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Egg Money (Credit and Debit card in one) 29/03/2008

Fried,Scarambled or Boiled?

Egg Money (Credit and Debit card in one) Egg.com is owned by the US based Citibank group and to use the first of probably many egg based puns they certainly got egg on their face the day they decided to withdraw credit from roughly 160,000 of their custumers - Citi bank claimed that credit was being with drawn from users with a risky credit profile. Unfortunately this turned into an eggceptionaly bad bit of publicity for Egg.com when it transpired that a lot of these so called bad credit risks were people like myself who used the card regularly and paid it off in full each month. Now I like my Egg Money card as it pays cash back - 1% on all spending up to a maximum of £200 a year and nooooooooo I've yet to get the full cash back pay out! Now if only I could pay my mortgage, gas, electric council tax etc etc on it. I like a card that will give me something for nothing. Prior to my sandwiching my Egg Money card between my cash card and my Tesco's Clubcard I was an avid collector of Nectar points via the Sainsburys Bank Credit Card. Unfortunately due to them becoming rather stingy on how many Nectar points it paid out plus the situation that saw my Nectar card going into a negative balance - Yes I have a debit on a Nectar card! I gave up collecting Nectar points and went on the hunt to find an alternative and the card that eggactly fitted my needs was the Egg Money card. Egg.com is solely an online financial institution, you will not receive a paper statement from them most communication can be done via ...

QuidCo.Com 05/01/2008

You'll be quids in with Quidco!

QuidCo.Com Nothing in life is free the old saying goes, and this can be applied to Quidco - it's not totally free but if your looking for a cash back site that pays and pays a lot more than it's rivals you can't go far wrong. Over my 2 year use of the site I've managed to "earn" £500, by buying things I'd normally buy via the Quidco website plus working out what offers would also net me the cash with minimal outlay. If your looking for free clicks to rake in the cash quickly then Quidco isn't for you -there are a few daily clicks which can net you a few pence but to be honest I found this a lot of effort for little reward. What I did find with a little bit of effort on my part there was "free money" to be had - a savings account with £1 deposited in it netted me £25, I took to gambling - a deposit of £10 - wagered on Italy winning the World Cup netted me my money back plus my winning from the gambling site and a Quidco bonus of £20. The best had to be the DVD rental trial were in effect I was paid to watch a DVD - the free trail was cancelled as soon as I'd watched the DVD and returned it. Normal spending on such things as household and car insurance has been very rewarding I got my contents insurance practically free this year using Quidco Quidco isn't entirely free, every year they charge you a £5 admin fee, this admin fee is taken out of any earning you make - i.e. you don't actually have to give Quidco any money up front to be able to use the site. Nor if you didn't use the ...

Islands of Adventure 06/04/2007

Hulks,Cats,Dragons And Plenty of Fun

Islands of Adventure Orlando has much to offer the theme park/attraction visitor at one end you have Disney and it's parks, at the other end, at the top of International Drive you have The Universal Studios Resort with Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and linking them both City Walk. The Universal Studios Resort may be the poor relation when it comes to attraction visitors but having spent two days at Island of Adventure I can definitely recommend you spend a day there be you a thrill seeker, a scared parent, a tweenie or a tiny tot it has something to offer everyone. With it's compact nature it is also extremely easy to do in a day and queues allowing get on every ride you want to go on. Location: Islands of Adventure is located at the northern end of International Drive, once you've either parked up, jumped out of your taxi or hopped off one of the frequent Lynx buses that goes there it is only a short stroll via the City walk area which links both Islands of adventure and Universal Studios. This to me was a plus point having spent a week "doing" Disney where it meant queuing for buses, jumping on monorails or taking a boat to the various parks. When I arrive some place I want to just be able to walk into the place not join a queue to actually join another queue at the front gate of the park. Prices: One thing Universal do is periodically have special offers on their web site I paid $104.95 for an adult ticket which at the time was the price for a two day ticket. The ...

Express By Holiday Inn London - Southwark, London 30/10/2006

Any Room At The Inn?

