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    • Ford Ka in general / Car / 167 Readings / 160 Ratings
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      Great car, well reccomended

      Ford Ka.

      The Ford Ka. What a unique little car. I feel lucky enough to own one as they're such a pleasure to drive. Not only are they deceivingly roomy inside, reliable and good looking, not to mention quick and agile for such a small car.

      -The Specs-

      So what can you expect to get if you purchase a Ford Ka? Well, this review I will be talking about the 1997 Ford Ka model, which is a MK2. It has a 1.3 litre petrol Ford Endura engine with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) which does a very healthy 30-40 miles per gallon. It comes as standard with a 5 speed manual gear box and has about 60-70 BHP(Brake Horse Power) which is very nippy seeing as the car weighs very little. The car is front wheel drive and does not have ABS. The Ka is insurance group 2 and the road tax is £66.00 for 6 months or £120.00 for 12 months.

      It comes with 4 seats and arm rests for comfort, not to mention a lot of leg room for the driver and passenger. There is not an awful lot of room in the back as the back seats are quite small. They do however suit children very well or a shorter adult. All seats have seatbelts and there is a drivers airbag for safety. There is a decent amount of boot space, enough for a small shop just using the boot alone, but if you used the back seats also you can get a lot of shopping in.

      -The Inside-

      The interior of the Ford Ka is in my opinion, really really nice. Everything is very round and curvy like the car itself and nothing has the square look about which you might find in something like a Rover Metro. The seats are fabric blue and very comfy and there is a lot of storage space in the glovebox, which you can pull out and use as a carry case for small items. It comes as standard with a Ford RS 5000 FM Radio which can very easily be upgraded to a CD Player or downgraded to a Cassette player depending on the owners choice. There is however no sunroof in the Ford Ka.

      The dashboard is very nice and rounded and all of the dials and interface is very easy to see. The speedometer is very clear aswell as the odometer and all of the warning lights are very bright and easy to recognise. There is however no rev counter with the Ford Ka so you need to be acquainted with the engine to get your gear shifts perfectly.

      -The Cost-

      How much does a Ford Ka cost? Well it depends on the model obviously and the milage and condition, however on average a 1997 Ka will set you back around £1000-£2000 depending on the milage, which is a very good price for something with a good size engine and such a low insurance group. All of the parts are pretty easy to get hold of for MOTs/Services and they're not very expensive either as they're pretty common and a lot of parts will even fit a Fiesta of the same year.

      Ford Ka's are great cars for learners or just for a runaround as they're very reliable, very easy to get on with and they drive very smoothly. The Ka gearbox and clutch is very forgiving make it perfect for learners and the petrol consumption is also very good, making it quite cheap to run. Since the insurance group is so low (group 2) new drivers also have a chance to get insured without having to spend over 2 billion pounds just to drive it on the roads.

      I personally reccomend the Ford Ka and LOVE to drive mine. Even when my Ka dies due to high milage I might even buy another.

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        14.03.2009 20:37
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        A fantastic show, I love it to bits.

        FireFly.

        FireFly is an american TV sci fi series released in 2002 about a crew of renegade space theives who fly from planet to planet searching for jobs, crew, cargo and bounties in their FireFly spaceship, named Serenity. Constantly hounded by the federal government named only as the 'Alliance' their adventures are extremly entertaining to watch, even if your not a big sci-fi fan.

        FireFly? I've never heard of it..

        Well, that might be the case as it's a pretty niche TV series and wasn't given much of a real chance to air on TV, as in early 2003 Fox cancelled the series after only 11 out of the 14 episodes were shown. Despite having a low following from the TV airings, the DVD sales and online cult following has been massive.

        Who stars in it?

        Nathan Fillion plays the lead character of Malcome Reynolds, the ships captain and leader. He used to serve as a sergent in the army and became renown for his part in the Battle of Serenity Valley

        Gina Torres plays Zoe Washburne, the ships second in command and Malcome's right hand lady. She also served during the Battle and is very good at combat. Not a lot of detail is given about Zoe which makes her pretty mysterious but she definatly knows how to handle a gun.

