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For you out there who are not familiar with H. Samuel it's a mass-market jewellery chain, operating in the UK and Ireland. They have hundreds of stores available so there should be one nearby. If you visit the website you have a store finder option available to you.
My experience of H Samuels has been fantastic. 3 Years ago I bought a Guess watch. I had seen this watch cheaper online so asked would there be any chance they could match the price. The manager told me they were not able to match the price but could give a 10% discount at manager's discretion. Remember this when you buy something and give it a try since they do have some powers to reduce the cost. I went ahead and bought the watch and also took out insurance on the watch for around £18. I would recommend you take out this insurance on watches as it has been worthwhile for me. I have been back and forth with minor watch damage such as missing stones and strap replacement due to wear by time. With the insurance I got all the work done for free. Bargain considering the straps individually cost £50 each. I had 3 straps within the 3 years. Remember take the insurance out it's worth it.
Overall my experience with H Samuels has been great. The staff at my local branch are friendly and always ready to help.
I first came across Top Cashback (T.C) as I had seen a friend using it quite a bit. I decided to register and I have not looked back. The basic jest of the site is if you make purchases online if you search for the merchant through Top Cashback you may be eligible for cashback. The site acts as a middle man. Top Cashback pays out 100% of the cashback it receives from its merchants to its members. This is unlike other cashback sites. To join Top cashback it's also free unlike other sites. Since joining I have never looked back.
I have been registered for 2 month and already made £50 cashback buying products I would usually buy. It's like getting free money.
[How it works]
When you're ready to buy simply sign into the site. Search for the merchant and go to their site through Top Cashback. Once you have purchased you and your cashback has gone through you will receive and email to tell you cashback has been added to your account. The time it takes for money to get to your online account depends on the retailer and it will tell you the tracking speed when you visit the merchant's page on the cashback site. When you visit your T.C account you will have 4 different sections. Pending, confirmed payable and claimed. This tells you what stage your money is at. Once your money has reached the payable stage you can withdraw you money free through Amazon vouchers, BACS or PayPal.
[Making some extra cash]
Once you register on the site and see how easy it is to make money you get addicted I tell you now. On the site you have a section on merchants which give free cashback. I visit this section everyday and have made around £20 out of it so far. Some companies such as Match.com, match affinity, love film give out good money if you register or take out a free trial. For example match affinity gave me £6 for free registration and fill out their questionnaire. Easy money. Plus if you don't want junk mail just set up another email account to receive your junk mail.
There are some merchants that will pay you good money. These are usually mobile phone, broadband, car insurance and breakdown cover to name a few. My friend took out 2 contracts with Vodafone to receive £300 in cashback. Look out for these kind of deals and if anyone in the family wants a new phone make sure you put them though top T.C
When you refer a friend to T.C you will receive £2.50 for every friend you get to subscribe. You receive the £2.50 when they have made over £5 cashback. So I sent a referral to friends and told them to sign up to match affinity for £6 and bobs your uncle we are both making some money.
This is not an opportunity to be missed so sign up to Top Cashback....you have nothing to lose!
The Emirates Stadium is the home of Arsenal Football Club who are based in North London. The stadium is currently called the Emirates Stadium due to sponsorship rights and is otherwise known as Ashburton Grove the road it was built on. Emirates currently have a 15 year deal with Arsenal FC. The stadium was built to facilitate and increased number of fans. The current capacity is 60,355. The old stadium is 5 minutes walk from the Emirates. If you ever go to the stadium take a quick look at the old Highbury which has now been turned into residential flats. The modern designs incorporated with parks of the old stadium which are grade ii listed are really swish.
Several tube stations in the area makes the Emirates easy to get to. Arsenal is the closest if your sitting in the northern proportion of the stadium while Holloway road is closest for the southern proportion. Highbury and Islington is another station followed by Finsbury Park. These are around 10 minutes walk from the ground but do get crowded on match days. I usually walk from Euston station to the Emirates which is 2.5 miles. Once you cross Holloway Rd nr the stadium you leave the crowds so it's a less populated route and you get to avoid the crowded trains.
Watching matches at the Emirates can be expensive and difficult to get hold of. I have a Red membership which allows me to buy tickets before they go on General Sale. This cost me £35 per season but apart from priority tickets I also get Arsenal player which allows me to watch the official online channel for free. Other benefits is that I could watch the team train in official invited sessions and meet some of the players which I have yet to do so.