Express By Holiday Inn London - Southwark, London When my darling brother informed me he was flying to the states for 3 months on the very day of the Ciao meet, I was in a bit quandary as to where on earth I'd stay for the night of the meet, a bench on the Embankment appeared to be beckoning when I started to look at the prices of hotels in Central London. Thankfully the handy special offers email I get as a Priority Club Member of the Holiday Inn group showed up in the nick of time. Holiday Inn Express (HIE) is a great mid range hotel group, all the hotels offer practically the same facilities and you know what your getting for your money, a decent hotel with basic facilities and a "free" continental breakfast being the order of the day. Having stayed in several up and down the country I'm reassured by the fact they don't tend to differ much in design, facilities and price. It's nice to know you'll be checking in somewhere that isn't a flea pit. Size of rooms does vary from hotel to hotel I've found and the HIE Southwark had perhaps one of the smallest bedrooms I'd stayed in, but this didn't mean it was a pokey or cramped room. One thing I have found when booking HIE in this country is the cheapest place to book them is the web site, which is extremely easy to use. After searching for a hotel in London I came across the cheapest option for my dates and that was the HIE Southwark. After looking on the handy map the site had along with other details of the hotel it didn't appear to be too far out of central London ...

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar 23/10/2006

A Berry Nice Bath

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar Why Lush chose to call their latest Bubble Bar Slice "The Comforter" when it is reminiscent of a large vibrant slice of Swiss roll is beyond me - I'd have gone for some Swiss pun or perhaps Blackberry ripple. With it's vibrant deep pink and white swirls you can't help but take a second look at it, one sniff later and it was gleefully added to my already heaving basket on a recent forage in my local Lush store. I've always been a big fan of their other Bubble Bar Slice - Blue Skies and Fluffy White clouds and was hoping that this would be just as good! Lush's Bubble Bar slices are excellent value, if you compare them to the Bath Ballistics which only give you one bath or two if you manage to split one in half, which is no mean feat I can tell you! With the Bubble Bath Slices you can on average get at least 6 wonderfully smelling baths with the added bonus of lashings of bubbles that don't dry out your skin. Yes you have to forgo the Alka Seltzer moment you get when you drop a Bath Ballistic into the bath but I save those for special baths, where I indulge in a bottle of Fizz, lighted candles and a glossy magazine! The Comforter is a large 200g slice, in appearance it's the raspberry pink version of Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds and Karma Bubble Bath Slices. On smelling it you get this over whelming scent of luscious berries with a sweet hint of candy floss. Lush market it as " Wraps you in a fluffy pink blanket of blackberry bubbles" I was kind of hoping the ...

Dial A Flight 24/09/2006

More Like Dial With Caution

Dial A Flight When it comes to booking a flight I tend to be one of those people who'll hunt for days or even weeks till I finally prove to myself I'm not going to get it any cheaper. I'll go throw site after site inputting all the boring information, changing the days if I can be flexible and then finally booking a ticket. Last October on a whim I decided to make a certain person aged then eight dreams come true and take her to Florida. A shoe string budget was set, after searching sites like Expedia, Opodo, Lastminute.com, Ebookers and probably a hundred or so more I stumbled across Dial A Flight. Dial A Flights web site is basic to say the least, but then again if it comes up with the goods does it matter? It's easy to navigate around the site finding the information you want and their all important telephone number is literally on every page as well as the ABTA symbol. The phone lines are open from 8am -11pm and answered quickly! Dial A Flight do not just sell flights, they also sell packaged holidays plus accommodation. In order to book you do need to give them a call. After inputting my desired flight dates it came up with a flight that was £30 cheaper then I'd seen it on other sites. One thing I did find off putting with Dial A Flight was the fact it only showed me the best fare available, sometimes the cheapest option is not the best when it comes to say having to change planes several times therefore I like to see a list of my options, also it's handy to be able to ...

O2 Online 100 12 Month 13/09/2006

Anyone For Safe Text?

