Disney Jake And The Never Land Pirates Kids Backpack 99p @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 22 July, 2014 at 10:15 am

Disney Jake And The Never Land Pirates Kids Backpack 99p @ Argos

Is your son or daughter a Jake and the Never Land Pirates fan? If so then check this out, Argos are selling Jake and the Never Land Pirates kids backpacks for only 99p. These were originally £8.99 so you are saving a massive £8 on these.

Whether your little one is starting nursery or school, one of these would be suitable. At such an affordable price you could even grab a couple. If you have a bus or train journey to do this summer, then a bag like this is great to pack something to keep them occupied and a snack.

It has adjustable shoulder straps so that you can fit it to your own little person. Now from reading the reviews, this is a fine size for an under 6. My guess is someone over six probably would want something a bit more grown up anyway.

I have checked thoroughly and there’s plenty of stock all around the United Kingdom for these. Home delivery is not an option. However, you can reserve and collect in your local Argos store.

I wouldn't stick around if you want one because at this price these are going to be flying out of the Argos stores.

Outdoor Toys & Wheeled Toys 20% Off @ Smyths Toys

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 July, 2014 at 9:55 am

Outdoor Toys & Wheeled Toys 20% Off @ Smyths ToysSmyths Toys has taken 20% off outdoor toys and wheeled toys giving parents a bit of a helping hand in getting kids outdoors. It sounds great, but it does also look as though they have purposely inflated some prices so not everything's as much of a bargain as it looks. Read on to see what we think is a good buy though.

A great example of a not-so-sale item is the clown bouncy castle*, which was £99.99 last week, but this week is 'on sale' at £103.99. That said the next price I can find it for is £169.95, so if you're in the market for it, it's a better price than elsewhere.  The same can be said for the Princess Slide And Hoop Bouncer*.

Loads of you have been asking about bikes and balance bikes, and while I'm not sure how the prices in this category differ from previous prices, we do know that balance bikes for under £20 are a bargain. Smyths Toys have the Kool Sports Balance Bike Green* and Kool Sports Balance Bike Pink* for £19.99 each, and four other options for under £30.

Another great saving is on bicycles, it seems to me. The 12" bikes start* from £31.99 whereas similar around the web are more - Tesco has similar options for £40, and Argos has similar from £39.99 (on sale).

While I dislike that Smyths have obviously inflated some prices - it makes the ones we don't know for sure seem less trustworthy! - there are still some great prices to be had, so hopefully you can pick up a bargain.

Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace £26.50 Delivered @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 22 July, 2014 at 9:46 am

Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace £26.50 Delivered @ Amazon

If you like this then I would move quickly. This is the cheapest that these have been on Amazon. For £26.50 delivered, you can bag yourself a Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Castle.

This is not just your bog standard toy castle. It’s interactive with seven separate play areas. Recommended for children aged one and a half to five years old, the pieces aren’t tiny and are quite chunky.

This castle is very impressive with a dance floor that recognises which princess is on it and then responds with their special songs and phrases. It even knows their name!

Watch your child shriek as their princess spins around on the moving floor. Every time the front door opens a fanfare is sounded. This is absolute luxury for any plastic princess, as it has a lift to take them to the balcony. Little accessories are included like a bed and dining table.

This lovely castle includes two princess figures, Cinderella and Snow White. You can buy more Disney figures for this though. There’s loads of different ones, like Jasmine and Aladdin* or Beauty and the Beast*. These are all recognised in the castle and have their own songs played to them.

What are you waiting for? Grab yours before they all go!

Thanks to xposure @ HUKD

Wooden Single Bed Frame £39 Was £99.99 @ Mothercare

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Wooden Single Bed Frame £39 Was £99.99 @ MothercareMothercare have the Darlington Wooden Single Bed Frame in the clearance section for £39, with £2.95 delivery. You will need a mattress with this still. I have been looking around for something similar, and the closest I can see is £70 from Tesco.