        Alan Tudyk plays Hoban 'Wash' Washburne who is the ships Pilot. He's married to Zoe and has a real affixiation with piloting and the ability to be free with the use of his ship. He joined pilot training to see the stars which he was unable to on his home planet due to pollution and fog.

        These are only a few of the characters in Firefly, the show is so good you really have to watch it for yourself. If you have seen the movie Serenity then you'll already be familier with the characters as that movie is based on the Firefly series.

        In my opinion, Firefly is more enjoyable to watch than other sci-fi series such as Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek The Next Generation because of its quirky characters, the comedy which is hidden in the dialogue and the adventures and situations the crew get into are a lot more fun and exciting to watch. My girlfriend introduced me to FireFly after we had started watching a bit of Star Trek Voyager and it was getting a bit boring due to many of the episodes being quite similar. After watching the first few episodes of FireFly I was hooked and we watched the whole series within the next two days and I've watched them again and again since.

        If you've seen and enjoyed other sci-fi shows such as the Star Treks, Andromeda, BattleStar Galatica and Star Gate then I think you'd really like FireFly. It has its similarities due to being a sci fi show and based mainly in space, but the differences which make Firefly unique and quirky are what makes it so good.

        I personally really wished they would make a second series and i know a lot of other people do too, but I doubt it will ever happen as once Fox seems to cancel a show, they never bring it back.

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        • DragonFable (PC) / PC Game / 44 Readings / 41 Ratings
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          14.03.2009 18:37
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          A great game, Well worth trying if you're bored at work

          DragonFable.

          DragonFable is another game released by Artix Entertainment. Its based completly in your browser and is only playable online. DragonFable is the second game released by Artix Entertainment and had a newer feel to it, compared to the original Adventure Quest game that it is based on.

          Newer Feel? What does that mean?

          Well, the old game was a lot slower.. a lot more time was wasted watching slow animations during combat which left the user feeling bored at times as it was so repetitive, but in DragonFable a lot of that animation has been sped up so the user doesn't have to wait and can actually play more!

          The combat is still turn based but you can fight a lot more enemies at once unlike in AdventureQuest, where it is usually 1, sometimes you'd get the odd 2 or 3 but its not common.

          Does it cost anything?

          Nope, DragonFable uses the same system as all of the Artix Games, which is it is 100% free and playable with no cost, but there is an added optional members feature where you can pay some real money to become a member and get some ingame benefits.

          The game is very vibrant and colourful, while also being fun, creative, innovative and enjoyable to play. All members of the family can play it as it's very cartoony but also quite professional. A great game, well worth trying in your lunch break!

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            14.03.2009 18:33
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            A great game, well worth the nothing it costs! =p

            Adventure Quest Worlds.

            Adventure Quest Worlds is a new updated game from the Battleon company run by Artix Entertainment. They originally came out with the Adventure Quest online role playing game and this is its followup. The game is set in medievil times where you take on the role of either a warrior, a rogue or a wizard and have to defeat monsters and complete quests.

            So whats different in Adventure Quest Worlds?

            Well, the major big difference from the original game is that Worlds is now actually multiplayer on-screen, as you can see, talk and even fight other players which you couldn't do before. There are hundreds of new weapons, quests and characters, some however have been brought through from the original game.

            Does it cost?

            Nope, Adventure Quest Worlds is 100% free and there is an optional members package if you wish to be a member. This isn't nessesary for playing the game though, as it just comes with some bonuses and such.

            Personally I think it's a great game that is long overdue. The cartoony graphics are extremly colourful and pleasing to the eye and the gameplay is fluid without any lag, which is very good for something thats free. The entire game runs purely in your browser so there is nothing to download.

            If you liked Adventure Quest or Dragonfable, then give Adventure Quest Worlds a go and kill some other players while your at it! I got to level 15 within an hour or so, so you don't have to spend all day leveling up. For an online game the whole family can try, try this one, you won't regret it.