O2 Online 100 12 Month O2 has always been my mobile provider, right back to the days when it was BT Cellnet and the man in the shop refused to sell me a T Mobile contract due to the fact I wouldn't get the coverage I needed while driving throw rural Wales in late December 1999. Once my initial contract was up, I upgraded to a Nokia 3310 then after two years I bought a new O2 SIM card and happily used O2's PAYG until I fell in love with the sleek look of the Nokia 7210. I wanted one and I wanted it now but given the price I realised the only way I was going to get one was by getting another contract - it was at this point I turned to the O2 web site and signed up for their Online 50 contract which back then was 50 Anytime Any Network minutes plus 500 texts. This year I believe they changed it for new contracts and it is now 50 Anytime Any Network minutes and 200 texts for £19 a month plus vat. I was in text heaven and nothing was going to beat this was it? For two years I was happy till I felt the need to have a camera phone it was at this point last year that I upgraded my phone plus my tariff to the Online 100 . O2's Online 100 tariff basically gives you 100 anytime any network minutes a month plus 500 text messages and 1mb of internet browsing. Picture messages can be sent as part of your allowance at a rate of 4 texts to a picture message, this allows you to send a mixture of texts plus picture messaging and not incur any charges till you go over the magical 500 mark. All this is available ...

Everything that starts with V ... 30/07/2006

Your So Vain.......

Everything that starts with V ... ....I bet you thought this song was about you! I'd like to thank Missy003 for nominating me to take up this challenge, having read it back it does appear as if I have a beauty obession/habit that could rival Imelda Marcos shoe fetish.. ♥What is your favourite perfume? ♥ I love my perfumes and at the moment should you go rooting around in my bedroom you'd find about 14 bottles. I love nothing better then to go sniffing out new perfumes in Boots -my bank manager would rather I refrain from doing so…. My Favourite Pulling perfume would have to be the aptly named Chance by Chanel followed closely by Chanel Allure. My Favourite I'm at work perfume - CK One Summer The one I could never give up ever - Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel ♥Do you use a body moisturiser? ♥ Is the Pope Catholic? I love nothing better than blathering myself after a nice hot bath with or without Lush goodies in it with copious amounts of body lotion and various other lotions I have. Again another quick count of my bathroom and bedroom finds an embarrassing amount of body lotions - ok 6 if I really have to admit it. I'm a sucker when it comes to body lotion, my favourite for the winter is Avon's African Shea Body Butter - it smells like candy floss it's so thick it really is like spreading your body with butter. I also have various other lighter body lotions, such as Johnson's Baby lotion and Baby oil, A L'Oreal lotion - half price in Tesco's My fat leg cream from ...

Everything that starts with D ... 25/06/2006

The_Nursey Takes Up The Challenge....

Everything that starts with D ... I'm bored, so thought I'd do a challenge op, it saves me having to do a proper op! 1.WHATS YOUR MIDDLE NAME? Debra, I'm not too sure why my Mum chose Debra but she did once tell me when I bemoaned the fact I had one of the most commonest first names going -there were 6 Joanne's in my reception class at school that she called me Joanne after my great Aunt Joan and my Great Aunt Anne - I suppose it could have been worse she did think about calling me Alice but we won't go there! 2. HOW BIG IS YOUR BED? It's massive! It's an Ikea bed so slightly larger then a king size and extremely long which is great as I get to stretch out with out banging my toes on the foot board. I'd love to trade it in though and get a white metal bed from Laura Ashley. 3. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The silence in my house interrupted by Awake the greatest hits album by Live which I received in the post yesterday morning and seem to have been playing non stop ever since! Never heard of Live? Neither had I till I had one of those MSN chats that went " I really want to see Live the best band ever" My reply "Erm who do you want to see Live" . Apparently they are very good live and judging by the album I've heard today I'd not doubt that! 4. WHAT ARE THE LAST FOUR DIGITS IN YOUR PHONE NUMBER? What a really odd question! I mean why on earth would someone want to know the last four digits of my phone number? 5. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A Muller Light yoghurt about ...

