Last week I got to visit Pep & Co for the first time. The store is always positioned by a Poundland and offers discount clothing.
It was founded in 2014 and is backed by the large South African retail group, Pepkor. The group was established in 1965 and now employs over 32,000 people in 3,800 stores across Europe, Africa, and Australasia. This is important as we want to know that it’s got a good chance of being around for a while!
PEP&CO recently opened a store in Solihull and says it will open 150 branches inside Poundland stores across the UK, Ireland and France. That would make the total of their stores 330 by June 2018.
Their aim is to become a major high street fashion player making Primark their rival. The shop assistant said …
I love L’Occitane en Provence products since discovering while on holiday in France.
The company’s hand wash in Verbena smells so devine and Mr BH and I see it as a big treat. At £18 for 500 ml (eeks) it is a very pricey hand wash. But refills are a tenner at Bicester village though and on eBay and it lasts ages.
I like their soaps too, but again they aren’t cheap. I do find that Soak and Sleep do a similar soap range that cost less.
Anyway, I think that L’Occitane are generous with their freebies. I have today picked up a week’s trial of its Creme Devine face cream, so seven sachets of cream. All I had to do was fill in a form and pick up the sample from a L’Occitane store. …
In my cheap things to do for February half term, I mentioned Wasgij from Jumbo Games, as a cheap way to while away a blustery Feb half term day and actually it’s good fun family entertainment for anytime.
Anyway, we tried out the Wasgij Destiny 14 How Times Have Changed Jigsaw Puzzle. You can pick it up from around £9.99 from Amazon. It’s a time-travelling puzzling concept where we had to imagine what the image on the box will look like 50 years on. This will keep your whole family busy over a few days, unless you fancy a mega puzzle session.
We liked it so much, it’s still made, so here’s the solution for those of you who love this puzzle….don’t look if you don’t want to know.
On 3 March, the Two Together Railcard was officially launched.
Now I am a fan as I was one of the people who trialled it when it was being tested a year or so ago in the Midlands.
Basically you and one other person (can be anyone) have to both have your photograph on the card to get the discount on most travel after 9.30 am and on weekends/weekends….even on advance fares.
The card’s benefits made travelling to London cheaper for me definitely. However, since the trial and the official launch, there was a lull of about a year, so I went on the hunt for an alternative.
As most of my travel to work is to London, the Network Rail Card has proved very useful. From Banbury onwards, I get a discount. I did …
Now I love to grab a bargain on eBay, but I don’t like to use use “my” money to do it.
So to pay for my eBay purchases, I also sell on eBay and at the moment I have 10 items listed as now is the perfect time to sell, especially as buyers are looking for presents.
I don’t like clutter (much) and try to rid myself of stuff that is lying idle in a cupboard somewhere on a regular basis…maybe once a week if I have the time. I could list anything between two and ten items. I mostly list from my phone as it’s quicker.
I search for other similar items in the completed items tab to determine the price at which I’ll sell.
Since July I have sold quite a lot …
I got free cake and hot drink vouchers from December 2013 to June 2014. I went with my friend and we used our vouchers to save over £11 for a carrot cake, Victoria sponge and two hot drinks.
I just need to produce the card when I go into the shop and if I shop online, the card is already linked to my online account. If I shop on the phone, I just need to give them the number on the back.
The advantages of having the card while you shop
Along with your membership card, as a member you’ll get
- John Lewis to understand your
Now as well as a bargain, I love convenience, so when I found the HOME2HOME service on Facebook, I thought I’d give it a try.
Basically, it’s a closed group that provides “quality professional cleaning and toiletry products in wholesale sizes at household prices delivered free to your door.”
I am based in the Midlands, and I think that this group (currently with 2,400 members) may only deliver to the wider Midlands region, but there must be others like it around the country.
Anyway, you have to ask to join the group and once accepted, you will get their offers in your feed of cheap cleaning supplies and toiletries, and they will also send you a price list of items they have available at the time. These items range from shampoo, washing powder to stain …
I am a couponer I must admit. Not an extreme one though. You know the types that can get their shopping for £5 a week and have stacks of stuff that they didn’t really want just because it was free or cost next to nothing – that is too much effort for me.
I do however save coupons, look out for them in the post and in magazines, readily accept them when handed out around town and have no problem rummaging in my bag to save 20p off an item, get a bogof or some free loyalty points on a purchase.
Invariably I have some coupons floating around in my bag or purse at all times. I do cull them and remove the out of date ones. I also stick ones that are not really …
Now showrooming to get cheaper prices sometimes doesn’t feel too moral. It’s the practice of going into a high street retailer and then using your smart phone to surf the internet and locate a lower price, often online or where you can order online and pick up from store.
I don’t always use showrooming, for example, if I’m in M&S and they are offering new season stock, I just buy it. I think it’s really only worth it on large purchases. Once I was in a dress shop and the frock was going to set me back £150, so I was having second thoughts. I searched for the said dress on eBay and bought it for £40.
I’ve used showrooming at Homebase too, where I found that a Karcher pressure washer cheaper online at Argos …
I am a fan of eBay. Before buying anything online, I will see if I can get it on eBay. It’s even more enticing now that I can collect Nectar points for my purchases.
Recently, I picked up a brand new steam generator iron for £50 less than the cheapest online store, and that was Argos. The item has a guarantee card and arrived within a couple of days. I also recently bagged some Berghaus walking boots for £35 inc postage and package. They had been worn but were in fantastic condition (as good as new as far as I was concerned) and better than paying £115 for boots I will wear only a handful of times a year. I buy lots of other things and price is nearly always the reason I choose eBay.…