Category: Shop Smart
Too Early For Christmas?
christmas tree

Is it too early for shops to be putting out their christmas stock? It may be. But it’s a handy reminder to start saving for an expensive time…

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Copyright-Free movies and books worth your time
Settle down with free movies

Just because something’s not new doesn’t mean that it can’t be good. And it’s even better when you can read some of the greatest books in history, or watch some great old films, absolutely free!

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Get the ’60s Look
Peacocks Shift Dress

Sixties styling looks set to be big this autumn, with block colours, shifts and eye-catching colours all emerging as key themes.

These affordable dresses will have you looking on-trend without breaking the bank.

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Affordable Preppy Chic
White blouse with black collar

Thanks to Alexa Chung and Gossip Girl, the preppy look has been around for a while now and is showing no signs of going away. It’s also a perfect and versatile look for autumn. These key preppy pieces can be worn lots of different ways…

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Ad Nauseum #4 – The Flake Girls
Flake girl in the bath

If we’re talking about famous advertising, it’s impossible to ignore cadbury. After all, it’s one of the most famous chocolate brands in the UK, and it’s been responsible for some very smart advertising back in the day. Arguably, none of this has been smarter than the adverts for the Cadbury Flake. They’ve been lampooned and they’ve been mocked, but they’re also remembered very fondly. And they’re absolute proof that sex is almost always successful when trying to sell a product.

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Extreme Moneysaving Tips #4 – Roadkill Cuisine
Animal crossing sign

So, last week’s column on living out of bins wasn’t extreme enough? Eh? Is that what you’re saying?

Okay, let’s try something a little less…pleasant. And before we go any further, your writer will point out that he’s been a vegetarian for eighteen years. And that’s his reason for not taking part in this one. Don’t worry, though – no horrible images.

But, one thing that goes on across the world is roadkill cuisine. Roadkill is exactly what it sounds like. Animals that have been hit or run over by cars. Which are then turned into a tasty meal. Or…well, a meal, anyway.

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Ad Nauseum #3 – Creature Comforts
Frank the Tortoise from the Creature Comfort Adverts

Time to discuss one of the greatest series of adverts of all time, although ones that didn’t work very well as adverts.

No, that isn’t a contradiction. Well, not much of one, anyway. You see, I’m talking about the ‘Creature Comfort’ adverts for British Gas, which were created by the future Oscar winning Aardman studios. Headed by Nick Park, they also created hits like ‘Chicken Run’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit’. The adverts won multiple awards, including Best Commercial of the Year 1991.

Did you spot the deliberate mistake in the paragraph above?

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Extreme Moneysaving Tips #3 – Freeganism
Bin bags

Rooting around in bins for discarded food and goods may sound like a horrific idea, but here’s something that’s equally disgusting. In the UK alone, we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food each year – the majority of which is still in an edible state. The average family throws away £50 worth of food each month, and supermarkets are [...]

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Ad Nauseum #1 – Old Spice Guy
Old Spice Guy

A new feature, in which we take a closer look at advertising campaigns, old and new, great and awful. To start with? Old Spice, who’ve just replaced the Old Spice Guy with….Fabio. Oh dear.

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Get your summer wardrobe sorted at a discount
Half way through the summer sales is a great time to get more for less

Grab a bargain at the summer sales with our guide to shops offering 50% off!

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