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Thread 10 - the one where IT’S PAY DAY WHAT CAN I BUY

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Reastie Sun 15-Oct-17 05:49:27

Welcome one and all, see post two for links.

Any referral links to go on this separate thread please

Reastie Sun 15-Oct-17 05:49:48

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

Black Friday will be on Friday 24th November this year, and Monday 27th will be Cyber Monday

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

Camera price buster here . Useful if you're buying a new camera

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

TobleroneBoo Sun 15-Oct-17 05:53:23

Thanks Reastie!

LunarGirl Sun 15-Oct-17 06:02:42

Thanks for the new thread. Resisted so far but I'm now placemarking or I'll never keep up.

Chocolatekeepsmesane Sun 15-Oct-17 06:20:23

Thanks Reastie

RaeSkywalker Sun 15-Oct-17 06:49:54

Thanks Reastie!

LikeSilver Sun 15-Oct-17 06:51:47

Thank you flowers

chicaguapa Sun 15-Oct-17 06:53:37

Quidco has £2.50 on subscriptions up to £5 at

There are quite a few magazines on there which are £5 for 5 issues and would be good for people who are hard to buy for but have special interests; BBC History, BBC Focus (science and technology), Cycling, Gardening, Lonely Planet, Music. And the cashback brings that down to £2.50, so 50p an issue

It also gives £5 cashback for other subscriptions so would bring 6 months of Good Food Magazine down to £15.

Reviews say the tracking is a bit sporadic so recommend getting screenshots to support a claim if you have to make one, but as always, cashback is bonus if it comes through.

And remember to cancel the direct debit before it starts charging you after the 5 issues.

Here is my referral link (hope it's ok to post here and not on the referral thread - made sense to put it with the post)

tiggersdontlikehoney Sun 15-Oct-17 07:02:18

Thanks Reastie!

AllTheWittyNamesAreGone Sun 15-Oct-17 07:06:54

Right. I've been slack this year so next week is the week I start I earnest.
I've bought loads for the teen but not much for the 7 year old. Dp has nothing yet. Usually I'm all done for him by now.
I sorted my mum and sisters in the boots sale in Jan so just my dad to do,awkward bugger hates food gifts, has no hobbies and hates clothes.

Dps family all have a box office that I've been picking up a few a week from m and s they always have a box on offer for £3/4 this time of year.

I found these decorations on esty for £1 and all the children in the family will get one along with a family board game- still looking for good ones that span the ages.

AllTheWittyNamesAreGone Sun 15-Oct-17 07:07:02

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NoWordForFluffy Sun 15-Oct-17 07:18:21

Thanks, Reastie!

feebeemee Sun 15-Oct-17 07:19:54

HEMA have 15% off online today and also have a competition (pops up when browsing) where you can generate a code to win various prizes including £5 off a £20 spend which can be used online or in store

GinYummy Sun 15-Oct-17 07:40:54

Thank you Reastie flowers

christmasunicorn Sun 15-Oct-17 07:43:14

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Taffeta Sun 15-Oct-17 07:46:03

Thank you for the heads up ( and intro to the existence of on previous threads! ) re HEMA. flowers

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 15-Oct-17 07:47:52

Checking in. I need to actually take stock of what I’ve bought and hang fire for a bit....

MarmaladeTeepee Sun 15-Oct-17 07:50:51

It looks like asda have started doing their own version of American Girl dolls (correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm sure these are new). I've just ordered this vet set for £30 which includes the doll and pets (the Our Generation one in Smyths is nearly £100 and that's not including the doll or pets)

DumbledoresArmy Sun 15-Oct-17 07:55:39

Checking in!

CannotEvenThink Sun 15-Oct-17 07:55:55

Who asked about games on the other thread?
I can't work out how to link to it on the app but there is a thread in gaming on board games that is worth a look.

My dc are 10, 8 and 5 and love monopoly but also labyrinth, Carcassonne, ticket to ride and exploding kittens. We have dixit too but that is less popular. The makers of exploding kittens have brought out a new game called bears vs babies which I've not seen yet but sounds fun.

spellingstress Sun 15-Oct-17 07:57:20

Margarita my dc are similar ages to yours. They love:
Uno (current favourite)
Frustration / frustration junior
Monopoly Empire
Split second

christmasunicorn Sun 15-Oct-17 08:01:05

Sushi go was a big hit last year with all the family. I definitely recommend

margaritasbythesea Sun 15-Oct-17 08:02:45

Thanks for you recommendations spellingstress, CannotEvenThink and Minister 2012. I shall have a look at all of those (and then look for deals!)

bigarse1 Sun 15-Oct-17 08:05:00

hi i hope it is ok to post to ask for suggestions? ive never posted before but have been reading (and ordering) through the threads. I have to have an op prob in the next couple of weeks and will be off my feet for 6 weeks so need everything brought and wrapped by then.
have been doing well and apart from looking for a good price on a leap pad and a pink light up scooter my little girls are done, so are all family and friends with the exception of my husband and son.
husband likes motorbikes and food. doesn't drink, smoke or go out really. doesn't read and no time for tv/dvds. have done watches and wallets before but they are still fine. cant think of anything?
then the real problem is my son. he is 4 and one of a twin. suffers from gastro disorder, sleep disorder, eating disorder and probably spd,adhd,asd. he doesn't eat, read, draw, play etc so have no ideas whatever but need him to have things to open because he is aware enough to know his sisters are opening. have done outdoor toys for birthday so that isn't the way to go. asked family and friends for ideas and they had none as all he does is scream.
sorry that went on a bit but I know u lot are fab at ideas and wondered if u would help? thanks in advance and sorry if its the wrong place to ask

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 15-Oct-17 08:07:10

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