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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
4:53 pm
This is for residents of the UK....

I am posting this to my LJ and a couple of comms here on LJ, as while I have just been able to get mine, none of my friends even knew such a thing existed, and in these days, it all helps if things are tight.

If you are not on social security, but on a very low income (a very low wage, or a student loan for example), you still can get help with health costs (free prescriptions, eye tests, dental treatment, travel to consultants if referred by a doctor) which would still otherwise cost, even on the NHS.

This is the HC1 form (which you can get from doctors surgeries, dentists and I got mine from the local pharmacy).

Here is a link about it - http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Free-or-Reduced-Cost-Prescriptions.htm

It is means tested, youll need to send off the filled-in form and photocopies of your last few payslips/ student loan awards info. I am sorry, I dont know what the exact income limits are for full help and partial help, but its well worth trying for, you even have a reply paid envelope to send the form back with!
Friday, February 26th, 2010
12:55 pm
Beauty Products
I heard somewhere that beauty products cost pennies to make but sell for pounds. (From Sir Alan Sugar!)

Anyone tried making their own 'luxury' body creams or lotions?
I am a beauty-product-o-holic, you name it, its in my cuboard, I'd like to try making my own. Is it really possible to make stuff like blackhead removing scrub and intensive hair conditioners?

Also I found (from the Duggar family of all places) people making their own laundry liquid, that seemed like a good idea to me!
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
7:13 pm
Free food!
Use the code CNGVZNHA at Graze! :)
Here's a photo of the box I've got:
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
1:33 pm
Why didn't I know about this before?
Online shopping from the bargain bin


Lots of stuff past the best before date or on special offer and really good prices.

Has anyone tried them and can tell me if it's as good as it sounds?
7:41 am
Freebies from Coca-Cola
Now sure how many are aware of this promotion, but Coca Cola are giving away loads of stuff.

It's through Cokezone

Basically you enter codes off bottles and cans and then you can purchase a whole range of goodies for the points, there's quite a range of things you can 'buy' with the points and the point value seems quite reasonable. I just took delivery of a WII game from a couple of month worth of collecting.
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
6:49 pm
Found a video series on saving money.. looks good
Found a good step by step video tutorial series for saving money on your electricity, insurances and ebay together with the best way to use vouchers etc...

I found it here: Videos

if your interested have a look.. if not then don't :)

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
8:22 pm
£10 off at LittlewoodsDirect.com
Anyone want my voucher?

It's good until the 30th of June.  £10 discount off your first online purchase of £10 or more.  Lemme know in the comments, and I'll pm the code  to you or something (code needs to be entered in the promotion code box at the checkout).
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
4:43 pm
London or Oxford second hand shops
Can anyone recommend some good second hand clothing shops in London or Oxford?
I have some clothes I want to drop off. I don't want to sell them or anything, although I might look around so I'd prefer a place with good prices. I'm not at all familiar with the area so nearby tube or rail stations would help.
Thanks in advance :)

x-posted to poor_skills
Friday, February 13th, 2009
9:20 am
Free Theatre Tickets (UK, under 26 only)
Arts Council England in association with the Metro have come up with a scheme that offers free theatre tickets to those under 26, to try to encourage young people to see more plays.

Basically, most, if not all theatres in the UK are participating. You can go here and search by postcode to find the theatres close to you, Most will not allow online booking for the free tickets, and they are, of course, subject to availability. And you'll need a photo ID to prove your age. The tickets are only available for Friday night performances, and the scheme's set to continue until March 2011.
Thursday, February 5th, 2009
12:16 pm
Coke bottles
Ahem. Not a coke or diet coke drinker (tho' was horrifically addicted to diet coke in the past), but for the past six months at least there have been 12 digit cokdes printed underneath the labels of coke and diet coke bottles (look for the ones with "coke zone" written on the cap). I write down the code and input them into the Coke Zone website (cokezone.co.uk) and you can exchange them for handy things like WH Smiths vouchers (£5 voucher for 100 points - I buy stamps...) and Cineworld Cinema ticket vouchers (1 ticket for 50 points - I use these to pay my occassional babysitter). The small bottles (500ml) have codes worth 2points, so for finding 50 bottles I can buy a fivers-worth of stamps, or 25 bottles buys me an hour and a half of toddler-free bliss. They have other "rewards" too, but these are the best two for me.