During the pre season you should defiantly get down to the Emirates to watch the Emirates Cup. This is a 2 day tournament with 4 teams and 4 games. The tickets are cheap and its a great day out. This year I paid £30 a day, not bad considering Emirates tickets can range from £35-100 per game.
If you don't fancy watching a match the Emirates offers a stadium tour which costs £15 and takes around 1.5 hours. You can pay extra to have a tour from an Arsenal legend. While I was on tour we got to see the legend before he started work and got some photos so no need to pay the extra :). The tour gives you access to places you couldn't usually go. You get to see the home dressing room, press area, directors box (lovely seats) and sit in the dug outs. Once the tour has finished you then get free access to the Arsenal museum which is on site. Well worth a look.
If your looking for some Arsenal merchandise there are 2 stores. One is on site of the stadium and the other is nr Arsenal tube station before you go over the bridge to the stadium. Expect to pay a ridiculous amount for gifts. What I like about the stadium is outside the shop you have messages engraved onto the floor. This is called Armory square. You can purchase stones which are engraved with your personal messages. Lovely gift for a Arsenal fan and prices start from £50 which is cheap considering they will last a minimum 10 years. Merchandise is also available inside the stadium on match days in selected areas.
If you love Arsenal FC or not and your in the area pay it a visit. It's a beautiful!
As the website explained musicMagpie allows you to turn your old CDs, DVDs and Games into cash instantly. I had seen it advertised on the TV so I thought it would be a good way to make some extra money. I visited the website which asks you to insert the barcode numbers of products and will instantly give you a price. If you have several products to sell and a iPhone you can download the app. I have to give credit to the app, it saved me a lot of time. What you do is scan the barcodes instead of inserting the numbers. Fab!
Once you have scanned your items you get a value for your products. This is the stage I was disappointed in. Several DVD's and Cd's which have been out quite a while you will only get 30p for. Basically your better of keeping them if your going to only get pence for your items. I was ready to sell 50 items which came to a value of £35. At the moment I don't know what to do...keep and try get a better price on eBay or sell for basically nothing.
I am disappointed with the value of items! The concept is excellent but it's not going to be something you can make a lot of money from your goods. From a friend I have been told that the whole process takes quite a bit of time so if your after quick money this is not for you. After sending your goods it takes 4 working days to arrive, 7 working days to be checked, 7 working days for the cheque to be sent and 7 working days for the cheque to be issued! In my opinion far too long.
As I said before great concept but the company needs to be more fair with the value of products.
Previous to having this phone I had the iPhone 3G. Instantly when I got the iPhone 4 there were several amazing differences which make the iPhone 4 stand out. The first thing you notice is the display. The iPhone 4 has a advanced retina display and increased resolution making the quality noticable different. The iPhone 4 has a front camera and also flash on the back camera. This is useful but the quality of the front camera is not as good as the back 5MP. The previous version only had 3MP so again noticably different and worth paying extra for. The additional front camera allows you to use facetime video calling.
I have had an iPhone ever since buying the iPod touch and realising it's so amazing i needed an iPhone. It may seem expenzive on pay as you go but if you buy on contract some providers no give a free phone on £35 a month contract.
I would say it's one of the best phones on the market. You can literally do anything on your iPhone. Several apps make life simpler and whatever you are into there is an app for you. My favourite apps are facebook, flixter, tesco clubcard and ebay. These help me day to day and makes accessing the internet much simpler.
If you have the money...GO FOR IT!
Pandora shops are popping up nationwide in the UK. It's becoming a popular jewellery brand and a must for young girls. You have several charm bracelet companies which have similar products but if you want the most popular and the must product at the moment go for Pandora. It defiantly beats the other products.
I initially wanted a Pandora bracelet as it's one of the fashion accessories which are popular at the moment. I received it as a 21st birthday present which was awesome gift. It's something which I can keep and also add to. This is a great present for all ages and for future occasions. So you always know what to buy if you know someone with a Pandora bracelet.
