post.

How do you earn Clubcard points?

Flash your Clubcard at Tesco and you bag one point per pound spent. You can also nab points in other ways, via partners such as Esso, and even without spending a penny. See Ways to Earn Clubcard Points.

When you earn over 150 points in a three month period, Tesco sends your points as Clubcard Vouchers to use in-store or online. If you don’t reach the threshold in any one quarter, your points carry over and it sends vouchers at the end of the next quarter you earn 150 points in. Vouchers are valid for two years.

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How much are Tesco vouchers worth?

While 500 points equals a fiver to spend in store, you can trade it for up to four times that value (ie, £20) on Boost Partner items. These include restaurant vouchers, jewellery and train tickets (see our Top 10).

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Many people lose or forget to use their Tesco vouchers, but there’s an easy way to claw back the last two years of unused vouchers (some report successes from even further back).

  1. Log in online.  Go to the Tesco Clubcard site and enter your details. When you log in, the site asks you for your email address, password and Clubcard number to access your account.
  2. Make sure you’re registered. You’ll need to be registered for a Tesco.com account. Tesco says doing this means you won’t miss out on money-off codes the first time you shop.
  3. Check for unspent vouchers.  In your Clubcard account, click on ‘my vouchers’ on the left-hand side and you should see a table listing the vouchers you still have to spend.
  4. Instantly print vouchers or use the codes online.  If you want to spend vouchers online, you simply need to use the code listed, eg, beginning “A6TCD”. To spend in store, print vouchers yourself to use instantly.

Clubcard vouchers about to expire? There’s a trick to extend them.

ClubcardClubcard vouchers are valid for two years, but there’s a crafty way you can extend their expiry date for another two years – perfect if you’re saving up for something big and need more time. Here’s how it works:

  • Make a small purchase on the Clubcard Boost voucher exchange site (not in store or on other Tesco websites) and the remaining balance is credited back to your Clubcard account as points. They’ll then be reissued as new vouchers (with an expiry date two years in the future) when you next get a batch. So if you spend 50p on a £10 voucher, you’ll get £9.50 as new vouchers.
  • There’s no min spend, but the aim’s to shell out as little as possible and you’re limited to what’s on the Clubcard Boost site.

Bear in mind you’ll need to do this for each individual voucher though, so weigh up if it’s actually worth it for smaller denominations. For example, if you’ve a £10 voucher it’s probably worth it – if you’ve got a handful of £1 vouchers, maybe less so.

How to add to your points haul

There are lots of ways to nab extra points – some involve making everyday purchases, while with others you don’t need to spend a penny.

Earn Clubcard points without spending

You can add to your stash of points without spending anything at all using a few of the tricks below. Always check the full terms and conditions though as most of these include giving your consent for Tesco to contact you about future promotions and offers. It may take a while for these to build up to significant amounts, but over time they can really pay off.

Collect 75 points when you give Tesco Bank your renewal dates for car, home and pet insurance, and your mortgage renewal dates (you don’t have to be a Tesco Bank customer). By doing this you agree Tesco can contact you about them. You’ll have to enter your name, address, email and mobile number.

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Register to join Shopper Thoughts and if you’re eligible for the scheme you can collect points every time you complete the surveys you’re emailed. They take between five and 20 minutes and the amount of points varies by survey (you’ll usually get 100 points for a 15-minute one). There are also prize draws to enter.

Collect 25 Clubcard points when you tell Tesco about your most recent visit. You need to keep hold of your receipt and use a code on there to take part at Tesco Views. The amount of points you can collect is capped at 25 points per month. Plus there’s a £1,000 gift card monthly prize draw.

Earn Clubcard points with everyday spending

You accumulate Tesco Clubcard points at a rate of one per £1 spent in store, but you can earn them in other ways too when spending either via partners or Tesco’s other businesses.

