5 Money Saving Tips Online Shopping

I know that when you are thinking about saving money you are trying not to so be a lot however we all know that we have to spend money. Whether it be gifts which you need for people such as people having birthdays or items which you need to replace.

I am for one a person who prefers to shop online because it does mean that I don’t have to interact with humans and I can do it in the comfort of my own house. Of course there is a lot more temptation to spend more money when you are shopping online the reason behind this is because you do get a lot of emails when sales are on and you might be tempted to shop online. However you might know the sale was on without this so today I am going to share with you 5 money saving tips for when you are shopping online.
The first one is use sites which as quidco which is a cashback site there is also top cashback. I personally have only used quidco and in the past year I think I have had over £100 back on purchases which I have made and would have made anyway. I use google chrome web browser and have been able to add it so that when I go to a site which quidco gives cashback on it tells you so that you do not miss out on the cashback. It is amazing to see how much money you can get back I even got some money back from car insurance and hotels it doesn’t have to just be normal shopping which you can get cashback on.
Click and collect is something which saves my life because of the fact that I am never at home to get the deliveries. A lot of websites do actually charge you to have items deliveried as well however if you have a store close you might be better if clicking and collecting the item most stores do this so you still can shop in your pyjamas if you would like to. I did the majority of my Christmas shopping this year and never had a bad experience. Most websites charge around £3.95 however it might be cheaper for you to click and collect over the year you could save a fair amount of money. It is actually sometime in quicker for you to get things via click and collect I know Debenhams is one of these sites where you can get it in store within 24-48 hours for free however you would have to pay extra to get the item that quickly.
Check returns policy’s before you purchase recently I gave noticed a number of the clothing sites which I have been using charge for returns. This is something you might want to be aware of because if you are like me you might order things in a couple of sizes because you do not know which one is going to fit. However if it is charging you to return it is something to be aware because it may not be as cheap as you think for example if the item is in the sale it might be more expensive than you would have paid. I know sites like misguided used to charge £4 returns I do not know if they still do this but it does put me off ordering sites like this because it can be costing me to try clothes on which I could not actually try on in a store.
Avast safeprice tool bar is something which Joe told me about list before Christmas this is a tool bar for your computer which tells you if a product you are looking at is cheaper on another website. This is so useful because who doesn’t want to save money on a product that they are going to purchase anyway. I actually found Jess’s new pram £20 cheaper than I was going to pay thanks to this toolbar I just googled avest safeprice in order to be able to install this. This is something which I could see myself using a lot and saving even more money which is always looking at items. They sometimes are for sale cheaper on sites which you would not have thought of using for example the pram was in symths toy store not a place which I would have thought sold actual pushchairs. This is a free toolbar so why not go install it now.
The final tip is a page which I got recommended by someone it is a page on Facebook called Present Hunter.This is a page which shares offers and deals for all kind of items I have purchased a lot using these deals for example I got a desk light on Amazon which was £35 but I got it for £3.99 which is amazing thanks to this site. This is something which we needed and may have purchased anyway they also purchase misprice items which usually is on Amazon and only last for a short period of time. This page I know is going to be really handy when we are looking for household items. They have posts such as clothing both for children and adults at the moment they keep posting character Pyjamas for children for only £6 from places such as Tesco.
How do you save money when your shopping online?
Charlotte xx

Gift Ideas For Secret Santa

Hi Guys

If you are anything like me you will love taking part in secret Santa’s this is a concept which has grown in the last few years people now do these at work and I have heard large friendship groups doing this even the blogger community have done this as well which includes posting the items. It can be really hard to know what to send due to the fact that some have very small budgets of between £10-15.

I have decided that I am going to share a list of items which would be good to be included I have only done these for women however, you could use these for males as well should you require. These include some items which I have received in the past and ones which I have sent.

  • Make Up Bags- Primark do some amazing ones they are so useful as well
  • Bath Bombs- They do not have to be from lush other brands such as bomb cosmetics do some beautiful ones
  • Candles- Again these do not have to be yankee as you know some of my favourite ones are so cheap 
  • Fluffy Socks- if you are anything like me they are your best friend over the colder months
  • Lipsticks- if you know that they are always wearing a colour why not by them a simular one 
  • Nail Varnish-  if they are someone who likes to pain there nails again this would be perfect
  • Face Masks – sheet masks have become such a huge thing this year so why not let you secret santa try some
  • Stationary- this is something which people are becoming more and more passionate about and this is something which I am adoring at the moment keeping organise and making lists. 
I will be sharing after the Christmas period with you what I have received in my secret santas don’t worry about it at all. 
What would you like to recieve or give to your secret santa if you are doing one at all?
Charlotte x

Jess’s First Birthday Haul

Hi Guys

I thought today I would share with you what Jess got for her 1st birthday, I will add the disclaimer now I am not bragging about what she received I am making this post for a number of reasons on is the fact that I found it hard to get inspiration what to purchase a girl for her first birthday. Another reason is due to the fact that I know these posts are popular which means that people must actually like to read them and the final reason is due to the fact it is something that Jess will be able to look back to in the future and see what she received.

I will admit I do not have photographs of everything which she did receive due to the the fact that some of them are were left at Daddy’s house down south so that she has somethings to play with when she is down there so I am going to start with them items before I forget about them. From her Auntie and Uncle she received a lovely little doll which is something I can see Jess playing with a lot in the future when she discovers dolls because they are not something which has played with so far unless she has been at nursery. Grandma and Granddad purchased her a xylophone a toy one which people had more fun on than Jess but this is defiantly something which she will grow into and one day we will never get her off it because that girl loves to make noise. Joe’s side of the family is small this is why it might seem that they didn’t purchase her much but really it is due to the fact that there is not many of them. The only other present which she received from his side of the family was money from Great Nan which I have put into her savings account so she can have it in the future when there is something she would like to purchase. She also received some money from a family friend which is something that I have added to her money box so she could have it if she needs it without having to go to her building society.

