Things you can get FREE on your Birthday in the UK…

FREE Birthday treats…

There’s an endless supply of discounts and Freebies you can claim on your Birthday! from Food and Drink to hobbies (and even clothes!) here’s a list of freebies you can get your hands on…

Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – Download the app and register for the loyalty scheme and you will receive a voucher for a free birthday doughnut https://www.krispykreme.co.uk/Friends-Of-Krispy-Kreme

Free Greggs sweet treat – Download the app and register for the Greggs Rewards scheme and you will receive and in app voucher for a free cupcake, cream cake or doughnut https://www.greggs.co.uk/account/login

Free Subway Cookie – Register for a Subcard, their loyalty scheme and claim a free cookie on your birthday https://subcard.subway.co.uk/cardholder/en/

Free main meal at Frankie & Benny’s when one other main meal is purchased- Register with their rewards scheme and a voucher will be emailed to you https://www.frankieandbennys.com/offers

Free main meal at any Brewers Fayre – Pick up a card and register to their Bonus Club and a voucher will e emailed to you for a free main meal when another main meal is purchased https://www.brewersfayrebonusclub.co.uk/

Free main meal at any Table Table – Register for their Tasty Rewards scheme and a voucher will be emailed to you for a free main meal when another main meal is purchased https://www.tabletable.co.uk/rewards.html

Free Ice Cream with Toby Carvery – Sign up to their newsletter and you will receive a voucher for a free ice cream sundae when you order a carvery roast https://www.tobycarvery.co.uk/offers/new-app

1/3 off at Yo Sushi – available when you dine in, sign up to their newsletter and a unique code will be emailed to you around your birthday https://yosushi.com/offers

Free ED’s Diner milkshake – either pick up and register with a card or download their app and you can claim a free milkshake on your birthday https://edseasydiner.com/join

Free bottle of Prosecco at Prezzo – sign up to their newsletter and receive a unique code for a free bottle, this does have a minimum spend of £20 but if you don’t drink you can switch it to 2 free desserts instead https://www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk/prezzobirthday/

Free birthday drinks at TGI Fridays – Download their app and you can receive a free cocktail, dessert or mocktail for every main meal purchased up to 6 meals. You do have to order the same drinks however and this offer isn’t available in Scotland or Northern Ireland https://www.tgifridays.co.uk/rewards/

Free drinks and a £5 off £15 spend at Hungry Horse – Sign up to their newsletter and you will be emailed a voucher for a free drink and a £5 off a £15 spend voucher to use on your birthday https://www.hungryhorse.co.uk/sign-up/

 

It doesn’t stop at food and drink there plenty of pampering freebies and discounts you can claim here’s a few….

Free £15 Elizabeth Arden oxygen blast facial – sign up to Debenhams free beauty club and at a participating store on your birthday simply bring you card and proof of your date of birth to claim.

Free Brow wax at a Benefit counter – using the Debenhams beauty club rewards card at a participating store on your birthday take your card and proof of your date of birth.

Join Debenhams Beauty Clun here https://www.debenhams.com/content/beauty-club

Free £5 spend at The Body Shop – sign up to their Love Your Body loyalty card and on your birthday, you can claim a £5 voucher to spend instore or online with no minimum spend required.

Join Body Shop’s Love Your Body Club here https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/love-your-body-club

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Triple points at Superdrug – using their loyalty card you will receive triple points on your birthday with no minimum spend required.

Join Superdrug Beauty Club https://www.superdrug.com/beautycard

Technically not a birthday freebie as you can claim any time of the year but why not treat yourself to a free makeover at any Benefit, Bare Minerals and No7 counter

There’s also money off codes you can claim for that special birthday treat sign up to newsletters at…

Nike -25% off code will be emailed to you, no minimum spend required http://sportstylist.com/shop/nike/25-off-at-nike-com/

New Look – 20% off code will be emailed to you, no minimum spend required.

http://www.newlook.com/

OASIS – 10% off code will be emailed to you, no minimum spend required.

http://www.oasis-stores.com/gb

All these discount codes can not be used with any existing offers but if you had your eye on that beautiful dress or fabulous shirt grab while you can with a fabulous discount.

