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Bag yourself a bargain this Christmas with Groupon

26 Nov

I’m a girl who likes to shop, I’m also a girl who likes a bargain. I don’t have a hidden pot of cash to spend on what I like, I have three children and I’m a full-time carer for my son on the autism spectrum, so… yes, I admit, I like to get things that bit cheaper if and when I can! Who doesn’t?

I never go out and buy anything big or considered a luxury item at full price anymore, I just don’t have that luxury (unless, I have won some money or saved my arse off for months on end in-order to buy it)! Christmas is especially expensive and I like to keep my eyes peeled for a deal or two.

Groupon is a national online company that aims to bring you a selection of discounted offers on everything from hair cuts, clothing vouchers for awesome big name mail-order chains to some smaller independent outlets & high street stores, homeware, gifts, toys, restaurants, club, spas and more. You can sign up for a daily email where you’ll be sent the daily national deal & you can even choose to have them send offers personalised for your designated area.

I’ve known about Groupon for sometime, I’m a member of their Facebook page and have had the emails sent for a few months now! Despite some pretty special deals, I’ve never really got round to grabbing ahold of one! So, when I was asked to review Groupon as part of our Christmas feature, I thought, ‘Yer Why not!’

Groupon gave me a code for a £40 gift voucher towards any of it’s deals. Each deal normally last for a period of 24hrs. I would really recommend that you opt in for the daily email in-order not to miss something amazing. Here’s a small selection of  some of the deals I’ve seen over the past few weeks…


course of 10 Belly dancing lessons, each lasting 90 minutes a session for a mere £14

MP3 player with extras priced at £29 giving you 69% off

Well-being: Deep tissue or Swedish massage with Facial at the Sunshine factory for £34 saving 60%

All day beginners DSLR Photography course for £59, 60% saving.

Weight Loss hot-pants from Zaggora for £19 instead of £44 (I have these and these already and this is a bargain)

Kids bedroom wall stickers £8 instead of £17

Eight swimming lessons for kids or adults £28 instead of £76

Ice Skating for two at Broadgate ice rink for £8.00 giving you a 60% saving.

Two games of tenpin bowling for 4 people £12 saving 79%

LOVEFilm unlimited rental for 3 month for £6 saving £80%

Vera Wang Glam Princess 100ml bottle £29.99 from the London Perfume company saving 52%

All the above are really awesome deals however, there was one that isn’t listed above that really caught my eye, so much so it was my first ever Groupon buy which I used part of my Groupon voucher to pay for.

Decorative Wall Stickers from Moskys One (£9) Two (£17) three (£25) four (£32) or five (£40) I went for the second offer (two stickers for £17) Funny thing was, I had been looking on the Moskys online site not even two days prior to the deal and I had fallen in-love with two of the large decorative stickers, but at £23 each I just couldn’t justify buying them especially at Christmas time. Of course I jumped at the chance to get my hands on my lusted after stickers when the deal came through, £17.00 for two is an absolute steal!

It was really simple, I just clicked the buy now button and once on the payment page I entered my log in details (new members can sign up from the log in page if they haven’t done so already) I selected the offer I wanted (number of stickers) I then filled in all my details and put in my Groupon code in the designated area provided. You use this box for promo codes or those on gift vouchers, other-wise you can select the option to provide your payment details (number of options such as card and pay-pal) I gave all other relevant details including delivery address and that was it, job done!

You will not be sent your voucher in-till the offer comes to an end (this will be sent in an email) nonetheless you are sent a confirmation email and even the chance to spread the word, send the offer to a number of friends and for everyone who buys it your account is credited £6 (nice little earner for those with the big diary of contacts, especially at Christmas).

My deal lasted 24 hours, I brought it quite late with 22 minutes to spare, a few hours after it was closed, Groupon sent my voucher. This means that when I go to purchase my stickers from Moskys I just enter my voucher code and the money is deducted at the checkout just leaving me the postage and packaging to cover.

I haven’t yet order my stickers and I have until the 14th December to do so (it’s on my to do list)! Remember to read the T&C of each deal, some have exemptions, all have a day in-which they run out, some sooner than others. Deals on services such as treatments, hotels, meals, activities , etc., state if there is any additional VAT and online orders of all items will detail any additional shipping chargers ect. All can be checked before making a payment. If your voucher is for a deal on a product, you will normally be given an estimated delivery time (example allow 1-2 weeks for delivery) I found this most helpful, and most will especially if buying gifts for Christmas.

I later found my second “Must have deal” which was a Bratz on the mic fashion doll from KidsPlaystore.com Valued at £49.99 but priced up as £17.99 on the Groupon deal, giving me a saving of 64%. I read the T&C which state I will need to pay an additional £6 P&P and must allow up to 3 weeks for delivery which means it should be here in time for the big C! Which will delight my daughter I’m sure! 

I only got the above deal yesterday and plan to order both my deals in the morning, so here’s hoping the Groupon partners supply a good a service as Groupon has so far, making this a fantastic way to shop.

The experience for me has so far been excellent, I’ve received a good level of customer service, found the ordering system easy to follow, and have been sent emails as and when I should be. All the deals are 100% genuine and the full retail price can be seen on the individuals website. Groupon also offer really cheap last-minute holiday which they are practically giving away in some cases! Groupon can also provide gift vouchers, and they host some great competitions from time to time.

