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      04.11.2008 01:02
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      There is always bargains to be had and you can always make presents also.

      Just thought I'd share some of my Christmas Bargains with you... as with the credit crunch I think eveyone is trying to get the best prices for many of their family and friends.

      We did agree this year between both sides of the family that we would only buy for children and all adults would not bother to buy for eachother...which has definatly helped my bank account.... although I best get a pressie off my hubby as I atleast one one pressie to open !!! hehe!!! although Im sure my children will make me something as they do every year.... Last year I got a salt dough tea light holder from my son and my daughter made me a hand print calendar.... Priceless!!

      Write here are my bargains

      1. Vertbaudet

      At the moment Vertbaudet have a offer where if you spend £20 you can get £15 off, free delivery and a free gift, I always get the bodes from www.hotukdeals.co.uk.There is also a code for £5 off plus free delivery (no minimum spend) so essentially if you choose a top for £5 you get it free.
      Check this website out, I have managed to get my nephew, neice, son and daughter some loverly stuff.

      2. Debenhams - they have got some great clearance offers on and there is also a free delivery code and a 20% and a 10% offer code on posted on hot uk deals, so again have got some great buys and stocking fillers.

      3. Tesco Direct.
      I have tonight order a disney princess phone for just over a fiver, a barbie and a game.... it all came up to £20...so i then used a voucher code from hot uk deals for £5 off £20 spend and then also added a sim card which then gives you free delivery.
      They have lots of other offers on too on many of their toys.

      4. The toy Shop ( the entertainer)

      I recently sold a few stuff on ebay and had about 40 quid in my paypal account, so I went onto the toyshop and got some bargains, A baby born doll for 17.50, aelectric guitar and amp for 30.00 and then there was a discount code for 7% off plus free delivery again posted on hot uk deals.co.uk

      5. HMV

      I have been getting quite a few disney dvds as they are very cheap at the moment, I think I paid 4.99 for Alice in wonderland and a micky mouse xmas special ..... loads of bargains.

      6. Nestle Cereal

      They have an offer on at the moment when you buy the cereal you can get a childrens dvd for £1 and free postage from play.com.... there is a few to choose from, I purchased Arthur and the Invisibles, Hoodwinked and Bridge to Teribithia

      There are many other things that I have done to save money for eg... I collected tokens from Daily Mirror to get the free twelve Lego toys and I'm now collecing the tokens for the twelve free childrens books.... I also keep my eye out for any bargains both by checking www.hotukdeals.co.uk and www.moneysavingexpert.co.uk.

      Not sure if this will help anyone.... but with times so hard then there are many things you can do in order to make it easier for yourselves when buying presents....although one thing I have learnt is not to go too mad.... I always worry that my children will not have enough presents to open, and its really really silly as they always have loads from us and family and friends.

      When I was younger we did not get half as much as my children do, and I always try and remind them that Christmas is not just about prsents, Its about being with your family, being nice to your fellow man/women/child etc, religion and being thankful for being healthy and happy.

      7 1/2 weeks to go...hehe!!

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        31.12.2000 16:35
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        My partner decides she wants the Gladiator soundtrack CD and she wants it NOW. It is afternoon on Friday 29 December and the streets are still covered in compacted snow, the car is a white mound and so we slide and slip our way up un-gritted icy pavements to the town centre. Our Price deafens us with gangsta rap, HMV is almost impossible to get in with crowds picking over sale racks and in Woolies we are buffeted by bargain seekers, confused by CDs racked up higgle-piggledy and hemmed in by a cashdesk queue snaking the length of the store. But none of them had Gladiator. We cautiously walk home, warm ourselves with a hot coffee with mincepies and log onto the web. Amazon.co.uk has Gladiator at a discount, a long interview with the composer and several reviews of the work. We could even listen to several tracks. We order it, but the partner is a bit despondent that deliver time is shown as between one and two weeks. "They always overestimate delivery time," I say, trying to cheer her, "it'll be here tomorrow." and I cross my fingers behind my back. Next morning I come downstairs to breakfast, she turns smiling holding Gladiator in her hand. "You were right" she said, "it came at 8am". So our bargain is buying from Amazon. It's not the money, but the saving in time, frustration and sheer unpleasantness in trying to buy a CD in the high street. Amazon (and the Post Office) came up trumps, PC to door overnight in 17 hours. That's what I call a bargain!

