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Reastie Thu 12-Nov-20 15:54:52

please post any bargain info IN BOLD to make it easier to scroll through the thread.

To make things bold you:
Put a star each side of what you want to make bold like this but without the space between the star and the writing *

Just a reminder you can watch the thread by clicking on ‘watch this thread’ at the top of the first message. It’s much easier for everyone than so many place marking every time which can use up a fair chunk of each thread to scroll through thanks

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Here’s Barbarara’s instructions from last year on doing clicky links:

Open double square brackets
No space
Paste link
Name of link
No space
Close double square brackets

Like this
[[ bargain ]] but with no space after/before the brackets.
If I do it again without the extra spaces only the word bargain will appear in blue

For more links etc see message 2

If any link doesn’t work or you want to add something please let me know by @ing me thanks

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Reastie Thu 12-Nov-20 15:55:15

Referral link here . Use this to post any links where you can refer a mner and you or both of you get an incentive. For ease and fairness please don’t post these on the main thread.

Independent online businesses to look here for links recommended or own businesses.

Cash back sites. You can order through cash back sites like Quidco and topcashback. It’s really simple, you just create a free account and then when you’re purchasing anything online you search on the cash back site the lace you’re ordering from and see if they do cash back and if so follow the link to place the order. You usually have to earn £5 minimum to cash the money back but it easily adds up. Go to the referral link page to join if you haven’t before.

Thank you fireflygirl for the info on when supermarkets opened Christmas delivery slots last year:
Last year, Morrisons opened their Christmas delivery slots to pass holders on 6 November, and non-pass holders on 27th November, Tesco opened theirs 3 days early for pass holders (27th as opposed to 30th), and Asda 5 days earlier (13th as opposed to 18th). Sainsbury's likely opened theirs 3 weeks in advance to everyone at the same time.

camel camel camel is a great page for price tracking amazon

A great website for looking up items of specific price so you hit the £20 free delivery at amazon here

Sockeatingmonster’s age old but very useful top tips for using aliexpress (note these are also relevant for wish website and anything shipped from China on Amazon and Ebay - you can usually tell by the estimated delivery time and multiple same pictures but different companies. Although you can filter search by country on Ebay. - thanks scrappydappydoo for that bonus point).

“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 (UPDATE: I wouldn’t buy squishiest either, for the same reason) 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 (UPDATE: Type “18 inch doll” for clothes that will fit American Girl/Our Generation/Designafriend dolls. Shoes are particularly excellent value. Wash dark clothing first as dyes can stain dolls’ limbs)
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!

Also to add I’ve seen a fair few posts from fb this year from small businesses where aliexpress have posted photos of their products and photos without permission, so be wary and be warned the photo might not be exactly what you get.”

Bargainmax here

Laser cut outs which have been popular on the thread here

Lisa angel is a very popular site with great regular sale discounts on jewellery etc here

Toysforapound has some well priced items here

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TheDrsDocMartens Thu 12-Nov-20 15:58:16

OOh I’m first here! (Only posting to say that !)

MsMiaWallace Thu 12-Nov-20 15:59:12

It was in the Aldi leaflet I picked up in store today.

myhobbyisouting Thu 12-Nov-20 16:02:03

What was in Aldi? 🙈

handmademitlove Thu 12-Nov-20 16:02:16

@MsMiaWallace - so is that sunday online? brochures still not showing on their website sad carrot family is high on my DS list - DD got them last year and I remember how quickly they sold out online! do you know what time they go on sale?

myhobbyisouting Thu 12-Nov-20 16:03:15

Oh the carrots. Nope. I'm not doing my sheep impression with those either grin

handmademitlove Thu 12-Nov-20 16:07:20

Yup.. the carrots.... My family mostly shun any popular items at Christmas but this is the one that has got their attention! a cuddly carrot....or four...

starrynight19 Thu 12-Nov-20 16:09:39

I would also be interested in any jelly cat deals dd wants the dinosaur and dragon.

thelegohooverer Thu 12-Nov-20 16:13:55

AliExpress have their annual sale on at the moment for 15 more hours but it’s cutting it very tight now if you’re ordering for Christmas.