From my best friend Jess received this huge pink rabbit cuddly toy which would have gone in her cot if she did not insist on sleeping with captain america but who could say no to him. However I think I am now going to put this on top of her wardrobe so that it can look down on her while she sleeps but at the moment she does keep getting it out of the toy box and cuddling it which is super cute. She really does like cuddly toys at the moment and I have no idea why maybe its because they give her cuddles when mummy will not because she is busy. My friend also purchased Jess a Lush bath bomb which is her first it is lil baby bot which is so cute and smells of baby powder which is always a winner because mummy loves Lush and Jess loves baths so it seems like this is a present made in heaven for us.

Jess got a pair of jeggings and a lovely white blouse which I have forgot to photograph due to the fact that I have already put it in her wardrobe due to the fact that it is in size 12/18 months and at the moment Jess is only in 6/9 month clothes so it is not going to fit her for a long while. However it is a beautiful little outfit which will look amazing when she actually fits into it which may be around March time I guess only time will tell me this.

One of the other aunties and uncles I have Jess received this lovely cuddly toy as you can see it is 3 different animals merged into one it is a lion,tiger and lemur. I can not remember which company this is made by due to someone throwing the packaging away however I know there are around another 6 to collect. The head is attached by velcro to the body and same with the body and the bottom half this means if you collected them all you could have some really random variation of animals. This is something which I love and I am sure Jess will because it is different to everything else she has her other cuddly toys don’t lose there heads.

Yes yet another one of my aunties and uncles purchased Jess a gift I know I have a lot of aunties and uncles I am aware of this.  They purchased her this lovely activity table I had actually been debating getting her one because of the fact she loves pulling up on things now and been stood however I didn’t because of the fact I knew she was not going to be home as much as she used to be. Fortunately for Jess she received this lovely one again in the rush to get rid of the box I forgot to remember what brand it is from, This table has so much for her to do which is always good due to the fact Jess still has a short attention span it has parts which make noise parts which move and allow you to play. This toy really does make her giggle so I guess this is always a bonus I have never seen this one but it is perfect and it has a train and we all know Jess loves trains according to nursery.

Jess from my brother received a Lamaze Inchworm I love this because it makes so many different sounds due to the different sensory elements which is something which Jess loves because of the fact that she can press a different area and it will do something different. For example one part of it squeaks like a dog toy and then another sounds like a pack of crisps been rustled. I love how soft it is as well because she could use it like a cuddly toy if she wanted to and I have actually seen her use it as almost a weapon but this is something which really does not surprise me with this child.

From Grandma and Granddad she received this lovely Vtech walker which because she wants to be little miss independent and toddle off everywhere this is perfect it also helps her practice her balance so that soon she will be able to walk more than a couple of steps. On the front of the walker it also has plenty of things which Jess can do there is some parts which rotate but at the moment Jess’s favourite part seems to be her phone which comes with it she loves sit on the floor and then put the phone to her ear like she is actually on the phone it is so cute. I will try and get a photograph of this at some stage when she does it next and share it on instagram so if your not following me over there why not.

From Daddy Jess received this beautiful penguin bubble blower for the bath he also purchase her a huge packet of bubbles but this is something which I did actually forget to photograph naughty me but I am sure you know what bubbles look like. For this you put the bubble mixture in the machine and then it blows them at you while you are in the bath this is something which Jess will adore when I get it out due to the fact it is for the bath and she loves the bath and she has now started to like bubbles so it is a win win. When I went shopping with Joe it was the first time I had seen anything like this so maybe it is a new concept.

The other item which she got from Daddy was this little tikes remote control the reason behind this is due to the fact that Jess loves trying to play with the sky remote one moment you will be watching something on tv then the next minute Jess has turned over. So hopefully this present will mean that she is not going to steal the remote as much because of the fact she will have her own I don’t know if this is going to work hopefully because it is rather annoying, However we have decided we think it could be a control thing why she does it because then she thinks she has the power.

Finally we are on to what I bought Jess I decided because what I had been told that everyone would purchase her a lot of thing not to because she wouldn’t remember it so I really didn’t go crazy but this does not mean I don’t love her a lot I really do. The first item I bought for her was another Lamaze toy can you really tell I like this brand and it was the my first doll Maisie. This is a mixture of a soft toy and a doll which is amazing due to the fact that she is at the stage were she is not into dolls yet but she still in the stage were she likes cuddly toys so I am sure this is going to be something which she is going to get a lot of use out of in the future.

The other item I purchased Jess is a my first baby Annabelle doll I saw this and really could not resist it is just one of those toys which looks so amazing and brings back memories. I really want Jess to be a caring young little girl and one who is not scared of babies. So I though purchasing her one of these might help her to become like this and due to the fact that again she is going to grow into it and no doubt end up with a baby pram and everything for it in the future I thought why not start he playing with dolls now.

The final item I purchased for Jess was this Little Tikes bath toy due to the fact as I said before Jess loves the bath so it seemed like purchasing her something for that I was on to a winner. These sits in the bath and then you get the little rubber ring pieces and push them down like they are actually in a water park. This is something which I find amazing and the few times Jess has used it has seemed to really love it as well it cause her to giggle when they hit her at speed while she is in the bath. I think she will soon work out that she can tip water in the top because she hasn’t really let but I know it is only going to be a short time.

What did you purchase your one year old for their first birthday?

Charlotte xx