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4000 Free Footballs, 12 Signed Football League Club Shirts & 12 Football League Club Balls Up For Grabs

by Luschka van Onselen in Comps on 6 January, 2015 at 9:42 pm

4000 Free Footballs, 12 Signed Football League Club Shirts & 12 Football League Club Balls Up For GrabsWe don't usually write about other people's competitions, but when there are 4024 prizes up for grabs, it's worth a mention, we think! Capital One have a 'competition' on their Facebook page where you can submit your details and enter the draw to win one of the 4000 free footballs or one of 12 signed football league club shirts, or one of 12 signed football league club balls. I'm not much into football myself, but even I can imagine the excitement for someone who won one of these.

The promotion ends at  5pm Friday 9th January 2015 so you still have time to get your name in there. They'll ask you for the basics like your name and contact information - and you're able to opt out of further communication or advertising from them.

The main prizes are:

  • One ball signed by 2014 season team players: 1 ball per club detailed below:

Derby County, Watford, Leeds United, Bristol City, Swindon Town, MK Dons, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic, Notts County, Rochdale, Peterborough United,  or

  • One signed shirt by 2014 season team players: 1 shirt per club detailed below:

Reading, Fulham, Birmingham City, Wycombe Wanderers, Luton Town, Shrewsbury Town, Burton Albion, Southend United, Plymouth Argyle, Newport County, Bury, Exeter City

One entry is allowed per person.

Good luck!

Kids Padded Body Warmers From £2.99& Free Delivery on £6 Spend @ H&M

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 6 January, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Kids Padded Body Warmers From £2.99& Free Delivery on £6 Spend @ H&MHead on over to H&M for kids padded body warmers from £2.99. Actually, 'from' is a bit inaccurate. They are £5.99, but there are selected sizes and colours on offer for £2.99. There's also free delivery if you spend £6, and use the code below.

Click here for padded body warmers from H&M*

  • Discount: Free Delivery
  • Minimum Spend: £6
  • Discount Code: 2773

As I said, there's a variety of ages and styles, and not all of them are discounted. For example the body warmer in black is £2.99 for ages 8-10, and then it's £5.99 for the rest. In pink it's reduced for 12 - 14 year olds, and in green for 10 - 12 year olds. Blue is full price all through, and yellow too -though £5.99 isn't exactly a bank breaker.

The padded body warmers have a stand-up collar for warmer necks, and a zip at the front. There's also a rounded hem that is slightly longer at the back to keep the small of the back warm too. They are 100% polyester and machine wash at 40C.

Delivery would be £3.90 if you weren't using the code, so it's definitely worth finding a way over the threshold, so check out the sale* too.

For this and other H&M Discount Codes have a look at our voucher section.

Thanks to bebo83 at HUKD

Owl/Fox Crossbody Handbag £7.99 Delivered @ eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 5 January, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Owl/Fox Crossbody Handbag £7.99 Delivered @ eBay A UK based eBayer is selling these gorgeous Owl/Fox cross body handbags for £7.99 delivered, or with pick up from your local Argos. These are available cheaper on eBay too, but from non-UK sellers, meaning you'll have a wait for it to be delivered. Through a UK seller, it'll be with you before the end of the week. There's also a special offer on, where you get 5% off if you buy two - perhaps not incentive enough to buy two, but a bonus if you were going to anyway.

This is just so cute. I love the 'Owl' look, with the 'ears' tucked away, but the fox look is equally sweet.

This hangbag or shouilder bag offers plenty of space to hold your purse, cell phone, keys, make up and so on - even a spare nappy if you need it. It's made from high quality PU leather, and is approximately 25cm(L)x18cm(H)x6cm(W) (sort of A4 size). 

The shoulder strap is 130 x2.5 cm, and can be adjusted, which is perfect if you prefer it as an off the shoulder bag rather than an across the body bag.