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            • Rising Force Online (PC) / PC Game / 65 Readings / 64 Ratings
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              12.03.2009 00:47
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              Great game, especially for free. give it a go!

              Rising Force Online.

              Rising Force Online is a massivly multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) currently under the release of CCR. The game has a lot of history behind it with quite a few different releases so it can be quite confusing. Let me set the story straight;

              RF Online originally started in Korea by CCR and they had their own servers which were not open to Europe or the USA. They then sold a contract in 2006 to CodeMasters who released the game to the UK. This is where things started to go bad for RF Online as personally I think Codemasters were clueless when it comes to MMORPGs. They had set the experience rate (how fast you level up) to a rediculous level and players were taking days to earn less than one level, some even struggling to make a few percent of a level in an entire day! It was really that bad. In late 2008 Codemasters had lost practically all of their customer base and closed the servers for good.

              In early 2009, CCR decided to have another go at releasing Rising Force online for the UK/USA market and released two new servers. These were totally free to play and free to download, unlike the Codemasters version which you had to actually buy in the shops. This time it was better, the experience rates were increased dramatically and you can actually hit the maximum level within one to two months of playing which isn't too bad for a Korean MMORPG, as they're known for their grinding (hard leveling).

              So what does the game involve? What's it about?

              Rising Force online is an online depiction of a futuristic war set between three races, all battling it out for survival and ownership of the all important Crag Mining facility which is at the centre of the world. The three races are all extremly unique and have their own classes, spells, looks and weaponary. Here are the three races we have in RF Online:

              The Bellato: These are small humanoid characters which specialise in building and the economy. Their special racial skill is their 'Driver' classes which enable them to 'drive' a massive mechanical robot which then does their bidding. These are called MAUs and come in a range of different colours and have a range of weaponary, ranging from spikes for melee, flame throwers and gattlin guns.

              The Cora: The Cora are the mystical race, discended from Elves they possess the powers to harness natural energy and spiritualistic power from the earth and use it for destruction. Their special racial ability is called Animus, they can summon mystical spirits to fight along side them, each with their own unique abilities. For example, you have Isis which is a damage dealing animus, hell bent on killing anything in her path, or you could switch to Ianna who will lay its life upon the line to save yours.

              The Accretians: The Accretians are futuristic robots, once who were humanoid and inhabited the planet Novus. They spent a lot of time developing exo-suits to make them into super soldiers and everything for them is now mechanical. Their special racial features is the Launcher. These are -massive- rocket launchers that are capable of extremly high damage but with a slow reload feature so they have a flaw. They can also use seige kits which fuse their robot bodies to the ground and let them fire their launchers much faster, at the cost of giving up their mobility.

              All three races are very unique and this is portrayed very well in RF Online.

              The game is centrered around Player vs Player combat rather than the typical Player Vs Environment (Non player controlled monsters) and has a Chip-war every 8 hours. This is a large war within the Crag Mine area to battle for control. Each race has its own chip and it must be defended at all costs. The first race to loose its chip will give up control and the victors will then claim the mine for the next 8 hours, giving them the ability to mine and gain money and weapon upgrades, pushing them even higher and making them stronger.

              The only downfall to RF Online is the grinding (hard leveling) which can take a little while to do, but its worth it in the end. Massive chip war battles of 100 players a side are mind blowing and the graphics are extremly good for something that is now free. It costs nothing to download, nothing to subscribe to monthly and the optional ability to put real money into the cash shop in return for items that help you level and such although its completly optional.

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              • Adventure Quest (PC) / PC Game / 97 Readings / 96 Ratings
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                A great game, well worth a look!

                Adventure Quest.

                Adventure Quest is a online, single player browser game released by Artix Entertainment. You take on the role of an adventurer looking to slay monsters, gain gold, level up and gain experience and also complete quests.

                The game is built in flash and runs directly in any browser without the need of a high spec computer due to its colourful, yet basic graphics. You start the game by creating your character, choosing their name, the way they look and customizing their hair etc. You're then released into the world, ready to do battle with hordes of monsters and to get all of the treasure.

