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Products to Save Money With in 2019

Hi, I hope you are all well. Like I am sure is the case for many of you, it has certainly been a busy 2018. Not just for me personally, but behind the scenes working on thriftyP. Although the website has not had many new posts this year, I have made strides with my sales, something I hope to increase further in the next year. As well as, naturally wanting to make more money I also want to save mire and I have been thinking about ways I could do just that for 2019. With this in mind, I will be featuring products which may help you to save money in the new year.


A GiffGaff SIM

OK. This is an option that may not suit everyone, but if your considering changing your current mobile network, give GiffGaff serious thought.

I have lost track how long I have been with this network but we are talking three or four years. And the money I must have saved after ditching my contract from Vodafone then to EE must be huge. Saving money, but not loosing out with a less quality experience, quite the opposite EE and Vodafone were an absolute disgrace customer service-wise and their network’s service was never up to anything special. I’m yet to have an issue with GiffGaff.

So the GiffGaff service runs on an 02 signal, and in my experience it must be a pretty good signal, as I practically always have a stable connection. One thing that concerned me before joining GiffGaff, and might others, was the fact that it was ‘The Network Run by You’. Now, personally I don’t want to be trusted to run a network, I have enough trouble running my own life and wouldn’t want to cause issues with the publics mobile phone affairs. You see, GiffGaff have no customer number help service to call, online chats etc. All queries are to be answered on a forum by other GiffGaff users (GiffGaff staff do join in here too). But do you know what? This set up is not an issue. In fact its a blessing. Yes we expect a company to offer phone service help. But have you ever used phone service help from the likes of EE and Vodafone? I have a lot, and every moment was like a waking nightmare. GiffGaff, questions are answered very quivkly by a customer service rep or GiffGaff user, in the seemingly less likely then EE or Vodafone chance you need some help.

But that is not the only plus for the above setup. GiffGaff is the only network where, not only can you ask for help on the forums, you can provide it and be paid for it. Yes you can actually earn money as a GiffGaff member, a great little extra. The other networks do not offer that, here you can save and earn!

Now I reckon I was paying around £40 or £50 on average a month for my days as a EE or Vodafone user (and that’s not to mention the £600 odd that Vodafone tried to fraudulently charge me). The above costs were for unlimited data, calls and texts which I have been getting for the past few years, for £20 a month with GiffGaff. You can buy even cheaper bundles, but I do find I like that data so stick to it, but you can chop and change to a different bundle at any time.

Of course the prices you pay for on your contract can include the cost of the phone if your not buying that outright. With GiffGaff you could buy your unlocked phone first then just setup GiffGaff or they offer pay monthly finance options on a range of popular phones that you can then just pick your GiffGaff bundle to suit

Lastly, GiffGaff have a referral system that pays and can earn you extra credit for signing others up, here is my affiliate link if you wanted to use it:

So, if your contract bill in 2018 just seemed too much money, why not see if you could save, and indeed earn a little extra by joining the increasingly big GiffGaff community.

What are your experiences with GiffGaff? Let me know in the comments below.

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Vitamin Tea-Trying Eloments Tea

Ready For Tea

Yesterday I received through the post a sample for Eloments Organic Vitamin Tea (If you’d like to send me a sample of your product in exchange for an honest review,

I am a big tea drinker, I would say I average 3 cups of ‘normal’ tea, and two herbals a day. I love tea and that should come as a great benefit to my health as it is a drink which carries many positive benefits for the body. So it is naturally a healthy drink as it stands.

However, I was interested in seeing that there were a number of brands that offer teas which focus on providing additional nutrients. One such company is who I received a tea bag sample of, the Eloments range. Eloments say that they offer the world’s first 100 per cent natural vitamin and mineral tea. The teas have launched in a number of flavours which include Double Lemon, Egyptian Mint, Ceylon Breakfast, Summer Orange (I received this one, well it is Summer!) and Bourbon Vanilla. A fetching set of flavours, I am sure you will agree. The brand says ‘Every cup of Eloments is a top-up of 40% of your daily needs of vitamins BI, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, C, and Zinc.’

I liked the idea that a tea could offer those extra bonuses, but of course hopefully taste great too. And I can confirm after brewing my Summer Orange teabag as per the provided instructions, the taste was good. I found the orange taste too strong enough to receive hints of orange to your pallet, but not so strong it felt like an artificial orangey flavour. It had a nice depth to it and was refreshing with no unpleasant aftertaste. The smell of warm orange was pleasant too, zingy but not nose piercingly. I liked it and would be interested in trying some of the other flavours. I am not sure if it has hit the shops yet, or if they are just getting the ball rolling with some samples first, but if the price point was right, I could see it doing well and having a good crack at a busy market in terms of tea, but unique in being a fully vitamin and mineral option.

If you would like a sample of Eloments, click here:

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Green & Blacks Selection Box Taste Test

Close up of chocolate squares, broken.

Some more new products on there way soon-keep a look out because as usual once they are gone, they have gone! The items currently waiting to go up for sale are a range of collectables which were recently unboxed on the Stuffhere Projects YouTube Channel.