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          28.12.2000 01:51
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          Well this has to be the one lots of us have been waiting for,their closure sale.Not that I want to wave this store good bye,as I have bought lots of their clothing over the years. But today I just had to check out what they were offering. The store was packed out with people,all eager for a bargain,the store was offering 25% off three quarters of the stock,the rest had 50% off. A deep breath was needed to start wading my way through the crowds to firstly the children's section.Here I had had my eye on a black smooth fake fur coat for my six year old daughter,for the last two weeks. I hoped it was still there and it was.Normally costing £25,now only £15. Bargain number one gave me a taste for more..... Over in the clockhouse section was My next port of call.Especially when I spotted the half price signs.Black trousers for £6,jumpers for a fiver,Dresses £8 bargains everywhere.Here My best find here was a three quarter length fake fur jacket for Myself normally £50,I paid just £25. Over in the gift section again all half price,I bought a kitchen clock for £3,a boys watch for £3.50. In the mens section shirts for a fiver,coats half price and the rest 25% off. I came out with quite a lot of carrier bags and for once felt I had true bargains to go home with. Unlike other shops who bring in lots of rubbish to use as sale items. A word of warning before you make your way down to C&A'S the till queues are long and the store itself is very warm,especially with the amount of people in there. Happy hunting........

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            28.12.2000 00:54
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            The shops are all claiming that the sales are quiet. Well that is because no one has any money left to spend after the build up for Christmas. If you do want some bargains, consider the following: 1) Most of the stuff put out by the shops is normally the old rubbish like clothes that would not sell. So dont think you are going to find anything too amazing. 2) They still need to make a profit so dont expect huge reductions. 3) Unless you are going to spend lots of money, its unlikely you will make a huge saving. You must offset the price of transport (extra petrol in ques) against any saving. What you will save money on is buying all of the Christmas-related products for next year, NOW. I(m talking Wrapping paper, Cards, Ornaments, Decorations. All of the things that need to be sold off quick by the shops. It will save you a lot of money next year, believe me.

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              24.12.2000 17:39

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              It's Christmas Eve today so it is too late to get anything special. You can however start getting ready for next year. Once the January Sales start in the shops, you can by decorations, cards and other xmas goodies for a fraction of the price. As long as you remember you have got them and where they are, it will probably mean a saving of at least 1/3 in December prices. Most major chain stores will hold a sale where you can buy larger items so if you can keep them in a safe place and they are non-perishable, they will last. At PC World last year, I seem to remember them holding a large computer sale in January. Also, you can buy card-creating software where you can produce cards for any occasion. If you do need a large amount of Christmas cards, this sort of software will also save you a few pennies in the long run.

