On 27 October 2014, the next Clubcard Boost at Tesco starts, and this time, rather than having to select a department to use your points in, shoppers will be able to use their boosted 'Christmas Boost Token' across all 10 boost departments. You will have until the 14th of December to do the exchange, and until the 24th of December to use them.
This means that you'll be able to buy items in:
According to members on the HUKD thread, in theory this means that you'd be able to double up your vouchers and use them against large items, like an xbox or even toys like bikes.
In the Boost you'll be able to exchange £5 in Clubcard vouchers into £10 vouchers to spend online or in store.
Thanks to Chanchi32 and hoperay at HUKD
Very has a special offer on at the moment where you can two items for £40, but it seems to be working on lower priced items too, which means you can make some serious savings. If you're a Very credit account holder, you can use the code 4R4WK to claim a free gift too. Delivery is £3.95.
As I said above, the 2 for £40 is working on lower priced items too, so you can, for example, buy two Megabloks Halo UNSC Flame Warthogs at £12.50 each, but in your basket it will remove £10, making it £15 for two, or £7.50 each, which is a brilliant price.
If you were to buy something for £25, and add the car for £12.50, you'd still get £10 taken off, giving you £37.50 worth of product for £27.50. It's a good one to play around with to see what you can do to make the best of your £10 saving.
I'm sure they'll fix this glitch soon enough, so get in there while you can!
Thanks to Tony from Facebook
Last time we shared finger puppets on PlayPennies, our readers seemed to love it, so when I saw these I thought you'd love them! Amazon seller NiceEshop are selling the Christmas finger puppets for £1.59, with free delivery.
These cute puppets are fab fairy tale and Christmas story props, or even stocking fillers so kids can make up their own stories.
They have elastic inside to keep the puppets on the fingers firmly and they say that they are suitable from 3 years and up.
You may not get exactly what you see in the pictures, but they should include a Santa finger puppet. The blurb makes it sound like you receive one puppet, but the reviews make it sound like you get more than one, which is what I'd hope for!
The reviews are good enough, with a few complaints about stitching - but for the price, it's not going to be the finest work ever. Most people are really pleased with them, and I think they'd be great - especially if you happen to have the animals and family characters too!
There's £2.50 off the personalised Disney Frozen Book at Buyagift.com, making it £7.49. Add that £2.50 back in postage, and you get a fabulous and bound to be loved gift delivered for £9.99.
I think there are no prizes for guessing that recipients of this book would love it.
In this story, your child will be able to help Anna find her sister Elsa after Arendelle is trapped in snow. The story follows the movie, along with meeting Olaf and saving the kingdom.
When you're personalising the book, you add your child's name, and the names of three of their friends as those appear throughout the story.
My daughter has a personalised story book - not this one, but a personalised story - and she has loved seeing her name in print. Add to that that it's a story that include the famous princess sisters, and the child's name... well, it's a perfect gift.
There aren't exchanges available on this, of course, since it's not really something that can be reused!
Thanks to likeabargin at HUKD
We've had a tip-off that Pampers Active Fit Essential Pack nappies are half price in store at some Boots stores right now.
The price online shows as £4.99 which is still a decent saving off the original price of £9.99, and according to our bargain hunter the ticket price showed £9.99 in store, but the receipt came up showing at £3.75 for the 3+ size packs of 40 nappies. That works out at a bargain-tastic 9.3p per nappy.
Hot-foot it to Boots to see if you can grab some nappies at this price, and let us know over on our Facebook page if you get lucky!
You'll earn Advantage points, too, if you're a Boots Advantage Card holder.
With thanks to frickinusernames @HUKD.
I find it really interesting that most Halloween Costumes in the UK are ghoulish and monstery - whereas my American friends come up with all sorts of creative, non-scary, non-mythical ideas for Halloween costumes. I much prefer that, I think, because I don't think the kids need extra things added to their night terrors!
Well, I found this collection of 'easy' DIY Halloween costumes, and while it's clear that some people have a very different idea of what 'easy' is - but at the same time, there are some fab costumes here: I love the jelly beans costume. Even I can blow up balloons and stick them in a bin bag!
A lot of these simply require a bit of creative gluing. Or is that attitude a sure why to get a #fail?
The UK's health watchdog NICE has today issued guidelines recommending that schools should teach children how to brush their teeth.
According to the Daily Mail, "shocking levels of decay" are affecting children, with tots "as young as three" facing the prospect of having all 20 of their baby teeth removed due to rotting.
The idea is that teaching staff at nurseries and primary schools should hold supervised sessions of teeth cleaning "at least once a day".
According to the Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, Professor Mike Kelly, many children "are being condemned to a life with rotten teeth, gum disease and poor health" because of a misunderstanding about how important it is to look after children's milk teeth and gums. He added that many children "eat too much sugar" and aren't brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste. He also stressed the importance of giving children the best start in life.
