Posted in Big Brands, Garden, Price Comparison, Shopping

Deal or No Deal? – Garden Compost

Deal or No Deal  – This week the Penny Fairy check’s out a garden compost deal currently running at Homebase.  Is it really a good deal, or a clever marketing trick??  Let’s have a look….

The Deal in Detail

They have 2 different types of compost in the deal, both 40L bags.  Brands on offer are J Arthur Bowers and Gro Sure.  So what’s the deal?

40L bag is usually priced at £2.50 each, but if you currently by 5 bags you are in effect getting one free, as they are selling 5 bags for £10!

That equates to 200L of compost for £10.

So here’s the ‘catch’ (or money saving tip)…. you need to buy in store by 11th April 2018, as offer is not available online.

How does this compare to their larger bags?  Good the 120L is £6.95, and the 60L is £3.98.  So to summarise if you are need of some compost to start off your veggie patch or to fill your planters for your summer perennials, stock up quickly!

John Lewis – Never Knowingly Undersold!

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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!

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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.

www.halfords.com/WheelDeal

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!

PFx

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.

PF