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

 

 

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.

 

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.

Shop smarter-Shop Safer

Know your consumer rights.

Shop smarter.

If your shopping bill has become unmanageable your not facing this problem alone. With food prices rising, wages falling and household bills taking up an ever growing share of the family budget, every pound you can save goes a long way to making ends meet. Whether you’re looking to save money on your weekly food shop or trying to cut the cost of your online buying, follow our tips and hopefully we can help lower the cost.

  • Work out what you spend your money on.

    Seeing where you spend your money will let you know just what you can and can’t afford. Create a spreadsheet and list all your incomings and outgoings. Its probably best to start with your major outgoings and expand from there. Be honest, the more accurate the easier the process will be. As always there are also many tools on the internet that will help you with this and our favourite is the budget planner at MoneyAdviceService.org.uk. We like this one because you don’t even need your own dedicated spreadsheet software, its all done online.

  • Food Shopping:- Make a shopping list.

    This is great if you’re super organised but if not, don’t give up. Try creating a simple weekly meal plan and your shopping list should take care of itself. Its surprising just how effective those supermarket marketing ploys are, you and your shopping list are going to beat every little trick they can throw at you. By ONLY buying what you need you can easily save £20+ per week. Grab your shopping list and get on over to mySupermarket.co.uk. Here you can save even more by letting them doing all the hard work for you. They will tell you exactly where your food shop is cheapest, direct you to their website and add it to your basket just waiting for you to press go.

  • Beware of special offers.

    Vouchers, special offers and cashback deals were invented to make you spend more, not less. Never buy something you don’t need just because it’s on offer.

  • Consider supermarket own-brands.

    Not all own-brand supermarket products these days are inedible boxes of cardboard mush, believe it or not, they can be just as good as the named brand products you have grown to love. Some are just……. quite good. Generally own brand products differ only very slightly from their named brand alternatives and quite often you will find that they are produced in the same factory or picked at the same farm as the more expensive product.

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M&S Biscuit Scandal

  • Don’t impulse buy.

    Think carefully before making a purchase – especially if it’s expensive. At the very least sleep on it, it might seem less appealing in the morning. Remember these two questions, “Do I NEED it?” and “Can I afford it?” if the answer to both is no………….

  • Shop around.

    When buying online just remember to shop around, it really is that simple. There are several comparison sites online these days and all make the process really easy. A selection of the more well known ones are…

  • Remember your rights

    As a consumer, you have the right to complain about issues with any goods or services you’ve purchased. You can find out more in MoneySavingExpert’s guide to Consumer Rights.

  • Using your credit or debit card

    If something goes wrong, buying on your credit or debit card gives you greater protection than cash or cheque. Credit cards offer the most protection – as long as the item or service you bought cost over £100 you can claim against your card provider under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act to get your money back

  • Worried about online scams?

    There are plenty of benefits to shopping online. You’ll often get the most choice, the best prices and can shop from the comfort of your own home. However, there are some guidelines you should follow to keep your online shopping experience as safe as possible.

  • Research your retailers. If you’re using a website to buy something for the first time, do some research to make sure it’s a legitimate business. If in doubt, search for their details with Companies House. For financial firms, check that they’re on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) register.
  • Pay by credit card where possible. Credit cards give you more protection than other payment methods. You can find out more in How you’re protected when you pay by card.
  • Check the website is secure. Before you enter your payment details, you should make sure the website is secure. Scroll down to How to make sure you’re on a secure site for more details.
  • Read reviews. If you’re still not sure about using a website, then search the internet to see what other people are saying about it.

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

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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.

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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…