John Lewis – Never Knowingly Undersold!

john lewis

Did you know….

John Lewis have a price promise, so don’t be afraid to use it!  The Penny Fairy has taken the below extract straight from their website to explain all:

‘If the words Never Knowingly Undersold seem a little old-fashioned, that’s because they were written in 1925.  They’ve remained unchanged ever since, and so has their meaning.’

Yes you read that right, since 1925!  How many opportunities have you missed to execute this fabulous promise??  Well you won’t miss the opportunity again now that you know.  Full details are available on a dedicated page on their website, so they are not even trying to hide this promise!

What a great company, putting their customers first.

Well done John Lewis!


Checkout Halfords Christmas Wheel Deal!


Bikes tend to feature highly on Christmas wish lists!  Halfords have launched their pre-Christmas Wheel Deal to help ‘wishes’ become ‘reality’.

With offers of up to 50% off kids bikes, an additional 15% off extras and free accessories it is a good deal to take advantage of.

If that isn’t enough the deal is on all ‘wheels’ so that includes ride on toys, scooters and car related accessories and gadgets.

If you are worried about how to keep it hidden in the lead up to the big day, they also offer options for storage!  So don’t delay buy some new wheels today!

Posted in Christmas, Family, Shopping

Advent Calendars for all the Family!

Advent calendars do not have to be just for the kids!  This Christmas why not treat the whole household to a ‘countdown’ to remember!  Here’s a whole bunch The Penny Fairy has found online at Amazon to inspire you!

For the kids

For the adults

For the animals

Check online for the current deals, Boots have quite a few options on 3 for 2 and Amazon quite often put some of offer.  Keep your eyes peeled and snap up a bargain, or two!


Posted in Christmas, Family, Price Comparison, Shopping

Toy Kitchens – Christmas Shopping Countdown!

It may only be October, but panic buying season will soon be in full swing!  Over the coming weeks The Penny Fairy will be posting ideas to help you in your festive quest in buying the perfect present for your loved ones.

Week 1:  For your little bakers…..toy kitchens!

Duktig_IkeaDuktig Play Kitchen – Only £59 @ Ikea

This great value wooden kitchen has a light up hob and adjustable legs, so it can grow with your little ones!  Genius!

The simple design fits into any home decor, and the ‘cupboards’ on the bottom are ideal for storage of play food when not in use.


retro elcRetro Diner Kitchen – RRP £160, currently £80 @ Early Learning Centre

With a 50% saving at time of publishing this page, this is a great pre-christmas saving.  The cool retro design will be the envy of all their friends, and maybe the adults too 😉


little tikes food truckLittle Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck – RRP £149.99, currently £129.99 @ Smyths Toys

If you are looking for something different, maybe wanting to keep more than one child entertained, why not buy a food truck!  Not only can they pretend to cook, they can also sell and drive!  More like 3-in-1, rather than 2-in-1.

Currently on offer this is selling fast, with reservations being taken for next stock delivery, so you may need to be quick if this is going under your christmas tree.

Chad ValleyChad Valley Deluxe Large Wooden Kitchen £74.99 @ Argos

Equipped with a fridge, freezer and a chalkboard this stylish silver kitchen has it all going on.   Sit back and relax on Boxing Day whilst your little homemakers busy themselves with all the ‘kitchen duties’.


George @AsdaGeorge Home Wooden Deluxe Kitchen RRP £40, currently £32 @Asda

It might be the cheapest wooden kitchen The Penny Fairy could find online, but it is certainly doesn’t disappoint.  The simple, neutral colours makes it ideal for boys and girls.


There are obviously lots more to find online and in stores, hopefully our small selection above may give you some inspiration when choosing!

Until next time… PFx


Posted in Facts and Figures, Shopping

Clever Technology or Manipulative Tactics?

We live in an era where technology appears to have no limits and as quick as a problem is identified, a solution is created.  Technological advances are the norm and new functionality used to enhance our online shopping experiences are expected and welcomed with open arms.  But are they helping the shopper or are shoppers falling under the marketing spell and being ‘psychologically’ played during the buying process?

Have you seen:

  • ’20 people have bought this in the last 24 hours’
  • ‘3 people are currently also looking at this deal’
  • ‘Only 1 left’

Before you press buy or grab your credit card, pause and think.  Ask yourself:

  • do you actually want to have it if it is so popular? – especially if it’s clothes
  • are they just looking like me?  And what?
  • is this really it, or have they just not released the next batch of stock or accommodation allocation?

These are all marketing tactics, designed to make you react quicker than the norm, persuade you to buy with one online visit, rather than perhaps looking around or returning at a later time to purchase.  Browsing costs marketeers money, every time you click a link it costs money, and therefore they are seeking the ideal ‘one visit purchase/conversion’.  Psychological tactics are being deployed to increase the chances of the ‘perfect scenario’ happening.