Mothercare say that the Darlington Single Bed is suitable for children from age 4. It has a sturdy design, and measures at L194 x W86 x H62cm.

I think this is a fantastic price for a kids bed! We had one we paid over £100 for with a mattress that was so rubbish we had to replace it. I think this is a much better purchase.

You will have to put this bed together, but they say it's quite easy and your little one can get in and out of bed themselves.

This bed is made of 63% Pine, 37% LVL -  I have no idea what that is! - and you can simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Thanks to Raechelle for letting us know about this deal!

3 For 1 Huggies Wipes £1.49 @ Tesco

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 9:13 pm

3 For 1 Huggies Wipes £1.49 @ TescoStarting tomorrow, Huggies wipes are on offer at 3 packs for the price of 1, that means you're getting three packs of Huggies wipes for £1.49. Add it to your weekly shop now, or pop in to your local store. We suspect these will be very popular.

Included in the offer are Huggies Pure Baby Wipes, which are gentle cleaning like cotton wool & water, no perfume, alcohol free wipes, Soft Skin Baby Wipes with shea butter, and Baby Wipes Natural Care which contain Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, and are lightly fragranced.

At £1.49 for 64 wipes, they come in at 2p a wipe, whereas at 50p a pack, they are under 1p per wipe.

If you're looking to stock up, now - well, tomorrow - is a great time to do so.

Thomas and Friends My First Sit and Ride £9 @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Thomas and Friends My First Sit and Ride £9 @ Amazon

You will need to be quick on this one. Amazon have Thomas and Friends My First Sit and Ride for only £9. This very same ride on toy is £20 in Tesco and £20.99 in Argos.

My son is only 5 months old but with thinking ahead to Christmas and the fact that all kids love Thomas at some point, I will be grabbing one of these myself.

These are suitable for children aged 12 months and over. Let’s face it, they love scooting about the house on these kind of toys. It is suitable for outside also.

It’s made of plastic which means it’s easy to clean. I will warn you it does have a squeaker horn which your little infant will love but you will hate. As you know, the noisy toys are the best.

The seat opens for your little treasures to store the things they have pinched out of your handbag, when you weren’t looking. Apparently, these have an anti-tip feature at the front and back. I am doubtful how effective that will be with a boisterous tot though.

You do get free delivery with Amazon when you spend over £10 and this is just short of the threshold. Did I mention Amazon sell confectionery? Why not treat yourself to something a little naughty to make your order up to £10? Like these Italian chocolate hearts*

Thanks to GemandJake @HUKD

Basic First Aid Kit £1.99 Delivered @ Amazon or Emergency Kit £5 C&C @ Halfords

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Basic First Aid Kit £1.99 Delivered @ Amazon or Emergency Kit £5 C&C @ Halfords

A number of Amazon sellers are currently selling the Compact First Aid Kits for £1.89 delivered. If you're off on your holidays soon, make sure you remember to pack a little first aid kit.

Remember to click on the link, then look for the 'other sellers' link and you'll find them there. There are sellers that offer these for a few pennies less, but we're recommending those with good feedback.

This Compact First Aid Kit contains 23 pieces:1 x First aid tape, 1 x gauze, 1 x pair of scissors, 2 x alcohol prep pads, 1 first aid guide, 1 non adherent pad, 1 x gauze dressing, 15 waterproof plasters (3 different sizes).

You can use it in your home, office, car, camping and it's also suitable for travelling. It contains all the elements you need to cleanse, dress and bandage if you harm yourself or if someone else has been hurt. And we all have kids. We know how many cuts, scrapes, falls and knocks they undergo every day. This seems like a perfect emergency kit!