                The Adventure Quest world is rather big, ranging from all kinds of lands. Sand, Sea, Ice, Mountains, Volcanos, you name it and you can be there in Adventure Quest. All of the game is very colourful and pleasing to the eye, while also looking very professional and well made.

                The combat in Adventure Quest is very similar to the Final Fantasy series of combat. It's 100% turn based (You get a go, then the enemy, then you etc) and you can choose basic commands such as Attack with your weapon or cast spells. There is a huge range of spells with all different features, some do damage, some debuff (weaken the target) some heal you etc. There are also pets which fight along side you and can have special magical powers, aswell as a 'guest' who can fight along side you. Guests are picked up on your travels and dissapear on log out.

                There are thousands of spells, pets, weapons and quests to obtain and all of them are very unique. There are different elements such as Fire, Ice, Water etc and all of these can be used to your advantage. For example hitting a fire monster with an ice weapon will do more damage than normal because they're weak to it.

                Adventure Quest is also 100% free with the possability to upgrade to a 'Guardian' account which gives you premium features althought this costs around £8 for a one off payment.

                All in all it's a very good game but the combat can be quite slow paced. If you get bored though, this game is great for burning some time. Well reccomended by me but just not for long hours at a time!

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                  02.03.2009 16:19
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                  Easy Vision Contact Lenses

                  -Intro-

                  I've been wearing contact lenses for about 8 months now due to being short sighted and absolutely hating my glasses. When I had my eyes tested I opted for a free month's contact lens trial of Easy Vision lenses and I haven't looked back since.

                  -How do they feel?-

                  Easy Vision contact lenses are soft lenses which last for a month and are then disposable. They're very easy to put in and tinted blue for improved visibility when putting them in and taking them out. They do last for about a month as long as you look after them well as because they're soft lenses they can tear easily if you don't keep them in tip-top condition.

                  -Price and Availability-

                  I personally buy my lenses in a 3 month supply (6 contact lenses) from SpecSavers and they cost me £21. That works out at £7 a month which is a very fair price for eyesight! It would cost me £12 a month for the same lenses from a local optician so SpecSavers get the thumbs up from me.

                  -How do they turn up?-

                  The Easy Vision contact lenses come in a small box which contains 3 lenses. The lenses are in a sealed, sterile container in a saline solution to keep them clean and moist.

                  Personally I have never had a lens tear when it was new, only after a month when it was on its way out.

                  -Summary-

                  To summarise, Easy Vision contact lenses are excellent value for money, very good quality and they last for a month. SpecSavers do a month's free trial and I recommend them completely.

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                  • runescape.com / Internet Site / 110 Readings / 101 Ratings
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                    A game that used to be good .. but not anymore.

                    Runescape.

                    Runescape was once a godlike MMORPG (Massivly Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) before it was hit by the mainstream audience and went downhill significantly.

                    I played Runescape A LOT when I was in my early teens, it was more than just a game, it was a hobby, a game, a social life and everything else thrown in until everything was changed. When RuneScape 2 came in (the current version now) and all of the graphics were changed, the combat system changed and everything else, this ruined it completly in my opinion.

                    I used to play for the classic graphics and the game play because it was good for what it was. The graphics might have been basic but thats not the point, the gameplay is more important and how good the hunting, adventuring and player vs player aspect was. I used to LOVE the way the old player killing system made it an actual real risk to go out and fight other players. With the risk of losing all of your equipment there was more of a gamble.. it was a lot more fun. Hoping that you wouldn't bump into one of the level 100 players while hunting was such an adrenaline rush.

                    Now all RuneScape 2 has become is just a mainstream game with no unique features. It's more about how much money the games owners can now suck from you with membership and premium fees and I can't see the appeal anymore.

                    Runescape Classic was one of the best games I have ever played, but they decided to kill that off. I'd probably still be playing today if they hadn't have changed it and I doubt i'm alone.

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                      19.02.2009 16:02
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                      I won't be buying it again

                      I love ice-cream, seriously who doesn't? It's one of my favourite desserts and today I tried the new yoghurt and strawberry delice flavour by Carte D'or.