Right now all the colours are in stock, and there seems to be good availability, but these are such a great price, and so cute, they may not hang around for long.

Thanks to Jessica for the email on PlayPennies Facebook page

#LidlSurprises: Household Goods From £1.29

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 5 January, 2015 at 8:50 pm

#LidlSurprises: Household Goods From £1.29Next Monday, 12 January, Lidl's 'Surprises' are great for those of us who may need to freshen up some bits around the house - you know, the broken laundry basket, the ironing board with that stain you now  iron around, and the shoecupboard you sort of have to push lean encouragingly against to get it to shut?

Lidl's Surprises next week include a cordless steam iron for £14.99, and a table top ironing board for £4.99.  There's a choice of ironing board covers for £3.99 and 15l laundry baskets for £4.99 too.

For creating some much needed space in the wardrobes,  you could look at the hanging drawer shelves, not bad at £3.99 for two, and underbed shoe storage for what looks like 12 pairs of shoes is going for £6.99. Oh, and these are pretty good for toys, blocks, craft collections and so on too.

Keep your delicates delicate with the mesh laundry set for £1.99 - don't quote me on this, but I've washed all the kids LEGO and ball pit balls in mesh laudry bags before! Keeps them all together and they come out sparkly clean.

Make sure you get to Lidl early on Monday though, as all the good stuff goes fast!

Free! 30 Slow Cooker Recipes For Kindle/Apps

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 5 January, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Free! 30 Slow Cooker Recipes For Kindle/AppsFor those who enjoy their slow cooked meals, this freebie from Kindle might have a few winning recipes to see you through the winter days.  It's currently free, and ensures your home smells amazing by the time you get in in the evening, so grab it while you can.

The book goes into great detail to explain exactly what the slow cooker is and also outlines all the right ways to use it and even what to look for when making a purchase. The rest of the book is filled with great recipe options that can be used to prepare a variety of meals that will keep any households hunger satiated for quite a while.

Reviews are mixed and varied, specifically if you're not too familiar with American measures, but others say it's brilliant with some good or great recipes, and if you're a confident cook you should be able to adapt them to your tastes and likes anyway, and just glean some new ideas from it.

I always see a recipe as more of a 'guide' than a rule, anyway!

Thanks to twitwoo at HUKD

Satchel Style Bag £3 @ Mamas & Papas

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 4 January, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Satchel Style Bag £3 @ Mamas & PapasThis fab 'boys' satchel style bag is currently £3 at Mamas & Papas, reduced from £10. There's free click and collect available, which is great since delivery charges are £4.95.

Whether a school bag, or a nappy bag, or just something for spare clothes in the boot of the car, the practical, everyday satchel comes  in a choice of 3 funky, fun prints, though you can't choose them online.

The boys khaki canvas satchel includes a printed graphic on the front, with front velcro fastening. There's a non-adjustable canvas strap, which is great for slinging over the shoulder, or spreading the weight by carrying it over the opposite shoulder.

The bag is fully lined, so in wet weather should keep the contents fairly protected, and being Mamas & Papas, you'd expect it to be fairly good quality too, which makes the price even more of a bargain.

There's no age direction on the bag, but it's in the 'toddlers' bag section, so I'd use that as my guide.

Thanks to Jasmine182 at HUKD

VTech Toot Toot Sale @ Wilko Instore

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 4 January, 2015 at 9:10 pm

VTech Toot Toot Sale @ Wilko InstoreYou know by now that Wilko have a fairly huge sale on all sorts at the moment, with storage and toys coming in at amazing prices. While their website is largely sold out of VTech Toot Toot toys, the instore bargains are not to be missed. Christmas may well be over, but there's never a shortage of gift giving opportunities when you have kids!

As I said, most of this range is sold out online, and with Toot Toot Animals and Vehicles from £2.25, it's no surprise really. Apparently these prices are national, so if you're able to find them in store, you should get them at these prices.

