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I always eat toast for breakfast everyday and so does my flatmate. Therefore the toaster is a very important kitchen item. I had to buy this toaster last year as it can make 4 slices at once saving us queuing up in the morning.
It has a temperature control turnable knob for each set of two. To depress two slices just choose a side and push down the switch. It can be put onto a defrost setting if the bread has come straight from the freezer although this takes a little longer.
This toaster is quite premature, in that it jumps the toast out before its ready, even if on a high temperature. So sometimes you need to do the bread twice before its hot and ready.
After almost a year of use this toaster is still going strong with daily use and I would hope that it continues to last as it cost around £45 which is a lot to pay for one.
It is silver all over apart from the base which is black plastic. The section that contains the operating buttons is also black. You can remove a section under each toast rack that catches the crumbs and empty it without having to shake the toaster upside down which I had to do with my last one.
I can recommend this toaster to large families, or just toast worshippers who will use it a lot and need a reliable product.
This caffettiera is the best way to finish off an evening. The size I have makes around 3 mugs or 6 small cups of filter coffee.
I think it comes in different colours but mine has a black lid, handle and plunger, a glass container and silver holders.
Filter coffee tastes a lot better and has a better effect on my tiredness than instant. This is an excellent and quick way to drink it. Its very easy to make, just boil the kettle, in the glass part put about an inch thick of crushed coffee grains.
Pour the water in and stir the mixture. After about a few minutes then place the plunger part on the top holding the lid still with one hand. Then press the plunger down very slowly and the water filters through leaving the left over grains at the bottom.
It costs around £30 in John Lewis but I found it online for about £25
You can tip the container and pour coffee out without the grains going in your cup.
It is really strong thick glass and heat resistant obviously. You can pour boiling water straight in with no problems. I think its a really good quality product and if you enjoy your hot drinks then do try it.
This is free to download on your phone and you only need it if your an o2 customer. Im not sure if there is a similar version on other networks or if this is exclusive.
The app allows you to log on with a 4 digit pin, you then get a clock picture which shows you how far you are into your balance. You can see how many minutes you have used/have left, how many picture messages you have sent.
This is the first page, you can then click through to check how much data you have gone through on your internet and if you are on a contract it tells you how much is left of your balance.
There are also pages where you can easily remind yourself of the charges you will get on your tariff, you can see which bundles are on your account and then click through to the actual o2 site to buy more if you want to.
This app is a life saver and has helped me to stay within my allowance so many times. Its so easy to use if you have a smartphone.
It takes a maximum of five minutes to set up with your phone and start using.
I recently had a large delivery from argos.co.uk as I just moved into a tiny flat. In my bedroom it is very crowded with a bed and chest of drawers so everything else needs to fit into a wardrobe. I hate flat pack furniture but it is the cheapest way of getting new items.
This wardrobe arrived in one long box and was quite heavy but the delivery man lifted it inside for me.
I opened it to find all the parts and a set of instructions. It was tightly packed and had polystyrene around some parts to keep it in place. The screws were in a separate bag and I checked they were all there and then proceeded to put it together.
You need two people to put this together, even lying it down its impossible to hold the bits that should be next to each other and maneuver them into place. When it is all put together on the floor you then need two people to lift it upright and then put the canvas covering on as it is quite tall and I am short.
The canvas covering is a light cream colour, it needs hoovering now and again as dust seems to be attracted to it.
The wood is not the best quality and splintered quite a lot when screwing it together but it looks good now that its up. I can fit all my clothes on the shelves, there is a hanging rail and enough space at the bottom for my shoes.
It looks great at at around £60 it was a good deal. When I bought it Argos also had a sale on all indoor furniture so I bought everything for my house in one go to save money.
If you want to buy a bike from a company that is large enough to refund your money if something goes wrong then do buy from halfords. You can also get cashback instore if you register your card with quidco.
I recently bought a new helmet and bike light set so that I can cycle to the train station in my new location. The staff were very helpful, they showed me a selection of helmets that would fit me and were also quite stylish. I went to the store in Ilford and it was quite large and had a good selection of stock. They also explained how to fit my helmet with the given sponge attachments.
I found one I liked and asked their advice about lights. They advised me to get the best as its important for safety. As I will be using my bike every day I agreed with this and bought a set of front and back lights that flash and also have a continuous function that take batteries.
I was impressed with the knowledge that the staff had about all the products. They also told ,e that they had a bike workshop on site which I didnt know, and that they can also build bespoke bikes! I didnt actually need any of this but its useful to find out.
I got 4% cash back and this was great as the helmet and lights I bought werent on sale so I saved a bit there. I would also try buying online although then you dont get the advice or workshop.
I am slightly obsessive about my weight, although Im never on a diet or consciously exercising I still like to weigh myself at least once a week.
My parents have very expensive electronic scales, I have had this white mechanical scale since University. It used to work fantastically, my weight was exactly right compared to their scales. However after about 5 years of use it has now started to make up numbers with a mind of its own.