                      -The Packaging-

                      The ice cream comes in a clear tub with the Carte D'or logos all over it and the nutritional value on the underside, not that ice cream has any good nutritional value, just to tell how much sugar and fat it contains!

                      Each tub contains 900ml (480g) of ice cream and is nicely presented with the ice cream in two large swirls.

                      -The Taste-

                      The taste of this particular flavour of Carte D'or was well, to put it bluntly, sharp. You can -really- taste the strawberries but they taste a lot sweeter than they should, giving them almost a sour effect because you cant eat it with a straight face. The yoghurt part is very nice and simple, it's very smooth, creamy and delicious, it's just a shame the strawberry completely overpowers it.

                      -Price-

                      For the 900ml tub I paid £3.58 at my local Tesco and personally I won't be buying this flavour again any time soon. I think in all honestly I will struggle to get through the rest of the tub.

                      My favourite Carte D'or flavour is the Crema di Mascarpone, which includes mascarpone flavoured ice cream, a red berry sauce and pistachio nuts. I prefer this greatly and will be switching back as soon as I can.

                      -Summary-

                      To summarise, the yoghurt and strawberry delice is so sweet it's almost sour which ruins the taste; it's very expensive and very unhealthy, even for ice cream. It also contains FOUR E numbers. In my opinion, stay well clear!

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                        Used to be a very good account, I wouldn't reccomend it now

                        Post Office Instant Saver

                        The post office instant saver is a savings account offered to the public by the post office. It is backed by the Bank of Ireland and proved to be a very popular account up until the end of 2008.

                        The account was released in 2005-2006 boasting a massive interest rate of 6.5% as well as having easy access to your money. Easy access meant you could have up to 6 withdrawals a year for free, then after that they would only cost you £1 each. There was no punishment to your interest rate if you withdrew any money which I thought was fantastic. As being punished to get hold of your own money is a bit ridiculous. The account needs to be opened with a minimum of £500 because of the huge interest rate and there is no monthly minimum pay ins or fees.

                        When I saw the leaflet for the instant saver I was intrigued and wanted to swap instantly as I had a very poor Halifax account with a really terrible interest rate. So I went down to the Halifax and closed down the lousy savings account I had with them, and then took all of the money across to the post office. I filled out the application form there and then and sent it off to be processed. A word of advice however, if you use the same method, you MUST keep the receipt that they will give you over the counter as if something ever went wrong, your £500+ could go missing and you'll need that receipt to get it back.

                        Within two weeks all of the documentation came, the savings card, paying in book, cheque book and also some introductory booklets. You also get two pins, one for your card like a regular chip and pin, and one for security. Look after them both with your life, as you need them both when you want to withdraw any money or close the account and get all of your money out.

                        I was very happy with the account up until the credit crunch hit and it hit the instant saver like a truck. I know all of the bank accounts were hit pretty hard but the instant saver was probably one of the worst. The rate went on a very quick downhill slide, losing interest almost every week. It started at a whopping 6.5%, but by February 2009 the rate had dropped to a measly 2.25%. Wait, I hear you say 'That's not so bad during a recession don't you know!' and yes there is more bad news to follow. That 2.25% includes a 12 month 1.5% introductory bonus, so if you've held the account longer than 12 months then your total interest rate is a painful 0.75%. Yes, not even ONE percent for an entire year, but hold on, it STILL gets worse. The final nail in the coffin is handed to the jolly taxman who will still have his cut of your 0.75%.

                        Personally, I think this account used to be fantastic and very unique but now it's practically useless, especially if you've been a customer over 12 months. If you still use the instant saver for a value between £500-£3,600 then my advice to you would be to stick it into a cash ISA with a fixed rate of interest. Most of them are currently offering over 0.75% and the rate won't plummet if it's fixed. It gets you a better rate and also tells the tax man where to go.

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                        • Asus P5B-VM SE / Motherboard / 48 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                          A great board, affordable and reliable. Great for Core2Duos

                          Asus P5B-VM SE Motherboard.

