Non-motoring > Bargains Thread - Volume 24
Thread Author: R.P. Replies: 57

 Bargains Thread - Volume 24 - R.P.

Bargains spotted

Post links in here of any offers/bargains that you come across. Need not be motoring but motoring related is of course welcome.


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Volume 23 can be found HERE

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Last edited by: VxFan on Fri 1 Nov 19 at 19:48
 Subway loyalty card - bathtub tom
Discovered points on this entitle you to a free coffee, at any Subway. So I now don't claim until I'm at a motorway service area and thus avoid paying £3 for a cup.
 Emma Chissit - Duncan
My understanding of the Emma Chissit story is that a well known author was doing a book signing. A lady handed him the book and said "Emma Chissit", so the author duly signed on the fly leaf "To Emma Chissit with best wishes from Famous Author".

The punter said 'Nah, nah, not Emma Chissit, - EMM ER CHISS IT. Then the penny dropped, the customer was of an Antipodean persuasion and that was how she enunciated the phrase "How Much Is It?"
 Pravha beer - sooty123
Nice beer, 660ml bottles are 99p in home bargains.
Last edited by: sooty123 on Fri 1 Nov 19 at 20:17
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - VxFan
Offer comprises of one £0.99p Big Mac® per Eligible Customer only when ordered via the "Deals" section of the My McDonald's app

Full details here:-

www.mcdonalds.com/gb/en-gb/terms-and-conditions/app-99p-big-mac-promotion.html

They will also give away free fries via the app on November 22 in the second deal of the month.
Last edited by: VxFan on Tue 5 Nov 19 at 11:04
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - smokie
Visit MaccyD's twice in one month? That's more often than I go there in a year!! :-)
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - VxFan
Well to be honest, the last time I used a McDonalds was back in 2009 or 2010. I went to the Astra-J launch at Millbrook Proving Grounds in Bedfordshire, courtesy of HJ. Stopped off at a Maccy on the way back home because the food served up at the event wouldn't have filled a gnat's belly.

Thought the offer might be useful for someone though.
Last edited by: VxFan on Tue 5 Nov 19 at 12:49
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - Zero
Nowt wrong with the occasional Maccy D, meets all the requirements for a road trip lunch, Sweet, filling, loaded with carbs, convenient, toilets, and leave with your drink after you have been entertained watching the great unwashed of our lovely country.

Usually on a train chasing film trip.
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - No FM2R
Love McDonalds. And Burger King. And Karls Jnr. And Wendy's etc. etc.

Rarely have more than one a week, rarely have less.
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - Crankcase
We had a McDonald's once. It was in Estonia. Didn't think much of it, but I may well, as ever, be in the minority.

You lot were talking about fish and chips the other day. Mrs C has never had fish and chips.

The nearest we got was when were on holiday once, perhaps thirty years ago, with her parents and her sister. I suggested fish and chips one night. They all kind of thought long and hard, then said ok.

When we got to the carpark, nobody got out of the car, then one of them said "I don't think I'd like fish and chips". They all agreed so we went home again. To the best of my knowledge, none of them ever tried them.

My father in law, now dead, bless him, never tried curry. Or pizza.

Mrs C's uncle, also no longer with us, was a man of very strict habit, to the extent that he bought EXACTLY the same products from the same place once a week, and had EXACTLY the same meal weekly. So on a Tuesday evening he knew he was having two fishfingers and a small piece of white bread, or whatever it was. Made it very simple. He had no headspace for food, preparing it, or probably even enjoying it.

He and my father in law were brought up as (Closed) Plymouth Brethren though, which probably explains a lot.

I'm having fish and chips tonight, though it's a Waitrose pre-prepared thing. I shall enjoy them though.
Last edited by: Crankcase on Tue 5 Nov 19 at 14:25
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - henry k
>>I'm having fish and chips tonight, though it's a Waitrose pre-prepared thing.
>> I shall enjoy them though.

It is fish n chips for me too but fresh from the chipee.
This week, my regular, well every six months, lunch with old friends from my last company.
It will be just a visit to spoons but will be a chance to see who is still around.
I have no wish to have lunch on my own so it is a real treat.

McDonalds, it must be ten years of more since I tried one.
I have no wish to try another one.
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - Manatee
Main problem in my experience is that, with the obvious exception of the hazardous "apple pie", McDonalds food is frequently cold and never properly hot.