Lush Karma Bubble bar 03/05/2006

Karma in an instant

Lush Karma Bubble bar Him@hishouse is one of those men that doesn't mind actually going into a Lush shop and making a purchase, in fact a quick investigation - ok nose around his bathroom found several Lush products - no darling H@HH isn't a secret Angels On Bare Skin user and he appears to be a Celestial virgin as well. What my investigations found were two bubble bar slices - my favourite Blue Skies and Fluffy White Skies being one of them and the other an orange swirled slice that H@HH informed me was the best ever bubble bar slice called Karma. On first sniffing Karma I found it to be one of those unisex smelling products not overly feminine/masculine but definitely not an aroma, which would get a man funny looks down the pub! Many of you will have sampled the odd Lush Bath Ballistic or six but a slightly cheaper way to feel totally pampered and de-stressed in the bath is to try the Bubble Bar Slices. Basically it's a block of heaven that you crumble into your bath and get a zillion or so wonderfully scented bubbles. Karma with it's muted orange swirls comes in misshapen circles - all due to the fact they are made by hand just like the majority of Lush products. Lush with it's environmentally friendly policy keep packaging down to a minimum with a clear cellophane wrapper being added at the till. If it's fancy packaging you want then perhaps the Lush experience isn't for you as the fanciest thing you'll find packaging wise in Lush is the re enforced bags - and given that most of us tend ...

moneysavingexpert.com 15/03/2006

Money For Nothing And Your Chips For Free

moneysavingexpert.com We don't talk about money do we? Take my best friend, I know her most embarrassing moment, I was there the night the dork from hell accosted her, I know the in's and out's of the most embarrassing date on this earth -all I can say is I'm glad it wasn't me! But do I know her overdraft? Her credit card debts? Of course I don't and does she know mine? Darkest secrets yes, that old saying "I have to stay friends with you as you've got too much dirt on me…." springs to mind the state of my bank account -hell no. Look I only got online banking because it was less embarrassing to pour a glass of vino and tentatively log on, then stand at the cash point and cry when the debit balance appeared on the screen! If I was to tell you that there was a site that might just be able to turn around that negative balance or just show you ways to use your money more efficiently then you'd probably wonder what the catch was, that this site doesn't support any advertising, that the vast majority of links do not reap the owner money you'd probably be surprised. Martin Lewis -of TV's Make Me Rich fame started Moneysavingexpert.com in order to help others. Held by most members of the site in high esteem it's thanks to Martin and the stuff I read on the board that me and my overdraft parted company in 4 months at the start it had 000 at the end of it. That my savings account actually has savings in it and my holiday to Florida is paid for resting nicely in a 0% credit card account with the money ...

My Resolutions 02/01/2006

There's Gonna Be A Resolution........

My Resolutions New Years resolutions for me tend to work extremely well till about the second week in January then all inclination of being a size 10, regular gym goer go out of the window. So this year I've decided to knock on the head the idea of ever getting more than one leg into a size 10 skirt and set up some more realistic goals. I'm not going to vow to be nice to small children, recycle my body weight in rubbish every month nor am I going to give up the few remaining vices I have. Nor am I going to vow to travel around the world on a yacht single handily -I get sea sick on a rowing boat in the local park nor am I going to bungee jump for charity but I am going to attempt to stick to a few of the resolutions listed below. Work Of course I'm going to turn up, I always do I rather like that one day of the month when my bank account is in the black! I resolve not sign off Emails to my boss with "And I'll get a brush shall I?" I can not resolve to stop the email arguments I have with another person at work -it livens up a boring Wednesday I can tell you. But I promise I will not attempt at all times to get the last word, I will refrain from typing replies that only consist of WHATEVER. But having the last word is an endearing trait of mine, many a person has commented on my ability to get the last word…….. I also promise to remember to be nice to junior Doctors and remember that they are Doctors after all and can't help their fanciful ways. To the records clerk who thinks I ...

