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The best gifts can not be bought.
Review of What Are The Best And Worst Gifts For Xmas? by Marge3781

Advantages: Gifts are fun for the children.
Disadvantages: Money gets equated with love. The best gifts come fro the heart - not a store.

I love Christmas and I love giving presents, especially to my children, but I do think we make a bit too much of spending money at Christmas. The best gifts I will ever receive are mine year round I have my family. I have a wonderful husband, children wh ... Read review

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19.12.2014 23:51
(19.12.2014 23:54)
A clock that doesn't rock
Review of What Are The Best And Worst Gifts For Xmas? by sirodar

Advantages: Fills space in the bin
Disadvantages: Burns your eyes with its hideousness

I am a graphic designer. Its really not as interesting as it sounds. As soon as the words roll of my tongue I think, 'Hey I'm a Graphic Designer, thats quite cool' and then I remember how bored I am and that tomorrow, I have to produced a 56 page cata ... Read review

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good review... by crazyomon
Ha, obviously not a "real graphic designer" not recognising style and class when it is thrust into your hands.... lol (my bro-in-law was a graphic designer so I feel some of your pain - he works in IT for British Gas these days and enjoys it better). by cr01

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19.12.2014 21:21
Remember its the thought that counts - not the price tag
Review of What Are The Best And Worst Gifts For Xmas? by rolandrat123

Advantages: Show people you care
Disadvantages: Don't spend more than you can afford

The Best and Worst Christmas Gifts Firstly I will give some general opinions on the best and worst gifts. The Best I love Christmas but I do not feel that you have to spend a huge amount to get or give good presents. The best gifts are on ... Read review

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I think we are on the same page with xmas. what matters most is the thought. by Marge3781
A great sentiment here and a heart warming review . Merry Christmas by cr01

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18.12.2014 19:45
(19.12.2014 00:19)
Best/Worst of December 25
Review of What Are The Best And Worst Gifts For Xmas? by Jarisleif

Advantages: Free stuff
Disadvantages: Costs me a fortune

So here it is... Anyone that really knows me will know that I hate the 'festive season'. I'm not religious, I don't like the songs, and I am always of the opinion that the sooner it is over, the better. My wife, however, is the complete opposite. Whe ... Read review

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Joey the bird is a lot better looking than Joey the musician! by luckyarchers
Cute!!!! by marymoose99

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18.12.2014 13:28
Lidl Chef
Review of Discounters and Christmas Shopping by 1st2thebar

Advantages: Another valid option for consumers
Disadvantages: Marketing ploy will change drastically in the next few years

When I awoke the other week, I nearly rang up all of our media outlets to explain that the term ‘Black Friday’ is a profoundly incorrect term when masses descend on shopping centres like a biblical plague of locusts – surely, the correct term is: ‘R ... Read review

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Goldilocks and her 4p porridge... E for that line alone, let alone the others.... by cr01
I shop at Lidl sometimes not because of the prices (they're not that cheap compared to other supermarkets- well not the stuff that I buy anyway) but because of the location. It's a couple of minutes walk from where I live as is Sainsbury's, so it's one or the other generally. by anonymili

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12.12.2014 19:20
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A bargain is only a bargain if you need it and it's good too
Review of Discounters and Christmas Shopping by catsholiday

Advantages: You can get some great bargains
Disadvantages: They don't sell all you need and sometimes quality is not as good

"How has the growth in discounters such as Aldi and Lidl changed the way you do your Christmas food shopping this year?"  Like most people I enjoy finding a bargain but also like good quality as well. Aldi and Lidl are odd shops in that they do not pres ... Read review

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Having read all that you say here, oddly enough, the best mince pies that I've been offered this year came from Iceland.....the lady serving them chastised her husband for announcing (prior to consumption) their origin! I guess that with the older generation, there remains a stigma attached to shopping in such stores - another friend of ours gets all of her provisions from M&S (at huge cost!) and then attempts to pass it all of as home made.....it is a standing joke! R. by RICHADA
An excellent look at this subject. E from me. by Violet1278

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12.12.2014 18:34
Middle England beware - the discounter's are out to get you.
Review of Discounters and Christmas Shopping by bettyboo47

Advantages: cheaper prices without losing quality
Disadvantages: none

Money saving habits I personally have always been a discount shopper. A stay at home mum with a family of six to feed, my day-to-day routine has always included hunting out bargains, comparing prices, taking advantage of BOGOF offers, end of ran ... Read review