We use them on road trips - predictable and preferable for a 20 minute 'refuel' to most other readily available options.

Fish and chips as they should be, and when one is hungry, are just about unbeatable. We each had a fish in a bread cake back in May from the chippy in Avoch on the Black Isle (take-away only). It was so good, after eating it in the car (rain-lashed evening) I had to go back and tell them.
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - Zero
>> Main problem in my experience is that, with the obvious exception of the hazardous "apple
>> pie", McDonalds food is frequently cold and never properly hot.

Ah the answer there is to order a special one. Say no onions, or no pickle, just leave one small item out.

It gets cooked to order and arrives hot.

The apple pie has however, because of health and safety, been cooled down quite a bit. Can be sucked out of its cardboard tube almost as soon as you get it, with no trip trip to casualty required.
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - BiggerBadderDave
A McDonalds is like extramarital sex. Fantastic, wonderful, yummy, tasty and juicy while you're having it.

Before you've finished wiping your lips it's regret, remorse, shouldn't've done it, I'll never do it again and feeling fat.

A couple of days later you're craving it again.
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - smokie
I knew it - we are blessed with experts in everything here, even extra martial sex!! :-)
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - tyrednemotional
>> ........ even extra martial sex!! :-)
>>

.....a good night out with two WRACs......?
 McDonalds 99p Big Mac offer. 5th Nov only - smokie
hahaha oops!
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - smokie
Cheap for a quality newspaper, but only the digital edition (includes Sundays)

www.thetimes.co.uk/checkout?pc=ONS3FOR3NOV19

(Thanks to Duncan for corrected URL)

Remember to cancel it in time though!! ("After 3 months, a payment of £26.00 will be taken on the 11th of the month thereafter, unless you cancel by contacting our Customer Services team 15 days before the end of your minimum term.")
Last edited by: smokie on Mon 11 Nov 19 at 17:42
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - CGNorwich
Actually £26 a month is not too bad at all . I still like to buy the the print version from time to time but handy to always have access to the online version.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Duncan
I pay £30 ish a month for the Torygraph, paper and digital. I cancelled a while back, the Telegraph phoned and pleaded with me to come back, they reduced the price, against my better judgement I accepted.

I still think it has gone downhill bigtime. It's 'er indoors, you know, as wants it! Not me.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Manatee
>> I pay £30 ish a month for the Torygraph, paper and digital.

That's well below the going rate for 7 days. I canned it years ago when it went up to £400 a year, because it was utter rubbish then. Currently it's £11.50/week, about £600 a year.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Duncan
>>Currently it's £11.50/week, about £600 a year.

Have they got contact details for you? If they have, I think you will find that if you cancel, they will be on the phone offering a reduced price if you come back. I just stopped our standing order (direct debit?) and they came running.

Having said that, I would still cancel tomorrow if Lady Duncan would let me.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Manatee
I get the 'i' now. Unvarnished and brief for the most part. I bought a Sunday Telegraph this weekend for an article somebody asked me to read, first one for years.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - No FM2R
I would happily pay that if they could get the damn thing here within a week or so of printing it.

Anything up to 3 months just renders the whole thing pointless.

I'd love to go back to the world of printed papers. I used to know a couple of BA Crew that would bring them in for me sporadically, but sadly no longer.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Robin O'Reliant
The big advantage of working in a newsagents is you get to read the lot for free. I used to be a Telegraph reader but I wouldn't touch it now as I think it has gone down the pan. Apart from the physical size if it and the miles of weekend supplements that would head straight to the recycling bin. If I had to buy now it would be the Times.

Talking of recycling, we have a new regime here. Blue box for paper, blue bag for cardboard, red bag for non recyclable containers, green box for bottles, and a green box for food waste, all reusable and collected weekly then a grey sack for general rubbish picked up every three weeks.

And they go through them too, removing anything that shouldn't be there and leaving them outside the house. Mrs O'Reliant got a foil peanut wrapper handed back to her this morning when she was outside as they picked it up.

Bin day is a nightmare.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - No FM2R
Just a couple of off topic things around recycling;

Recycling is not virtuous. It is a measure of our failure.

1) Reduce

Just don't make/use the damn stuff in the first place. This is true success.

