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Five great ways the internet can save you money

written by Naomi_Richardson
20.01.10 Posted in Smart living 0 0

You can't spend the entire month of January sitting warming your hands over a candle for warmth, feeling miserable. But then again, you can't afford to spend too much when you go out either. Well before you go mad (see The Shining), why don't you check out this site for pocket friendly places to go that won't leave you with indigestion.

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Cheapeats.ie

The cheapeats philosophy/blog wants users to enjoy good food at reasonable prices from cheap snacks to something a little more upper crust. Definitely worth checking out for a cheap night on the town. Of a similar vein is menupages.ie. This site also contains special offers on a regular basis so you can get more for less. Hurray!

HappyBumps.com

Need to take a pregnancy test or trying to conceive? Ovulation tests can cost up to €9 for a single test. A three pack may set you back €20 in any typical high street pharmacy. You may end up testing every day for six days to check on when exactly you are ovulating each month and this can add up to quite a bit. Then there's the pregnancy testing kits, which also cost a sizeable amount of cash. This is where the HappyBumps.com site comes in. It is an Irish online ovulation test and pregnancy test kit store selling private-label tests to customers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the US and worldwide. All of its pregnancy and ovulation tests are CE and FDA-approved. And all are designed for convenient and discreet home testing. A 15 pack of simple ovulation test strips costs €10.50, and a 15 pack of pregnancy test strips costs €9.75. HappyBumps.com pregnancy tests are 99.9pc accurate. And they are ultra-sensitive designed to detect concentrations of hCG to as low a just 15mIU HCG/ml, they are among the very best on the market. The site founders should know, since they themselves have been trying for a baby for a while.

Fatfingers.com

Fed up of being beaten to it on eBay.com or ebid.net? Try fatfingers.com. Thousands of items are listed on eBay with spelling mistakes. Which means no one can find them. They often end up with no bids and there are some real bargains to be had. Be warned however, you will need patience and a little imagination goes a long way. In fact, it might even help if you can't spell. Our search didn't turn up much but you might get lucky on the fatfingers.com site.

Consolerepairs.ie

We love this site. Who wants to buy a new console when you or one of the younger members of the family gets annoyed after losing yet another game and accidentally breaks the thing? Well instead of buying a new one and adding the old to the landfill, send off your console to this site. It operates on a no fix, no fee basis, so if you send them your console and they can't sort you out then at least you don't owe them anything. The site guarantees repairs for six months. So if there's a wobble in your Wii, or your PSP goes pop, get in touch with them. It's one we can personally vouch for, having fixed up a Nintendo DS as good as new for us just before Christmas. Unwrapped on Christmas Day, there was much joy and peace (for about five minutes).

Jumbletown.ie, gumtree.ie and homebug.net

If you are looking for a new look for your home but can't afford to spend too much, then have a look at these sites. Especially good for picking up tables and chairs at a fraction of the cost you might spend in a shop. Plus you're recycling which can only be good. It's amazing what a lick of paint, a few strips of fabric and a staple gun can achieve. There's also the satisfaction of having done something yourself. Homebug.net is a particularly good site/blog for ideas on how to give old furniture new life, if you're not sure where to start. Or try flicking through interiors magazines.

Naomi_Richardson

Naomi Richardson lives in Meath with her family close to an UNESCO world heritage site. This is great for tourism but little else. When she's not cracking the editorial whip she enjoys eating chocolate and will keep doing so until her metabolism packs in.

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