P.S. If you're looking for something a little more 'emergency prepared' there's a half price kit at Halfords right now for £5 instead of £10, that contains:

  • 1 x Triangular Bandage (96cm x 96cm x 136cm)
  • 2 x Alcohol Wipes
  • 1 x Pair of Gloves
  • 5 x Waterproof Plasters
  • 2 x Medium Bandages (12cm x 12cm)
  • 2 x Wound Pads
  • 2 x Burn Pads (5cm x 7.5cm)
  • 1 x Microporous Tape (1.25cm x 5m)
  • 1 x Emergency Foil Blanket (160cm x 210cm)
  • 1 x Instructions for use
  • Bag Dimensions are approximately 17 x 12 x 5cm

You can find the Halford Emergency Kit here*

Kids Pirate Shortie Wetsuit From £3.56 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Kids Pirate Shortie Wetsuit From £3.56 @ AmazonAmazon are selling a selection of Kids Pirate Shortie Wetsuits from £3.56 to £11  - though most of the ones I've looked at are around the £3.56 mark, reduced from £11.99. There seems to be plenty of sizes available in all three colours too. There are Add-On items, but if it's something you can imagine needing this summer, it's a great price. These are add-on items, so you have to buy over £10 worth of items to have them dispatched, but if you're looking for Neoprene shoes* (half price at £4.95) or Swim Training Jackets (also reduced to £14.99 from £19.99) then you can easily achieve that.

The wetsuits are available in yellow, blue and pink. They come in 7 sizes between ages 1 and 10.

The Kids Pirate Shortie Wetsuits are great for playing on the beach, in the pool or even in the garden. They provide factor 50 UPF for maximum UV protection, and they have a 'flatlock' construction for comfort.

If you find yourself in a windchill, they provide great protection for that too.

Thanks to fionamctavish7 at HUKD 

Lego Star Wars Kids Darth Maul Watch £8.99 Was £29.99 @ I Want One Of Those

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Lego Star Wars Kids Darth Maul Watch £8.99 Was £29.99 @ I Want One Of Those

My lads love these Lego watches, and IWOOT has the Darth Maul one on special offer right now, reduced from £29.99 to just £8.99.

Need to give a little Star Wars fan a helping hand with how to tell the time? Look no further. It even comes with a mini-figure!

Granted, not all Star Wars fans will want to associate themselves with the Dark Side in this way, but one of my boys has always loved baddies way more than the good guys. I'm not sure what that says, and perhaps it's something I ought to discourage or at least not admit to on the interwebz but anyway, if you've got a little Lego fan with a similar disposition then this is a steal.

I've spent considerably more than this on these watches in the past and have found them fab. At this price this would make a brilliant item to stash away in your birthday present drawer, if you have such a thing, or how about squirrelling one away to keep as a stocking filler for Christmas?

IWOOT does free standard delivery on orders over £10 so it might be worth popping a little something extra in your basket to avoid the delivery charge, though. Otherwise standard UK next day delivery is £3.95, making this £12.94 delivered, which is still a few quid cheaper than Amazon and elsewhere online.

Celebaby: Michael Bublé Whisks Family Off On Exotic Holiday

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 21 July, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Celebaby: Michael Bublé Whisks Family Off On Exotic Holiday

Michael Bublé fan? Well prepare to be dazzled by this extraordinary cuteness overload, because the crooner and proud Daddy has whisked his baby boy and gorgeous wife off an exotic summer holiday, and won't stop posting super-cute snaps of the family idyll.

Jealous? Moi? *Seethes with jealousy*

Hello magazine reports:

"Michael Bublé has whisked his wife Luisana Lopilato and their baby son Noah off to 'paradise'."

"The Crazy Love singer, who is taking a break from his MB World Tour, gave fans a glimpse into his idyllic family holiday." 

"'Day off in Paradise! #beach #sunshine #family #love,' wrote Michael alongside a selfie he shared on Facebook. The crooner seemed to be enjoying a moment to himself, posing topless in front of a turquoise sea, as he tagged almost 30 other friends in his post."

Michael's baby boy, Noah, is ten months old, and the proud Daddy has his son's name tattooed on his wrist. Aww.

But riddle me this; isn't it supposedly bad form to tag all your mates in your holiday snaps? Isn't that kind of like saying 'Hey suckers, look at the lovely time we're having while you're all at work?'