Unsurprisingly, teaching unions and critics have hit back at the guidelines, asserting that it is the job of parents - not teachers - to take care of children's teeth.
Most worryingly, the guidelines state that some children are not issued with a toothbrush at home and are not taught how to brush their teeth.
What do you make of the NICE guidelines? Would you welcome the introduction of tooth-brushing sessions at your child's school or nursery, or do you think it's something we should not be tasking teachers with? And how do you encourage your children to brush their teeth? We'd love to hear about it if you've worked out some clever way to get your kids to take care of their pearly whites...
I can still remember exactly how I felt when I woke up on Christmas morning, aged 7, to discover that Santa had brought me an A La Carte Kitchen. They might not make those anymore but you can recreate a little of that magic with this Barbie Junior Play Kitchen set - it's just £16.99 at Home Bargains right now, reduced from the RRP of £39.00.
Included in this set is everything little Barbie fans will need to cook up a (pretend) storm, including toy cooking utensils. It measures 29.7" high incase you need to work out where it might fit, and it is suitable for little ones aged three and over.
I'm definitely going to investigate one of these for my little lady, although she's a bit too young for this particular toy kitchen. She's recently taking to obsessively opening and closing the doors on my desk - suffice it to say that's where we've found all manner of missing items in our house of late, including the car keys and the TV remote control - so I think she really needs a little toy kitchen to fiddle about with instead.
Home delivery will cost you £3.49.
Amazon has dropped the price of the Leapfrog Read With Me Scout toy. Normally £29.99, it's £17.99 right now but Amazon do have a cheeky habit of cranking the price back up as soon as lots of interest is shown in an item, so don't dither if you want to snap one up at this price.
Suitable for children aged between 2 and 5 years old, Read With Me Scout is a cute and cuddly puppy dog toy that can read. Yes, really. He comes with 5 fully illustrated board books and can read them all and even ask more than 70 questions to help little ones with their reading comprehension.
I've yet to clap eyes on Scout myself but I've heard so many people rave about this little toy, and it certainly strikes me as a lovely fun way to get little ones engaged with reading. I can imagine Scout becoming a firm favourite cuddly playmate, too.
There are some excellent reviews of this on Amazon , with customers rating it an average of 4.7 out of a possible 5 stars.
Delivery is free from Amazon on this too, since you're spending more than £10.
Arr, me hearties, head to John Lewis if you've got a pirate fan in the house, because there's currently £15 off this cute Pirate Ship Playset. I can't say I'd have paid the normal price of £25 for this, but it's now reduced to just £10 which seems like a steal to me.
This is suitable for children aged over 12 months, and it's ideal for the bath. At least that's what the product description says, but there's some debate online as to whether it's actually a bath toy - customers who have purchased something very similar from John Lewis in the past seem to think the description must be a mistake, because theirs plays music and thus is obviously NOT safe for use in the bath.
Still, the little row boat and crocodile seem safe for the bath, as do the little pirates. I found toys like this were brilliant when my boys were little and going through a stage of hating having their hair washed in the bath - a fun toy full of fiddly bits and distractions like this took all the stress out of bath time.
Standard UK delivery is £3, or you can order one online using the link above but select the option to use their free Click & Collect option to pick one up from your local branch of John Lewis with no delivery charge.
With thanks to mobjw @HUKD.
If you've got a little Disney Frozen fan who is perpetually dressed from head to toe in Frozen clothing, then the one thing you really, really need is yet another Frozen t-shirt, right? I mean c'mon, you can surely never have too many items of Frozen clothing. And right now this cute Sisters Forever t-shirt is just £2, reduced from £4. Move fast though - several sizes are already out of stock.
I can't vouch for the quality of this particular t-shirt - although it's 100% cotton which is a good start - but that's pretty amazing value, and it'll be super cute if you bag two for a pair of Frozen-loving sisters.
Might also be a handy item for popping in your present drawer or even in your emergency Christmas pressie stash. You know - for those times when you're caught on the hop by someone giving your child a present at Christmas whom you hadn't factored into your own Chrismas shopping.
Delivery is £2.95 or you can order one online but opt to collect it from your nearest branch of Asda for free.
With thanks to wendone @HUKD
This is a pretty nice price for the Leapfrog 'My Own Leaptop' if you're thinking of treating a special little someone to one of these for Christmas. It's £14.00 at Asda right now which is already a few quid cheaper than elsewhere online right now, but when you add the voucher code LEAP33 at the basket checkout stage you'll get the price down to just £9.38.
Leapfrog toys always seem to be super popular with parents and kids alike, and this one is suitable for tots aged two years and older.
This has four different learning modes including letter sounds and names of animals plus games and singing, and it's billed as an age-appropriate way to help your tot get to grips with basic computer literacy skills. There's even an option to have the Leaptop spell you child's name.
