Saturday, 22 October 2016

#TreatYourself - special offers that caught my eye

I am excited to be bringing you October's roundup of special offers and discount codes because I think there are some particularly good ones amongst them!

I am starting with a favourite shop of mine which is the chocolatiers Thorntons. Not only do they already have a lot of their Christmas chocolates on sale, but until the 30th of October many are also priced at 5 boxes for £20. That's just £4 a box so, if you have somewhere raid-proof to stash them, now could be a good time to stock up for the festive season. Use the checkout code FVTW to take advantage of the offer. We loved the Pudding Collection that Dave got for his birthday, or there are Chocolate Marzipans and Marzipan Fruits, or how about The Snowman Advent Calendars?

There's an extra day to take up Sue Roche's free greetings card offer - this expires on the 31st of October. Sue Roche is a talented illustrator based in Rochford and I love her whimsical fairytale and animal designs. The S card I have pictured here features Alice In Wonderland characters. Sue Roche currently has a Buy One Get One Free promotion on all her cards (except Christmas cards) which is perfect for those of us whose family members insist on having birthdays in December and January. Anyone else struggle to find birthday cards amongst all the Xmas glitz?! Navigate to the card you like, then click the 'Free Card Choice' dropdown on its page to choose a second card before Adding To Cart. (This might sound complicated here, but it is pretty straightforward when in the online shop.)

You can probably get all your Christmas shopping done in one extended clicking session at Not On The High Street which has hundreds of wonderful and unusual items available in their Christmas shop and all across the website. Ideas range from Advent calendars to home decorations to edibles to gifts. (Did you see Dave's gorgeous olive wood chopping board?) I love the laid out dining tables shimmering with Christmassy silvers and golds. It's almost making me want to start playing our Christmas mix tape already! There's an extra incentive to visit this website before the end of October. Not On The High Street are offering 15% off orders over £50 and you just need to enter the seasonally appropriate code HOHOHO at checkout.

Cotswolds based clothing designers Weird Fish also have a 15% discount offer running at the moment for their new Autumn season clothing, but I can't find the offer end date anywhere so maybe don't leave it too long before clicking through on this one! The checkout code is WFNNEQ94. There are plenty of new coats, hats and jumpers in their Autumn Arrivals section so if you've been caught out by the recent cooling temperatures too, now is the time to update your wardrobe! Weird Fish have free UK delivery and returns and it's always worthwhile keeping an eye on their sale section too. Right now there's big reductions on lightweight clothing for winter holidays in the sun or stashing ready for next summer.

My sister reminded me about my fifth suggestion for you this month and it's not a temporary offer but an ongoing cashback reward scheme with a difference. KidStart rewards shoppers with cashback of up to about 5% on online purchases, however instead of the money returning eventually to the spender, it is diverted to your child's savings bank account enabling you to save for their future by shopping! What's even better is that family members (such as aunts like me!) can also link in their KidStart accounts so in this case I have set up my cashback rewards to go to my niece. I like the variety of participating shopping sites - there's over 1500 - which, coincidentally, include my favourites such as Etsy, Thorntons and Not On The High Street!

That's it for TreatYourself this month. I'll search out another five money savers for November 22nd and, in the meantime, here a Happy Halloween and a safe Bonfire Night!

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