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Go wallet-free at Tesco (UK-wide), bag an extra point per £4 spendThe Tesco Pay+ app (formerly called Payqwiq) is available on Android and iOS and lets you store your credit or debit card and Clubcard details, then quickly pay for shopping and automatically collect Clubcard points at Tesco by scanning the barcode in the app. Tesco revamped and renamed its app on 27 September. As a bonus it’s offering an extra Clubcard point for every £4 you spend in store until 14 January 2018, on top of the usual one point per £1 – meaning you’ll be able to collect five points for every £4 spent.

You can collect the extra point in addition to other Clubcard offers – so, for example, if you pay with a Tesco credit card (which also offers an extra point per £4) you’d collect six points per £4 spent in store. It’s worth noting Tesco checks your card is genuine by making a £2 request to your account – the money won’t actually be taken but in some cases will appear in your transactions and then disappear.

For devoted points chasers, the Tesco Clubcard Credit Card (18.9% representative APR) gives one extra Clubcard point for every £4 spent in store (on transactions of at least £4), and one point for every £8 spent elsewhere (£8 minimum spend). Ordinarily, you should repay IN FULL every month to avoid interest. However, Tesco offers up to 30 months 0% on new spending. This means you could do ALL normal spending on it to rack up the points, stashing away the cash you’d normally spend, then pay it off in full within 30 months.

The Tesco Bank current account also gives Clubcard points on spending. Customers using their debit card get one extra point for every £1 spent at Tesco (on transactions of at least £1). You’ll also get one point for every £8 spent elsewhere (on a transaction of at least £8). You can also earn a guaranteed 3% AER interest until April 2019, though to get this you’ll need to pay-in £750 and have three direct debits each statement month. You don’t need to meet these requirements to earn the extra Clubcard points.

Customers who have a mortgage with Tesco Bank collect one point for every £4 of regular payments and overpayments, but not from any charges or fees related to the mortgage. These points should be added to your Clubcard account every three months.

Tesco Mobile customers can collect one Clubcard point for every £1 spent on pay-as-you-go top-ups and pay-monthly bills.You’ll need to register your Clubcard with Tesco Mobile to start receiving points – do this via your online account or by texting ‘CLUBCARD’ to 28578 for free from your mobile.

Look out for any Tesco promotions offering extra Clubcard points. These can open up loopholes where it’s worth buying the goods even if you don’t want them. The best examples are the famous Johnson’s Baby Powder and beef-in-gravy loopholes which originated on this site and ended up in all the papers. They worked like this:

When you bought any two Johnson’s products, you got 100 extra points. The cheapest item was baby powder, at 76p. This meant you could spend £1.52 to get 101 points, worth £4.04 of Clubcard deals vouchers, making more than £2.50 PROFIT.

With the similar beef-in-gravy episode, one lucky saver bought a few hundred pounds’ worth, donated it to a homeless shelter and used the points for a return trip for two to New Zealand. Be careful with these loopholes, as Tesco reserves the right to block people for fair usage breaches.

Even if you can’t make a profit, the bonuses can lead to serious discounts. For instance, Tesco once sold iPod Shuffles for £49 – a good price – adding 999 bonus points on top of the usual points. These were worth £42 of Clubcard deals, so the iPod effectively cost £7.

Boost your points to get max value.

Once you’ve got your stash of points, the challenge is to make the most of them. Spend 500 points on your groceries at the checkout and you’ll save a fiver – but spend them in the right way and you can really max their value.

Up to 4x value with Clubcard partners.

You can get the biggest boost to your points’ value by exchanging vouchers for Clubcard Boost tokens to spend with its partners. They can be spent on days out, restaurants, train tickets and more. It varies, but in some cases you can redeem your points for up to four times their normal value (ie, 500 points gets you £20 in vouchers).

The pricing for Clubcard Boost is based on companies’ list prices. Always check you’re really getting three or four times the value before committing. So before exchanging £20 for something with a £60 RRP, check the price elsewhere in case it’s cheaper and you’re better off using the Clubcard voucher for something else.

How to Find Deals On Amazon

Amazon Deals & Bargains

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Amazon is the top online retailer and Brits spend on average £350 each per year buying anything from TV’s to toilet roles. However, when we shop, we only ever like bargains and Amazon provide all the tools you need to take full advantage of their cheap prices…. now we’re going to show you how to use them too.