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              24.12.2000 03:46
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              Strolling through town today, I popped into Clintons Cards, hoping to find out their opening hours for Christmas Eve. Apart from finding out nothing about their plans for tomorrow, I was horrified to see about forty people in the queue, all clutching bundles of Christmas cards. This late in the day the cards they were buying had to be the kind you hand-deliver. I have been in card shops before, looking for cards for my immediate family, and this year I decided to come to my senses and make my own, like we did last year, when we made the family cards with my toddler. Shop bought cards are hideously expensive at this time of year - the year before last not one of the cards I bought for my family came in at under £2.00! Where do you buy the materials? Forget art shops - they are often too expensive and don't carry huge stocks of the kind of items you will need. Staples is yer man. Any big stationary shop should supply all that you need to make your own cards, but I have always been able to find the ideal materials at a reasonable cost in Staples. We drove to Staples, which is on a local retail park five minutes from town, and on the way home for us. Inside I headed straight for the kids section. There I picked up four packs of A4 holographic card. It is white on one side, and comes in blue, silver, red, gold and green, with a mixture of colours in each pack. The cost - 99p for a pack of three pieces of card. Racking my brains for an idea I wandered around - then it hit me! I would make the cards look like Christmas pesents. This could be achieved using minimal effort and anyone could do it. Next stop the pen aisle. I bought a medium metallic gold marker pen to write the greetings bit in the middle - but this was just an extra - you can just as easily do it without. The marker pen cost about £2.00. Then I headed for the sticky-tape section, where I picked up a roll
              of double-sided tape on a dispenser - so much easier than glue, and the dispenser makes it easy to use. The cost £1.79. The finishing touches - a pack of 20 gift-tags, which cost 99p, and a pack of purple metallic gift ribbon, which also included 10 ribbon rosettes and 10 gift tags, which I didn't use, and which will go into the cupboard for next year. Cost £1.79. Finally two packs of pearlescent white C5 envelopes at £2.69 each. When I got home I measured the card across its longest side and then scored a line just under half the distance along on the white side of the card. I used a table knife to score along the line, and then folded the card in two, with the holographic side on the outside. It now resembled a greetings card. Next I threaded one of the pieces of gold twine that came with the gift-tags through a gift tag, and tied a knot in it. I then stuck the gift tag together with a piece of double-sided sticky tape so that it could no longer be opened. The next stage was to assemble the card - it is that simple! First I pulled a piece of double-sided tape about 2 cm long off the dispenser, and then cut it so that I had two pieces about 3mm wide - a little narrower than my gift ribbon. I then cut a piece of ribbon a little bit wider than the card and stuck it down horizontally so that it was attached to the card by the two small pieces of tape, and had a long section in the middle that was not stuck down. Next I threaded the gift-tag onto a piece of ribbon a little longer than the card, passed the ribbon underneath the ribbon already attached to the card, and stuck down each end to the top and bottom of the card. All that remained was to tuck the gift-tag under ribbon near the point where the two pieces crossed, and to stick the gift-tag down to the card with one last piece of double-sided tape. I used the gold pen to write a greeting in the middle of the card, and wrote them o
              ut, putting each one in a rather glamourous pearlescent envelope. I made 12 cards in all. The cost per card: 33p for the holographic card 5p for the gift-tag 10p (approx) for the double-sided tape and ribbon 27p for the envelope This made a total cost per card of 75p - a massive saving on a shop-bought card, and definitely more personal. For 12 cards I paid out £9.00, instead of the £20 or so I would have paid out if I had bought them from town, ready made. It took me about an hour to make the cards, and Chas is already out delivering his share to his relatives as I write this. We didn't have to queue in Staples, as everyone else was in town feverishly shopping, and we have the satisfaction of creating something that no-one else will have this Christmas. You don't have to be particularly artistic to create a card like this - you just need an idea, and the simpler the better. Buying the materials and making your own cards works out a lot cheaper, and a lot less hassle than braving the crowds in town, and paying through the nose just because it is Christmas. I returned to Staples on Christmas Eve to pick up a few bits and pieces, and ended up buying a great little laminator. It cost just over £30, and I plan to use it to make flash cards for my three year old daughter, who will be going to school part-time from September, and other educational toys, like snap, which will help her with reading and writing. Staples is my favourite off-line shop - there is always something in there that can be used creatively. Top of the list for next Christmas will be a binding machine - for making our own books.

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                23.12.2000 20:15

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                Want to buy some of the latest chart cd's for under a tenner ? I would imagine the answer is a resounding yes and there is such a place on the web which does it. Point your browser in the direction on www.cdwow.co.uk. They offer the latest cd's at only £8.99. Delivery is also included in that price. I haven't seen cd's this cheap anywhere else. The eldivery isn;t the quickest as some of the stock seems to be sourced from abroad. However I received my goods in under a week neatly packaged and even showing no signs of what was in the package if you mean it as a surprise. Woe certainly lives up to it's name.

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                23.12.2000 19:08
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                Why spend thirty squid on a new christmas tree, when all it takes is a trip down to your local pine plantations, chainsaw in hand and a grin on your face. If you don't live near a pine plantation then there are always large trees to be had in the strangest of places. Why only yesterday I acquired a nice, large, pre-decorated specimen from off all places our town centre. It's strange what you can find if you just keep your eyes open. Wrapping paper can be quite expensive, especially if you have large presents. Instead you can use bin-bags. Even more money can be saved by this method by finding out which day your local council picks up the rubbish, and getting up early to help out your neighbours by emptying their bags out for them. Tired of it never snowing on christmas? Well simply neglect your daily dosage of Head and Shoulders for a couple of months, and you can guarantee you are gonna ave a very white christmas. Can't afford mince pies and whisky? Well, the way I see it, santa must have a very strong constitution to be able to eat all that food in such a short space of time, and he won't notice if you leave him rocks and gutter- water, in fact it will probably make a tasty treat compared to the dull monotony of marks and spark's mince pies and whisky. Just remember to leave a couple of Rennie tablets out to help his feast go down. The kids are asking for pokemontrading cards and the bank balance is low, what are you gonna do? No problemo, one quick trip to uncle rashid's pressie parlour should secure you a massive supply of FakemonTM cards all for the bargain price of £2.99. Not got any christmas crackers yet? visit your local chinese takeaway. A quick chat to the chef will fix you up with a backhand supply of super-powered crackers (conform to China safety standard CSS1) Follow my advice, and it's gonna be a very merry christmas HO HO HO.

