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Reastie Mon 09-Oct-17 15:21:29

Welcome one and all, see post two for links.

This Christmas we will mostly be watching the children spinning in bilibos with their head torches on and we will be drinking pact coffee in our Emma Bridgewater polka dot mugs

Reastie Mon 09-Oct-17 15:21:43

So, info below is hopefully helpful and links below are for some of the frequented websites from the page. If you know of a website that would be good to add please let me know thanks .

Since it's so popular now there would just be too many links in the link post, and I'd go slightly unhinged attempting to get them all in, so I'm fine tuning and doing generic site links rather than specific product links (unless there's something so brilliant that consensus is to add it here). If there's a stupendous code that could do with adding on here let me know bold and big is really helpful for me thanks . Hope you find it useful.

Predicted by fireflygirl the 25%off Sainsbury's dates:
(They were right on all but one last year
24 October 2017
27 November 2017

From tattyboggle89:
18th October 2017
Looks like this will be the date for Sainsbury's big toy sale this year so save the date! Will update if I hear any different.
It's usually really good instore

Sockeatingmonster’s top tips about aliexpress:

I have used Aliexpress quite a bit over the last few years. My tips/observations are:

1. Check reviews
2. Be wary of plastic toys. There have been concerns about toxic plastics from China, and I have binned plastic figures for having very unpleasant smells. I no longer buy any 'low-end' plastic items and only ever from sellers with lots of positive reviews
3. Aliexpress refund/complaints procedure is actually way more straightforward than eBay, and stacked in the buyer's favour
4. Beware of mains operated electricals, many of which are supplied without fused plugs. Always message the seller first if in doubt, don't rely on the photos
5. I don't trust dress up clothes to be flame retardant, although I don't believe this is UK law anyway?
6. Clothes can come up very small. Quality can be variable (excellent to awful). Photos are often of similar items, so take them with a pinch of salt and check the reviews.
7. Actually, all photos on Aliexpress should be taken with a pinch of salt. Again, check reviews (where buyers often post photos of the actual item received)
8. I wouldn't trust toys to meet UK safety standards and wouldn't buy anything that could pose a risk (e.g. Paint might not be safe for children to gum, there could be sharp edges/choking hazards, etc)
9. Lego alternatives don't tend to stick together as well as genuine Lego. Minifigures are still excellent value, but the odd one might benefit from a few drops of superglue.
10. Barbie and other doll clothes can be excellent value, but check reviews for fabric quality and finish
11. Stationery is generally excellent value, although paper quality can be lower than expected. Type 'kawaii' into stationery and be prepared to spend a fortune!

Bargain crazy website here an outlet for very and littlewoods

Joules eBay outlet here

Lisa Angel here

Studio have some well priced items but quality on everything isn't amazing here

Super saver delivery tool is a fab website where it will find low value items on amazon to take your shopping basket to £20 to qualify for free super saver delivery when you're getting close here

Toys for a pound

Wonderbly (formally lost my name) here

Reastie Mon 09-Oct-17 15:26:20

Well done Carrie, I thought I was going to do it but you finished it!

Carrie76 Mon 09-Oct-17 15:26:32

Thanks Reastie 💐 Oops i finished the last thread, didn't realise you were posting until I got to the endblush

Haudyerwheesht Mon 09-Oct-17 15:29:38

Hello!!!!! Thanks Reastie

TheDrsDocMartens Mon 09-Oct-17 15:31:30

Signing in.

TobleroneBoo Mon 09-Oct-17 15:32:57

Thanks Reastie - one half of my family are now doing secret santa, just as well I know now as I had already started buying bits!

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Mon 09-Oct-17 15:39:07

Reastie flowers

torthecatlady Mon 09-Oct-17 15:42:56

Looking forward to some new bargains!

RJnomore1 Mon 09-Oct-17 15:46:58


eitak22 Mon 09-Oct-17 15:47:12

Toblerone At least you know now, i would be annoyed if i found out this late but then we start buying in January as it's easier to pick things and place them in the present box!

FoofFighter Mon 09-Oct-17 15:47:23

gringringringrinthrilled to have helped contribute to the new thread title

DumbledoresArmy Mon 09-Oct-17 15:51:27

Checking in grin

Llamacorn Mon 09-Oct-17 15:56:09

Thanks Reastie smile

GingerAndTheBiscuits Mon 09-Oct-17 15:57:45

Checking in!

BluthsFrozenBananas Mon 09-Oct-17 15:58:02

I have a code from English heritage for 6 issues of Good Housekeeping magazine for £6. Go to . If you apply by the 11th October you'll get the Christmas issue as part of the six magazines. The usual caveat applies that you need to pay by direct debit and cancel after six months or they'll keep sending them at a higher price.

ladymelbourne1926 Mon 09-Oct-17 16:02:02

Checking thanks reastie

lifelongfrugaleer Mon 09-Oct-17 16:02:57

Thanks reastie

Wait4nothing Mon 09-Oct-17 16:07:01

Checking in 😃

eitak22 Mon 09-Oct-17 16:10:22

Thanks MrsCrimbo it is indeed that book and might be cheaper than amazon.

GirlWithTheYellowHat Mon 09-Oct-17 16:13:47

checking in!

fraggle84 Mon 09-Oct-17 16:19:54

Checking in!

AgnesBrownsCat Mon 09-Oct-17 16:22:07

Thanks for the new thread

Annwithnoe Mon 09-Oct-17 16:22:17

Thanks Reastie for the new thread

Thank you to the PP who posted the link to Chatty Nora on Etsy. Just sorted out a very hard-to-buy for friend.

Please give a shout if there are any good vodka bargains to be had (tempted to try making dishwasher vodka grin )

Mrsmadevans Mon 09-Oct-17 16:26:06

Thank you Reastie
re the EB orders I have just had a look at my account and it says mine is in progress am keeping my fingers crossed !

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