There's also (that we know of!) the Toot Toot Fire Station for £9.40 and I'm sure you'll find other bargains, if you're heading in to the store for these. For example there's a huge wooden castle* for £20 online, but £10 in store. There are also puzzles for £2.50, including 3D puzzles, Mr Men and Hello Kitty and other branded puzzles, depending on what's available in your local store.

Lisa told you earlier about the storage solutions on sale too.

Definitely worth a visit to a Wilko store, I'd say, but probably best to set yourself a budget and stick to it!

Thanks to kirstymoss, garethholden10 and hunter82 at HUKD

The Inescapable Reality of New Year’s Eve

by Luschka van Onselen in Features on 4 January, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Inescapable Reality of New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve was always a bit of a trauma wasn’t it? It was prohibitively expensive, full of drunken dramas and there was never a taxi home in sight. It was hard work, and involved a lot of personal shame. (Personally I’ve been reduced to weeing behind a bin on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and snogging a man dressed as a chicken as the bells bonged at midnight.)

With the pressure of expectation – the pressure to have the BEST TIME EVER - someone always had a meltdown and you had to hold their hair back as they puked into a Greggs carrier bag. Or you got separated and someone didn’t get your text and had to walk home 5 miles on their own in high heels and never spoke to you again. Ah, the hilarity.

And then you have kids, and going out on New Years Eve seems about as likely spending the evening cavorting around naked on the International Space Station with Benedict Cumberbatch. For a start, who the hell can stay up until midnight anymore? Don’t be so RIDICULOUS! These days your body completely shuts down straight after Midsomer Murders.

If you have plans to entertain though, as well as the superhero ability to stay up, things will probably not go as you imagine. Maybe you’ll draw on some eyes with eyeliner and throw on a dress that doesn’t have stains on it. Maybe you’ll arrange some nibbles on the kitchen table and invite some close friends round. You might have a vague idea of bringing the New Year in round a roaring fire, having some mulled wine and playing some amusing board games. (You saw it on an advert once for after dinner mints and it looked good).

In your fuddled, Christmas addled mind, the kids will take care of themselves and play nicely until falling asleep naturally under cosy crocheted blankets. You will welcome the New Year in with a feeling of warmth and friendship and your Syne will be Lang and Auld. If you have a dog, it will fall asleep in the warm glow of the fire, farting gently to itself.

In reality, though, the kids will be in exactly the same mood as your old friend in high heels who had to walk home on her own. They will refuse to go to bed, act like mini Kim Jong Uns and eat far too many cocktail sausages. The roaring fire of your dreams is actually a gas flame effect with melted Elsa from Frozen figurines on top of it. The mulled wine is cheap red heated in the microwave and served in Tommee Tippee mugs. The board games keep getting hijacked by overtired, ratty, tantrumming children who keep trying to stab each other with the tweezers from Operation. And the dog gets spooked by all the noise and does a poo on the rug.

If you do venture out of the house, though, it could be even worse. If you manage to find a nearby abode which will take your onesie clad, over excited children, chances are you’ll spend the evening wondering how the hell you’re going to going to carry them home over icy pavements after you’ve had some cava. You realise that you have one of three options. Either one of you will stay sober and upright, and spend the evening glaring at the other and passive aggressively snapping breadsticks in half, or you’ll both stay sober and upright (NIGHTMARE) and have a massive row at 11.52 and see in the New Year in a massive huff. OR you’ll both get supercalifragilistically smashed and try to convince the hostess to let you all crash in the spare room, and you will never be invited back again.

This is the reality of New Years Eve. You put on your pyjamas at 6pm and pretend it’s like any other evening. You put the kids to bed at the usual time, then you lie comatose in front of Jools Holland’s Hootenanny eating large amounts of cheese and drinking wine and listening to Swahili Nose Flute music accompanied by guy with no neck on a tinkly winkly piano. Then you fall into the deepest sleep of the year, only to be rudely woken at midnight by a shedload of annoying fireworks and the whole world singing Auld Lang Syne really badly.