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                  23.12.2000 02:07

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                  I have had quite a bit of luck buying presents this Christmas. I managed to get £25 off the VCR for my daughter (Littlewoods catalogue), I won £100 in vouchers for bigsave.com, and I got £20 off a £40 order at buy.com. So far I have managed to save a small fortune and in the process also get better presents for people than usual. I have the Christmas spirit and my purse doesn't have that empty feeling. To top it all off I have won a few Christmas advent competitions. Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

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                  22.12.2000 20:57
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                  You will find Disney Stores in most big Towns or Cities. The stores are great for those small or large Christmas present for big and small kids alike. If your looking for something small and fun to give to a relative or just a small present for your kids then this is the place to find them. You can however get larger pressies too. You do pay for them though! The merchandise they sell is of a very good quality though so I didn?t have any problems with paying that little bit extra. The stores are well laid out. It?s one of those stores where you will look at everything! The shelves are low down so the kids can see the stuff too, but then they?ll probably end up moaning at you to buy them! The store staff always seem very friendly too and as I bought my products I got a nice merry Christmas wish from 2 of the store staff which was nice, you don?t get that in many other stores. So what?s in the store I here you cry!? Well, obviously its full of Disney memorabilia but you will find stuff like Ties, Boxers shorts, Keyrings, watches, wallets all with a Disney character on them. The ties look great and are a great present to give to a funky teacher or dad and I was even looking at buying myself a pair of boxer shorts because I liked them and I?m not even into Disney! You will find loads of soft toys, from small to large. The store I went into had the smaller teddies on the shelves and then a load of larger toys in a big pile in front of a screen showing a disney movie. There were kids loving watching the movie and playing with the toys and the staff didn?t seem to mind. A word of warning though, if your going to buy one of these teddies, pick one from underneath! You don?t know how many kids have been doing whatever with them! The only downside about the store is that it seems to take ages to pay. This is because they will wrap up a lot of the things you buy for you to make sure you get it home in one piece. They will also talk to you!
                  Yes, a shop that actually has staff talking to you! Hard to believe I know. So all in all, a decent shop with loads of cool stuff but be prepared to pay for it.

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                    22.12.2000 19:10

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                    I find the best and most cost effective Christmas bargain lies within, none other than the Dooyoo website.....What am I going on about??....Simple the free SMS service on the Dooyoo.co.uk site. No more do you have to purchase expensive christmas cards to wish someone a Merry Xmas....Do it with a text message..Missed the deadline for Xmas post? ...No problem text the other party with the best Christmas wishes via a Text Message...Environmentally efficient, free, effective....just send a text message..the best things in life are always free hehe and are always associated with Dooyoo

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                    22.12.2000 18:43
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                    This Christmas if you haven't yet picked up all of your shopping on the last minute let me recommend you do so at Woolworths. We've all probably shopped there once in our lives and most probably been satisfied with what we've purchased. Here's a few category's in which I will explain to you why Woolies should be your choice this Christmas. Accessibility In most town centre's there's a Woolworths most of them big and easy to spot. Woolworths are normally amongst other big named shops making accessibility easy and better for you. Content Woolworths has a wide range of products they have everything from cd's, video's, games, food sections to even children's clothes. Range Amongst the content there is a wide range in every department and section making sure your choice is always available in range and quantity. Pricing The prices in Woolworths is very fair and they have sale's on all the time and being a huge high street store they offer you things at the cheapest prices they can get away with. Service The service is great if you can't find anything the store workers find it for you or help you look and if they are out of stock on certain item's they'll tell you when the next batch is due so you can get it as soon as it comes in. Return Policy On many an occasion when I've returned things I've got money back straight away and on the times I've lost my reciept I get vouchers back straight away. These are just a few reasons why Woolies beats most high street retailers this Christmas so give them a go and see what you think there are loads of other points too which make this store one of the best on the street in more than one way. Merry Christmas and shop at Woolies.

