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  • duchy
    duchy Forumite Posts: 19,511
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Combo Breaker Xmas Saver!
    Ooooooo I'm flushed with excitement
    I got a Forum Christmas Saver Badge for my £60 with delivery loo and sink from a grabbit
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

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  • MoaningMyrtle
    MoaningMyrtle Forumite Posts: 1,968
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    MSE_Andrea wrote: »

    Pictures (may) win virtual prizes :)

    It's a tad diffucult to include pictures when the items have already been given as gifts.:xmastree:
    A minute at the till, a lifetime on the bill.

    Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels.

    one life, live it!
  • caringa
    caringa Forumite Posts: 676 Forumite
    6 huge fresh pineapples for 2p each, large cauli for 2p each, £20 bouquet of flowers for 20p and loads of various fresh veg for 1p or 2p - all courtesy of Mr T just before Christmas!:j
  • alisont
    alisont Forumite Posts: 1,648
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker I've been Money Tipped!
    My best buy this week was 50% off at a lovely veggie/vegan restaurant in Birmingham. As I'm on the mailing list I got an email offering me half price food - so I went for lunch and paid £12.50 for a yummy 3 course lunch.

    Here's the email I had:

    With Christmas out the way and New Year fast approaching, we're offering 50% off food between now and NYE.

    Both Manchester & Birmingham are open as normal between now and the New Year, although we're closing earlier on NYE at 5pm.

    Our menus are perfect for those looking for a healthy bite post-Christmas although if you're looking to indulge, we've still got our customers favourite - the beer battered halloumi!

    50% off food is available for tables up to 8 and you must book online at https://www.By1847.com This offer is not to be used alongside any other offer.

    And my booking confirmation:


    This email is to confirm your booking at 1847 - Birmingham on Saturday, 27 December 2014 at 13:00.

    Ref: BFQ6WAV
    Date: Saturday, 27 December 2014
    Time: 13:00
    Guests: 1

    Kind Regards
    1847 - Birmingham

    Lovely tasty food half price a welcome break in the middle of the sales shopping trip!
    Sealed Pot Challenge number 8 Amount declared £365.50.

    Sealed pot challenge number 9 number 482
  • Redleela
    Redleela Forumite Posts: 228
    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Combo Breaker Xmas Saver!
    edited 29 December 2014 at 7:52PM
    All gifts bought in the sales at 50-75% off (sometimes more) using different cashback sites, discout code & a cashback credit card. Also new items from CS. I then use the cashback & vouchers for gifts / other purchases. Cards, decorations & gift wrap are also bought in the same way. I don't have receipts for this years gifts but I can provide a receipt for purchases for December 2015.

    Also a real Christmas tree for £2. Photos here. http://s836.photobucket.com/user/Redleela/library/
  • kingfisherblue
    kingfisherblue Forumite Posts: 9,203
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Xmas Saver!
    In January, I bought three Boots 17 brow kits. They were 25p each, but were also 3 for 2. So that works out at just under 17p each. Not sure how to post photos, but here's the link, showing current price of £5.99:


    No picture online, but I purchased an eyebrow brush from Wilkinsons in July, priced at 10p. My niece loved both this and the eyebrow kit (above), along with her gift voucher.

    Also in Wilkinson's summer sale, I bought beanbag kits for 50p. They were similar to these, but last year's design:


    No picture online, but Wilko's felt handbag kit, for 25p. The bags were for Brownie Christmas presents and the beanbags were for Rainbows.

    These sticky notes, currently priced at 80p, made a great stocking filler when I bought them for a penny:


    No picture online, but I also managed to buy a couple of mini tubs of stationery from Wilkinson's for 25p, reduced from, I think, £2. Inside the clear tub were a mini stapler and staples and a couple of other items, but I can't remember what!

    Various colouring books and dot to dot books for 25p, also from Wilkinson's.

    Not a Christmas present, but owl tea cosies for 50p each around February. I bought enough for the Brownies and we attached ribbon to the bottom, to make them into pyjama cases for our pack holiday.

    Also for Brownies, basic champagne flutes reduced from £1 to 25p from M&S. They were used for glass painting and we added a few sweets before wrapping in cellophane and curling ribbon. Very effective for a cheap craft!

    Erasers from Morrisons at 8p each, instead of 50p each. They were in various shapes and had several pieces, to make a sort of 3D jigsaw cube/pyramid/star etc. I can't find any pictures online.

    Various packs of boxer shorts down to £2 in Tesco a few weeks ago, meaning that each pair was a pound or less (packs of two or three pairs). Also packs of five pairs of socks for £2 and a pair of 'Grandad' socks for 50p, all from Tesco.

    A pair of socks with my daughter's partner's name on them, 10p from Home Bargains (and he doesn't have an unusual name). I can't find a picture online.

    Regatta coat for my son (medium adult size), half price at £30 in a local garden centre.

    Various toiletry sets, half price from Tesco.

    Cards, wrapping paper, bows and curly ribbon in the January sales.

    Overall, I managed to keep costs down and have already started to think about next year, although I haven't had a chance to hit the shops yet.
  • bexster1975
    bexster1975 Forumite Posts: 1,576
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    Not quite the bargain some have but just before Christmas I got a Panasonic breadmaker on eBay. Paid 50 quid and it had only been used once so immaculate. Collected it too so no p and p. Cheapest I can find it is Amazon for 99.99 so a bargain. Plus the savings made from making own bread, cakes, dough and jams in it

    Bexster :)
    SIRENS Forumite Posts: 1,217
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    I bought 2.5kg of potatoes for 49p and used my 50p off coupon so they actually owed me 1p!:rotfl:
    'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose' - Dr Suess

  • teasleym
    teasleym Forumite Posts: 227
    Xmas Saver!
    Got a six foot fake tree from B&Q reduced from £85 to £30! Came with led lights on it, got home and tested it and they are white and multi coloured. So pleased with it!

    Struggling with uploading pic though. Will post on twitter!
    :j Is MSE saving me money, or making me spend more on all the bargains?!:j
  • pineapple123
    pineapple123 Forumite Posts: 717
    I've been Money Tipped!
    I got a bargain yesterday from Mr T well two really, a lovely Holly tree with a tall stem reduced from £20 to £2 and a potted christmas tree also for £2. Even though christmas is over Im going to plant them both in the garden and hopefully use them year after year like my family did when I was young saving me money for years to come as well as looking nice in the garden for the rest of the year.
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