Sorting through the madness.

One thing to remember is that amazon make it really easy for you to sort through their offers, and believe me there are a lot of them. When we checked there were 3091 Daily Deal offers.

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On the left hand side of amazons deal page you will notice that you can filter deals by department, type, price, availability, discount % & customer rating and unless your an avid bargain hunter these filters are an absolute godsend. These filters can be used while browsing any of the deal types we will be talking about.

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Amazon typically have Daily Deals, Lightening Deals and Prime Member Only Deals.

Daily Deals.

Daily Deals look like this.(see picture below) They usually last until midnight and can be on absolutely anything. Sometimes the deal will not just be on a single product but on an entire brand like in the example below, “Save up to 50% on Tommee Tipee”

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If you want to see what daily deals amazon have on now you can see here.

Lightening Deals.

All Lightning Deals appear on the “Today’s Deals” page after sorting for “Lightening Deals” on the filter bar. These deals are available at Amazon.co.uk until either the time for that promotion expires or all the available promotional discounts are claimed. You can claim a particular deal once only.

When a Lightning Deal is available, here’s what you’ll see:

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  • The item featured in the deal.
  • Any available variations of the item (for example: different sizes or colours).
  • The list price and the current price for the item on Amazon.co.uk.
  • The promotional discount amount and final price.
  • A status bar indicating the percentage of deals currently in customers’ baskets or purchased.
  • A timer showing how long you have to add the item to your basket and claim the promotional discount.
  • An Add to Basket button if there are available promotional discounts.

Note: When all the promotional discounts for a Lightning Deal are held by other customers, you’ll see a Join Waitlist button and the status bar will show that 100% of the promotional discounts are currently being held in other customers’ baskets or have already been used to purchase the deal. Learn more about how to Join a Lightning Deals Waitlist.

To see what Lightening Deals are available now see here.

Prime Member Only Deals.

Prime-Exclusive items are products for sale on amazon that can only be purchased if your a member of Amazon Prime. These deals will often offer the best value for money but be quick, the best deals go quickly.

You can find the Prime-Exlusive deals again on the “Today’s Deals” page by filtering for “Prime Early Access Deals”. This is what you will see.

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Prime-Exclusive items are products for sale on amazon that are only available to Prime subscribers. To learn more about Prime see here.

Note: If you are not a Prime subscriber, there wont be an “Add to Basket” button on the products detail page. Instead you will see a box with blue border identifying the item as “Prime Exclusive.”

If your a Prime subscriber and want to see what member only offers are available now see here.

2 for 1 Tickets at top attractions

If you register and print a voucher from Days Out Guide then buy a National Rail ticket, you can get 2for1 entry to over 150 top UK attractions, including SeaLife Centres, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor when you present both at the attraction. See the full theme park list or the zoo and wildlife list.

Visit their site here for to search for your ideal offer.
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You need to print a voucher for the relevant attraction (follow the link above and search for it) AND have a valid rail ticket bought from National Rail on the same day for a single or day return ticket, or within the days of travel for a return ticket.

What if I live near the attraction ans I’m traveling by other means?

It’s worth doing this even if you are not traveling by train as a cheap single ticket can be available for a couple of quid, far cheaper than the entry ticket price (Alton Towers is the most expensive at £51.60 on the gate).

Just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present both to get your 2for1. Crucially, your rail ticket must show that you have traveled to one of the stations nearest the attraction. So for Thorpe Park, you need to have a ticket with an end destination of Staines or Chertsey.

The offer’s ongoing, but check the voucher for each individual attraction’s restrictions, as these vary. See the full T&Cs including which tickets are valid.

2 for 1 Tickets @ Merlin Attractions.

Look for promotional packs of Cadbury chocolates, including Chocolate Orange Minis, Dairy Milk Giant Buttons and Crunchie Rocks (available for £1-£2.99 at most supermarkets until early Sep 2017), to get a voucher for 2for1 entry at more than 20 Merlin attractions.