                          I've been using the P5B-VM from Asus for about 2-3 years now and I am really really happy with how its performed over that time period as it's been used to hell. I used to game professionally in tournements and leagues and my computer was used non stop for litterally days on end and this motherboard coped with it all.

                          Its currently running with my E6600 Core 2 Duo CPU which has been overclocked and it copes wonderfully. The voltages stay as they should and there is no need for tweeking. It supports dual-channel RAM and comes with an onboard soundcard which is fantastic value for money. I prefer the onboard sound in comparison to my old Creative Soundblaster Card as the onboard uses less resources and gives a better sound quality overall.

                          Cost wise? I paid around £100 for the P5B about 3 years ago and since then it has fallen dramatically in price. You can pick one up now for roughly £50, which I think is an absolute bargain for such a great motherboard.

                          Supporting upto 10 USBs, DDR2 RAM, SATA 2 and having a 5.1 surround sound card built in, you can't go wrong! Stick in a core 2 duo CPU and this motherboard will be not only reliable, but also powerful.

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                          • Money / Discussion / 102 Readings / 96 Ratings
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                            Money Saving Tips - Part III

                            Hello DooYoo members and welcome to my money saving tips guide. This is the third edition from me so please check out the previous two if you like it!

                            I'm here to basically help you save money and help those pennies stretch further. Here are my next five tips, I hope you enjoy and they help you somewhat!

                            1. The magical reduced yellow sticker. Big supermarkets, by law have to throw away any food that has passed its sell by date, but up until that date, they're desperate for a sale. So the closer it gets to the time for throwing the food away, the cheaper they will sell it at. Once the food starts to get near its expiry, a yellow reduced sticker will be placed onto it, in hope of getting a quick sale.

                            The reduced food works in a tiered system, the closer the supermarket are to throwing the item away, the cheaper it will be. The reductions start at 25% and at the last reductions it will be a whopping 75% off the original price. This would mean your usual Tesco sandwich that costs you £1 would only cost you 25 pence because they are getting desperate for a sale.

                            The common items that are frequently reduced significantly are sandwiches, pre-made salads, fresh salad, bakery items and cakes, juices, smoothies and bread. Also it is often found that goods with damaged packaging will also end up on reduced as the contents inside will be totally fine to eat, just the packaging might have something wrong with it. Just make sure you inspect the item and its sell by date. The best time to grab reduced items is in the evening, a few hours before the store will close.

                            2. Check the details on your car insurance. This might apply to only a select few but it's worth it if you're in the situation. If you have taken out car insurance or renewed recently and have had to declare unemployment due to all of the recent job cuts your premium may well have gone up. As soon as you find yourself back at work, even if you're in a small part time job, call your insurance company ASAP.

                            Your insurance company will lower your premium and refund you the difference. I did this last week when returning to work and was reimbursed £18.90. If your in the same situation or might be in the next little while, grab your money back.

                            3. Make the most of cheap-rate electricity. Most electricity providers now have an off-peak rate where you are charged significantly less per unit if used within a certain time period. This is usually around 1am - 8am. You can use this to your advantage, for example;

                            Your washing machine uses a hefty amount of electricity while you run it during peak time. Peak time costs roughly 18p-20p per kW used so it can add up very quickly if your washing machine is anything but super energy efficient, which is rare. So why not do your washing off peak? And hold your insults, I don't expect you to get up every night at 5am just to get up and put the washing on, there is a trick to it!

                            Invest in a mains timer. These can be found in any good hardware/DIY shop (Focus, Homebase, B&Q etc) and cost about £5-£7 depending where you shop. They plug into the mains like any other plug and then the appliance (washing machine for this example) plugs into the timer. You can then set the timer to come on at 5am, pre pack your washing machine with the clothes to be washed and then leave it. At 5am the next morning, the timer will turn on the mains for you and your washing will get done for a fraction of the price. In comparison, off-peak costs around 4-6p per KW and peak time is 18-20p per KW. It's a massive saving and can be used on other electricals too, such as charging mobile phones, games consoles (PSP, Nintendo DS etc) and many more.