Speaking of the Stuffhere Projects Channel, if you head over there now you’ll see the latest video is a Thrifty P entry. I got a bot of a bargain from my local Tesco, a selection box of 12 mini Green & Black bars (a mix of dark and milk) for just £2.75, so I thought I’d give a quick taste test. I say quick but it somehow ended up being more than 20 minutes long……

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Weekly Chocolat Fix!

Hotel Chocolat, the company that keeps on giving for chocolate lovers, has a new product that’s got me excited.

They are now offering a subscription to a weekly box of their amazing chocolates. Look out for the offers to receive your first box for half price!

You can purchase a subscription for a mixed box that comes with chocolates of all the types they sell, or an all dark box for dark chocolate lovers. Both boxes contain recipe cards, too.

They have made it clear that you can cancel or pause the subscription at anytime, and in my experience Hotel Chocolat do always offer reliable customer service so I’m sure the whole process will be a very smooth one (much like their chocolate making skills).

I’ll have to order one of these boxes for review shortly, (‘M’ Boxes seems to be their name) but in the meantime has anyone else bit the (chocolate) bullet?

Head over to their official website for all the delicious details, where they also continue to offer their larger monthly boxes, too:

Hotel Chocolat

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The Next Big Zing!

Fidget spinner image

The next big thing in collectables could well be SuperZings. The draw with ‘Zings is that these creations are all ‘superfied’ versions of everyday objects, with a comic heroes and villains theme. Each figure will have their own super power-which I’m guessing will relate to the object that inspired them. For example, a microwave inspired SuperZing will have the power to be ice cold inside, but could burn villains for life with its outside. There will, of course, be rare characters to look out for. It just would not qualify as a collectable otherwise, would it?

SuperZings marketing campaign will be aired on TV, but also utilise social media including with unboxings, and feature webisodes to help introduce the colourful characters.

Speaking of the characters, they are brought to us by Magic Box Inc, and you should find them where collectables are sold in the next few days.

I have a feeling these will catch on quite big, maybe I’ll do an unboxing on the YouTube channel. I like their concept and hopefully, the little figures themselves will be well made. I do think it is nice to have a new potential collectable craze that would be suitable for some of the younger collectors. From the images I have seen, sorry I do not currently have any to share (but here is a link to a website that does), the characters all look like you can tell what everyday item they have been based on, and are painted eye-catching bright colours. Price wise, it looks like a small blister (maybe it will contain just a single figure) will be £0.80 with larger sets rising up to £12 rrp.

Remember Thrifty P is all about product based content, and if you like collectables I can promise they will be a regular feature on this blog! And, do not forget from time to time collectables may appear in the for sale section, just click on the shop to see!

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Hand Crafted Heroes!

Inside of purple sparkly bag

As you may of noticed, Thrifty P likes to champion items made by hand.

The Hand Crafted section is where I sell to you homemade items from various individuals. At least that was the name of that particular category. I have decided to rename The Hand Crafted section: Hand Crafted Heroes!

Well I thought I should celebrate the epicness of my talented collaborators!

The first collection added to this section is the ARC range. This showcases a selection of knitted items by Ann Stuart. I have many more collections on there way, so look out for them in the next couple of months! Items you can expect to see added include more knitted items by other creators, hand made soaps, hand made fashion accessories and paintings.

I’ll be looking to share content relating to hand made items here on Thrifty P, as well as on linked social media. For example the Thrifty P Pinterest has a board for Hand Crafted Heroes, where I’ll showcase interesting makes around the world! Click here for the board which will be updated often.

Hand Crafted Heroes Board

So, if you are a keen buyer of hand made items, or perhaps you just want to appreciate the work of others, or maybe get some inspiration for your own creative makes, keep checking back regularly at Thrifty P!

Do you like to get crafty? Maybe you knit, sew, draw, paint, handy with paper crafts, whatever it may be if you create hand made products that you are interested in selling, I’d love to have the chance to buy them up to sell on this website, for Hand Crafted Heroes! to discuss!

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Packaging & Shipping Protection

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Learn about the steps Thrifty P takes to help ensure the quality of our Packaging & Shipping Process!

Its all very well for an online shop such as Thrifty P, or indeed any other, aim to offer good products and prices. But to get the value of  those attributes the products must arrive to you in top condition, exactly the condition that is advertised.

There are two main considerations for achieving this.

First its up to the online store in question to package the items well: The Packing Process. The right type of packaging for each item, enough packaging, and the packaging technique needs to be accurate. This store strives to achieve this, each and every time. And will continue to look at ways to improve how it is currently completed. To help lower the cost of the items sold to you, Thrifty P often uses recycled packaging (ie. packaging that has already been used to package an item previously). However it is only used if in ‘like new’ quality and would not effect the overall quality of the items packaging.


The next consideration would be The Shipping Process. Once an order has left Thrifty P it is then in the hands of the delivery service-currently its good old Royal Mail-to bring your order to your door. Now, considering the sheer amount of parcels and letters that Royal Mail send out a year, a high percentage reaches the correct recipient, and in undamaged form. However, there are of course some packages that either do not reach the recipient or reach them but with the packaging and/or its contents not in a satisfactory condition. I know how annoying this is as I have experienced it with my own personal orders quite a few times!