2) Reuse

If you have to make it, then reuse it as much as you can. This at least minimises the impact of our shortcomings in 1).

3) Recycle

Well, we've failed to reduce, failed to reuse, so all we have left is recycle. Ironically the stuff we recycle the most is actually the stuff that does the least harm in the ground.

4) Bury.

Utter failure.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - CGNorwich
You have forgotten

5) Dump in lay-by on A127

 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - No FM2R
>> You have forgotten
>>
>> 5) Dump in lay-by on A127
>>


Sad but true.

I can't quite work out when in British society being a lowlife scumbag became socially acceptable.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Runfer D'Hills
I've never done that. I mean, a pee is ok if you're desperate...
;-)
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Zero
>> I can't quite work out when in British society being a lowlife scumbag became socially
>> acceptable.

With respect to littering, we have, as a society in the uk, always been filthy.
Last edited by: VxFan on Wed 13 Nov 19 at 02:01
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Zero

>> Utter failure.
>>

Just two steps are required. But step one is vital and rarely happens.

1 Design & make to recycle or reuse.

2. collect Reuse or recycle
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Crankcase
The exciting local controversy is that Amey Cespa, our waste collection people, want to build an mahoosive incinerator just up the road, a couple of villages away.

Amey say "all lovely and clean, no pollution, we're gonna burn your suitable rubbish, and there'll be enough electricity generated for tens of thousands of homes."

Waterbeach residents all say "no chance, that thing is going to be a lot taller than Ely Cathedral, look ghastly and of course it will kill everyone in a fifty mile radius".

It's bouncing about with the planners- rejected once, now in appeal. To be decided by a schoolboy-ish looking Government Minister (who may or may not know his onions, I don't know anything about him).

Personally I think it's a good idea, but then I don't live in the village of the doomed.

www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/westminster-to-have-final-say-on-controversial-waterbeach-incinerator-plans-9087147/


Incidentally, out of that I only just noticed the below. That passed me by until now.


www.showhouse.co.uk/news/gas-supplies-could-be-banned-in-new-homes-by-2025/


Last edited by: Crankcase on Tue 12 Nov 19 at 18:09
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - commerdriver
>> To be decided by
>> a schoolboy-ish looking Government Minister (who may or may not know his onions, I don't
>> know anything about him).
>>
Of course, in the old days with a truly independent, experienced civil service he could count on solid advice from the relevant civil servants to counter his youth and relative lack of knowledge about his brief.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Manatee

>> Incidentally, out of that I only just noticed the below. That passed me by until
>> now.
>>
>>
>> www.showhouse.co.uk/news/gas-supplies-could-be-banned-in-new-homes-by-2025/

That's been giving me cause to think this last couple of weeks.

We're building a house to replace the one that caught fire. If they aren't going to be building houses with gas boilers in 5 years time, why would we build one now? I'm thinking air-source heat pump.

On the other hand, the designer/frame supplier is saying that the received wisdom is to use gas if it's there. It is, we had gas CH in the old house. You need to put about a kWh of electricity into a heat pump to get 3kWh of heat out. So at 15p a unit, about 5p per kWh of heat. Gas is still under 4p/kWh so still as cheap as a heat pump. Heat pump costs £6k, gas boiler costs £1k.

I'm drowning in decisions. Everything has moved on. Lights aren't simple, we will have mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, we'd like to put some solar thermal in but we don't really want to despoil the SW-facing front of the roof, are bi-folds better than sliding doors/french doors, should we attic the roof which would mean a full fireproof staircase...etc etc.

Maybe I should get design tips from the brains trust here.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - tyrednemotional
>>
>> Maybe I should get design tips from the brains trust here.
>>


...you must be more deluded than I thought......

;-)
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Zero
It is simple, really. The 5 year gas boiler thing is a red herring, its a goal, a wish, one that will shift.

So cut out all the hype, all the maybe's, all the future technology*, you go with today. Today is highly insulated property, maybe some minor hot air recovery, high efficiency gas boiler for central heating, highly insulated hot water store. Maybe plan property elevation/roof for solar panels. LED lighting systems are a given. That way you get to concentrate on the important liveability factors.

And of course its architecture - Its going to be around for a hundred years, it needs to age gracefully and not jar on the eye.


