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    • redfox
    • By redfox 16th Jun 16, 8:27 PM
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    Elite 11+ shopping and chat thread
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    • 16th Jun 16, 8:27 PM
    Elite 11+ shopping and chat thread 16th Jun 16 at 8:27 PM
    Welcome to a new long lasting Elite 11+ glitch and chat thread.

    Please see post number 2 for all the relevant information on the thread. Savvybuyer's excellent lists are in the subsequent posts.

    It's a great group and community so enjoy!
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    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 6:24 PM
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    LOl you won't be calling it that for much longer xx
    Originally posted by izzeyb
    Quiet a way to go yet and grrrrrrrrrrrrr stayed the same and have NOT been naughty
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    • mhoc
    • By mhoc 20th Apr 17, 6:39 PM
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    Top tip? Enjoy, it is great ! I particularly like the Star Wars features.

    We have been for the past 4(?) years and are going again this summer (and the next!) as I have my T CC vouchers ready (go mid summer holidays in the first year, then in the first week or so of the summer holidays the following year - one year pass covers two summers . The T CC vouchers were £25 for an annual pass.

    Getting there? If by car, when you get to Windsor, follow the alternative/scenic route - it is slightly further in distance terms but much quicker than the straight route due to less traffic (it is signposted). Get there before opening time so that you are through the gates and in the holding area ready for park/rides opening.

    It is worth planning your day if there are specific rides that you want to go on as if it is really busy then you can be waiting a looooonnnnngggg time for rides, so head to the ones you want quickly when the park opens and then go on the others. Despite how big it looks, once you get your bearings you can get round the site very quickly.

    They offer refillable cups for around £7.50 - worth buying 1 of these (or 2 if you are feeling generous!) as they then last all day with multiple free refills (if your gang are prepared to share, then one cup will be fine for the family as you can refill all day - or all season if you return later in the year .

    They offer kids eat free with an adult in some restaurants from around 3pm if I recall correctly (may be annual pass only though, so may not be of use to you - worth checking). The pizza restaurant is good value anyway as it is unlimited pizza and pasta (for kids and adults with big appetites - it also includes unlimited drinks). The burger restaurant near the log flume (if kids eating free with a paying adult) is also good value.

    Make sure you take in a big packed lunches including snacks etc as prices are not cheap (and you build up a good appetite when walking around all day). If hot, make sure you have sunscreen and hats etc (and if thinking about going in the Duplo Valley - if the water features are open - or on the log flume/canyon ride be prepared to get wet, so take waterproofs/pack-a-macs from the pound shop etc as again ridiculously priced on site!)

    Finally, in terms of buying Lego, they had a reduced/offers section above the Star Wars shop which has always been worth a visit (otherwise the prices are generally RRP and can be bought cheaper from Amazon and elsewhere - so have the conversation beforehand about if there is a specific set they want, to check the price there then buy online if cheaper!).

    Staying over? We have found Slough Travelodge or Terminal 5 at Heathrow are the best value every year so far and close enough for the commute in..

    HTH

    Anon
    Originally posted by Anon
    And if you are using Travelodge google for discount codes first.
    Thats what I was doing this morning, I went for the saver rate and the discount code took 15% off taking £7.50 off
    So thats paid for a trip to Greggs for breakfast
    I went through Quidco but I don't think it will track, only 4% anyway
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 6:43 PM
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    From darkside

    Double discount applying on orders over £100 using code eg Chicco Next to me was £188.99 now £148.99 delivered with discount & code more in post @ Babies R Us
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    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 6:47 PM
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    Sweet shop favourites £1.00 instore @ Tesco
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    • latest flame
    • By latest flame 20th Apr 17, 7:03 PM
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    Just thinking out loud.....the walkers offer....I recall when they did the £3 lunch promotion, people buying the boxes of walkers from HB? or somewhere similar....wonder if this might be worthwhile with this promo, and if the boxes are on offer?
    Originally posted by juju17
    Fulton foods
    • Anon
    • By Anon 20th Apr 17, 7:13 PM
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    And if you are using Travelodge google for discount codes first.
    Thats what I was doing this morning, I went for the saver rate and the discount code took 15% off taking £7.50 off
    So thats paid for a trip to Greggs for breakfast
    I went through Quidco but I don't think it will track, only 4% anyway
    Originally posted by mhoc
    True - though Travelodge breakfast buffet is excellent value when kids go free .

    Also tcb and qc.