The scales have a black base, with a slightly grooved white top. It does collect dirt in the grooves so will need wiping now and again. I always take my shoes off to check my weight and this keeps it nice and hygenic.
Its quite bulky and not light at all although it does not look unsightly in the bathroom.
It cost £3.99 when I bought it and it has worked so well and I am a bit disappointed that the springs have gone or however it works.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes to know their weight instantly. The numbers are quite large and can be viewed from above when you are standing on the scale. It isnt very trendy for modern looking bathrooms but for those on a budget it is a great choice as it does what it is meant to do without having to worry about a battery.
This is the most difficult bit of furniture I have had to put together in my huge latest purchase from argos as I am furnishing my new flat.
I have a lot of dvds, cds and books and so needed a large bookcase. In my previous flat there was a dark version of this and it was very sturdy and hard wearing so I thought I would buy my own.
This bookcase cost around £60 and the delivery was £8.95 as part of a larger order.
I am usually fine putting together flat pack furniture and have a tool kit at my disposal. However this was the hardest thing I have had to put together. None of the screws fitted even when I used the drill, so I had to make the drill holes wider and then put the screws in using the drill.
Also as its such a large piece of furniture I had to get my friend round to hold bits together. The shelve parts themselves are heavy and its impossible to keep them in the right place whilst you have a drill in one hand.
It took up so much space putting it together and when I needed to turn it around it took forever and was very heavy. If I was to buy a piece of furniture like this again I would try and get one that was ready made as for a small lady this was near impossible and I was very tempted to pack it up again and return it. However now its all together it looks great and is large enough to store all my junk in one area.
Only buy this if there are a few of you and you are strong!
I love the argos colour match products, so much that most of my house is filled with them. I bought this lampshade in fusica pink to match my bedclothes and table lamps. They have loads of different items and you can fit out an entire room from top to bottom in the same colour. It really does look smart although the products arent expensive at all.
It is a ceiling hanging lampshade but it could be modified to fit a free standing lamp if you know how to do that sort of thing.
It has a white connecting section in the middle which with a bit of fiddling attaches on top of the lightbulb. Make sure the electrics are off before you attach.
It releases a lot of light at the bottom, and gives the room a nice pink soft glow which is relaxing at night time.
It is about 25cm wide and I think it fits over any standard light fitting. It is quite thin and therefore thats why you get the light coming through the sides. I have had it for around a month and it has held it colour and not faded so far. The inside of it is plastic and hard.
Im hoping it will last a few years as it cost around £15 which isnt a lot for a lampshade. If you are on a budget you can end up with a smart look.
In my new flat I dont have a garden, I do have a tumble dryer but try to only use this for bedding and towels.
I bought this for around £17 and carried it home as it is very light. It has 3 tiers so I tend to use the bottom for underwear, the middle for a few items and then drape the larger items over the top.
I then leave it next to an open window and usually the clothes dry in a few hours.
It is very handy for small areas as it is vertical rather than horizontal, and doesnt take up too much floor space.
Its portable and can be folded flat to be put in a cupboard or against a wall. On each corner where it clips into place there is a plastic cover so you cant jam your finger in by mistake.
On each tier you can fit a few tshirts, or a lot of socks if you arrange it nicely.
The colour is baby blue, but I think they now do a colour match version in pink, purple and green which would have gone better in my pink bathroom.
It is working well and I havent had any problems with rust as it is made of plastic. The only improvement for me would be some plastic ends on the feet so that it doesnt scratch my wood floor when heavily loaded with wet washing.
Like every girl I have a ridiculous amount of shoes, they are very unruly and get into all sorts of mischief loosing their pair and other things. I decided one day to buy a shoe rack that would display my shoes, and not be too bulky.
This shoe rack is perfect, it comes without a finish so I just bought a cheap tin of varnish and painted it myself. It made the light wood a bit darker but not too much and stopped the cheap wood from splintering when I put it together.
The instructions say you need a screwdriver but I found it impossible to put together like this, the holes that were pre drilled were too small. I used an actual drill and it was very easy then to put together. I have since found that some of the screws have come loose when I recently moved house, but this was easily fixed by re drilling.
This version in the picture has two shelves, however you can get up to 5 shelves so the bigger your collection the more shelves you will need. It is really cheap as the wood has no finish and I have found that you can get an average of 5 pairs of shoes on one shelf. Obviously if you have big feet you may get less on there.
I have it out in the hallway and it gets used constantly so it was a great find. It is very heavy though and when I was carrying it home from the shop I had to stop several times so best off getting this delivered or bring the car! A five shelf version cost me around £25
At around £4 for 24 items, if you are stocking up your student kitchen items then you cant go wrong. I had this set for 3 years at University and although by the end they were a little tarnished, overall nearly all the items survived.
They can withstand heat when cooking, are strong as you can scoop icecream without the spoons bending, and dont look too bad in the drawer.