I know my daughter would absolutely love having her own keypad to bash away on when she's watching me on mine, and something like this might even buy me a few extra minutes to catch up on emails before she starts trying to get her mitts on my laptop!
Delivery is £2.95 or you can order it online using the link above, but opt to pick it up from your nearest branch of Asda without paying any delivery charges.
It's bargains galore on toys over at Tesco right now, but how do you like the sound of 50% off the My Little Pony Pinkie Pie light-up cuddly toy? Pop over to Tesco Direct, then, where you can grab one of these cuddly characters for just £12.50 instead of £25.
Apparently these sell out of stock quicker than you can sing the My Little Pony theme tune so you'll want to gallop (sorry) on over to Tesco now if you want to nab one.
These My Little Pony soft toys are pink, cute and cuddly and they sing and light up when you squeeze their tummy. What else is there to say?! They're not suitable for children under three years of age, however.
Standard delivery costs £3.00 or you can order one online by clicking the link above, but opt to use the free click and collect service to pick yours up from your nearest branch of Tesco. Simples!
With thanks to boff20 @HUKD.
The Avengers Assemble Back Pack Gift Set is now only £3.50, from Tesco Direct. It had previously been £7 and even at that it's reasonable. I can't say I have seen this anywhere else. An ideal gift for any Marvel fan.
With this Marvel Avengers Assemble Back Pack Gift Set you get a back pack style wash bag to hold your toiletries in. No kidding my other half would love this for himself! You also get a huge 400ml bottle of Avengers Bath & Shower Gel and a 200ml bottle of 2 in 1 Avengers Shampoo and Conditioner.
This is certainly one way to get the kids to clean themselves. My eldest son is a right soap-dodger at times, and trust me if it wasn't for toiletry sets like this, he'd be a right smelly toe rag. I am not sure what superheroes smell like so I am unsure of the scent, however, I am sure it will be completely inoffensive.
You can click and collect the Marvel Avengers Assemble Back Pack Toiletry Gift Set from your local Tesco store for FREE or pay £3 for delivery.
Thanks to vickywelshie @ HUKD
There's a Christmas Pug duvet, and a gorgeous Christmas Pin Up, which is also available in double and king for a little bit more (£12/£14). The Snow Scene Duvet* for a cot is just £9, and Little Miss Duvet Set* is £10 too.
I guess since you're only using these for a few weeks of the year, you wouldn't want to spend a fortune on them, so these are ideal.
Of course there's always good old Elsa and Anna to fall back on, but they're up to £18.
A nice way to build up to Christmas, methinks?
Thanks to MissBint at HUKD
The PlayPennies team spotted this cute Halloween pregnancy announcement today, and we spent ages chatting about it, and comparing stories on how we sprung the news.
This video shows mum-to-be Leslie welcoming her other half home wearing her pregnancy announcement. It made us all well up a little!
How did you tell your partner about your pending arrival? Join the conversation on our Facebook Page!
This little tablet is a good gift for little people. It is just the right size for their hands, and teaches a range of areas, like language, vocabulary, phonics, music and more.
There are character buttons to hear responses, and pattern & memory activities that help develop logical thinking. The QWERTY keyboard promotes typing skills and the classical style melodies and magical sounds add to the enjoyment.
The design is durable and there's volume control and automatic shut-off for long lasting play.
The manufacturers description says these are good for kids from 24 months, but it doesn't say how long it's likely to keep a child's attention. Hopefully you'll get a good few years of play out of it!
Thanks to nic0000 at HUKD
Once you've popped your items into the basket, and signed in - or continued without signing in - and you'll receive the following message:
Cubgratulations™! Your order qualifies you to get a £10.00 gift card for only £5.00! Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself – it’s up to you! Just click “Add to basket” below to add this special gift card offer to your order. Limit 1 discounted card per order.
You can't add it to the same order - i.e. you can't take £5 off of that spend - but you can keep it for the next time you shop at Build a Bear, essentially saving yourself £5. You can of course also gift it to someone. Either way, it's yours to do with as you please, but you only get one per order.
It's worth noting too, that you can make up your £25 out of anything - including sale items!
Thanks for the heads up Matzi2000 at HUKD
Disney Rewards have these free printables that can be downloaded and printed off as much as you like. As one clever cookie suggested, you can print it onto sticky paper and have DIY room decor, or stickers for the kids for one of the million things kids like stickers for.
The freebie consists of 2 A4 pages, featuring some of the most loved Disney characters, including Tinkerbell, Simba, Grumpy the Dwarf, and I think Dopey the Dwarf too. There's also the majority of the Mickey Mouse Club House crew and a few others too.
I love the idea of printing these on sticky paper, but regular paper will do fine too. Print them off and stick them on a straw or lollipop stick for stick puppets too. Lots of rainy day fun, and you don't even have to be crafty.
Thanks to n15hu at HUKD