Take time when buying online, that is the beauty of it versus shopping in store, you have the time to browse and compare.  When you see ‘neat’ new technologies being used online, stop and think, is this actually benefiting me or just trying to ‘rush me’.

You choose, take your time and remember the internet is vast, you may just find a better deal online or more availability elsewhere.




Posted in Food, Price Comparison, Shopping

This Weeks Comparison: 10 Birds Eye Cod Fish Fingers

We’ve compared five boxes of Birds Eye Fish Fingers Cod x 10 from some of the main supermarket retail chains.  This week’s winner is a draw!

fish fingers

Here are our results:

    • Tesco                    £2.00 (special offer)
    • Waitrose            £2.00 (special offer)
    • Morrisons          £2.00 (special offer)
    • Asda                     £2.50
    • Sainsburys       £2.50


All 5 supermarkets compared have a normal retail price of £2.50, however 3 currently have a special offer on.

You may be wondering why Iceland has not been compared as it is a frozen product, online they only sell boxes of 28.  Which in comparison are £4.50.  This equates to 16 per finger, whereas the special offers detailed above for  box of 10 work out at 20p per finger.  So it maybe worth doing your homework and buying a larger box if this is a household favourite!

Prices compared 08/10/17

Posted in Blogs, Food, Shopping

Ten Top Tips: How to save money on your weekly food shop

  1. Plan to go meatless!

There is no getting away from the fact that meat is expensive!  If you can plan a meal that is meat free each week, you could save anything from £4 to £10 on just one meal!  Therefore, if you were to do this more than once a week, or make this a regular activity, your saving over a month could run into double figures.

Having salad meal at the restaurant

Meat free meals do not have to be complicated.  Choose a basic base and pimp it up with your favourite veg and dairy products.  If you are feeling adventurous why not add a few super foods, beans or pulses!

  1. Plan ahead

Prior to embarking on the obligatory supermarket trolley dash around the aisles, write a list!  It will keep you focused, make your trip quicker and more importantly stop you buying too many things you just don’t need.

Supermarket deals maybe a bargain, but do you really need that box of Jaffa Cakes, 2 punnets of strawberries or a grab bag of m&ms, just because you are saving 20p?!  All of the unnecessary extras may just add up to the same price as your favourite takeaway one night in the week.

  1. Seasons

Choosing fruit and veg that are in season can save you money as well as adding variety to your recipes.  Seasons in supermarkets tend to mean promotions, take advantage and maybe they can even help you out on your meat free meal of the week!


Fun idea: challenge yourself to add a different promotional fruit or vegetable to your meal plan for the week, either as an accompaniment or key ingredient!  Penny Fairy would love to hear your recipe ideas as the seasons unfold.

  1. Frozen

Don’t be put off by the freezer!  Some foods are considerably cheaper if purchased frozen as opposed to fresh.  Don’t believe us?  Why not compare pizzas, chicken and desserts on your next expedition.


  1. Operation: Basket

It may seem obvious, but you can’t carry it all!  If you find yourself always buying too much, or getting carried away with offers and promotions, ditch the trolley for a basket!  If you can’t carry it, you won’t buy it!  Priorities take over like a ‘need to survive’ instinct and your purse will thank you at the checkout!

  1. Buy in bulk

If you have the space and there are certain things that you always need, when they are on offer buy in bulk.  Items such as toilet rolls, washing detergent and crisps are much cheaper when purchased in larger quantities.

  1. Shop around

If you have time, it is definitely worth going to a couple of different shops each week.  All the major chains have different promotions on and likewise their pricing differs.  Do your research and be smart, buy from where things are better priced.

You may find it is easier to shop online browsing different sites rather than visiting shops and scouring the aisles.  If you are shopping online, choose mid -week or late night delivery slots for cheaper delivery charges.

  1. Same ingredients, different meals

Instead of buying ingredients for each meal, why not choose one meal and then look for alternatives that are using the same ingredients meaning you have less wastage and no half-packets unused.


For example:

  • Mince – Spaghetti bolognaise, Chilli Con Carne, Tacos, Shepherd’s Pie, Burgers
  • Chicken – Fajitas, Curry, Kebabs, Stir-Fry
  • Mushrooms – Lasagne, Stroganoff, Pasta
  1. Improvise

The fun of cooking is trying new things and making meals your own.  You do not have to follow recipes to every detail, improvise change ingredients to cheaper alternatives or something you already have.  You never know you may just prefer it.

  1. Swap cards for cash


Psychology can aid in saving money.  It is so easy to swipe a card or enter a pin at the till, however counting out and handing over cash makes the transaction all the more real.  If you ned an incentive to stop buying unnecessary items, why not draw out cash prior to your shop and then pay with cash at the till.  You never know handing over a wad of notes as opposed to a plastic card may just have an effect on your psyche.

PF x