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Thread 21 - the one where we all try to not eat all the hotel chocolat

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Reastie Thu 19-Nov-20 12:24:39

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 19-Nov-20 12:24:48

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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TheGirlWhoLived Thu 19-Nov-20 12:40:17

Accessorise have 50% off 50 things today... annoyingly they had 25% off a bag I wanted yesterday but I dithered and now it’s gone back full price sad

WheresMrMonkey Thu 19-Nov-20 13:09:58

10% cash back with Quidco for Accessorize too

Arthien Thu 19-Nov-20 13:30:32

Am I right in thinking the massive roll of kraft paper was on Amazon? Any idea how much it was? Our local refuge has some on their wish list but I’m not sure if I can get more for less elsewhere.

Amazonmulu Thu 19-Nov-20 13:32:21

I'm pretty sure this will be the year we get to 27 or 28 threads 🎉🎄 by Christmas Day that is!

ClaraTheImpossibleGirl Thu 19-Nov-20 13:33:34

Smyths have some Black Friday deals live on their website here

There are none that my DC have asked for at the moment. If last year's anything to go by, I shall wait for Christmas Eve and then they will suddenly spring several requests on me hmm

Mumto3thatsme Thu 19-Nov-20 13:36:46

Can anyone recommend where to buy sprocket printer paper from please?

SpamIAm Thu 19-Nov-20 13:39:02

@Arthien it was indeed amazon, £11.50 for 100m. Brand was triplast although looks like that particular one is now £14.

whoknows1230 Thu 19-Nov-20 13:47:17

Thanks @Reastie. Surely we’ll hit 25 before Xmas this year!

Scampersaur Thu 19-Nov-20 13:56:44

playmobil 123 house down to £33 on Amazon usually £45. Great set for toddlers, especially for those battling through potty training as the little toilet has a flush sound!

MummaPI Thu 19-Nov-20 13:56:50

Please help!
I'd like something for my sister which is the gift that keeps a subscription or the like. She is in her 60s, had covid and high risk but has got through it so I really want to treat her. Mobility and health not great so something to make her smile.
Any ideas would be fab!

IggyAce Thu 19-Nov-20 14:04:44

@MummaPI what type of things does she like?

caperplips Thu 19-Nov-20 14:05:23

@MummaPI what about either a flower subscription where your sister will get a bouquet of flowers every month. I'm doing that for my parents as my Dad is not in great health and they're really isolating so I thought it might be nice to have flowers arrive every month.

Or a magazine subscription?

Hope she feels better soon

myhobbyisouting Thu 19-Nov-20 14:07:37

@MummaPI bloom and wild gift subscription. Doesn't require any work from her end, really beautiful flowers packaged well and a treat she might not buy herself.

My referral code is over on the referral board and gives you (and me) £10 off daffodil

Dolphintrainer Thu 19-Nov-20 14:12:03

@purplepandas I haven’t caught up with the thread so apologies if duplicated, but Lakeland has the black Genesis sodastream in their BF deals today for £49.99. I also saw it in Aldi today for 54.99 so that looks a good deal

girlsyearapart Thu 19-Nov-20 14:18:51

Has anyone bought iPads from wowcher? All 3 dds (10,12,13) have iPads on their list

Borris Thu 19-Nov-20 14:19:12

Are sprockets likely to be reduced on Black Friday and what's the best price I'm likely to find?


OldGreyBoots Thu 19-Nov-20 14:20:15

Apologies if it has been posted already, but there's 20% off all Nails Inc products on their site, and a free polish (choose from 3 options) when you spend £35

I like them more than any other brand, even OPI, and I'm having to restrain myself from buying for me! Maybe the boxing day sales...

Mahonia Thu 19-Nov-20 14:33:43

Afternoon all. Thanks for the new thread Reastie!

Does anyone know of any codes for the following:


I would be extremely grateful.

I received an order from Paperchase yesterday and there was a leaflet in the box with a number of discounts. They look generic so should be able to be used more than once. See attached photo.

If hard to read, the codes are:
20% off everything JOLLY20
3 for 2 on non Christmas cards JOLLYCARDS
50% off single pens when you buy any notebook JOLLYFREEPEN
20% off all photo frames JOLLYFRAME
Buy one get one half price on all non Christmas gift bags JOLLYGIFTBAG

All are valid until 30/11/2020.

Hope these help someone!

TheCrow Thu 19-Nov-20 14:44:11

Just posted on the other thread but popping it in here too-

B&M had money off baby Yoda's and Harry potter Lego sets today. Photos attached. Not been looking at them so no idea if they're bargainous or not!

Pound shop had unofficial annuals- Fortnite, Minecraft, LOL Dolls, match attax and rainbocorns.

TheCrow Thu 19-Nov-20 14:45:03

Photos didn't want to attach 😂

EvilHerbivore Thu 19-Nov-20 15:00:55

Tonic to go with the bargain gin?!

MsMiaWallace Thu 19-Nov-20 15:01:56

@TheCrow thanks.
I did see the baby yoda at £25 too.
Was hoping for something cheaper but I've no doubt that'll be wishful thinking!

MummaPI Thu 19-Nov-20 15:18:51

She's fairly creative, sewing etc. Loves strictly and that sort of thing.
Thanks all for your ideas so far.

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