I pick empty bottles out of bins and up off the street, or offer to take it home to recycle if I see someone finishing one at playgroup or on the bus. After writing down all the codes I do indeed recycle them. Go me. Once you start looking for discarded bottles they are everywhere! I've never yet found a code that had already been used - I suppose most people can't be bothered. I do like to see myself as a modern-day rag and bone (wo)man.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
5:04 pm
has anyone on here used the Solaris operating system, and what are your thoughts on it? 
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
10:17 am
It's that time of year...

So what are your best frugal gift ideas for this year?

Any really great festive bargains we should all know about?

I'm going to make home made fudge and chocolate truffles for people, I've got some pretty cups and saucers that I picked up for pennies at a car boot sale which will look really neat filled with the sweeties and tied up with netting. I'm also making jewellery and doing some tie bleach and stencil bleached t-shirts. You can get plain coloured t-shirts for a couple of quid, all you do is lay a few bits and pieces on them, spritz with a solution of bleach and wait for it to develop, then dunk into a bucket of water with a bit of vinegar and run through the washing machine.
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
10:49 am
Wetherspoons pub vouchers
I know this reaches a new low in 'pikeyness' however...

Several friends have  for two years running offered me a Wetherspoons pub voucher or two. Apparently they recieved these through the post gratis. These pub vouchers do make drinking in bars more affordable but I would like some vouchers of my own since I am getting just a little peeved at my friend's smugness over receiving free vouchers in the post for years.

I have tried the Wetherspoon free magazine and the Wetherspoon site but I cam find nothing that might help me elicit a post of free vouchers from Wetherspoons.

Does anyone here know how I may apply to Wetherspoon for these vouchers?

I have cross posted to other sites interested in money-saving before I crosspost to 'beer fan' sites (I can imagine the smug replies now(: )
Monday, October 6th, 2008
10:08 pm
Public service announcement-
New community formed.
no fascists or SWP types or anyone else with political agandas to grind allowed in.
all about offering practical help to each other in The Recession we are about to be enduring.

go to recession_uk, or check out my user info if this link don't work.

Could be right up our street, guys!
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
12:48 am
Free Full Size Rimmel Foundation


The answer is 16 hours :)
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
3:57 pm

Crossposted- don't get cross.

Any scallys out there?

Friend of mine who was on a business trip said he saw brand new laptops with packaging & gaurantees for sale at an open air market some where in Liverpool - central I think.

But the thing is they were going for £100! They may be crap but my mate's not savy enough to check and memorise the specs.

Anyone here got anymore information on this?

I'm not so keen on going up to Liverpool but I am interested wether this is an indication that all the Xmas toys that didn't sell last year are now up for grabs somewhere cheap.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
3:26 pm
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Saturday, September 6th, 2008
12:35 pm
aluminium polish.
Hi people, looks like an interesting community and fits in nicely with what I'm presently doing, ie trying to save a moped from the landfill, idealy on a budget.

I'm struggling to justify the £4.99 cost of Solvol autosol, but in the same breath I'm needing to polish up some aluminium Forks and remove rust from steel parts on said "ped", have tried baking soda and vinigar on the aluminium parts, but that leaves them dull and no amount of elbow grease removes the corroded "Pits" the way Solvol does.

Any ideas, anyone.

Thanks in anticipation.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
12:58 pm
useless wine voucher, any takers?
I got a  £40 WineBank voucher with an Amazon order, a lovely gesture I suppose but woefully inappropriate as I`m a teetotaller.    
Anyhow, anyone who feels tempted to buy wine online, just mail me ( aretaicturn.lj@gmail.com ) and I`ll send you the supersekrit code. I think you have to be a UK resident. You get £40 off if you buy at least a 12-bottle case costing £79.99 or more, excl. delivery. Splash out >£100 and get another £20 discount. 

I`ll edit this post once the voucher is taken.
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
2:23 pm
Compare your spending
Hi folks. I hope this doesn't count as spamming, but you might be interested in a new compare your spending tool I've created - it asks various questions about your monthly budget and shows how your spending compares with national averages as published by the UK government. The tool outputs results like this for bloggers -

UK residents - compare your spending
I spend 2% less than other people with my income!
Are you a spendthrift or a miser? FIND OUT HERE!

- though the actual thing has much more detail, including suggestions on how to save money on areas where your spending is unusually high. Thanks for listening, and comments welcome!
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