Still, I reckon the Bublé can just about get away with it. Yup, keep the cute pics coming, Michael!

281 Boredom Busting Summer Ideas

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 21 July, 2014 at 2:14 pm

281 Boredom Busting Summer Ideas It's day one of our school holidays, and I've already had 'Mum, I'm bored' once today. I'm wondering how many times I'll hear that over the weeks to come! If, like me, you'd rather be prepared for it, then here are 281 boredom busting ideas for your kids this summer. Some are a hidden 'job' like sorting bookshelves, but packaged right, you could even get help with the house work!

Click here to download the list from The Happy Mom

InfaCare Night Time Baby Bath Review

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Reviews on 21 July, 2014 at 1:00 pm

InfaCare Night Time Baby Bath Review

When it comes to bath-time, I’m pretty fussy about what bath products I’m prepared to use on my baby. Mercifully she doesn’t seem to have sensitive skin, and she hasn’t suffered from eczema, but I still find that many popular brands of bath and skincare products for babies seem to have a drying effect on delicate baby skin. And when my daughter was a few weeks old and suffering from a pretty terrible bout of baby acne along with cradle cap, I really tried to avoid anything except organic, natural bath products on her newborn skin.

So when we were asked to review a new product from InfaCare; their ultra mild night-time Baby Bath, I was happy to give it a whirl because I've used InfaCare's regular mild baby bath product before and been happy with it.

Clinically tested and pH balanced, InfaCare's new night-time baby bath is billed as being kind to babies' sensitive skin and good for creating long lasting bubbles. And in user trials, 70% of parents agreed that the fragrance helped their baby to relax in the bath. Clinical testing also reportedly proves that Infacare is gentle on the skin and is suitable for babies and children who may be prone to dry and sensitive skin. It's mild enough for use on babies aged from one month and above.

To use, you simply add one small squeeze of baby bath to clean running water. I was impressed with the bubbles right away - I find that many baby bath products - particularly those suitable for use on sensitive skin - don't actually produce much in the way of bubbles but this was noticeably different, and my daughter was delighted at all the frothy bubbles.

What really 'hits' you is the fragrance though - it's hard to describe but it's a lovely soothing, comforting smell. I'm a bit dubious about claims that certain bath products can help babies to sleep better, and I definitely wouldn't say that my daughter was any more relaxed with this in her bath than when I've bathed her with other bath products, but then she loves bath time so it's hard to gauge how relaxed a happy, splashing baby is.

The day after I first used this on my daughter, my husband remarked on the amazing smell coming from her hair and skin. My older kids promptly had a whiff of their baby sister too, and all agreed that this stuff smells great. Suffice it to say that my older kids didn't object when I squirted a bit of this in to their bath the next night, too!

Where can I get it?
InfaCare night time baby bath is currently on offer at Boots, down from £3.49 to £2.99 for a 750ml bottle. You can click here to find out details of other stockists, although I can only track it down at Boots just now.

The Good
The press release which accompanied our review sample stated that you don’t need much of this for it to produce masses of long-lasting bubbles, and I'd absolutely agree with that. It's a generously-sized bottle for the price (750ml), too.

The Bad
It's not 'bad' exactly but I can't really say whether it's ideal for night-time because I'm a bit sceptical about claims that baby bath care products have any bearing on how a child sleeps or settles at bedtime - I think that's a bit of a marketing gimmick which plays on new parents' desire for a decent night's sleep. That said, my daughter settles well after her bath and seems to love the extra bubbles that this baby bath creates.

The Verdict
I can't really comment on whether InfaCare night-time baby bath can help to prevent irritation or help with allergies, but my daughter's skin is healthy, clean and soft, and she smells divine. That's good enough for me!