Even your Pets can take advantage of freebies on their Birthdays!…

Sign up to Pets at Home VIP Club and on your pet’s birthday they will get a free treat, to claim you will need your card and the email that will be sent to you.

https://vip.petsathome.com/

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Mcdonald’s Food Hack

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McDonald’s food hack – Spend 70p, get Big Mac & fries for £2 again and again.

There’ve been a lot McDonald’s ‘hacks’ reported recently – which have all been debunked by the fast food giant. Luckily, I’ve found a ‘hack’ that is 100% genuine to get you a cheap Maccy D’s time and time again.

This is a way to get a Big Mac and regular fries for £1.99 (norm £4ish) every time you go into McDonald’s after you’ve made one purchase (cheapest item is a 69p ice cream cone). You can often spot this deal on vouchers in newspapers, or printed on the back of bus tickets, but with this trick you don’t need them and can do it over and over again.

It’s through a promo called ‘Food for Thoughts’, which rewards you with cheap grub if you fill out a quick survey about your experience after you’ve made a purchase. You could do it all in one visit, though it may take a few minutes as you’d need to buy one item then fill out the survey to get your Big Mac and fries voucher. Of course, it’s not the healthiest meal – but if you’re eating there anyway, you might as well do it cheaply.

Here’s what to do:

1. You’ll firstly need to buy any item in McDonald’s and keep the receipt – you may have to ask for it. PS: if you just want a Big Mac & fries, it’s actually cheaper buying a drink or ice cream cone first, then filling out the survey to get your voucher.

2. On the top of every receipt you’ll see ‘tell us how we did’ and the URL of the Food for Thoughts website, as well as a code to input on the website to identify your receipt (see image).

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3. Simply input the details of your receipt and fill out the survey – it should take about two minutes and it’s just a few questions about your experience.

4. At the end, you should get a five-digit number – write it on your old receipt and it becomes a voucher for a £1.99 Big Mac and fries (normally £4.08 or £4.49 as a meal with a drink).

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5. Hand it over it to the cashier to claim the offer.

6. The beauty of this is you can keep the deal rolling with every single receipt, so all you have to do is make a single purchase to get your first receipt, use the voucher for the Big Mac and fries and with the subsequent receipt do it again and again – so you have cheap McDonald’s for as long as this survey goes on for.

If you’re not a fan of Big Macs – or fancy something different – McDonald’s says you can ask for a Fillet-o-Fish or Veggie Deluxe instead.

There is no expiry date once you have written your five-digit code on the receipt – but the numbers are trackable, so you can’t just write five random numbers on there. McDonald’s has said this is valid in all of its restaurants.

Happy eating!

 

 

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.

Facebook v eBay

A look at selling on Facebook

Local Facebook selling groups are now fast taking over from eBay as the place to find a fantastic bargains and the best bit……NO fees.

Follow these tips to save £££’s when buying or selling on Facebook. Learn how to find the best groups, network and stay safe.

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Buying & Selling

You would expect items to sell much quicker on eBay just because of its wider audience however, its possible to sell many items instantly on Facebook while they remain unsold on the ‘Bay.

That said, Facebook groups are run by volunteer administrators, so you are unlikely to get any support whatsoever if things go wrong. Remember buyers aren’t always reliable – sometimes they just won’t turn up, or they’ll change their mind.

Selling on Facebook is all about getting that quick local sale, selling to friends and people in or around your hometown.

What Sells Best?

Here’s our tips to what sell fast on Facebook.

  • Popular goods. Facebook’s a good bet for mainstream goods such as games consoles, furniture and spare TVs – things lots of people have, want and can easily collect.
  • Small cheap items. Selling in Facebook groups can be really profitable if your selling small inexpensive items just because your saving on fees and postage. DVD’s, games, baby items & crafts all sell incredibly well if you find the right group.
  • Kids’ stuff. Parents groups are among the most bustling, so this is brilliant for cots, kids’ clothes, Frozen dolls and Jumperoos.

When to use eBay?