Your children also be woken up and refuse to go back to sleep while you tend to them through your cheese coma. Eventually, at 4am, the house is quiet and everybody is asleep. Then at 6 am, your children get up for the day and jump on your head and you stare down the barrel of 2015 with a headache and six extra pounds of lard around your waist.

Good times.

Gruffalo Trunki Suitcase £20 @ BG Nappies

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 4 January, 2015 at 12:54 pm
Gruffalo Trunki Suitcase £20 @ BG Nappies

The funky Gruffalo Trunki is on sale for £20 from BG Nappies. This is an amazing price for a Trunki that's normally around £40. Delivery is £3.50, which still comes up a bargain.

Make travelling more fun and exciting for your children by getting them the Gruffalo Trunki suitcase. The fun Gruffalo Trunki is great for little ones who can pack their own luggage. They can then sit and ride while their parents tow them along.

Suitable for children over the age of three, (my two year old loves hers!) the Trunki Suitcase features a carry handle, horn grips for holding on tight when riding the Trunki and a comfortable saddle. Made from top quality plastics it is durable as well as practical.

Inside the Trunki you will find 18 litres of space, an internal pouch and even a Trunki passport. Your children will love the teddy bear seat belts so their best friend can come along safely too. It’s all lockable with a key and secure catches to keep everything safe.

Disney Princess Magical Box £4.49 @ WHSmith

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 2 January, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Disney Princess Magical Box £4.49 @ WHSmithWHSmith are selling the Disney Princess Magical Box for £4.49, reduced, apparently, from the £19.99 RRP.  There's free delivery on orders over £20, otherwise you can collect for free, or pay the £2.99 saver delivery.

Inside this sparkling keepsake box you'll find seven magical Disney Princess storybooks and a beautiful poster of your favourite princesses! You can also use the beautiful box to store your most precious jewels.

Okay, so WH Smith won't get any prizes her for product descriptiveness, but from the looks of it, you're getting 7  Disney Princess storybooks and a poster, inside a keepsake box.

At the price the books themselves would be fabulous for party bags, and the poster could be used as room decor or a party game prize. There's never enough treasure chests, jewellery boxes or simply storage boxes for jewels, shells, leaves or twigs with my girls, so if you don't keep the keepsake box to put toys in, you're still bound to find a use for the box.

As a gift, at the price, it's a bargain too.

Thanks to andywedge at HUKD

Further Reductions @ Asda George

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 2 January, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Further Reductions @ Asda George

We told you about the sale at George earlier in the week, but it looks like many items now have further reductions too, making for greater savings for you. A lot of these are actually in store offers only, but below are a few that you'll be able to find online too, and can collect from your local store for free, or choose the £2.95 2-3 day standard delivery option.

One to put in the cupboard for next year, but at £2 you couldn't make it for less. The Kid's Advent Calendaris reusable, and can become part of your family's Christmas tradition.

For more immediate use, the boys coat is reduced to just £5*, and is great for winter spares. They're available from sizes 5-6 to -12 and in a variety of colours.

While you're at ASDA, there have been reports of the Magic Dress Sleeping Beauty down from £15 to £2 instore, as well as the Disney Frozen Sparkle Anna Doll down to just £2.75 though these are store specific, but it's worth having a look to see what you can find in yours. 

Thanks to lauragallagher5011, and bebo83 at HUKD

Butlins Double Discounts Weekend From £109

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 2 January, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Butlins Double Discounts Weekend From £109Butlins have a 'Double Discounts' weekend sale on right now that ends in 4 days, but the bargain rooms are selling out quickly. They say there are rooms available from £109, but at a glance, the cheapest I could find was £117 for 2 adults and 2 children for 3 days in a term time weekend. As I said, the cheapest stays are selling out really quickly, but there are also still February half term stays available from £123 per person (for a 7 night stay).

