Tag Archive: Cashback

I’m trying to win an iPad 2 in the iSave, iWrite, iPad competition from PlayPennies.com! Which requires me to blog about money-saving… so here goes!

My top tips:

Price Comparison Websites
Check http://www.froogle.co.uk before buying and http://www.ebay.co.uk to see how much can be saved by buying second hand. Never venture to the supermarket without checking http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk for the latest offers!

Deals / Voucher Sites
For all the latest deals checkout http://www.hotukdeals.com and if you’re eating out I bet http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk will be able to save you some money!

CreditCard Cashback
Checkout the latest offerings http://www.americanexpress.com/uk normally give new customers 5% cashback on purchase made in the first 3 months of opening an account and up to 1.25% for purchases thereafter. For those retailers that don’t accept amex- http://www.egg.com offer a mastercard with 1% cashback on all purchases. It may not seem a lot but on top of other savings it soon adds up!

Online Referral Cashback
Probably one in every two purchases I make online earn me cashback through either http://www.quidco.com or http://www.topcashback.co.uk. It’s really quick and easy to signup and the money goes straight into your bank account. Look out for insurances, service providers (phone, internet, tv), utilities etc- these can easily earn you £100+ each!

Sell / Swap Unused Stuff
It may seem obvious- but I used to collect everything and could never find space to store it all. Over the past few years I have begun regularly clearing out old games, films & gadgets. Consider taking them into the office or mentioning them on social networking sites like facebook and twitter (you wont get hit with fees and you will know they’re going to a good home). As a last resort just list them on http://www.ebay.co.uk

Energy Saving
Speak to your energy supplier- most are currently offering free energy monitors to help you become more “aware”, and many offer discount/subsidies on energy saving tech.


After arsing about for an eternity I think I’ve finally chosen a server… introducing the HP Proliant Microserver:

Ideally I was looking for a rackmount chassis but this ticks a lot more boxes than any other server I’ve found- namely: extremely low power consumption, almost silent and bloody cheap (HP were offering £100 cashback).

I’ve loaded it with 4x 1.5TB SATA disks but will probably add another one (or two?). The server comes with a mere 1GB of DDR3 ram so I’ve ordered 2x 4GB DDR3 (for close to peanuts from Crucial- also offering 7% off with coupon code and a further 7% cashback through quidco/topcashback) to bring it up to 8GB.

After a lot of experimenting with different operating systems i’m 99% sure i’m going to go with Windows Home Server 2011 (WHS2011). I will be installing the o/s on either a USB stick or SD card (once It’s released). Everyone seems to be getting their knickers in a twist about Microsoft’s decisions to drop Drive Extender but if I decide to go down that route there’s already an add-in being worked on by Covecube; StableBit Drive Pool

Expect an update once the remaining parts arrive and WHS2011 is released.


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