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                      22.12.2000 06:03
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                      Brilliant christmas deals, look no further than your local WH Smith store. Currently they are offering two videos for the price of one, from a very generous selction. You can think of this in two ways, either get double the number of presents for everyone, or more likely save yourself a great amount of money. I though about getting the buy one get one free friends videos and splitting them, but everyone knows about that offer. And the last thing you want is for people to consider you stingy and mean, its OK to be thrifty if you appear to have spent a lot!!! The selction of videos is massive too, theres bound to be something for everyones liking. My personal favourites were Casino (£5.99), Escape from NY (£5.99), American Pie Unseen (£11.99) and Saving Private Ryan (£11.99), although I really can't stress enough the choice there is. It is worth noting that the cheapest item is the free one, so if you bough a £12 and a £5 video it would cost the same as two £12 videos, call be greedy but I'd prefer to get my moneys worth! Its also worth noting that stores like WH Smiths always have an offer on chocolate, buy 1 get 1 free or buy one get one half price; you know the drill. Buying these can be another great way to save a few pounds, which after all will buy you a few pints down the pub!!!

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                      22.12.2000 04:21
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                      I found this category under the heading : Home > Christmas > Christmas Competitions > Christmas bargains competition. and felt compelled to write about it, as when it comes down to “ bargains”, give me “dooyoo” anytime ! Short description : The best review telling us where and why you've found great Christmas bargains - whether on-line or off-line,,,,,,, etc. !! It’s just my opinion, but - when I read, and, to quote the heading, ‘ great Christmas bargains’ I personally felt that dooyoo is not only one of the best bargains going, but probably, the very best bargain - of this new Millennium ! Ask yourself, and be Honest --- , where else on the ‘net’ can you : Read people’s opinions : Rate people’s opinions( apart from ci ch ca ) I’ve obviously got a hang-up there <:-) Get paid in cash or vouchers, and within the stated time : “ Meet” some of the most informed,educated, and interesting people in the world, ( and even get invited to their wonderful Christmas Stramashes ) :-) Leave honest comments on their thoughts and opinions : Get a wee E-mail to say who rated which opinions : Get notified when someone thinks enough of you to add you as one of their ‘friends’ ! I could go on ! Don’t get me wrong here ! I’m not going for a £10 voucher here, I’m only trying to point out that I personally feel that dooyoo is not just the best “Christmas Bargain”, but in fact, The best “ bargain” of ALL time :-) If yoo want to check it out - go too ~~~~~ http://www.dooyoo.co.uk :-) Definitely, the best “ bargain” in the Universe, and probably a few other places too ! auldmac

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                        21.12.2000 18:10
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                        Some years ago I bought a soft cuddly toy for my son. I found it in the Avon catalogue. It was a teddy bear in stripey pyjamas, when you squeeze its hand it plays a sweet tune and sings:- Dream with me, Dream with me Cuddle up and sleep Bed-time is a lovely time So dream with me and sleep. (Forgive me I can't resist it.) Anyway, my son was so attatched to it that he took it everywhere. He took it into hospital, on holiday, in hospital, shopping, nursery, school etc etc. Until one day, disaster struck, it wouldn't sing anymore. We replaced the batteries, checked it out with a screwdriver, phoned Avon but could not get a replacement anywhere. Six weeks later my son had to have another operation, we had tried everything to get a replacement in time but no replacement was available. We even took out a personal advert in the paper for a second hand one or a temporary loan. My son recovered from his op.but was distraught about his toy, his best friend. Anyway years have passed and he is now 8 years old and has no time for cuddly toys now except Dream With Me (don't tell his mates) Well xmas shopping yesterday I noticed that the local MIND CHARITY SHOP were closing down so I popped in. Imagine my surprise when I saw a Dream with me in the corner in a box. There is a Santa now I know it for sure. It even has working batteries in it for a mere £1. This year I know that pokemon and playstation will still be poular with Stephen but.... I know that this will be the best present and the cheapest we will ever find him. Needless to say I gave an extra donation to MIND and I'm sorry they are closing but I am so glad that someone donated him and I wish I could thank them personally. So on behalf of all children who have benefitted from your charity donations I wish you all a Merry Xmas and hope your dreams come true. xxxxxx

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