    Anon
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 7:16 PM
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    True - though Travelodge breakfast buffet is excellent value when kids go free .

    Also tcb and qc.

    Anon
    Originally posted by Anon
    Is that not premier?
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    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 20th Apr 17, 7:20 PM
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    From darkside

    Double discount applying on orders over £100 using code eg Chicco Next to me was £188.99 now £148.99 delivered with discount & code more in post @ Babies R Us
    Originally posted by bubbs
    No wonder you haven't lost.

    Seriously though, you have done seriously well so far, sometimes things just plateau for a while, don't lose heart.
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • Anon
    • By Anon 20th Apr 17, 7:20 PM
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    Is that not premier?
    Originally posted by bubbs
    As well - we have only stayed at Travelodge and 2 kids free with each adult.

    Hth

    Anon
    • mhoc
    • By mhoc 20th Apr 17, 7:26 PM
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    and in other news ... Well something major is occuring but I am not going to jinx it by announcing anything yet, far too soon ...

    No no one is pregnant, put the knitting needles down and stand well away from them. It will be years before any knitting is needed

    We have a quiet house again this evening and tomorrow but hoards of visitors coming for the weekend in dribs and drabs so Oh on Friday night is boiling vats of mince, onions and tatties to feed the troops as they roll homewards ...

    Errant son has mostly been preparing his presentation this week for his interview and inbetween times there has been a lot of wood sawing in his van - just don't ask ...

    He went off this afternoon as its a 3 hour drive across into central Wales and he is staying overnight at the centre in the staff accommodation. Its somewhere where he did some work experience, twice actually about 7 years ago in early college years. The manager recognised him from his application - not sure if this is a good or bad thing. There is one other candidate being interviewed tomorrow as well - separate interviews but the presentations they will do one after another and then there will be some site tours etc.
    The odd thing is this other chap works for the original company that Errant son worked for after uni except a different campus.
    So the other chap has the edge in that he is local, lives in Wales, possibly older but he might not have the breath of experience that Errant son has had so we will have to see what happens ...
    In the job description the company said they have a start date of early May - I don't think this is even possible because it takes time for references to be checked and then there is the CRB checks (I know these are done online now and called something else ...)
    And most people have to get a months notice from their current jobs.
    Company also said pay is 'industry standard' - a right how long is a piece of string question, I suppose its as little as they can get away with paying.
    It depends on how desperate they are I suppose but Errant son could start early May - no idea about the accommodation issue though ...
    I suppose there is always the van.

    Also middle sister had her op yesterday, first on the list, all done very quickly, 3 cups of tea and then sent home - no drains thankfully and no district nurse visits but she has an appointment to see her next week. Today started well but went downhill a bit - combination of the anaesthetic wearing off and several sleepless nights but she has taken a few of the pain killers they sent her home with.
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
    • mhoc
    • By mhoc 20th Apr 17, 7:29 PM
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    True - though Travelodge breakfast buffet is excellent value when kids go free .

    Also tcb and qc.

    Anon
    Originally posted by Anon
    Yes, I wish this had been the offer when our gang were little - our three were constantly hungry and a travelodge or premier inn breakfast would have been a huge help ...
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 20th Apr 17, 7:36 PM
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    and in other news ... Well something major is occuring but I am not going to jinx it by announcing anything yet, far too soon ...

    No no one is pregnant, put the knitting needles down and stand well away from them. It will be years before any knitting is needed

    We have a quiet house again this evening and tomorrow but hoards of visitors coming for the weekend in dribs and drabs so Oh on Friday night is boiling vats of mince, onions and tatties to feed the troops as they roll homewards ...

    Errant son has mostly been preparing his presentation this week for his interview and inbetween times there has been a lot of wood sawing in his van - just don't ask ...

    He went off this afternoon as its a 3 hour drive across into central Wales and he is staying overnight at the centre in the staff accommodation. Its somewhere where he did some work experience, twice actually about 7 years ago in early college years. The manager recognised him from his application - not sure if this is a good or bad thing. There is one other candidate being interviewed tomorrow as well - separate interviews but the presentations they will do one after another and then there will be some site tours etc.
    The odd thing is this other chap works for the original company that Errant son worked for after uni except a different campus.
    So the other chap has the edge in that he is local, lives in Wales, possibly older but he might not have the breath of experience that Errant son has had so we will have to see what happens ...
    In the job description the company said they have a start date of early May - I don't think this is even possible because it takes time for references to be checked and then there is the CRB checks (I know these are done online now and called something else ...)
    And most people have to get a months notice from their current jobs.
    Company also said pay is 'industry standard' - a right how long is a piece of string question, I suppose its as little as they can get away with paying.
    It depends on how desperate they are I suppose but Errant son could start early May - no idea about the accommodation issue though ...
    I suppose there is always the van.