Kids Colour And Erase Pens/Sharpies £3.47/£3.50 Or £3 For Two @ ASDA

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Kids Colour And Erase Pens/Sharpies £3.47/£3.50 Or £3 For Two @ ASDAASDA has a sale on stationary at the moment with a 2 for £3 offer. This means that items that are normally over £3 each are currently on sale for essentially more than half off. Delivery from ASDA is £2.95 or you can collect from your nearest store for free.

Whether you're looking for crafting and colouring activities for the summer days, something to take on holiday, or back to school supplies, there's simply no wrong way to enjoy two sets stationary for £3.

Take for example the Kids Colour and Erase Pens*, a 12-pack that normally costs £3.47 or the Pastel Sharpies4-pack which is normally £3.50, can be bought together for £3.  Crazy math, but it's true.

The Cristal assortment of BIC pens* are £3.20 and for smaller crafters, the Crayola Supertip Markers* are £2.47 - still a saving if you're buying anything more than 53p in value.

Lamaze Makai The Monkey Play Gym £17.99 Delivered @ eBay/Argos

by Nada in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 10:51 am

Lamaze Makai The Monkey Play Gym £17.99 Delivered @ eBay/Argos

When it comes to baby stuff, it’s hard to not to like Lamaze products. They are so bright and exciting for little people. Some of their toys even smell of vanilla cupcakes, this is to make them inviting to your baby. I am sold! Anything that makes me salivate is a winner.

The Argos outlet on eBay have this lovely Makai the Monkey play gym for only £17.99 delivered. I feel this is an incredible price as I have never seen these below £29, and they are £47 in Debenhams!

So what does it do? It’s bright and padded for the comfort of your precious bundle of fun. The thing I like about these is that the arch is adjustable for tummy time.  As these are suitable from birth, it’s important that it’s comfortable for the wee delicate darlings, and it even comes with a banana pillow to further assist.

The elephant toy attachment is mirrored, your baby will either love this or totally avoid eye contact with him or herself. You know like what dogs do if they see their reflection? Attached on either side of the elephant is a lion and a tiger toy. These are all detachable if your baby isn’t too fussed with them.

Delivery is included in the £17.99 price, what makes the deal even sweeter is that you get twelve month Argos warranty for free.

Hunter Kids Classic Welly £19 Delivered @ Hunter

by Nada in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 10:19 am

Hunter Kids Classic Welly £19 Delivered @ Hunter

I know Hunter wellies are still popular with a lot of you, so when I saw these I knew I had to post them on here.

Direct from Hunter you can get these classic kid’s wellies in an impressive yellow colour for just £19.60 delivered. They were originally £32 from them but you can find them elsewhere for around the £25 mark.

Available in childs size 9 right through to size 1. Maybe, now is a good time to grab a pair before they are at premium price for the colder seasons.

Built on an orthopaedic last and made out of natural rubber, these are said to be very good quality as far as wellies go. I cannot vouch for this as I have never bought them. However, lots of farmers around here wear them so I am guessing they aren't just a fashion item but, are actually a good wellington boot.

I do love these and a lot of the trendy kids around these parts have them. Even though it’s summer, wellies are always handy to have.

We go on a lot of walks, regardless of the weather, we are out and about. The kids love it and let’s face it the fresh air tires them out. I am all for that, especially in the summer holidays.

Dinosaur Printed Single Duvet Set £4.50 @ Asda Direct

by Nada in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 9:26 am

Dinosaur Printed Single Duvet Set £4.50 @ Asda Direct

I saw these and just had to share it with you lovely lot on Playpennies. Asda have these Dinosaur single duvet cover sets for only £4.50 just now. These were originally £9 so it’s a really good deal.

The thing I like about these is they aren’t too babyish. I honestly think a small child would like them, but equally, an older child would too. The colours aren’t too garish and the dinosaurs aren’t characterised as smiley or friendly.

In this set, you get the usual, one single duvet cover and one matching pillowcase. It’s made from machine washable cotton so perfect to wash the heck out of. Which, let’s face it you have to when it comes to children’s bedding.