                            4. Try dropping a brand. This one is quite experimental but it does work for some. When you do your food shopping, pick a few items per week and drop them a brand to see if you can save money and still be happy with your purchases.

                            For example, if you normally buy Tesco Finest Bread, drop a brand and try the Tesco Own brand bread and see what its like. You'll be amazed at the price difference and the food won't be much different. If you're already on own brand products, try dropping some items to the value range to save even more money. Some of the value items are extremely underestimated and are very good, especially when they cost just pennies. I have personally reviewed my recommendations for the Tesco Value range here on DooYoo so check those out.

                            5. HotDealsUK. HotDealsUK is a great website that comes well recommended by me for money saving and finding great purchasing deals. It's completely free, and you don't even have to register to browse and find deals.

                            HotDealsUK are all user generated and found by normal people just like you and me. People that like to share a bargain and help you get items for cheap are fire here and it's extremely popular.

                            The website is updated very often and has Amazon deals, smaller online company sales and special offers, discount codes and various loop holes/misprices to help you get a great deal. If you're looking for something specific or even if you're not, check out HotDealsUK first and I bet you'll find a better deal and save money. Use their search function on the top right of the website and see what you can find.

                            I hope these tips help you to save money, throw me a message or comment if you liked them and I hope to see you for the fourth edition!

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                            • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 85 Readings / 82 Ratings
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                              Very good for online shopping, wide range of stock

                              Amazon.co.uk

                              -Introduction-

                              Amazon.co.uk is a massive online store which caters for almost every need. They specialise in books, games, DVDs, music, electronics and computers mainly, but they also have a extremely wide range of everything else. I use Amazon for a lot of my online shopping and never have a problem with them.

                              -Amazon Background-

                              Amazon was founded in 1994 by a man named Jeffery P Bezoz and it was launched early 1995. It started up as an online bookstore but then expanded rapidly to cover nearly every category of shopping needs. In a survey published in early 2009, Amazon was the UKs favourite music and video retailer and has proven to be extremely popular.

                              -Prices & Availability-

                              So what are their prices like? Amazon are usually quite competitive when it comes to their prices. They normally offer free super saver delivery on most items over £5 so they can match play.com and their free delivery offers. The main source of competition though comes from Amazons business and personal sellers which is similar to eBay, built into Amazon.

                              Anyone can start to sell on Amazon just like with eBay, but everything is done through Amazon. You still have to pay a hefty fee to list and sell your items but the exposure is very good as Amazon has so many hits. As a seller you can even undercut Amazon themselves if you can find items to sell that are even cheaper, although Amazon will still profit as you have to pay them fees!

                              -Gift Vouchers-

                              As you DooYoo'ers know I'm sure, since it's a payment method here, Amazon also do online gift vouchers. These are paid for like a regular gift voucher then can be emailed or posted to anyone you desire. These work like regular cash and can also be used in conjunction with Amazon offers, discount codes and you can also make up any remaining balance from a credit or debit card. One word of warning, Amazon Vouchers do EXPIRE after 1 year so make sure you use them up.

                              -Summary-

                              I personally do a lot of my shopping at Amazon, they're quick for delivery, have a very wide range of products and items to buy and their customer service is excellent. The prices are very competitive due to the large amount of sellers all begging for your money. If you want to try a professional and affordable online store, try Amazon.

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                                A pretty decent magazine for the price

                                Reveal Magazine.

                                -Introduction-

                                Reveal magazine is a glossy magazine released once a week jam packed with celebrities, real life stories, fashion and beauty tips, life and love stories and extra bits such as puzzles and a TV guide.

                                -Why buy Reveal?-

                                Reveal magazine is aimed very heavily at the female population due to it's content and to be honest I only read Reveal once my girlfriend is done with it as she is the one that buys it. According to her though the reason she buys it is for the diet ideas the magazine has, plus make up and glamour tips. The rest that makes up the magazine also makes for fun reading, but isn't specifically why she buys it.