The most popular bracelet sold in the UK is the silver bracelet and retails at £60. You can get it in different sizes to fit your wrist the best, so I would recommend you visit a store so you can try on the bracelet before purchase. The bracelets have a patented threading system that allows charms to be placed, added and rearranged.
Apart from charms you can buy safety chains and also clips for your bracelet. There is room for 2 clips on your bracelet. The clips stop the charms from moving around on the bracelet when you only have a few charms on. I would recommend that you buy the clips because it does get annoying having charms move around your bracelet. You can get several different clips but they start at £30. The safety chain I would also recommend because if your lock on the bracelet would brake and you don't realise you charms might fall off your bracelet. This would be a shame as charms are expensive. Safety chains start from £40.
There are several different charms available to buy therefore you can make your bracelet your own. Some colour co-ordinate and have matching charms on each side of the bracelet. Some people just buy the charms they like. You could even have a theme on your bracelet such as all the animal charms. It's yours to do what you like. I would say though if you buy a Pandora bracelet stick to Pandora charms. That's my personal opinion but if you start mixing the different products it can look tacky. But it's up to you guys.
Trust me once you get a Pandora you get addictive and always want more and more charms. Once your bracelet starts getting full it does get quite heavy. I have recently taken a few charms off to make it a little lighter around my wrist.
Be careful where you buy the charms as you can get fakes. I always buy from Pandora stores or John Greed is a excellent jewellery website. One last thing if you are going abroad you can buy Pandora at great prices. They are at reduced price in the airport and on the plane (but only have bracelet and few holiday related charms). I found a jewellers in Jamaica and I got bargain Pandora products tax free. So keep an eye out.
Hollister Co or also called Hollister or HCo is an American brand which is taking over the streets in the UK. It's the sister brand of Abercrombie and Fitch and is good value and cheaper than the sister brand. Originally aimed at the teenagers I currently see everyone wearing the brand.
All the stores resemble the same theme. They are made to look like beach huts. It's a really trendy look to the store compared to all the other stores on the high street. As you go into the store you will see that it's separated to male and female. What Hollister call these are "Dudes" and "Bettys". What I have realised when entering the store is that they are all dark. It's hard to have a good look at the clothes that you are thinking of buying. In my opinion they need to maybe sacrifice the cool look and put the light up!
The staff I have come into contact with are all polite and friendly. They all ask if you are having a nice day etc.
In terms of the clothes they are pretty, fashionable and the will come in a range of colours. This is the must get brand at the moment. To consider that it's popular and the sister brand of Abercrombie it's prices are affordable and reasonable. Sizes I would say are pretty small and I always go a size up.
Because I live around 80 miles from the nearest Hollister store I had a look online. Be aware they do have high shipping costs to the UK which is disappointing. If you are only buying one item it's not worth the hassle when you add shipping costs of £20 if the items are under £100. RIP OFF!
Overall I love Hollister. Great fashion and reasonable prices. I would recommend you pay it a visit!
I have just visited Alton towers for like the 10th time. It's a great day out and if you love theme parks it's a must. I would say it's more suited for 10 years plus as you have height restrictions on the rides. Try to avoid going during weekends and school holidays as it will increase your queue times. We went on a Monday and the maximum queue time was 15 minutes for the log flume. Queue's on the big rollercoaster rides we practically minutes. Definitely try to plan your visit during the off peak times of the year.
The must rides include Air, Oblivion, Nemesis, Rita and the newest ride Thirteen. It was my first time on thirteen and you will not be disappointed, you will get a pleasant surprise shall we say.
If you pay on the day at the park it's quite expensive. Some tips to getting in cheaper are to collect buy one get one free vouchers from places such as Tesco and also food wrappers. Also I'm sure you can exchange your Tesco vouchers for rewards and get Alton towers tickets at a reduced cost. In the sun newspaper you can collect tokens for free entry but this is restricted for certain dates which you cannot choose exactly. A lot of these free entrance tickets are for sale on eBay. What I did was buy a set of 2 for £20. This is still cheaper than BOGOF so you're a winner. Tickets can be cheaper depending on the dates you choose. But it's a good idea to have a look so you can grab yourself a possible bargain.
One last thing...be aware that car parking on site is £6 for the day. I get angry at this as I think you have paid enough to get into the park and still they want to make extra money out of you. I'm afraid you will have to pay as it's the only car park available close to the park.