Asda Direct also sell Dinosaur pillow cases that would be perfect to match this set for any extra pillows.  These come in pairs and only cost £2.50. See the link above for these. I’d be tempted to grab a few duvet sets at this price as you can never have too many. Especially when you are constantly having to change bedding because your child drools more than a bull mastiff.

You can click and collect from your local Asda store or pay £2.95 if you would prefer to get it delivered to your home.

Half Price Clarks School Shoes Starting From £17 @ John Lewis

by Nada in Deals on 21 July, 2014 at 8:53 am

Half Price Clarks School Shoes Starting From £17 @ John Lewis

I will warn you, these are selling fast. Most of these styles of shoe are full price in Clarks, Brantano etc.  They are all suitable for school footwear so people are snapping them up.

John Lewis have Clarks school shoes reduced to clear with 50% off a decent selection. Sizes are limited in most styles but there’s still plenty of choice. Whether your child is starting out or is nearing secondary school age, JL have sizes to cater for them.

I always find boys school shoes a bit yuck, but I guess all I ask is for them to last longer than a term. The ones pictured above are Clarks Jack Shine boys shoes, these are exactly the style I pick for my boys year in, year out. These are a super £20-21, dependant on size, and are £40 plus elsewhere.

It's not just boys shoes either, there are some lovely girls ones on the JL site too. I particualarly like the No Breeze style and it is something like what I would pick for myself. They are only £18.50 just now in the John Lewis clearance.

Some of the styles included have a special Clarks scuff resistant coating. Now, let’s face it, every child needs their shoes coated in that.

I always feel it’s worth buying decent school shoes at the start of the school year. Kids will be kids and will get through footwear quicker than humanly possible irrespective of the brand. However, I must admit, it takes them longer if they are Clarks or Start-Rite.

Collect for free from John Lewis or Waitrose. I will point out that you can get your child's feet measured for free at John Lewis stores.  You can of course have them delivered too, and this costs £3.

Thanks to GemandJake @ HUKD

Wrap Feeding Tops £10 Or Two For £15 And Further Reductions @ Jojo Maman Bebe

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 20 July, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Wrap Feeding Tops £10 Or Two For £15 And Further Reductions @ Jojo Maman BebeJojo Maman Bebe has further reduced items in their sales, with children's clothings starting from £1.50 and loads of maternity wear available at around £10. I particularly like the wrap feeding tops for £10 each, or if you buy two, you can take £5 off and have two for £15 - an absolute bargain in nursing clothes! There's also free delivery, so you needn't budget a penny more. Sizes are becoming limited here, with small available in both colours, and large available in blue. 

This feeding top can be dressed up or down and comes in a selection of fabulous colours.

These flattering nursing tops with tummy gathers and easy access for discreet breastfeeding - it's like wearing two tops for layers, but without actually having to do that, which is a bonus in this heat.

These are cut to fit post pregnancy but cut in such a way to give your changing body some room. They are also, importantly, machine washable.

Seems like a great price to me!

Ways To Earn Cash And Vouchers Through Survey Sites & Mystery Shopping

by Karen McGinn in Misc on 20 July, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Ways To Earn Cash And Vouchers Through Survey Sites &  Mystery Shopping

Whether you have a job, be it full time, part time or you stay at home with the kids, extra money or gift vouchers are always welcome. I stayed at home when my daughter was younger and used these sites, well basically for treats for our family.

The first question people ask is “How much can I make?” closely followed by “How much work is involved?” and unfortunately there’s no hard and fast, no easy answer. Many of my friends use these and similar sites and depending on the work you’re offered (I’ll explain that in more detail later) and the hours you put in, the rewards can vary hugely. Some people I know use it for family days out, some for ice creams on a family day out and some to pay for Christmas presents for the kids. So yeah, it varies hugely.

So survey sites, which ones are worth joining? There are hundreds on the net but these are all ones I’ve used personally or know someone that has.