                                -Celebrities? What kind of celebrities?-

                                The magazine is jam packed with celebrities but what kind of celebrities I hear you say, well personally I don't think they're A list celebrities but I'll let you make up your own mind. The magazine 'team' which is made up of celebrities are as follow, although it's a brief list of only some of the team as there are quite a few members.

                                -Well come on, who are they?-

                                Each of the celebrities have their own section , James Martin covers the food and recipe section, Vanessa Feltz covers the problems section as an agony aunt and Holly Willoughby covers make up and style. These in my opinion are not the worst celebrities, even though they're not A list it could be a lot worse. I must admit a few of the 'celebs' included in the magazine I've never even heard of!

                                -Pricing & Availability-

                                Reveal costs just 99 pence and is roughly 100 pages long, which is practically a penny per page. It can be found in your local supermarket or newsagents. Personally me and my girlfriend buy it from Tesco.

                                If you're looking for some celebrity gossip, diet & make up tips and puzzles then Reveal might be for you, just keep in mind the celebrities won't be A - List.

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                                • Saving tips / Discussion / 95 Readings / 91 Ratings
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                                  Hope these tips help you!

                                  Money Saving Tips Part 2

                                  Recently I did a review on DooYoo to help people during the credit crunch and also with everyday spending. It featured 5 essential tips on how to save money at home. This is now the second review from me and I'm going to give the DooYoo community another batch of helpful tips!

                                  1. Shop around for your petrol. If you drive then you'll know just how annoying petrol prices fluctuating can be. They change every single day and it can jump significantly high if you don't keep an eye on it. When you go into town and need petrol, make sure you check out the competition. Supermarkets like Asda and Morrisions have been undercutting everyone lately selling petrol at almost 80p a litre (unleaded). If you put in a set amount of petrol every week like me (£10 a week) make sure you get as many litres as you can, and you'll have to fill up less often!

                                  2. Car Boot Sales. These are absolute gold mines for saving money on essentials. Certain items me and my girlfriend get from boot sales save us a lot of money. For example, Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner, we used to pay around £3 for a bottle at Tesco but now we can get them from the boot sales. They're brand new and still sealed, exactly like from Tesco but only cost us 50p a bottle. Some other essentials you can pick up for a fraction of their supermarket prices are shaving razor blades, toothpaste, soaps, kitchen roll and an awful lot more. Just be warned, check the use by dates and make sure they haven't been tampered with. We've never had a bad item but it only takes one.

                                  3. Recycle and Cash In. Do you have a garage, loft or spare bedroom filled with things you no longer use or want? As long as they're in decent condition then you can sell them in 3 different ways (these are my recommended ways). The first is an online auction website such as eBay, eBid or Amazon.co.uk. They will take a small fee from you but it's better than nothing. The second is Computer Exchange (CEX), they will buy any games, DVDs or electronics from you at a decent price. Take your items in-store or check online for a free price quote. They pay in cash which is always good. The third option is the local papers. They're free to list in and there is no fee at the end either. Anything up to £200 per item is free and payment is cash on collection.

                                  4. Cashback Websites. Cashback websites are fairly new and not widely used, even though they're one of the best ideas on the internet today. They offer you a fixed percentage of what you spend online, back in cashback. The rate is often between 5-20% depending on the retailer, but if you spend £50-£100 a week on Tesco food shopping, that's £5-£10 back for doing nothing extra at all. The best online cashback websites that I've found are Quidco and TopCashBack. I've recently just done a DooYoo review on Quidco so check that out!

                                  5. Mystery Shopping. Mystery Shopping involves you being employed to test out customer service for hotels, shops and restaurants. Normally you have to buy something and then fill out a short questionnaire of the shop/business to rate their services and products, and then send it back to your employer. It's free to join and you are reimbursed for every job you do, sometimes the reimbursement is more than what you needed to spend so you actually profit. You will frequently get free meals, drinks, hotel visits and lots of other freebies. I personally recommend Retail Eyes and think they're great for freebies and a little extra income for very little work.

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