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December 21

Weekend Warrior Wine Deals – Are Non-Alcoholic Wines Any Good?

Posted by on December 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Here’s an issue not many drinkers consider: what if you do like wine but for some reason cannot drink alcohol? It’s not only intriguing because Christmas and New Years are right around the corner, but there are also those whom for one reason or the other are not allowed or perhaps choose to avoid drinking any alcohol at all.

Not even wine?! Tough break. Most people will be familiar with non-alcoholic beer, cider and cocktails, but what alternatives are there to wine?

Weekend Warrior Wine Deals   Are Non Alcoholic Wines Any Good?

I could imagine that non-alcoholic drinkers probably wished that unfermented juices of wine grape varieties such as Riesling and Pinot Noir tasted like wine, but unfortunately they don’t. They are what they are: fruit juices. Solution? Use the grapes to make wine and then remove the alcohol. This is already being done to many common wines on the market to correct either the taste or style, or to meet the wine’s ABV percentage requirement. Completely dealcoholised wines however don’t seem to be so popular. So why is that?

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December 20

Tips for Planning for a Decadent Christmas Lunch With Minimal Expenses and Hassle

Posted by on December 20, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Christmas in certain aspects is tacky with glitter and tinsel everywhere, but that’s why we love it. Bringing everyone together to enjoy each other’s company over a celebratory meal is the most nostalgic part of any Christmas celebration. But there is no need to make it more complicated and expensive than this time of year already is.

Tips for Planning for a Decadent Christmas Lunch With Minimal Expenses and Hassle

A disastrous lunch usually results in more tears from the host than a child with a broken toy on Christmas day. In our experience, spending half an hour planning your meal properly ahead of time, will produce more cost savings compared to spending those same thirty minutes searching around for the cheapest items in-store instead. So we recommend keeping it simple and using a combination of the following tips to lower the costs and make the whole process more manageable with these Christmas lunch ideas.

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December 19

Save Money Through Awareness of the Retailer Techniques Used to Encourage You to Spend More In-store

Posted by on December 19, 2014 at 8:13 AM

During Christmas and indeed anytime of year, retailers try to encourage their shoppers to spend more time and money within their stores. If like me, you plan on reaching 2015 with some money left in your pocket, then you need to start learning about the sneaky ploys that marketers are using to control your subconscious.

 Save Money Through Awareness of the Retailer Techniques Used to Encourage You to Spend More In store

 

Industry experts have shared secrets with the public to raise awareness of the tactics used against us. Techniques range from subtle things such as soft background music and floor tile sizes, to all singing all dancing in your face displays. Plus, if you haven’t heard about Pester power, its about time you did.

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December 18

Last minute shopping 1.0 – The “What’s On” and “When To Ship By” this Christmas

Posted by on December 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

It’s around the corner, only 6 days until Christmas Eve, so you’d better watch out. If you still have presents left to buy and consider yourself a savvy shopper, you will know online is often cheaper. But, now its crunch time, delivery cut-off dates are fast approaching so you need to get online and start ordering those presents.

Last minute shopping 1.0   The Whats On and When To Ship By this Christmas

This post is designed to help you by listing a range of popular retailers, what Christmas offers they’ve got on, as well as when their final dates for deliveries are which guarantee package arrivals before the 25th of December. To assist in keeping costs low, I’ve also included some active coupon codes that you can use while finishing off your Christmas shopping at Santa speed.

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December 17

Win One of Two $50 off Millers Coupons by Voting for Your Favourite Tote Bag and Contents

Posted by on December 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

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UPDATE [17th Dec 2014]:  Coupon Winner Announcements

We are pleased to announce the winners of Buckscoop’s Millers Coupon Giveaway. The following two people who voted on the tote bags below will each receive a $50 off coupon:

Winner 1 = Robyn Smith

Winner 2 = Rebecca Van Leeuwen (Perth)

Congratulations!!

(the winners will be contacted via facebook with details of how to receive their coupons)

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Buckscoop has two $50 off Millers coupons to giveaway before Christmas. To enter the draw, all you have to do is to vote for your favourite Millers tote bag filled with our selection of bargain buys. Each bag contains several items for around $75 delivered, a value we’ve chosen based on Millers offering free shipping on orders over $60. Whether you choose to go with our suggestions or not, winning a $50 off coupon can either make a superb Christmas gift for somebody else or allow you to top up your summer wardrobe at a substantial discount.