  • Rarer items. The chances are you just wont reach your niche market on Facebook. This is exactly where eBay trumps the competition.
  • High-value items. Facebook just doesn’t offer the protection that eBay does.

Find local Facebook groups to find great deals

Thousands of buying and selling groups have appeared on Facebook recently and they can be a great place to find that must have bargain. To get started, search for your area or postcode in the main search box, alongside words such as ‘selling’, ‘sale’ or ‘buy’.

Many areas have several groups – for example, in Manchester there’s Manchester Buy, Sell And Swap, Manchester Buy, Sell, Swap and Manchester & Salford Buy/Sell/Swap/Giveaway

In Liverpool some of the larger better ones are Bargain Bay, Bargain Box, Bargain Bonanza and Buying and Selling in Merseyside.

Some notable groups for finding bargains

Baby & toddler bargain bay

Craft, Craft & More Craft

Safety first! Always be careful

disagreements are rare and most groups are self regulating, banning troublemakers, but be careful. Check profiles of buyers and sellers, trust your gut and only do business if nothing flags up..

For smaller goods, do the exchange in a busy public place – why not outside the local police station?

If they must come to your home, try to do the exchange on the doorstep – don’t be pressurised into letting anyone into your home. Also make sure someone else is in the house when the buyer comes to collect.

It’s a good idea to have a mobile phone in your pocket, keep valuables out of sight, and if you let a collector in, limit their movements to as few rooms as possible.

Always ask to be paid in cash rather than by bank transfer or cheque. If someone has your bank account details, it increases the risk of fraud against you. With cheques, you’ve no guarantees they will clear. PayPal is secure but only if you choose the “paying for good’s and services” option, don’t use “friends and family”, if anything goes wrong your unlikely to get your money back.

If your buying, the preference is probably to use PayPal’s “good’s and services” option but sellers will sometimes insist on cash payment for obvious reasons. This is the ONLY alternative payment method we would suggest but make sure you have inspected the item thoroughly before handing over any money. NEVER pay up front in cash.

Give people 24 hours to buy

Give people 24 hours to buy

Frustratingly, some buyers quickly post to stake their claim, and then never show any interest again. This is definitely one of the most frustrating aspects of selling on Facebook.

To help, put a clear deadline in your ad, along the lines of ‘will offer to the next person down if collection time not agreed within 24 hours’. and don’t rush into anything expecting it to be sold straight away.

It’s not all about selling

A lot of items are given away for free, you just need to be a member of the right group and keep your eyes peeled.

The best way to search for give-away groups is by searching for them in your Facebook search bar. Just enter “free” followed by location.

Liverpool “I’m Free”

 

 

 

 

Shopping Secrets….

Find those hidden sales

Retailers try every trick in the book to take your money and regular sales, believe it or not, are designed to do just that. Sales are often used to increase walk through or sell unwanted stock in time for next season’s must have but to benefit you have to be quick. With our savvy tip’s you will never miss out on that next great bargain.

Decipher hidden discount codes on store price tags.

Store tags. They’re not just there to look nice. In preparation for sales, shop staff usually scribble numbers, letters or dots on price tags. Its a sale, the retailer isn’t going to re-tag every item is it? Take a close look and if you spot anything on the tag that resembles this, Id hold off, It may just about to be reduced in the next upcoming sale.

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We’ve seen comments online that this is system is likely used at Next, Monsoon and River Island.

So while inspecting the tags won’t guarantee a bargain, as don’t forget, the item could always sell out, it sometimes pays just to hold that extra couple of days.

Check the numbers.

Large retailers sometimes use price codes to secretly communicate to staff which models need to be shifted quickly to make way for new stock.

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looking online the key to these codes lies in the last digit of a price. While most prices end in 9, if one ends in 7 or 8  it usually means that model has been discontinued. If the price ends with a 1, the item is often especially old clearance stock.

Haggling on the internet?

Many online retailers now offer an online chat feature. Use it to you advantage and haggle to your hearts content.

Now we would suggest asking a couple of questions about the product your interested in before maybe suggesting you can buy somewhere else cheaper or just stalling over the price.

This wont get you the biggest savings but the chances are you may get a discount code or some other incentive to buy there and then.