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The voucher’s valid until 31 Jul 2018 at attractions including Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Alton Towers, Sea Life centres and sanctuaries, the Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Some dates are excluded at selected attractions, including some in August – see ‘more info’ below.

Just present the voucher at your chosen attraction when buying one full-price on-the-gate adult ticket (usually up to £60) and another person will gain free entry.

How much can I save?

As on-the-gate tickets cost up to £60 at Legoland, this deal could save you £59 if you buy one of the cheapest promotional packs of chocolate and want two tickets. Even compared with buying tickets online in advance, where they’re generally cheaper (they’re up to £45 each at Legoland), you’d save a significant amount with this deal.

There’s also the added benefit of not having to commit to your plans seven or more days ahead – allowing you to wait and see what the weather’s like, and simply rock up at the gate with your voucher.

No, No, No, Christmas is coming.

I can’t believe I’m going to use the C-word this early. I hate Christmas creep. All I want for Christmas booming out on the radio in October is just a scary reminder of how few paychecks are left before Christmas . Yet it isn’t about early celebration, it’s about preparation. There are some things you can do NOW to reduce financial and other stresses for the big day. And that’s what matters most.

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Its no surprise that the purse feels a little light in January, the average Brit now spends £753 on Christmas and the funny thing, It’s not an unexpected expenditure.

So as of this last weekend the calendar ticked under 100 days to go, here’s my checklist of things you can do now to help make your Christmas a little less of a financial burden.

Not saved for it? Do it now – so you can split the cost.

As mentioned above the typical British family spends about £750 on Christmas. For most, that’s totally unsustainable from one month’s income.
So if you haven’t put anything aside yet, do it now, there’s still time.

Agree now with friends, family and colleagues to BAN unnecessary Christmas gifts.

I’ve been asking friends and family to do this for years, it may seem mean but we all have a secret broom cupboard full of unwanted gifts, that could be money in your pocket.

In a nutshell, many feel pressured to buy gifts for an extended list of friends, family and colleagues, often panicking, “I’ve got to get ’em something, anything” – even if they won’t want it. This tit-for-tat giving means we end up with tat.

Even ‘the joy of giving’ can be selfish as it obligates someone to buy back for you – even if they can’t afford it. The best gift may be releasing someone from the obligation of buying you something. Or at least cap the cost with a Secret Santa – then if you want to give more, donate to charity.

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Set up a Christmas stash, then POUNCE when things are cheapest.

Prices fluctuate (just look at online price tracker CamelCamelCamel to see this on Amazon). Your aim, wherever you shop, should be to buy things on your Christmas list (yes, do have a list) whenever it is at its cheapest.

So get a cupboard ready, and once you buy something, you can wrap it, tag it, and store it all ready.

To find the best prices make sure you monitor this blog and check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Get to know and love AliExpress;- 60p iPhone case, 22p belt and more…

Rock-bottom prices INCLUDING delivery are possible on sites such as AliExpress, but you’ll need to order early. You’ll need to keep your wits about you to avoid unexpected customs charges and shoddy goods – for this reason we think it’s best to stick to items under £15, especially if your buying something as a gift.

Don’t put pressure on yourself trying to plan the perfect Christmas.

That’s a dangerous mindset. Instead first work out your budget, and let your financial situation rule. Then ask yourself: “What’s the best Christmas I can have on the money I’ve got?” Remember it is just one day. Far better to have a slightly less expensive Christmas than a financially frantic New Year.

DON’T borrow for Christmas… but if you will (don’t) then ensure it’s at 0%.

Borrowing for Christmas is a bad idea – DON’T DO IT. Far better to cut your cloth accordingly. Yet if you won’t listen and will do it anyway (DON’T), at least keep it cheap. That means a 0% card, where done right there is no cost (did I mention – best not to do this).

Normally with 0% cards the advice is to plan to clear the debt or do a balance transfer before the 0% ends – or the rate jumps to the rep APR. Yet for Christmas borrowing, make sure you clear it well before next Christmas or you’ll just compound your problems (or better still, don’t do it).