Flamingo Land Holiday Village, North Yorkshire 26/08/2005

And Yes The Flamingoes Are Pink

Flamingo Land Holiday Village, North Yorkshire There are plus points about having your birthday in the middle of the summer holidays - you'll never ever have to spend it at school being one of the main ones. But should you be a coaster junkie in the making it does rule out spending your birthday at one of the big parks scaring your Mum half to death. Niamh wanted to go to a theme park for her birthday she rattled off a list Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington being the main contenders. When it was pointed out that she'd be lucky to go on say 8 rides in a whole day she wasn't too frilled by the thought of spending her birthday in a queue. Niamh doesn't do queue Niamh's idea of a fun day is jumping off one ride and straight back onto another one. She's a firm believer in Fast Track Tickets as long as she's got a fistful of them. With her heart set on going to a theme park but one minus queues if possible I decided on Flamingo Land, it was cheapish, nearish and I couldn't see people driving from all over the country to spend the day in North Yorkshire. Flamingo Land was first set up in 1979. I recall people from school, spending two weeks in a caravan there and having a great time or so they said. Caravan Parks always remind me of Mablethorpe and my Nan's caravan as a kid - I had no great desire to relive a caravan holiday thanks very much! But on deleving around Flamingo Lands web site I did notice that the caravan park bit of the operation has definitely gone up market, since the 70's and my numerous stays in ...

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus - John Gray 07/08/2005

Where's The Mars Bar Then???

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus - John Gray Charity shops are a treasure trove of finds. Cast off and nestling beside a few dog eared Mills and Boons I spotted a pristine copy of Men Are From Mars Woman Are From Venus. Alarm bells should have run inside my head about the contents of this pristine book that appeared not to have been opened. The cynic in me thought perhaps the previous owner might have decided working out how a man thought was too tiresome and had decided on a life of celibacy was more convenient. The bargain hunter in me saw an unread book for 50p and a potential Ebay sale……… Dr John Grey has made a life's work and a couple of million in the process of telling us how relationships work. From the original Men Are From Mars book spawned a whole litter of books each proclaiming to make your relationship work properly and show you how! Websites flourish , his after dinner speech tours add to the already growing coffers. And yes the man apparently is a saviour to many, the relationship guru that has helped many a couple onto the road of heavenly wedded bliss. Much has been written about Dr John Grey's career prior to the explosive success of Men Are From Mars, the fact his PhD has been likened to a Cereal packet degree must irk him some what. It was with a semi open mind and a promise I'd not smirk too much that I opened the book and began to read. It's pretty easy reading -Dr Grey often repeats things and for the skimmers he high lights his main points in bold type -you could get away with just ...

Dentyl pH Mouthwash 27/07/2005

Sometimes It's Wise To Spit.........

Dentyl pH Mouthwash Mouthwash is mouthwash isn't it? Well that's what I thought until the dreaded hygienist got hold of me, with two 25 minutes appointments in the space of a fortnight this woman poked and prodded, scrapped and chiselled my teeth into a state where they practically gleamed. The thought of having to go throw another session with the woman who makes the Dentist in Marathon Man appear misunderstood I went in search of a mouthwash to add to my oral hygiene routine. Dentyl ph caught my eye mainly due to the fact the bottle contained a muted pink/reddish liquid topped by a rather fetching blue. It was hurriedly added to my trolley, when it promised to banish "Bacteria and debris that cause bad breath, plague and gum disease" I was sold! Anything to stop that woman coming near my gob again was all I could think of! Dentyl ph comes in two flavours Refreshing Clove - the fetching reddish pink/blue combo and Smooth Mint - a lurid green/ blue combo. I opt for Refreshing Clove due to the fact I detest anything too minty or with a spearmint tang to it. Dentyl ph wouldn't win awards for innovated design. The design I feel relies heavily on your desire to sneak over in the supermarket or chemist peer round and then give it a blooming great big shake. Ok ok so I did that in the middle of Sainsburys with my first bottle of Refreshing Clove -well I needed to know what colour it would be before I bought it didn't I? I mean it could have been a hideous colour couldn't it? It's rather ...
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