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Quick! Grab a 99p mp3 album!

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Not a Christmas deal but rather a ‘grab it quick’!

Amazon is launching its Cloud Player and to mark the launch, they are offering one of hundreds of different mp3 album downloads for 99p!

To get yours:

Click here and the page showing the available albums will open in a new page.

Choose an album from the selection, then click “Redeem a gift card or promotion code & view balance” under the “Buy MP3 album with 1-click” button on the album page.

Type in the code CLOUD99P

Checkout in the normal way.

The highlights for me are

Hugh Laurie’s incredible album, ‘Let them talk’

Van Morrison, Still On Top – The Greatest Hits (a double album with 37 tracks!)

The Smiths, The Sound of the Smiths


There are also hundreds of others ranging from Pixie Lott to Queen, from Paloma Faith to Christina Aguilera to The Cure.

The offer runs until 30 September – so grab one quickly!

Written by James

September 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Reduce your Christmas costs with easy cashback

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I have been an advocate of using cashback sites for years. Cashback sites are a really simple way of making the most of the bargains that you can find online.

How Cashback Sites Work

The idea is simple enough – you sign up to a cashback site and, when making a purchase at your favourite online retailer, instead of going straight to their site, you log in to the cashback site and click through from their directory. When you make your purchase, you receive cashback (normally a percentage of your order).

Which Cashback Site?

The normal answer is ‘check them all’. However, over the past year, I have moved wholeheartedly from Quidco (my previous favourite) to TopCashBack.

The reasons are simple:

1 – Quidco charges £5 per year (which is taken from your cashback earnings). TopCashBack charges nothing.

2 – TopCashBack guarantees that they pay the highest commission – so if you find higher rates elsewhere, TopCashBack will match it.

3 – Cashback can be paid by various methods (including PayPal and bank transfer), however, if you want Love2Shop vouchers or Amazon vouchers, TopCashBack will give you a ‘bonus’ on top of your cashback. You get 5% extra with Amazon vouchers and 4% extra with Love2Shop vouchers.

Isn’t It Just Pennies?

It can be – you can earn pennies just for using search and comparison sites without buying anything. But it can also be pounds – and many of them!

Mobile and utility companies regularly offer cashback deals of over £100.

For instance, on TopCashBack as I write this:

- Vodaphone are offering 5 different cashbacks of between £101 and £141 for mobile contracts.

- Sky and Virgin have cashbacks between £76.76 and £252.50 for various TV, phone and broadband deals.

- Thinking of a Tesco Kitchen or Bathroom? Cashback of £404 is available.

You can even get cashback on free trials! For example, both NetFlix and LoveFilm give £12.12 for free trial sign ups – literally money for nothing!

There is some serious money to be saved through cashback and, if you don’t take it, you are just paying over the odds for exactly the same goods and services.

It’s Free to Sign Up

It makes sense to sign up now so that you can take a look and get used to the idea – then train yourself to always check before buying! Signing up is free and you don’t have to use it – but you can if you want to get your hands on that cashback!

For more details of TopCashBack, click here.

Written by James

September 19th, 2012 at 11:24 am

Lego Big Truck – under half price! – Christmas Bargain Hunt

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As I’m on a Lego hunt today, here’s another absolute bargain!

The LEGO City 3221: Big Truck has an RRP of £29.99 – but Amazon currently has it at just £12.99.

It contains the parts for the Big Truck, two minifigures (a driver and delivery man), 9 boxes and a trolley. The Big Truck is BIG! It’s over a foot long, measuring almost 15 inches (39 cms).

The average price on Amazon for this over the past year has been over £19 and this is the lowest it has been on the site.


Big Truck – small price!

Written by James

September 18th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Lego Bargain Books – Christmas Bargain Hunt

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Lego is a great staple present. Not only is it great fun but, cost per play, it is probably one of the cheapest presents you will ever buy.

You can currently get a Lego Minifigure (a little person – sometimes with a small accessory like a gun, sword or snowboard), for £1.99 – but clever bargain hunters can go one better than that!

I have found two Lego City books that each contain two Lego Minifigures (possibly three for Fire Team Rescue) plus a load of other accessories (Fire Team Adventure comes with a cat to rescue!) and both cost less than two Minifigures alone! (Other Lego books seems to have just the one Minifigure – making them not as bargainalicious)

LEGO City: Fire Team Adventure! Storybook with LEGO minifigures and accessories is currently £3.94 at Amazon. RRP £6.99.

LEGO City: Police on Alert! Storybook with LEGO minifigures and accessories is currently £3.86 at Amazon. RRP £6.99.

So, for less than the cost of two Minifigures, you get at least two Minifigures, lots of accessories and a book – now that’s a bargain!

I have checked the prices and Police on Alert has not been cheaper at Amazon for over a year. Fire Team has been 8 pence cheaper but, in the run up to Christmas, it might well not go that low again!

Be quick! And remember Dads – you should probably let the children play with these too! ;)

Written by James

September 18th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Christmas Bargain Hunt!

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For the past couple of years, I’ve posted on Twitter and Facebook links to pre-Christmas deals that I’ve found online. This year, to give more detail and a wider audience, I thought I’d do it here!

Sometimes the retailers hold back the good stuff until the last minute but, if you are willing to start early, there are some great bargains to be had and this is your prompt to get them – and get them quick. Often these offers do not last long, so if you want something, grab it.

As a parent, I know that the cost of Christmas can be ridiculous but, with a bit of planning, you can dramatically reduce the cost – and by starting now, the cost of it does not all fall on the second half of December!

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Written by James

September 18th, 2012 at 10:10 am