Every penny counts.

Amazons super saver delivery.

Amazon offer a free delivery option for spending £20 so make sure your purchase efficiently.

Delivery costs anything from £1.50 to £6, but this clever tool at Super Saver Delivery scours Amazon for filler items to boost your purchase up to the £20 minimum.

Good times…

 

ebay bargains.

Learn to grab a bargain on eBay.

Finding a deal on eBay is a bit like rummaging through a massive jumble sale – but there’s help at hand. Here are our five tips to make your search for bargains as quick and easy as possible.

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Misspelled Items: If a seller lists an item such as “Sansung” or “Playstaion” it may not appear in any of the regular eBay search results. This can lead to fewer bidders, and lower price.

Luckily there is a website to help you search for just this type of thing, fatfingers.com. You will likely get the best results by searching for brand names.

Search Local: Some eBay sellers will only give you the option of collecting the item in person. That’s useless for the majority of eBay bidders – but it could be perfect for you if you’re their neighbor. Thankfully there is also a great website for finding these listing too, Local Bargain Finder hunts for deals in your area. Just enter your postcode and what you’re looking for.

Last Minute Shopping: Last Minute Auction lists auctions on eBay that will end within an hour – and where the bid so far is less than a pound. Just choose the category you’re interested in and look for deals.

Get Listing Updates: If you’ve searched on eBay for an item, but haven’t found the price you want, you can track the search using this tool. You can then choose to receive email alerts.

Shop Around: Don’t assume eBay is always cheap or even good value. There are many alternatives around today, all offering secure easy ways of satisfying your bargain hunting bug.

eBay Alternatives

http://en.shpock.com/

http://www.preloved.co.uk/

https://www.gumtree.com/

https://uk.webuy.com/

 

How to find the best bargains online.

Do you really need a WiFi Toaster?

Product: This might sound quite simplistic but the easiest way to save a few pounds while shopping online is to know exactly what you want. Look at the features offered, can you do without them, do you really need that four slice Wi-Fi toaster? Making these decisions before hand will save you a pretty penny as you will avoid paying for all those unnecessary mod-cons.

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Research: The internet is your friend and use it fully to your advantage. There are a host of websites out there that offer comparison services for savvy shoppers and our only advice would be to always use more than one. Comparison websites ONLY offer products from companies that pay them in one form or another, usually on a commission basis but the upside is that they will usually offer price comparisons from the companies you know and love.

Don’t forget the little guy: By far the best thing about the internet (as far as we’re concerned anyway) is that you quite literally have access to stores word wide, large AND small. Even your local shops will likely have a web or Facebook page. Don’t forget them. The chances are you will get access to shops you didn’t even know were on your doorstep. If your up for a little bargaining you can always get a great deal from these smaller outlets.

Do’s and Don’ts:

Do:- Make sure the company offering the lowest price is reputable. Remember, if its too good to be to, it probably is.

Do:- Only ever buy online from a secure website. Look out for the little lock symbol in your address bar and ensure the website offers a secure connection.

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Do:- Always check to see if there are extra charges or fees. These include but are not limited to, delivery, booking fees and taxes. These can add up significantly and could end up making your cheap looking bargain quite expensive.

Don’t:- Try sourcing non branded products online, its quite easy to end up with a surprise that’s just not what you wanted. This is just trial and error so proceed with caution if its something you HAVE to do.

Don’t:- Assume will always find an item cheaper in store, especially during sales.

The best price comparison sites

Larger comparison websites

www.kelkoo.co.uk
www.pricerunner.co.uk
www.shopping.com

Smaller comparison websites

www.dealtime.co.uk
www.shopzilla.co.uk
123pricecheck.com/
comparisonmagic.co.uk/

Specialists

www.fixtureferrets.co.uk – ‘ferrets’ out the best grocery promotions at major stores
www.quaffersoffers.co.uk – low prices on a good selection of wine and beer
www.findadvd.co.uk – a huge range of DVD, CD and videogames over a number of sites
www.trolleydolly.co.uk – price comparisons on big range of branded grocery items
www.pricegrabber.co.uk – a specialist in PC goods and consumer electrical equipment