Boots Mega Points Bonanza!

So girls, who amongst you have taken advantage of the super points bonanza currently going on this Bank Holiday weekend at Boots?

I’d love to see what you’ve all bought. To be perfectly honest, yesterday I was quite boring and bought my friends birthday presents and nothing for myself! I’m actually rather annoyed with myself, and plan to take full advantage tomorrow on the last day of the points giveaway.

For those of you that don’t know, Boots are offering ten points for every £1 once you spend over £15 in store. It’s a great offer, as you can earn pounds when you would originally be earning pennies in points. Now, if it can be bought in Boots, I am the kind of person who will buy it there. It may be slightly more expensive than somewhere else, but the Advantage card and the points certainly swing it for me… why shouldn’t we get a little something back whilst buying our health and beauty products, or even our lunch?

I have been raving about this points extravaganza at work, on Twitter, everywhere, and I think my other half is just about fed up with me now, haha!

How have your weekends been? I worked yesterday, and then went for a lovely Italian meal with my friend Sophie. We shared garlic bread, then I had tagliatelle al funghi for my main course, whilst she had tagliatelle al tertrazzine. As per usual, I completely forgot to take pictures.

Today, me and the man have just been relaxing at home. I have got some housework done, we have caught up on our V+ recordings, and he even made me gooseberry crumble. Yummy! Unfortunately, there are also no pictures of this as I devoured it as soon as I could possibly could.

Tonight, I think we’re going to sit down in front of the box, and watch Britains Got Talent. I was so annoyed that it wasn’t on last night! Talking about last nights telly, do any of you watch Dr Who? What do you think of that cliffhanger they left last night? Talk about having us fooled!

I also started watching Saw VI last night, but started to fall asleep on the sofa, so we’ve set it to record tonight, and we’ll watch it tomorrow evening after Glee, hehe. The man’s also recorded How To Train Your Dragon and another childrens film – I swear I’m dating  a big kid!

I would love to know what you girls & guys have been doing this weekend, and what Boots purchases you have made this weekend!

On a last note, I have found a great new blog that you simply must follow here – shes absolutely amazing! Also, if you have Twitter, please don’t hesitate to follow me at @OhNoItsBex .

For now & enjoy the rest of your weekends,

xo

Ways to up your savings – Online!

This post is about the different websites out there where you can make money for free – all you need is a little bit of spare time.

The obvious starting point would be to say ‘Enter competitions!’ but you can’t guarantee you are going to win…however, it is always worth giving them a go. For this reason, I use Loquax and Di’s amazing blog Super Lucky . I also make sure to enter any blog giveaways I see – but only if I want the prize. If you win, then you’ve got something you want or need, and you don’t need to pay out for them. I also enter all the prize crosswords in the newspapers and any magazines I have lying around – £500 for the cost of one stamp is a worthy investment, I believe.

But as I said, this post is about how to make money online, and I take my inspiration from this blog here: From Aldi To Harrods . The blog is about Emma’s day to day life as a 23 year old, desperately trying to make some extra money. Obviously, she also does things offline to earn money, such as go to boot sales, babysitting, dogwalking etcetera, but she is also very knowledgeable in the best places online to not only earn but save money too.

I am going to introduce to you to a couple of my favourite sites.

Survey Sites

*Toluna – This was the first site I signed up to, and as mentioned in an earlier post from today, I have cashed out twice from my surveys. You don’t receive cash for these surveys, however a £15 voucher for either Amazon, Debenhams, HMV or Love2Shop will do me very nicely, thank you 🙂
*Valued Opinions – Again, this site pays in vouchers, and I haven’t cashed out with this one yet. However, I have a tidy little £7.75 residing in my account currently.
*New Vista Live – To be honest, this is possibly my least favourite out of the sites I am joined up to. I was extremely excited when I first joined, as it seemed different to the others. However, they rarely send me surveys,and when they do, they are boring and repetitive. Only for the patient. I currently have £2 in this account.
*One Poll – I have only recently joined up to this site, and have received only 1 survey as of today, so I can’t really make a judgement right now.
*YouGov – Again, I have only recently joined this site, and completed only 1 survey, however, I have heard that there are rarely any surveys from here, so I’m not holding very high hopes.
*Global Test Market – I joined up to this a week ago, and have already received about ten surveys. I still need about 900 points to cash out, but I’m feeling hopeful.
*Survey Network – This little beauty is definitely the best of the lot. I have made £7.05 in four days, from about four surveys! Pretty fantastic, I think! This site gather surveys from all the survey sites they can find, and you very rarely get screened out (screening out is a possibility with all survey sites, just to warn you). Screening out is where you aren’t a suitable canditate for the survey holders research, but don’t worry, there will always be plenty of other surveys to complete 🙂

Cashback sites
*Quidco – I must admit, I have signed up but haven’t got round to using this yet..but this is for when you want to buy that amazing dress online, and you want to earn a little back for spending your hard earned money. A great concept.

Review sites
*DooYoo – Like to review stuff? Want to be paid for it? Then join at this wonderful website. I joined yesterday, and have already posted five reviews. You do get the odd veteran commenting your review saying snidy things, as I found this morning, but I just deleted the message, beefed up my reviews, and within one day, I have a review which has been rated the highest you can get! You receive a certain amount of points for writing the review (only if its over 150 words, though), and you can receive other points for comments, ratings etc. You can cash out for vouchers at 20,000 points, however, I’m holding out for 50,000 points and a cheque 😉 . I am reviewing everything and anything I can think of, and its well worth it. Why not give it a go?

Online Bingo
*LoveIt! – This is the only site I use, but I rarely go on it. You will have to make a deposit of £10, but after that, take advantage of the free credit they give out on occasion, and if you’re like me, only play once a month, and once you’ve added a bit more to your pot, log out. I am still way over my deposit of £10, and keep playing the 1p slots, usually adding another £2 winnings to my pot each time. Its a slow process, but worth the wait.

Miscellaneous
*GetJam – Like watching videos and want to be paid for them? Join getjam then! If you have a smartphone, you are perfect for this. For no cost to you, you can watch videos from the site, earn berries, and then turn those berries into cash once you’ve reached the threshold. I started this week, and have heard many great stories from my friends who’ve earned an extra £10/£20 each month – just for watching videos.
*Groupon – A great way to make savings on plenty of things in your area each month, and the referral bonuses are mind-blowing!

I don’t personally use these, however I know some of you do so these are worth a mention.
*Ebay
*Amazon
*Play
*Music Magpie

Blog sales are also useful too, I myself will be hosting one very soon!

I hope this has been useful to you, and if you would like to join any of the above sites, then leave your email in a comment on this post, and I will send you a referral code 🙂

For now,

xo