Of course this is not what we want our customers to be faced with. If you have chosen to use Thrifty P, we want to make sure that you as a customer receive your order as it should be, and end up as a happy customer. I like the idea of keeping customers happy-it gives a good feeling……oh yes and its good business practise! As well as from a customer satisfaction angle, I need to protect the business by making sure that Thrifty P knows it has made the correct measures to protect its order. Furthermore, in doing this, if Thrifty P knows it has made the right steps its end, it can narrow down where the delivery of an order went wrong. Once we know the issue is with the delivery service end Thrifty P will do its best to sort things out on behalf of the customer, and of course you are able to take the action you see fit within your rights. It is a frustrating part of online sales, relying on another delivery service. If Thrifty P gets something wrong, I will admit it and do my best to make amends. But if something goes wrong in the delivery process, then that has happened outside of our reach, and yet it is something that will directly effect the customers experience. The only way round that is if this store delivered its items itself, however as a small online shop that is sadly not possible at the moment!

So, Thrifty P will need to continue to use 3rd party delivery services. I’ll keep looking into new options, but at the moment Royal Mail is the solution. I have put in place some steps to help ensure that the Packaging & Shipping service from our end is as best as it can be, then once its over to the delivery team, Thrifty P will support in any way it can should any issues arise.

Before an order is dispatched, all containing items are photographed before they are packaged, in their inside packaging (ie bubble wrap etc) and with their outer packaging (ie the envelope). This will clarify any issues surrounding the way a package has been prepared. A photo is also captured of the item at its place of dispatch, should any issues arise over if the item was dispatched or not!

I will keep looking at ways to improve the Shipping & Packaging service, but in the mean time I hope this post may of reassured you that Thrifty P will always do its best to ensure your order reaches you in the tip top condition you deserve as a valued customer.

Any questions do not hesitate to get in contact.

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Collect Pokemon Cards? Take a look at the Thifty P ebay store!

The homepage for the Thrifty P ebay shop.

If your a Pokemon fan, in particular a Pokemon TCG collector, I’d recommend not only checking Thrifty P for the latest additions but also the Thrifty P ebay shop. Why? Because when cards are added, and there will be some auctioned every month, they usually end up selling for a great bargain price! The reason why they tend to go for such a wining amount is that I launch them with such low starting bids!

For example, this month every bid started at just 0.60p, and this was on a range of Rare, Ultra Rare and Secret Rare cards form the Burning Shadows expansion.

What’s more many wining auctions in the Pokemon TCG category, will find some extra free Pokemon cards when it comes to opening their package!

I have loads of different sleeves in stock, so your card will come in all sorts of interesting designed outer protection.

As a firm rule, all trading cards will always be sent out with protective backing to prevent them from getting bent on their way to your destination.

You may also like to check out the ebay page for various other items that will appear up for auction, including various other trading card series’.

As always with anything under Stuffhere Projects, customer service and customer satisfaction are my priorities, and that is no different for the Thrifty P ebay shop. When shopping with me on my ebay shop, you can trust in a quick and safe service.

Thrifty P ebay shop feedback.

I have taken a number of steps to help ensure users of the ebay shop have a great experience buying from me.

I have also taken steps against the very small minority of people who use ebay as a format to try and con buyers. Sometimes, ebay as a company make the right choice on who they side with regarding disputes. But, and like their partner in crime Paypal, they do often get it wrong. To help combat this, all my items will be sent tracked, I even make sure to photograph each item being posted should anyone try their luck on a ‘pretending they have not received their item’ type scam. By doing this I know if they have genuinely not received the item it must be the post services end and then that can be acted on accordingly. I do not want to have to rise costs because of loosing out to a few scammers, so these measures will help.

I mention all this above also because I have noticed a small rise in these kinds of scams lately, so be aware if you are an ebay seller.

Overall though, ebay still remains a solid platform for me to sell on, so you can expect items added for auction from Thrifty P regularly.

So if you have not already, have a look and see what is currently available at the ebay shop, and if everything has sold, check back often, or follow the shop so you don’t miss the chance to grab a great card at a great price! Here’s a link to the ebay shop, so you can catch them all a little cheaper:

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Welcome to Thrifty P!

Hi, I am Ben Stuart and Welcome to Thrifty P! I am the CEO for Stuffhere Projects and I use Thrifty P to sell items I obtain from the various projects and content I work on.

As an example, I do a lot of Unboxing videos, and so will often have the unboxed items for sale at Thrifty P!

As another example you will be able to purchase items created by the talented individuals I collab with,

Some items will fall under the ‘Pre-loved’ tag, so you can scoop up the chance to grab nearly new items at a nicely reduced price!

New products will be added often with great prices all over! For more details on pricing and other features of Thrifty P, please see the About page.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch

Oh, one other quick thing! I also sell products from my projects over on my ebay shop:

Ben Stuart, Stuffhere Projects CEO