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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.

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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:

https://www.giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/millhouserocks

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

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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, contact@thriftyp.shop).

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:

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The Next Big Zing!

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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!