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.

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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).

 

Do you fancy a little queue dodging?

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How to legitimately dodge queues at gyms, attractions, restaurants, etc.

There’s a sneaky way to bypass queues at restaurants, clubs, gyms, attractions, Ikea and more – and you don’t need to be a VIP. All you need is google.

It’s all about Google’s free Popular Times feature, which predicts when places will be rammed (or not). It uses anonymous data from people who opted to share their mobile location to find busy times.

As a result, you can see that on Fridays the London Eye is most popular around 2pm to 3pm, and arriving at 10am should slash your waiting time.

People going to Ikea in Leeds on a Saturday would do well to avoid 1pm to 3pm and instead arrive at 9am or 6pm – or, better still, try a Tuesday.

How to use the Popular Times feature

It’s easy to use. First do a Google search for a restaurant, attraction, etc. On the right-hand side, you’ll see a block with Google’s listing (ie, where the pink circle is in the image below).

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Scroll down within this block and you’ll see a Popular Times graph – if there is one for that attraction. If you can’t see the chart, try clicking the ‘More about’ button (if shown). You can flick between days to find the quietest times.

Not all places will have a popular times graph – it only appears when Google has sufficient data and has been given an establishment’s opening times, so smaller places may not feature it. It works across the UK, as well as many countries worldwide.

Popular Times was also added to Google Maps on Apple’s iOS operating system in January, another way to check how to beat the crowds at shops and attractions.

You can now use it in real time

Where Google has enough data, you’ll now also see a red block showing in real time what you’ll be up against, with a status such as “a little busy”.

This doesn’t work everywhere (for example, in smaller shops) but can be handy on ‘unusual’ days, such as bank holidays or around Christmas.

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‘It’s great for planning a trip’

A few reviewers have used Google Popular Times with great success…

  • Kath says:I used Popular Times in the last few weeks to look at busy days at attractions while on holiday in Germany/Austria. Love it.
  • Anna says:I’ve recently gone part-time at work and used it the other day to find out when it is quiet on one of my days off, to go and do my food shop. Most relaxing supermarket shop ever!
  • Jennifer says: “It’s great for planning a trip to the local Swedish home decor shop.”
  • Jermaine turned the idea on its head to pinpoint lively nightspots: “When my friend and I went to Prague, we had no clue which club was the most popular to visit on which night. So we went through every club looking for the busiest times and followed what it told us. Every time we went out it was accurate.”

Where does the data come from?

Google uses aggregated and anonymised data from users who have opted in to Google Location History. Popular times are based on average popularity over the last several weeks, while live updates are in real time where it has sufficient data.

To turn your Google Location History off, just follow Google’s instructions. When you turn it off for your Google Account, it’s turned off for all devices associated with that account.

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!

 

 

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.