    Also middle sister had her op yesterday, first on the list, all done very quickly, 3 cups of tea and then sent home - no drains thankfully and no district nurse visits but she has an appointment to see her next week. Today started well but went downhill a bit - combination of the anaesthetic wearing off and several sleepless nights but she has taken a few of the pain killers they sent her home with.
    Originally posted by mhoc
    It has to be good that he recognised him and that he has invited him for interview, otherwise he would not have invited him IYKWIM.
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • mhoc
    • By mhoc 20th Apr 17, 7:36 PM
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    I also have to start taking notice of Heron foods offers.
    Apparently in the next town there was one that took over the old Ethel Austin store when that closed. Heron was there for 2 years before closing - how did I not know that ...
    Anyway next month it is re opening in the exact same place - a bit odd but maybe the rent went down ????

    Like most small towns it is struggling, even Greggs has gone - how can Greggs not make a profit ...

    Its about a 10 mile round trip but there is also a good Morrison's and a small Boots plus an excellent independent garden nursery en route so worth the effort of going if a good Heron offer comes up
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 7:36 PM
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    No wonder you haven't lost.

    Seriously though, you have done seriously well so far, sometimes things just plateau for a while, don't lose heart.
    Originally posted by Enterprise 1701C
    no chance of that
    No i havent lost heart just annoyed as not been naughty and on holiday next week
    As well - we have only stayed at Travelodge and 2 kids free with each adult.

    Hth

    Anon
    Originally posted by Anon
    Oh thats news to me any TL i have stayed in dont even do breakfast only them box breakfast which are hideously expensive
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    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 7:39 PM
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    Good luck to your son Mhoc and very best wishes for your sister x
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    • mhoc
    • By mhoc 20th Apr 17, 7:42 PM
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    It has to be good that he recognised him and that he has invited him for interview, otherwise he would not have invited him IYKWIM.
    Originally posted by Enterprise 1701C
    thats true, he could have said, oh gawd not that student we had a while back. not him again and just binned the application ...

    I was wondering about this company, wondering how small an operation it was but looking at the website there are actually 6 centres spread about including 3 in wales so its a bigger company than I thought.
    Wales is actually one of Errant sons preferred locations as all of the outdoor sports and activities are all within easy reach.
    Last edited by mhoc; 20-04-2017 at 7:51 PM.
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 7:44 PM
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    Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Tablets 55 pack £2.00 (2.6p each) at Asda (instore)
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    • LANGO1966
    • By LANGO1966 20th Apr 17, 7:46 PM
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    Thanks Izzey.Shop from today, keep look out for custard on the end of aisles with promotion of £1. Goes through at £1:99. 99p refund plus the £2 GC

    o
    1x Wham Raspberry Flavoured Bar (16g) £0.10 N/A
    1x Ambrosia Devon Custard (1kg) £1.99 £1.00
    1x Haribo Starmix (1pk) £0.10 N/A
    2x Heinz Beanz in Tomato Sauce Snap Pots (4x200g) £4.96 £3.00
    1x Heinz Spaghetti Hoops in Tomato Sauce Snap Pots (4x190g) £2.49 £1.50
    2x Mission Deli White & Wheat Mini Wraps (6pk) £1.90 £1.00
    1x Heinz No Added Sugar Beanz in Tomato Sauce Snap Pots (4x200g) £2.35 £1.50
    1x Barratt Flumps (12g) £0.10 £0.10
    0.18x ASDA Grower's Selection Loose Banana (order by number of bananas or select kg) (per kg) £0.13 £0.12
    Comparison total (compared products only) £13.92 £8.22
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 20th Apr 17, 7:46 PM
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    From darkside
    4 x Haagen Dazs ice cream salted caramel/strawberries and cream chocolate covered lollies 4 for £1.00! Or 39p each instore @ Heron Foods Hull

    sweet selection box homebargains huddersfield 99p instore
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    • mhoc
    • By mhoc 20th Apr 17, 7:54 PM
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    Yes then I wouldn't have had to go through the bins

    Originally posted by TrulyMadly
    I have tights this colour
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
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