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vh :o) by euphie
My husband is fairly high up in Morrisons and the new Match and More card they have launched has been both good for business but good for customers too as they are getting the cheapest price. I love a bargain! by carlz2001

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07.12.2014 22:59
(09.12.2014 15:13)
I know what I like (wherever it's from!!)
Review of Discounters and Christmas Shopping by alliewallie

Advantages: Some excellent food items that you wouldn't have thought about in Tesco or Sainsbury's
Disadvantages: Not everything you try will be good

The rise of discounters won't change the way I do my Christmas shopping but I can see both sides of this coin because I work predominently with families who struggle with money from one week to the next without throwing Christmas into the mix. I don't us ... Read review

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Very insightful essay on the subject. Great work. by BlackSwan
interesting by rolandrat123

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06.12.2014 18:21
A Black Friday for the nation indeed...
Review of Discounters and Christmas Shopping by thedevilinme

Advantages: Bargains out there
Disadvantages: But we want comfort food

The sad sight of our poorest people scrambling and fighting for Black Friday bargains they probably didn’t actually want and did it purely for the endorphin shot was troubling. They looked very similar to the mob that rioted in London to get their hands o ... Read review

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I genuinely can't understand why anyone would fight for a cheap TV that is probably cheap for a reason and will break down 2 days outside of the guarantee. by euphie
vh by wazza115

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06.12.2014 13:19
(18.12.2014 00:08)
The emperor has no clothes - It's all in the marketing...
Review of Discounters and Christmas Shopping by cr01

Advantages: Our eyes are opened
Disadvantages: None for me

My very first job before University was a part time job in a clothes shop. At that time I had a choice of going away to study or to stay on after school and take a job as a trainee manager. While the education route changed my life and removed me from the ... Read review

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interesting by rolandrat123
Nicely done. by afy9mab

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05.12.2014 20:48
(05.12.2014 21:00)
Cheapness or choice? Do you have time to track down bargains?
Review of Discounters and Christmas Shopping by rolandrat123

Advantages: Cheapness
Disadvantages: Lack of choice

Discounters and Christmas Shopping The likes of Lidl and Aldi seem to have changed people's shopping habits. No longer is it embarrassing to be seen buying own brand items or being seem going into one of these cheaper supermarkets. The advanta ... Read review

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vh :o) by euphie
Good reviewx by Chippytarka

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01.12.2014 15:41
Silver Sector
Review of Unemployed After 50 by 1st2thebar

Advantages: David Essex sang about it: 'Silver Dream Machine.'
Disadvantages: Untapped 'wisdom-keepers.' Occupations box individuals on age.

The age of austerity has legitimize business morals which echoes early twentieth-century dogma. When governance deploys austere tactics the buck gets passed to employers and then loopholes start to emerge; this inadvertently creates a ‘privilege chasm’ be ... Read review

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All these reviews lately on unemployed after 50 are very interesting to read with everybody's different opinions! x by frankiecesca
An E from this wisdom keeper!! by bettyboo47

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25.11.2014 11:29
Over the hill and on the scrap-heap?
Review of Unemployed After 50 by CelticSoulSister

Advantages: Some companies are now starting to see sense
Disadvantages: Some companies will never see sense

I’d hit the ripe old age of 52 and to cut a very long story short, I was in a Hobson’s Choice situation which forced me to ask the company I worked for if they’d consider making me redundant…..they agreed to, although I’d only get the barest minimum pay-o ... Read review

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Interesting read! x by frankiecesca
I'm not quite fifty, but I too have heard 'over qualified' by mattygroves

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24.11.2014 01:32
(24.11.2014 01:34)
You always have a choice...
Review of Unemployed After 50 by hiker

Advantages: Being unemployed can open up new opportunities
Disadvantages: It's not fun in the meantime, and it's not easy to get out of

...20s and has never been unemployed since. That makes me one of the lucky ones, yes? Maybe. I'd argue it's because o ... Read review

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interesting by rolandrat123
All makes sense to me. by torr

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22.11.2014 15:36
Remember that no one owes you a living....
Review of Unemployed After 50 by cr01

Advantages: It's largely about attitude...
Disadvantages: But circumstance plays it part

...50 nor have I been unemployed for many years. However, I’m not too far off that grand and scary age and I doubt very much that I’ll reach retirement without having to s ... Read review

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great piece - last section reminded me of the saying "great artists steal, mediocre artists starve" by spanielize
well written by bettyboo47

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22.11.2014 07:58
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