  1. i-Say (Formerly Ipsos) is a good place to start. They’ll email you surveys and you can build up you points to exchange them for high street vouchers and eGift cards for the likes of Amazon.
  2. Swagbucks. Swagbucks is slightly different in that you earn “bucks” for taking polls, playing games and watching videos. They pay out in cash or git cards.
  3. GiftHulk. GiftHulk is a lot like Swagbucks, it has the same idea and the rewards are similar too.
  4. Valued Opinions. Valued Opinions has been around a long time and you’ll be emailed surverys, your eligibility will be decided and for every one you complete, you’ll be able to build up points to exchange for vouchers (such as M&S and Amazon)
  5. Pinecone is regarded by many as the best survery site to join but unfortunately it’s by invitation only. Know someone that’s a member? Ask them to let you know the next time the sign up link becomes live. Otherwise it's just looking for banners on websites that they're looking for new recruits or word of mouth (so keep an eye on this blog!)

There are a few things to bear in mind if you sign up to any of these sites that can help and make things easier. Firstly, use a separate email for your surveys but make sure it’s one that you check often. Valued Opinions for example will send out surveys to a load of people but when they have enough replies, you’ll simply get a “closed” when you click the link. Also fill in your profile as much as you possibly can. You’ll receive more invites and have a wider appeal to the companies.

Mystery Shopping.

Mystery shopping is another way to earn extra cash for your family.

I use Grass Roots and it’s ideal for beginners. Here you apply to join and once accepted, fill out your profile, where you can work, hours you can work etc, and again they will send a bulk email regarding new assignments for everyone in that area, so you need to move quickly. One you accept the assignment you’ll be emailed instructions and you fill in the results online too. They pay in cash and the amount of assignments you are offered will vary hugely by your postcode. Typically you’ll receive a fee for carrying out the work and be reimbursed for any expenses you have. This will all be clearly outlined in the brief.

ABAi is another site you can register to carry out mystery shopping. I’d say this is a “step up” from Grass Roots in that the application process is slightly longer and is just a little more involved. The premise is the same in that it will be dependent on your postcode how many jobs will be available. I've never used ABA-I but my friend does and loves it, it's rather too involved for me but I guess it depends how much spare time you have and how serious you are about it.

Survey sites and mystery shops aren’t going to allow you to pay off your mortgage but they can be a great (and sometimes fun!) way to boost the family income. While the kids are in bed, you could be on your phone in front of the TV completing surverys or doing a mystery shop at the same time as the weekly grocery shop in one of the big supermarkets.

Remember to use a separate email address, to fill in as much of your profile as you possibly can and to check email or boards for work as often as time allows.

Each site will have more details regarding specific assignments and payouts including timescales.

Never join a company that requests any sort of payment from you up front ever and don’t let your cash or vouchers build up too long in any one either. Valued Opinions for example have been around for years but who knows what the future holds? Cash out, whether in hard cash or vouchers, as soon as you’re able.

Lastly just to be aware if you’re thinking of doing this to check out the HMRC with regards to any possible tax implications.

So what do you think? Something you would give a go? If any of you do similar already and have any advice or tips we’d love to hear them!

Four Vehicles For £10/£13 Delivered @ John Lewis

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 20 July, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Four Vehicles For £10/£13 Delivered @ John LewisI love these trucks and motorbikes from John Lewis all currently in the sale. You can have them delivered to you for £3, or you can collect from either John Lewis or Waitrose for free.

There's the John Lewis Orange Truck* for £2.50 reduced from £5, and at H4 x W19 x D3cm it's a pretty decent size. There's also the red versionfor the same, and in a similar size.

The motorbikes are really cool too - they are die cast and come up at 7x13x5cm - just a great size, I think, as they're small enough to play with, and big enough to not be swallowed or a choking hazard - that said, they're still only recommended for kids over 3.

There's a Yamaha bike*, which is apparently 1:18 to scale. And there's also a BMW motorbike*. They are all just £2.50 instead of £5, and I think £10 for the four is brilliant price, really!

Well, I know which one I'd love to find in my Christmas stocking ;)