The teaspoons were probably the ones that tarnished the most as they were constantly used for cups of tea, and left in water a lot. They all had to be thrown away after Uni along with the majority of the set.
I still use some of the forks and knives although the knives have lost some of their sharpness.
It comes in a cutlery style plastic box which can be disposed of immediately you have somewhere to keep the cutlery. All the items have two grooves cut into them for some kind of design.
In comparison to other argos cutlery sets I really think there is not a lot of difference, if you are just looking to start up your own home then try this set. It could also be useful if you just need to replace a few items in your existing cutlery tray.
It is not silver and Im not sure what they are made of, but I have never had problems with people who have metal allergies using them. They are light enough to be collected from argos.
I bought this duvet to go with my sofa bed so that when I have guests they can keep cosy and warm and not have to use a sleeping bag. It is 13.5 tog which is quite thick but in comparison to other duvets and my own it feels thinner.
I have slept using this duvet and it does keep you warm and toasty, it feels light and you dont get all sweaty. Without a duvet cover it feels very cheap to the touch, the cover isnt very luxurious and theres the general feeling that it is about to fall apart.
It comes in the standard argos own brand blue and white packaging, its wrapped up very tightly and so can be carried easily from the collect section.
I would say that it is a great buy for occasional use and if you dont mind using it for multiple guests. However if you need a duvet for every day sleeping for yourself then spend a bit more and get something that just is better made.
I also know that one of my guests found it to be not suitable for people who have problems with allergies from certain materials.
I have a storage compartment in my sofa bed and the beauty of this duvet is that because it is so thin it folds up small and can be stored along with the pillows.
If you are a fan of reasonably priced furniture, want something to do for half a day and enjoy the result then do buy these Malm 3 drawer chest of drawers.
I bought these online at Ikea.com and although they took sometime and some expense (£30 with some other items) they were delivered on the correct day and all the parts were there.
It took me a few hours to put together, with the use of a tool kit. The instructions show using a screwdriver and a hammer, you need the hammer to secure the back piece of wood to the rest of the structure. The drawers are put together seperately before you lever them in, and it needs to be rotated several times whilst being put together so you may need two people if you arent too strong.
The instructions are very easy to follow, even for a DIY idiot like me, its all done by pictures with no writing and when put together the drawers feel secure and solid. I have put in mostly clothes into the drawers so I dont know how they would withstand heavier items in them but I would say that this is a bedroom piece of furniture. I have it in white so it is different to the picture here but after moving house and using sellotape and it getting bashed around the white finish has not scratched and this is most impressive!
I think it cost around £60 and you can get different versions with more or less drawers and a matching bed so you could have matching furniture for the bedroom. Its not the most beautiful looking thing but for the price and the ease in which it was put together make it a great choice and I would certainly consider buying another one when I move to a house with more bedrooms.
I am in a job which requires me to travel from school to school, so I cant just nip along to a staff canteen to get a hot drink.
I fill my thermos up in the morning before I leave with tea, coffee or hot chocolate and it stays hot for the next 5 hours.
It can be put in my rucksack which gets thrown around and doesnt leak at all. It does get shaken up and the drink becomes a bit bubbly but that cant be helped.
Its very clever as the top screws off which becomes a cup, then you press down the next layer which clicks into place. You can then pour the drink out into the cup then click it again and it keeps the heat in.
It can also keep cold things cold and so in the summer sometimes I take a drink with one ice cube in and when it comes to lunchtime I have a refreshing drink.
My sister in law also has one of these and uses it to keep hot water for her baby's formula, she can go out all day and know that there is water to feed my niece.
If you are out and about all day or just fancy a hot or cold drink at a picnic then invest in one of these. They will save you thousands of pounds in starbucks coffees throughout the day.
It cost me around £10 and its worth every penny as I stroll past people queuing for drinks. Its portable, not too heavy
When I go to visit my niece I have to travel by tube, as you know the tube is super dirty and full of horrible germs. As Im on the tube every day I dont want to have to keep washing my hands all day as they would get really dry. This hand gel is a good way to keep my hands clean so I can pick up my niece, eat my lunch and generally use my hands as I would if I hadnt been out of the house.
I use this tesco gel as its a small bottle, fits in my handbag and works well. You only need a small amount, rub it into your hands without any water and although it feels slimey at first it soon sinks in and leaves a clinical smell which to me means clean hands.
The gel is very thick and quite gloopy, try not to get it on your clothes as it would leave a mark.
The bottle is see through and the gel appears bubbly, its not got any fancy packaging and the top of the bottle is a flip top and then you have to turn it upside down and squeeze. It costs less than £2
Sometimes if Im going clubbing I might decant some into a really small tub and then when Im out I dont have to use the skanky toilet taps.
It has also proved useful when out on country walks or camping as you dont always have easy access to clean water.
Always keep some with you so you have clean hands in every situation.