There's also a discount code at the moment to take a further 10% off, and if you can't pay the full amount up front, there's a pay it off scheme available, which is so useful for families!

Click here to explore Butlins breaks*

  • Discount: Double Discounts
  • Expires: 6 January 2015
  • Discount Code: HELLO2015

I'm not kidding when I say these are selling fast - when I started looking at dates, there were plenty in January, and right now there's just one date left in January, in one resort, so pop over quickly and see if you can save yourself a packet on your next family holiday.

Free Oral B Toothbrush Timer App For Kids

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 1 January, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Free Oral B Toothbrush Timer App For KidsOral B have a fab Disney app to help kids when it comes to brushing their teeth.

While the app itself is free, you do need to have an Oral B  or Crest product in the bathroom to be able to activate it.

The free Disney Time App works by scanning a Crest or Oral B product which then activates the app to uncover hidden Disney or Marvel characters, which they can then save in the album within the app, collecting all their favourite characters.

The idea is that kids will brush for as long as it takes to uncover the image, but I'd suppose adult supervision will be required. I know my 5 year old will easily find ways to mess with the system!

It looks like they had a few problems with the app back in July last year, but these should be fixed now and I tried the app with both my girls tonight, and they loved it.  Hopefully it will encourage longer brushing!

Baby & Toddler Socks & Tights Sale @ John Lewis

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 1 January, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Baby & Toddler Socks & Tights Sale @ John LewisJohn Lewis have a sale on baby & toddler socks and tights at the moment, with 19 items included in the girls selection, although seemingly none in the boys section.

When my daughter was a baby, I spent ages trying to find tights that weren't pink, and actually had a really  hard time with it! There just weren't any tights that weren't at least one shade of pink. Over the last five years tights that aren't pink have certainly become easier to find, which I think is a very good thing.

The selection of tights and socks from John Lewis includes quite a few Christmas themed offerings, but you should be able to find a few bits that are perfectly suitable to wear, Christmas or no.

There's also really good value with the multi packs like the Trumpette Seanna's Socks, Pack of 6, Multi, 0-12 monthsreduced to £9.50. The 2-packs for girls for £3.50 is also fantastic value. 

Thanks to sazzlebob at HUKD

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 31 December, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015In whichever way you choose to spend your New Year's eve, we wish you a wonderful 2015 from everyone here at PlayPennies. We hope the year ahead is filled with love and good things for all our readers. Thank you for your support over the last year as the site has grown massively! We hope that you've all made great savings that you can carry forward into the next year too, and we can't wait to share exciting new offers and deals with you again in 2015.

If you can't get out to enjoy the fireworks tonight, have a look at the spectacular displays from around Sydney, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and all the other parts of the world where 2015 is already in full swing! If you are heading out, have a look anyway, as your local may not be quite as impressive as these!

Freebie! Kindle Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipes: Against All Grains eBook @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 30 December, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Freebie! Kindle Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipes: Against All Grains eBook @ Amazon

Amazon Kindle have a free Gluten Free & Paleo recipe book on offer right now. Just click on the link below to download it!

I have a number of friends on the Paleo diet and they've all lost weight and report that they feel so much better on it. Some of them have even been able to reintroduce dairy - something I fear I couldn't live without! It's been such a success in some of my circles that I'm almost, almost, tempted to give it a go myself, and with this free recipe book, it seems worth a shot.

Fortunately it's the right season to pull out the slowcooker too, and if you don't have one, there are loads of great offers on those too*.

There aren't any UK reviews for this book, but the reviews are pretty good. This probably means there will be some Americanism in the book, but confident cooks should have no problems and for anything you're unsure about, Google normally has the answer!

Skidster Snow Scooter £10/£13.99 Delivered @ Millets

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 December, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Skidster Snow Scooter £10/£13.99 Delivered @ Millets

This is one of the more unusual snow sledges I've seen, but I love it! It just looks like hours of fun if you're one of the UK areas affected by snow. The Skidster Snow Scooter is currently reduced to £10, and there's free pickup from Millets, or £3.99 delivery bringing it up to £13.99, which still seems a great price for what it is.

