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Save money this Christmas with cashback sites

www.quidco.com
www.topcashback.co.uk

This is a review of two of the best cashback sites in the UK that I have used for a number of years which are both free to join. During that time, I have claimed over £1,200 from purchases I have made over the internet. Whilst I do a lot of purchases over the internet, most of the cash reclaimed has been from insurance, energy or mobile phone companies.

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Christmas can cost a tidy sum these days, with plenty of expensive gadgets being bought for partners and children, so any way to save money must be worth trying out.

How do they work?

Nearly every company selling something on the internet is interested in attracting more people to buy from them. They often give a referral fee or affiliate fee to anyone that sends customers their way. The difference with a cashback site is that you get a large portion of that referral fee back in the way of cashback. There are thousands of big companies operating through quidco and topcashback giving people money back.

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As an example, I recently changed my energy company over the internet. I could have done this directly on their site, but instead used quidco.com. The only difference was I clicked the link from quidco.com rather than visiting the energy site directly or using an energy comparison site like uSwitch.

This extra click meant I received £139 in cashback. Roughly 10% of my annual bill.

How do you get your money?

The time it takes to receive cashback from companies can vary from a few days to a number of weeks. So, don’t expect to get an instant discount. If you are buying for Christmas, you probably won’t receive anything until the New Year.

One warning however – these sites work by tracking your clicks. This means if you visit a site via some other link, the referral (and hence your cash) may not be sent to the cashback site, but to some other site instead.

I usually clear my cookies before making a cashback purchase, or use another browser to ensure the clicks are tracked properly.

Once your account has been credited with your cashback, you can get it paid to you via paypal, direct to your bank, or in Amazon vouchers.

How are the two sites different?

Both these cashback sites are pretty much the same. The key difference for me is Topcashback will increase the value of your cashback if you choose to be paid in vouchers. This is why I usually choose Amazon vouchers, as I get an extra 5% on top of my cashback.

That’s nice, but I don’t live in the UK

Unfortunately, I don’t know the equivalent sites in other countries. If there aren’t any, then perhaps that’s a business opportunity for someone.

Great, where do I find out more?

Both these site are free to join, so there’s nothing to lose.

If you want to find out more, you can either click on the (non-affiliate) links at the top of the page, or my affiliate links below:

www.topcashback.co.uk
www.quidco.com

Review of the Interpet Fish Pod 48 litre

Interpet Fish Pod 48 litre Review

Website: www.amazon.co.uk
Price I paid: £120 from my local aquarium
Price at Amazon: £89.95 (saving 25%)

INTRODUCTION
I already own fairly large fish tank – the Juwel Vision 180, although the black wood version looks much cooler. Bought a number of years ago, and still going strong. The only trouble is it is quite hard to keep clean, and can take a couple of hours every 3 weeks to do properly.

My daughter was getting interested in looking after some fish too, so I looked into getting her a starter tank so she could take some responsibility for them. I figured if I just put the fish in my tank, then they would soon be forgotten. But if they were in her tank, then she might spend some time feeding, cleaning and helping to change the water.

When I was young, I always won a goldfish from the local fair, would have it for a week, and then find it was dead. It was a traumatic experience as a young child to be flushing your dead fish down the loo, but that’s life I guess.

Anyway, I saw this fish tank and thought it would be perfect for putting a 3-4 goldfish into and get my daughter started. It is a complete aquarium, and my local supplier threw in a few decorations with it.

The curved design gives a sort of magnifying effect on the fish, so the tank as a whole looks larger than it actually is. One of the best features is the blue night light which is really relaxing at night.

A word of warning though, as I have seen it in other reviews, is you should be careful opening any online deliveries in case it contains any broken glass.

PROS

Good value starter tank.
Comes with everything you need.
Fantastic curved design.
Lovely blue night light

CONS

I know I said it last time – cheaper at Amazon, but then I like supporting my local businesses!

Also with items containing glass, I like to check the item before taking it rather than having to return an item with broken glass in it.

FINAL OPINION

The Interpet Fish Pod 48 litre aquarium is a great starter tank for adults or children alike.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask below. I’ll be happy to help.

Review of the Tetra APS50 Air Pump


Tetra APS50 Air Pump Review
Website: www.amazon.co.uk
Price I paid: £18 from my local aquarium
Price at Amazon: £10.45 (saving 42%)

INTRODUCTION
Last week the air pump on my fish tank finally packed in. It had done pretty well, lasting nearly 8 years. That sounds pretty good to me, but then it was the first one I had, so I’m not that experienced with air pumps.

The first place I usually look for replacement fish tank parts is my local aquarium. It’s part of the local garden centre, so it’s nice to take a look around at their plants whilst buying what I need.

I told the guy that my priority was keeping the noise down as the fish tank was pretty close to where we sat, and we didn’t want a lot of disturbance when we were watching a film. For those who have fish tanks, the poor performing equipment can make a real racket, so best to try and balance the noise vs cost with all the pumping and filtration bits and bobs.

The replacement I was offered was the Tetra APS50 Air Pump. I was offered a longer airline and non-return valve, but didn’t take him up on the offer. I figured I could always get these later if I needed them, and I had all the old airlines already installed in the tank.

Air pumps are pretty easy to install, especially as I had all the airlines left from the last air pump. All I had to do was plug it in, switch on and off we go.

Fantastic little pump. Hardly hear anything from the pump itself, so no disturbances when I’m watching Woman in Black and hiding behind the sofa!

The only thing I do regret is not taking the non-return valve. This is more of a safety feature, and I’m surprised it wasn’t included in the original package.

PROS

Quiet and good value

CONS

Cheaper at Amazon – but then I like supporting my local businesses!

FINAL OPINION

The Tetra APS50 Air Pump is well worth the price, but an absolute steal at the price Amazon is selling. I know where to buy the next replacement.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask below. I’ll be happy to help.