How to save yourself a fortune

Camel Camel Camel – Amazon Price Tracker

I love Amazon. I’ve worked out that I’ve been using Amazon for 10 years! Wow! How did we live without the internet? I’m not a big fan of shopping. I normally know exactly what I want which is why I like Amazon so much. Most people are aware that Amazon fluctuate their prices, but unless you have the time to track each item every day, there’s no way of knowing the logic to that fluctuation. Now you don’t need to worry about it, because Camel Camel Camel shows you the price of every single product on Amazon for the past two years AND it allows you to set up alerts when a product reaches the price you are prepared to pay for it. I LOVE it! I’ve found some real bargains for Christmas already using Camel Camel Camel and I haven’t even needed to brave Festival Place! lol.

Remember the Milk

I came across this via one of my favourite blogs, The Simple Dollar. Although Trent is American he has some brilliant insights that are just as valuable to us in the UK. I’ve been using the Google Task option in Google Calendar to review my “To Do List” but I never really got on with it. I tried Remember the Milk out last week when we were on holiday and it’s AMAZING! It’s a brilliant free little tool that is revolutionising my life! I love that it works on my iPhone, iPAD and PC, although the web version isn’t particularly intuitive. I’m particularly enamoured with the email reminder which emails you at a time you specify,  all the things on your task list for the day.

If you need a bit of organisation in your life and your To Do List is spiraling out of control, this is the tool for you!

Clarks Shoe Fitting Service – Online Appointment Booking!

I found out recently that you can book online for Shoe Fittings at most Clarks stores. I tried it out for the store in Hatch Warren Mothercare during the October Half Term and it worked a treat! No hanging around and waiting for other people to finish their appointments. Just turn up at the slot you’ve booked and 15 minutes later out the door. That’s the kind of service that I love, even if the shoes do cost a FORTUNE!

  • Appointments are available in Clarks stores only.
  • Appointments are 15 minutes per child. If you book an appointment for multiple children, the appointments will be one after the other.
  • If you would like to book an appointment for today, please call the store directly, see our store locator for contact details.
  • Once you confirm your appointment, you will receive an email confirming the details and a reminder email the day before your appointment.
  • If you have saved your mobile number in your account, you will receive a text message to confirm your appointment booking and a text message reminder the day before your appointment.
  • If you have any questions about your store appointment, please call our friendly Customer Care team on 0844 248 8408.

Wrapping Paper Alternatives

I love these two posts for alternative wrapping paper. Great if you want to do something a bit different with your wrapping this year:

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2011/12/10/wrapping-paper-alternatives/

Stocking Fillers

I’m always stuck for Stocking Fillers. I don’t like buying cheap plastic toys or items that I know will end up in landfill. I like filling our stockings (yes, the husband still gets one!) on behalf of Father Christmas (just in case anyone still believes :-D)  with food because I think that’s more sustainable and less likely to get thrown away. I do love the odd silly toy of course but the less stuff that goes in the bin, the better my daughters future might be!

http://www.bambinogoodies.co.uk/stocking-fillers-smellies/?%2Btheir%2Bdiscerning%2Bparents%29

http://babybudgeting.co.uk/find-me-a-gift-cracking-christmas-stocking-fillers/

Quidco

In the run up to Christmas it’s worth checking out Quidco again as you can make a bit of money back on your purchases.

Official School Holiday Website

I’ve seen several people asking for confirmation of when the school holidays are. Click HERE for the official website to details of school holidays.

That’s it for this month! Hope it’s helpful.

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