A great range of deals, with some interesting gift ideas to give to your loved ones. I know that I’ll be using Groupon again, I’m just waiting for that next special deal.

Groupon experience so far 4/5 stars.

Given my orders go through on the retailers sites OK and deliveries are good it will easily go up to the full 5 stars.

Check out the all new Groupon TV ad

Tinyme comes to London

18 Oct

As many know I’m a member of Blog-match the site that specialises in matching brands with bloggers. a few weeks back I was very lucky to be invited to a fabulous event, an introduction to the world of Tinyme.

Yay, I’m going out… That’s right I don’t get out much!

So, before I get down to the serious business of giving you  the low-down on these guys, I must first tell you about the awesome meal they laid on at the swanky courthouse hotel London.

All my hard earn willpower flew out the sodding window like it had never ever existed! Diet, What’s that then? Now the main, that was actually quite well balanced in terms of calories but my goodness the pudding, well that was another story altogether… Beautiful but so deadly on the hips.

Well, enough of that! Not only am I making myself slightly hungry but I’m starting to sound like an M&S ad here. On a more serious note I should state that I wasn’t only here to scoff my face and meet lovely fellow bloggers such as Romanian mum, Mumsarus and the Macies world, I was also here to discover the world of Tinyme.

Tinyme, an Australian company which was founded by  three fathers who happen to have 13 children under the age of nine combined are a company specialising in a comprehensive range of affordable yet premium quality personalised products for kids. The brand is doing great in the big land of 0Z and as a result they are considering brunching out even further and eventually creating a second base, here in the UK… “Bring on boys!” It’s all getting very exciting for these three Daddies  

  On hearing that Blog-Match were organising an event with a company that specialise in personalised products, I became a tad excitable. Seriously people do you understand how hard It is for me to get personalised products for my children?

As you all know ‘Little man’ is a nick name (at least I hope you do). This isn’t just for the purpose of this blog! His Asperger’s syndrome means he finds it hard to separate the two (that’s adults and children) often thinking anything I do he can do too! I’ve always referred to him within all my writing as the Little man as at times this is exactly what he is… a Little man!

 

Little man is in fact ‘Giovanni’ as a first born son he took the name from his father who took it from his father and  so forth, I think you get the picture! Now, unless we are shopping in the beautiful Italian sunshine then we are not likely to find many personalised products here in the UK unless like Tinyme they are made to order.

I’ll be honest now, when it comes to stationary I’m a bit of a stationary freak. I have more diaries than I possibly will ever need in one year, I just love address books (despite the modern technology that can be found in the shape of my iphone and Macbook air) and far to many pens and note books with randomly scribbled words spread across each and every page. These guys had some lovely stationary. There was one product in particular that I cast my beady eye over, a beautifully designed dairy that came in a number of designs and sizes and could also be personalised to display the names of different members of the family. (Subtle Christmas hint directed at any family members having a nosey at me blog *wink, wink*) 

The founders of Tinyme were dead friendly guys who displayed lots of enthusiasm for their products. They had bucket loads of passion which I’m guessing to be the key ingredient to their success on the other side of the world and that growing here in the UK. Only two of the three founders of Tinyme were actually in London on the night of the event, but both done an awesome job promoting some extremely well designed items such as their name labels, bags, stationary, wall decor alongside a whole host of other amazing products that could be personalised to state pretty much anything you wanted.

The designs were some of the best I’ve seen on name labels, the bright colours used make them easy to read, plus the gloss coating gives them extra protection against scratches or that of wearing and fading text. They are even able to sustain different temperatures making them dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. 

 Name labels are always of interest to me, “God how sad am I?” But when your child can be irritated by clothing labels these are a godsend. The use of iron on labels allow me to cut out clothing labels instead of writing names in permeant maker then watching your child itch like a cat with fleas. The iron on type lay flat, you therefore have no seams, thread, scratchy material to contend with, the child isn’t even aware of their presents, making them a “must buy” for a child with sensory processing difficulties (tactile defensive being one of the worst). 

Another great product I loved was the wall stickers that looked great displayed in the venue on the evening of the event and came in an array of designs, catering for a whole spectrum of ages and taste. The stickers are easy to apply and work on most services. These can also be re-applied and more than once, so a change of bedroom or even house means the stickers can come too 🙂 

The guys have created a fabulous geeky site that allows you to pick a product, personalise it then at the click of a button an image preview is generated allowing you can see exactly how your item will look (meaning there will be no nasty surprises) Not happy, you can change the design & wording only placing your order once it’s just how you want it.

  If all this isn’t enough already the site also have a range of free printables on offer. Just download, print and use! This is a freebie and a good one at that!


Download and print anything from the 19 dedicated pages of awesome printable that you are even welcome to personalise. Here you will find cupcake toppers, animal mask, bookmarks and much more!

So, if you fancy a look (which is completely up to you) Click HERE!

Want name labels? A little birdie tells me there is a very special offer going on over on the Tinyme site, 50% off name labels and the offer of 150 mixed labels for the silly price of £23.99 with the choice of 100 different designs and colours. 

Like Tinyme on Facebook for the latest news and awesome competitions

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(plus look out for their pending launch off personalised Christmas cards coming soon)

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