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December 17

Unleash the Power of Price Comparisons on Your Mobile When Shopping

Posted by on December 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM

There is a new trend sweeping the country as smartphone sales increase across Oz. Savvy shoppers are honing their deal hunting skills, with the help of their smartphone partners in crime. The latest trend in Oz is to use a mobile whilst shopping to cross-reference with prices elsewhere. It is now known that 72% of shoppers use their smartphones whilst shopping, according to The Westpac Christmas Finance report.

Unleash the Power of Price Comparisons on Your Mobile When Shopping

 

Each savvy saver has their own style, some use apps, some use websites and others use their research to get a price-match from retailers. Whatever your style, this trend is growing and by using some of the following tools you can also harness the bargain-hunting potential residing within your mobile.

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December 16

New Low Cost, PAYG Broadband ISP ‘Tomi’ Puts you back in Control

Posted by on December 16, 2014 at 8:22 AM

There is a new ISP (Internet Service Provider) in town called Tomi and its doing things slightly differently. Its ‘customer centric model’ is aimed at ensuring the customer only pays for what they use, not for what they don’t use. Use their “Pausetime” feature to stop and start your broadband service anytime, whilst still retaining the high-speed service you signed up for.

New Low Cost, PAYG Broadband ISP ‘Tomi’ Puts you back in Control

The Melbourne based ISP “Tomi is focused on ensuring fairer and more flexible payment plans within its ADSL2+ and NBN offerings. Plans start for as little as $10.95 per week, which include line rental and “cheap domestic and international call rates” says the founder Andy Summerton. The flexibility and price competitiveness of Tomi’s weekly and 2-year contracts are impressive, the details of which I’ve outlined below.

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December 14

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – Woolworths ‘Odd Bunch Campaign’ Could save You Close to 30% on Fruit

Posted by on December 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

If you’ve ever ended up buying a funny shaped carrot or a deformed looking pear then you can expect to see their cousins very soon. A new campaign by Woolies has been launched to reduce produce thrown away by supermarkets every year, which they’re calling the “Odd Bunch Campaign.” Woolies last week launched this new policy across its stores so you can start buying ugly fruit and veg out of choice, while at the same time paying less.

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly   Woolworths Odd Bunch Campaign Could save You Close to 30% on Fruit

 

In accordance with the United Nations, roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is either lost or wasted each year. This amounts to an astonishing 1.3 billion tonnes. So yes, this is why you don’t come across those ugly foodstuffs very often, because supermarkets don’t offer the ‘uglies’. But now they are back with a bang, and Zerella Fresh who supply Woolworths with onions, carrots, and pumpkins say this campaign will save the lives of more than 50 tonnes of ugly carrots each week.

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December 13

Weekend Warrior Wine Deals – Welcome Back, $50 WineMarket Voucher!

Posted by on December 13, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Weekend Warrior Wine Deals   Welcome Back, $50 WineMarket Voucher!

WineMarket must have gotten a copy of my letter to Santa as they have released their remarkable $50 off voucher once again. As previously, it is valid on orders over $120 excluding beer and champagne. However, you can apply the voucher to sparkling wine and mixed cases containing the above listed exclusions. You’ll have time until January to browse through the selection and pick your poison, but here are some examples I would like to bring to your attention: 

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December 12

Two Cracking Lavazza Coffee Machine Deals: $129 with 144 Capsules or $40 Without

Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Officeworks are currently running a special offer on their Lavazza A Modo Mio Simpla capsule coffee machine. For the standard price of $129 you not only get the capsule coffee Machine, but you will also receive a mixed box of 144 Lavazza Modo Mio capsules plus free delivery, which is a bargain.

Two Cracking Lavazza Coffee Machine Deals: $129 with 144 Capsules or $40 Without

 

The machine comes with a number of features such as power saving mode, an XL tank for making numerous espressos, adjustable height for small or large cups and an inbuilt bin that stores 10 used capsules. If, however, you’re on a tighter budget or are only interested in buying the machine itself, then keep reading to find out where you can stack Lavazza’s current cash back offer with to get this machine for just $40 (as Officeworks is excluded from the cash back promo).

