On March 30 2014 lots of lucky mums will be getting breakfast in bed, cards, hugs and gifts. I am both a mum and have a mum so have been looking around for some inspiration, as I always think, why stick to one gift when I can get a few to give to my mum.
Here are some of my top picks coming in at under £10. I’ll add more as I discover them. Happy Mother’s Day dear readers!
A coffee or a tea in one of these personalised mugs from Your Design is sure to make any mum’s morning. What’s more, she’ll be able to proudly show the world that she’s the best mum ever as she’s sipping a cuppa in the office. Your Design don’t just personalise mugs, that is just …
Poundshop.com is now live, so now even the people who don’t want to be seen shopping in pound shops can enjoy the delights we others have known for years.
With 18 different product categories including health and beauty, partyware, food and drink and medical, lots more people will discover the benefits of pound shopping.
The site, which has a minimum order of £10 and delivery at a flat fee of £3.65, will increase Poundworld’s reach to areas where it does not currently have a retail shops. Poundworld is the high street shop behind Poundshop.com.
Some sample great buys are Arm and Hammer toothpaste, ped egg, pregnancy test, round foil party platter x 3, solar wall light, lawn restore feed, cable ties and a bungee cord – all for a £1 each.
Deliveries are made Monday …
A few years back, I started noticing that my teeth were going a bit yellow. Now my teeth are naturally straight so I was happy about how they looked, but the yellowing was bugging me, so I checked out how to make them look better and this is what I found:
The “natural” and cheapest approach
I saw a really fascinating teeth whitening video recently on YouTube, where a young lady used bicarbonate soda and lemon juice and brushed her teeth with that once a week for lovely white teeth. Now that should come in at around 50 p or less a week, which feels like a real bargain.
The dentist option
I turned to my dentist and he offered me laser or molds and gels. I took the cheaper option, so he made me …
Half term is looming, so while sitting the kids in front of a screen is the easy option, here are some ideas for keeping them amused without emptying your purse.
Get crafty with Hobbycraft
In Hobbycraft stores nationwide there will be a range of activity for children to do every day between 11pm and 3pm. The activity in store is free, and includes things such as Foam Shape Decorating, Face Painting, Pom-Pom animals and decorations, Making Sessions and a few others. Find your local store here: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/storefinder
Cheap films at Vue cinemas
The Vue Kids AM offer which is normally over weekend mornings will be extended during the week days in half term to every morning, in selected Vue cinemas. Tickets cost from just £1.75 for 2D films and from £3 for 3D films, for …
I have an iPhone and quite a few apps running on it, but I’m always looking out for more and thought I’d do a round up of some cool money saving and bargain hunting apps. idealo idealo is a a price comparison app, offering you on-the-go price information by comparing more than three million products – everything from pushchairs to smartphones to running shoes – and hundreds of online shops. It’s got some handy features:Read more
- Barcode scanner – swipe the barcodes of items they seen out and about and immediately compare online prices.
- Pricewatcher feature which enables shoppers to enter their target price for a particular item, and receive an email notification when the product reaches the desired price.
- Favourites list to easily share popular items with friends and family.
From prices, delivery costs to minimum order value and customer service, which online grocery store wins my comparison?
You may know that I shop at Aldi and supplement that shop with Co-operative or Morrisons, but sometimes I have a lot on and need to save time, so I go online.
I haven’t shopped online since September 2013 for groceries, so I thought I would check out what’s new and have put my research here in my attempt to see which is the best online grocery store on paper. I looked at Asda, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. I thought about adding Waitrose but they do have a reputation for being expensive, and after five days their customer service hadn’t got back to me about my online grocery queries, so I left them out.
Here are my …
I am not a great cook, so this brilliantly easy savoury bread and butter pudding is perfect for a tasty, economical midweek meal or Saturday tea.
The recipe was sent to me by Big & Fresh Eggs. I must admit, I was already a fan as they are great for feeding hungry families due to the larger size of the egg, meaning they are good value. Their eggs are in Morrisons, Tesco and Asda, so I priced them up using mostly own brand products from Tesco and Asda to see how cheap I could make the recipe. See the chart below and enjoy:
- 40g butter
- 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
- 8 thin slices white bread, cut in half
- 100g roast ham, chopped
- 175g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
- 3 Big & Fresh eggs
- 450ml milk
I read with excitement this news about Poundland’s co-founder Steve Smith announcing his plans to launch the UK’s first online single price retailer. Basically bringing a pound shop online, is another convenient way to bag a bargain.
Poundshop.com will launch in the next 3 to 6 months, with a minimum order value of around £20 with a delivery charge on top (around £3), although the exact amount is yet to be decided. Smith justified the delivery cost as he pointed out that shoppers pay to get into town and parking.
There are rumours that Smith is working with discount retailer Poundworld to bring products from its stores to consumers and wholesalers online.
He told Retail Week magazine that he could keep his cost base low by securing good deals and will pass the savings on …
I get miffed that haircuts for my boys cost £10.25 at weekends and £8.75 on week days, so today we popped into Kings on the High Street in Solihull.
They are doing all cuts for £5. Of course, it’s an introductory offer, but for boys it goes up to £7 when the offer finishes, so that is still a nice cheap haircut. The barber didn’t know when the £5 offer will finish, but it got me through the door and was half what I would pay normally, so I was happy enough.
There was a family in there with three boys and a dad so that must cost a bit every month, so Kings must be welcome on the high street for them and many others.
The barbers is open and airy with five stations. …
I stumbled upon the Betel charity after walking past one of its furniture shops. They have some lovely furniture, so today I popped in for a good browse, and also had some tea and pumpkin and ginger cake in their cafe.
One of the guys there, who had been helped by the charity, explained that the shop gets its stock from India, The Netherlands and France and they buy container loads, so can keep the prices low.
They also restore furniture and had lots of shabby chic products. The friendly guy explained that they have their own workshops so that’s why certain products were low cost. Finally, they get overstocks from department stores and when I popped in, they had stock from Debenhams.
A bit about the charity that the sales support, so that you …