*It costs, its expensive now, and with lowish efficiency, poor installation practices now (both bound to improve) Capex will need to be recovered over a longer period of time. Applies to air source and ground source heat recovery.

 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Manatee
It had occurred to me that the tech will improve for air source. The house will be low permeability, well insulated and require relatively little heating. The ventilation system is a definite yes, hence the good sealing (trickle vents not needed). I'm looking at the cost and effectiveness of strapping some air conditioning on to it.

We'll use underfloor heating and I intended to see to what extent the gas boiler installation can be optimised for conversion to air source at a later date (possibly by somebody else).

The planning requirements plus plot orientation make the roof difficult unless we just stick the solar on the front somewhere. Planning also means it will be a fairly conventional looking house in brick with clay tile or slate roof.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Kevin
Don't forget to allow/plan for aircon installation. Retrofitting later can be messy and unsightly.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Kevin
The cost of aircon units is quite reasonable and all units now provide heating via in-built heat pumps.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Zero
>> Don't forget to allow/plan for aircon installation. Retrofitting later can be messy and unsightly.

Yer, clearly this country is heading for a two season climate, both of them more extreme than our current (probably now even past) temperate climate.

The need to cool/evaporate externally means that air con can never really be unsightly in domestic situations.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - smokie
Manatee

There is a good and knowledgeable set of people on these forums for renewable energy and the like.

www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Duncan

>> www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php

Quote "Anyone wishing to register as a new member on the forum is strongly recommended to use a "proper" email address - following recent spam/hack attempts on the forum, all security is set to "high", and "disposable" email addresses like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail tend to be viewed with suspicion, and the application rejected if there is any doubt whatsoever". End quote.

Why is Yahoo 'improper'?
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - smokie
As they say, because it's disposable. You can set up numerous email accounts on those platforms without any significant proof of who you are, use them to spam and then just abandon them. Whereas if you use your ISP-defined email address that's not so easy.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Duncan
But isn't the other side of that coin the fact that you are tied to BT, or whatever? My gmail account I can take from provider to provider?
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - sooty123
That's pretty odd I'm sure lots of people use disposable email accounts. I'm not sure what my internet provider supplied email address even is.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Bromptonaut
>> That's pretty odd I'm sure lots of people use disposable email accounts. I'm not sure
>> what my internet provider supplied email address even is.

I think I have option of a plusnet email address but my previous ISP, Demon, withdrew facility or rather required me to pay for a domain to retain them.

One of the requisites to claim Universal Credit is an email address. Quite a bit of discussion amongst advisers as to which is simplest to set up for people who don't have organised lifestyles......
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - sooty123
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 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - sooty123
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Last edited by: sooty123 on Wed 13 Nov 19 at 09:19
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - No FM2R
Jittery fingers this morning?
Last edited by: No FM2R on Wed 13 Nov 19 at 09:20
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - sooty123
More like a dodgy mobile signal.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Zero
I dont think my primary GMAIL real address has ever been blocked or bounced, but my Smokie, Sooty, NOFMR, Duncan etc accounts I use to post on here are sometimes.

Get a lot of spam into my POTUS@Whitehouse.gov address tho
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - No FM2R
You wouldn't be the first person to use two or three accounts to chat/argue with themselves on here.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - VxFan
The majority of spammers who have tried targeting C4P have used gmail to register an account here. Probably well over 80%
2nd is yahoo (10%), then Hotmail (<5%) approx.
Fortunately, we also have other mechanisms in place, as well as a trained eye.
Last edited by: VxFan on Wed 13 Nov 19 at 10:44
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - No FM2R
I think you can't open a Hotmail account anymore which is probably why that's so low.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Zero
>> I think you can't open a Hotmail account anymore which is probably why that's so
>> low.

But we can open new Outlook accounts, tho you have to be careful not to have it linked to your windows 10 system/user id
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Zero
>> You wouldn't be the first person to use two or three accounts to chat/argue with
>> themselves on here.

We know, you dont need to tell us.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Manatee
Thanks smokie, I've attempted to register with my gmail address which suffices for lots of serious use so I'll see what happens. I have a TalkTalk address but I'd have to look it up.
 The Thunderer (Times) £3 for 3 mths - Manatee
I'm not surprised they have security problems, their acknowledgement email shows my password en clair (albeit not quite what I entered).
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