The Skidster Snow Scooter is a plastic, durable sledge that will handle the bumps on snow and on sand. It has a ridged stand which is supposed to provide extra grip to prevent you from falling off while the hand provides a safe hold on the sledge and makes it easier to carry the folded up scooter.

It is an easy to store sledge too as the handle part folds up.

There aren't any reviews on it at the moment, and there's no age limit or weight limit indications, but how hard can it be  ;)

Thanks to Shiesh at HUKD

LeapFrog Explorer App Centre Download £15 Card For £7.46 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 December, 2014 at 10:02 pm

LeapFrog Explorer App Centre Download £15 Card For £7.46 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the LeapFrog Explorer App Centre Download Card for £7.46 instead of £15. Annoyingly, you still have to pay £3.30 delivery on that, making your order £10.76, so you're better off buying two at £14.92 delivered, for £30 worth of content.

The LeapFrog App Centre Download Card makes it easy to give a gift you know kids will love: more content for their LeapPad, LeapsterGS/Explorer, or LeapReader learning system. Choose from hundreds of fun educational games, ebooks, videos, music, apps, and more, all of which are created or approved by LeapFrog learning experts.

Each card is redeemable online for £15 worth of content for the LeapPad Ultra, LeapPad2 Power, LeapPad2, LeapPad1, LeapsterGS, Leapster Explorer, or LeapReader so there's a lot they can use the money up on.

One of the Amazon reviews was quite helpful, saying to use it, you simply plug your LeapPad into your computer, open up the app store and click on the 'redeem' link where you'll be asked to put in the code found on the back of the card. You can use this instead of cartridges that just end up getting lost, and you can put five devices on the same account too.

Dress Up America Fancy Dress From £3.26 (Was £29.99) @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 December, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Dress Up America Fancy Dress From £3.26 (Was £29.99) @ AmazonDress Up America on Amazon are selling these gorgeous dress up items for the insanely low price of £3.26 and up. They are all add-on items, so you have to spend over £10 to get them sent out, but that works out to just over three outfits. The stock levels on this are dropping like crazy though, so you'll have to be quick. I just tried to buy the Strawberry Shortcake style outfit in my daughter's size and the price in my basket showed up at over £12 rather than the £3.26 it was when I added it to the basket, and is now out of stock, so do act quickly.

Even those items that aren't almost 90% off have good prices - like 47% off, makes the Strawberry girl costume £12.93, and it's a pretty decent dress up outfit!

Each outift has a variety of children's or adult size options, and each option has it's own price, so it's a bit of hit and miss, but they do have exquisite costumes.

GBBO Fans Dream: Up To 60% Off @ Lakeland

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 28 December, 2014 at 9:57 pm

GBBO Fans Dream: Up To 60% Off @ Lakeland

For every GBBO fan out there, now's the time to head to Lakeland as they offer their sale, with up to 60% off. Free collection in store, or free delivery on orders over £30.

A friend sent me into her bedroom a few months back to fetch something, and opening the wrong cupboard I was met with a mountain of gift supplies, from wrapping paper to themed tape to an impressive array of gifts stacked in a vaguely recognisable order. It turns out that she budgets around £200 every December/January to stock up on all the little bits that make the costs add up come Christmas time. She buys all her decorations, cards, and the majority of her secret santa/stocking filler style gifts in January, and even birthday presents for the 'important' people in her life and saves them up till next year. I'd always wondered how she was so organised!

Well, the Lakeland sale is the perfect place to follow suit. Their Christmas items sale is impressive, with everything from decorations to post Christmas dinner games (reduced to 99p).

For the bakers and cake makers, there's an amazing array of sale items, and for the home makers, you'll not be left out either!