Shitfuckoh Thu 12-Nov-20 16:27:39

Not sure if it's already been posted on the last thread as it's moved too quickly for me to keep up today.
Amazon have the Thomas & Friends talking Thomas & percy set on offer for today only. £28.99

BalaamsAss Thu 12-Nov-20 16:31:12

Very disappointed with Sainsburys Double Up - again. Last year was an absolute shambles which took several hours (no exaggeration) in store to resolve and very little to choose from.

This year wasn’t much better. Hardly anything to choose from other than clothes I guess. I swear they actually took gifting, entertainment and homeware stuff off the shelves so people wouldn’t buy them on vouchers because there was less than normal. Clothing section was overloaded with stuff though.

Not only that but we had till glitches (again) and it took about 20min to get someone to work out they had to manually override the 1p difference between the cost of what we were buying and the total of the voucher.

Between last year and this year I don’t think I’d bother again, and certainly wouldn’t be worrying about being faithful to Sainsburys in an attempt to build up points. In the past we have done really well out of double up, but not recently

ThePurpleGirl Thu 12-Nov-20 16:31:15


I would also be interested in any jelly cat deals dd wants the dinosaur and dragon.

John Lewis have 20% off Jellycat

@starrynight19 - they've got some dragons and dinosaurs.

@Lovemusic33 - they've got some unusual ones like a bee, caterpillar, cloud or rainbow, and some plants and a Christmas 🎄

TheLastStarfighter Thu 12-Nov-20 16:32:26

Fleurtations are usually about 20% cheaper than elsewhere for Jellycat, and they have a great range. I've used them a few times.

TheLastStarfighter Thu 12-Nov-20 16:34:57

Question for all the people who have £100s on their nectar points - how did you build them up? We have spent about £700 per month with them for the last year, but only have £31 of points.

WisestIsShe Thu 12-Nov-20 16:36:14

Those looking for Aldi Kevin the carrot and family is online from 8am Sunday 15 November. In store sale dates will vary

Chocolateteabag Thu 12-Nov-20 16:36:55

@TheLastStarfighter - I have nectar points linked to ebay and for a while also with LNER (stopped now) so that picked up quite a few extra. BP garage also counts too, plus quite a few other places.

WisestIsShe Thu 12-Nov-20 16:38:22

Aldi have a milk heater/frother for £19.99 in store from Sunday 22nd. Online from Sunday 15th for pre order

ArabellaPilkington Thu 12-Nov-20 16:38:33


Question for all the people who have £100s on their nectar points - how did you build them up? We have spent about £700 per month with them for the last year, but only have £31 of points.

I used to do all my shopping at Sainsbury's and would always forget about the Nectar points, at one stage I had about 4 years worth.

Madonnawiththebigboobies Thu 12-Nov-20 16:47:24

@Thelaststarfighter I save all the offers for bonus points on certain items in store on the app. I have the my e bay linked to nectar . I go through the nectar app for e bay and other companies when buying stuff for extra points . In previous years ( this one not so much ) I get extra point vouchers when paying and use them on my next shop .

WillSantaBeComingToTown Thu 12-Nov-20 16:50:08


Question for all the people who have £100s on their nectar points - how did you build them up? We have spent about £700 per month with them for the last year, but only have £31 of points.

I dont shop at Sainsbury's and have £47- eBay and sainbsurys petrol I assume.

Sunshineskies Thu 12-Nov-20 16:52:00

I’ve been a bad bargain hunter.. bought both a Jellycat worm and the animalium book for full price a couple of weeks ago and now they’re both reduced down to great prices 🤦🏼‍♀️ Must try harder.. haha.
I second the recommendation for the animalium book by the way, it’s gorgeous. I would love to buy all the books in the series.
Another book I would highly recommend is The Ickabog by JK Rowling. Half price (£10) at a number of places atm including amazon. My dd’s copy arrived yesterday and it’s a gorgeous book. I’ve had a little read too and love it so far.

OrigamiPenguinArmy Thu 12-Nov-20 16:53:56

They’re DH’s points. He (pre covid) drove long distances for work so got nectar points with petrol.

starrynight19 Thu 12-Nov-20 17:00:36

Thepurplegirl Thankyou smile

villamariavintrapp Thu 12-Nov-20 17:06:07

What is the hot chocolate shaker made of? Is it glass or plastic? Do you microwave it then shake? Trying to choose between that and Aldi's.. thanks

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