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December 12

Avoid 500MB Costing You $1,200 – Comprehensive Breakdown of Telco International Roaming Charges

Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Whether you travel overseas for business or pleasure it’s always nice to know that you won’t be coming back to a financial shock on your mobile bill. Telecoms companies have been responsible for causing these for a number of years. Returning to a huge phone bill always leaves a nasty aftertaste. Yet, as the human race becomes more and more integrated with their smartphones, imagining time without them is becoming increasingly impractical.

Avoid 500MB Costing You $1,200   Comprehensive Breakdown of Telco International Roaming Charges

 

My aim in this post is to find out which telco’s are charging the best rates for roaming. The aspects I’ve looked at include call charges, SMSs and mobile data charges. This will allow you to see how they compare against each other as well as determine whether you’re better off switching plans or telco’s during your next trip abroad.

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December 10

The Absurdity of a $5 vs a $500 T-shirt and What It Says about Brand Loyalty

Posted by on December 10, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Today’s fashion market is constantly diversifying into new and contemporary ways to clothe its customers. The range of prices for the same products in today’s fashion world is one aspect in particular which has never been greater.

The Absurdity of a $5 vs a $500 T shirt and What It Says about Brand Loyalty

Take for example the t-shirt. It has been a staple in our wardrobes since the 1800’s and an iconic American garment since the 1950’s, after being brought into the limelight by the likes of famous stars such as James Dean, Marlon Brando and Paul Newman.  The price evolution of this clothing item is something of particular interest when considering what people are willing to pay for one these days. I decided to delve into the psychology behind why some customers are willing to pay $500 for something that is available for $5 elsewhere made from the same fabric by the same manufacturer.

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December 9

Veil Lifted on Frequent Flyer Schemes as 41 Credit Card Rewards Programs Analysed

Posted by on December 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

We all know frequent flyer schemes are designed to reward you with free flights and other perks for your brand loyalty. They do this by trying to keep you spending within their scheme so that you can earn rewards. The truth though, is that you will need to spend vast amounts more than the value of the rewards you become entitled too from the airlines.

 Veil Lifted on Frequent Flyer Schemes as 41 Credit Card Rewards Programs Analysed

 

One of Australia’s leading financial comparison websites, Creditcardfinder.com.au, conducted research aimed at uncovering the truth behind these schemes to find out whether they do actually offer good value or not. In the report containing their findings, 41 personal credit cards that collected either Qantas or Velocity flyer points were evaluated. The findings, which to many wouldn’t have been that surprising, suggested that instead of rewarding you, they may actually be burning a hole in your pocket.

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December 7

Weekend Warrior Wine Deals – Biodynamic Wines

Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Weekend Warrior Wine Deals   Biodynamic Wines

Seems like the fashionable lifestyle of naturalists not only increased the popularity of organic food products, but also influenced the latest trends in buying wines. This festive season’s stats show that natural and sustainable beverages such as organic and biodynamic wines are highly sought after.

Many of you must have heard of organic wines, but I assume that far fewer will be familiar with the concept of biodynamics. I was surprised to learn that biodynamic agriculture (which include viticulture) is the oldest anti-chemical agricultural movement that even predates organic farming. In addition to special compost preparations without the use of synthetic chemicals, biodynamic viticulture follows a special holistic calendar which regulates the time of planting, pruning, and harvesting the wine grapes. In this holistic, homeopathic manner of farming, human interference is kept minimal to maintain the balance between the resonance of vine, man, earth and the stars – given to the belief that everything in the universe is interconnected.

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December 6

Merry Christmas from PlayStation with a 20 Year Anniversay Sale

Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

This Christmas if you are looking forward to receiving PlayStation games or know somebody asking for them, this guide will surely give you a glimpse into where the best deals are lurking. 

Merry Christmas from PlayStation with a 20 Year Anniversay Sale

PlayStation’s 20th Anniversary sale is offering up some great gaming discounts, as I’ll outline below. Essentially, it’s been put together to appeal to both new-comers and veterans of the platform, as it consists of classic gaming franchises on the PS3, PS2 and even PS One. For any PS4 console owners, you’ll be pleased to know that Sony also have a “12 Deals of Christmas” sale running in parallel which covers a number of popular titles (see link at the end of this post). So hopefully this guide will help you find discounted prices for that special gamer in your life, even if that happens to be you.

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