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Thread 20 - the one with the reminder to put the bargain info *in bold*

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Reastie Sun 15-Nov-20 21:49:41

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 Sun 15-Nov-20 21:50:10

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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BalaamsAss Sun 15-Nov-20 21:54:59

Thanks @Reastie. These threads are moving so fast this year. I can’t quite believe we’re on thread 20 before Black Friday. I can easily see us getting to the magic 25 this year. I reckon we’ll be at 22 by next weekend. I’m off to bed now too - we’ll see how much I’ve missed by the time I get to break time at work tomorrow.

winewolfhowls Sun 15-Nov-20 21:59:26

Thanks for the new thread, checking this thread is a little Ray of sunshine at the moment. Not a bargain but gorgeous recycled paper decorations at Eastend Press you can get two garlands for a tenner (4 quid off).

SnotRockets Sun 15-Nov-20 22:01:25

20% off at Paperchase with code AFVCXMAS20
They also have lots of Christmas bits on 3 for 2.

PipersOrange Sun 15-Nov-20 22:02:36

I'm desperately trying to google a certain type of cup and my mind is pulling a blank. It's those plastic beakers where they have a layer of 'oil' and then usually plastic shapes in them? We had one with lions in from whipsnade and it cracked!

What are they called!? I've tried many combinations for the last 30 mins to no avail... blush

Yeknom Sun 15-Nov-20 22:05:10

@PipersOrange I know the ones you mean, I had a collection! Try googling "floaty glitter beaker"

OrigamiPenguinArmy Sun 15-Nov-20 22:06:59

Clinique have this fresh face forward gift set as a Black Friday deal, £42 reduced from £85.

Vebrithien Sun 15-Nov-20 22:09:02


I'm desperately trying to google a certain type of cup and my mind is pulling a blank. It's those plastic beakers where they have a layer of 'oil' and then usually plastic shapes in them? We had one with lions in from whipsnade and it cracked!

What are they called!? I've tried many combinations for the last 30 mins to no avail... blush

Try "floating aqua tumbler". That got a penguin one up as the first search result for me, or "floating animal tumbler". Could also be worth looking on the Chester zoo website, my local zoo always sold them.

thaegumathteth Sun 15-Nov-20 22:12:41

Liquid animal tumbler brings up quite a few.

TheDrsDocMartens Sun 15-Nov-20 22:19:21

Think I’m just down to the vouchers now. Any offers anywhere?

vroc81 Sun 15-Nov-20 22:25:47

margaritasbythesea here you go.. Incase you missed it at the end of the other... we might have had a white tiger appear in our house recently...

Sorry long link.!

myhobbyisouting Sun 15-Nov-20 22:27:15

Snowglobe beaker? grin

Pawpawpaws Sun 15-Nov-20 22:33:31

There’s 25% off Boden womenswear & 15% off rest - should be applied automatically if not then code H7V9, valid til end of tomorrow.

White company 15% off code - N398B6

How are people getting Argos £5 codes? If anyone has got one they aren’t using I would be very grateful, thank you

truthlemon Sun 15-Nov-20 22:42:16

I haven't read the last thread right to the end, but what about some Grime Dice for DS?

Carrie76 Sun 15-Nov-20 22:49:14

@butmumineedit pm sent with VS code

dancemom Sun 15-Nov-20 22:51:14

I'm looking for men's moccasin slippers but they need laces to be tightened as he has narrow feet, any ideas?

thaegumathteth Sun 15-Nov-20 22:56:09

@dancemom these and use?

Rockhopper81 Sun 15-Nov-20 23:08:43

I suspect this is a ridiculously embarrassing question, but I'm going to ask it anyway - with the Aldi milk frothier, would I just stick the milk and chocolate powder in, and press the button for it to do its thing? Should I use grated actual chocolate, or is the powder okay? Shake it? So many stupid questions!!

Basically, hot chocolate is the only hot drink I really drink, so I was going to buy it for myself, as I can't really justify the Hotel Chocolat version price!

JoanneCofton Sun 15-Nov-20 23:09:19

Can anyone recommend a nice English breakfast tea? It’s for a secret Santa present. I don’t drink tea myself, I was thinking Whittards but I have no idea? Budget under £10 and tea bags not loose leaf. Thanks brew

makingmiracles Sun 15-Nov-20 23:18:15

@PipersOrange home bargains have a Santa one with lid and straw and matalan did a more grown up type cup with no lid last year, not sure about non Xmas ones

CoffeeAndEnnui Sun 15-Nov-20 23:19:16

The pretty little gold-edged copies of A Christmas Carol (abridged) are back down to £1.99. Lovely stocking fillers!

MummaPI Sun 15-Nov-20 23:22:33

Not sure what your budget is but I recently bought the Lavazza milk heater and frother. I'm pleased with it, only makes enough for one cup but doesn't take long at all. Put milk in with choice of chocolate powder and thats it. When I bought it, it was £40 at Lakeland and I had a £5 off code at the time.

recklessgran Sun 15-Nov-20 23:23:22

@JoanneCofton Betty's tearoom tea is fabulous. They do a tea caddy tin or a tea and biscuits gift bag both in budget. Not sure about p=p though - that would add to the cost wouldn't it?
See here; Betty's

AintOverUntilTheCatLadySings Sun 15-Nov-20 23:26:34


*@JoanneCofton* Betty's tearoom tea is fabulous. They do a tea caddy tin or a tea and biscuits gift bag both in budget. Not sure about p=p though - that would add to the cost wouldn't it?
See here; Betty's

The p&p for Betty's is extortionate though. I wanted to buy some cookies from there but it was £6 or £7 delivery! 😮

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