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  • What To Do For Easter 2020

    With so much emphasis on Christmas, Valentines Day and even Halloween, the Easter holidays often get overlooked. Easter in itself has many traditions and whilst you might not partake in the religious side of things, there are still so many things you can do on Easter Sunday, over the Easter weekend and during the Easter school holidays. Need something to do this year? Let’s have a look at what you can get up to during Easter 2020.

    Make Hot Cross Buns

    Who loves hot cross buns? Beautifully toasted with lashings of butter. Delicious! Whilst you can buy loads of different types and flavours from every supermarket and bakery, have you considered making and baking your own this year? A hot cross bun is a sweet spiced bun, with currants or raisins and a cross on the top. These are traditional eaten on Good Friday with the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him. Even if you don’t go in for faith and religion, they’re still a tasty treat! Make Easter 2020 the year where you make it a family tradition to start creating your own hot cross buns!

    Go To Church

    Whether you regularly attend church or not, it can be a place of comfort if you are feeling low and you’ll find a warm a welcome. A significant theme of Easter is rebirth and churches often get decorated with flowers to symbolise this. There are plenty of services over the Easter weekend should you wish to attend.

    Roll Some Eggs

    Head out into the community and join in with some egg rolling. Many villages, towns and cities put on egg rolling events, just bring your own eggs! Make sure you decorate them and get ready to chase after them down hills! This is fantastic fun for all the family, even better if the weather plays ball! They’re usually free too, perfect for Easter 2020!

    Spend Time With Family

    The Easter weekend is the perfect opportunity to spend time with family. Go to the park or head to the coast if the sun is shining. Do some gardening at home as a family in between rain showers. If it’s throwing it down and blowing a gale, snuggle up together, get the hot cross buns you’ve made and watch some movies. Maybe you can create some Easter crafts too? Get up to some family activities you don’t always have time to do. It’s also worth noting that with the public holidays around Easter, you can enjoy extra time off too. If you work a ‘normal’ job of Monday to Friday, by taking Monday to Thursday off the week before or Tuesday to Friday the week after, you can enjoy 12 days off work by only taking four days holiday!

    Cook A Delicious Roast Dinner

    Even if you don’t like what is perhaps the traditional meat of Easter, lamb, you can still cook a fabulous feast for the whole family. Invite your immediate and extended family around and enjoy spending time together. You don’t have to spend a lot either, even if there are lots of you. Get everyone to bring something with them like drinks or desserts and then simply bulk out the main course with vegetables. As long as the gravy is hot and there’s crispy roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings, everyone will be happy!

    Eat Lots Of Chocolate

    It probably doesn’t need saying but it can’t be Easter without chocolate eggs! Be sure to give, swap and enjoy plenty of chocolate this Easter. If you invite folk round for lunch, they’ll likely bring gifts of chocolate eggs so be sure to keep an eye on the kids so they don’t overindulge! Buy Easter eggs at bargain prices to ensure you get the most chocolate for your pound. Save us an orange Smarties one!

    You might also want to try making this slow cooker fudge. How about this slow cooker chocolate cake?

    There are so many fantastic (and free!) things to do at Easter time. Have an amazing Easter 2020!

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  • What Is The Best Cashback App?

    Do you want to earn cashback on your everyday purchases? Of course you do! Why would you not want to make your shopping cheaper and save money? Let’s take a look at a few of the best opportunities out there. We’ll have you downloading a cashback app and saving come cash in no time!

    Quidco including Clicksnap

    You might have heard of Quidco but did you know they have an app too? You have cashback power in the palm of your hand. As well as getting cashback on online purchases, Quidco also have an app called Clicksnap. It’s linked to your Quidco account so you get paid in the same way, however the things you get cashback on are different.

    They’re everyday items from well known supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco. At the time of writing this you can earn 50p cashback if you buy McDougall’s self raising flour from three top supermarkets. You can get 70p cashback on Activia yogurts giving you a third off their price. Yorkshire Tea is even on offer at the time of writing this, with a half price offer of £1.15 cashback. As you can see, some of your favourite brands are available and these deals regularly change. If you shop at other supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons, Aldi or Lidl, there are cashback opportunities for you too!


    Checkoutsmart has similar offers to Clicksnap and one of the things to mention is that you can’t use the same receipt on both apps to earn twice as much by buying one product. If there was a bottle of cider available with cashback on both apps, you’d have to buy two bottles, on separate receipts in order to claim both offers. Checkoutsmart often has specific offers only available on it’s own app too. For instance in the run up to Christmas is does daily offers for cashback on items for 24 hours only. As these change every day you can pick up some great bargains if you’re prepared to put the work in and top up your cashback account before Christmas. To withdraw your cash you must have a minimum payment of £5 and payments up to £1.99 incur a 5% charge. Anything over £20 is withdrawn for free.

    TopCashback including SnapNSave

    Just like Quidco, you might have heard of TopCashback. They’re the two most popular cashback sites so it makes sense if you’ve heard of TopCashback too. Just like the Quidco app, the TopCashback app is a mobile version of their cashback site. As part of the app there’s an In Store section where you can get cashback on everyday items. They tend to only have five offers at a time so it’s much more limited that other apps but if you’re buying these items anyway, you might as well get the cashback. At the time of writing this you can get 20p cashback on Quorn meat-free cocktail sausages, amongst other things. If you’re a new member of TopCashback you’ll be able to take advantage of new member deals such as £10 cashback on cinema tickets, giving you a family morning out for much less!


    This is one of our favourites here at Mrs Pinch HQ. At the time of writing this there is £112 total cashback available, which is pretty impressive! The range of products available on the Shopmium cashback app are second to none. Health and beauty products, branded pizzas, well known coffee products. There’s even Coca Cola mixers available at the time of writing this post. Browse the app to see what’s available, buy in store and then scan the receipt to submit your cashback request. Shopmium also do regular cashback challenges where you get entered into a draw for a prize if you submit a certain amount of cashback requests. There is no minimum payment and it’s paid straight into your bank within a couple of days.

    Join Shopmium with the referral code MRSPINCH and you’ll be given a very tasty offer!


    A slightly newer kid on the cashback block, GreenJinn is great too. With great offers that change every Monday, you can earn cashback in three easy steps – shop, snap, save. You can earn from shops including Tesco, Sainsbury’s Waitrose, Iceland and Holland & Barrett, with more shops being added soon. Brands that regularly appear on the offers include Homepride, Innocent, Birdseye, John West and San Pellegrino. There are also own brand items available too. You need to reach £1.50 in your account in order to claim cashback, but with decent cashback rates, you’ll reach that minimum in no time.

    The simple cashback app is a wonderful thing and you can earn lots of money to spend on other areas of your life. Reducing your food bill is so often an essential for many of us and you can also expand your tastes by trying things you perhaps wouldn’t otherwise buy and try. Download a cashback app (or all of them!) to your phone today.


    JamDoughnut works slightly differently to the above mentioned cashback apps. Instead of clicking a link and shopping directly on the brands website with JamDoughnut you purchase a gift card for the brand you want to shop at. For example, if you purchase a Nando’s gift card on JamDoughnut you receive 8% in cashback. This is paid as points into your JamDoughnut account. Once you reach 1000 points you can cash out £10 back to your bank account. 

    All new customers can also get a £5 bonus when they make their first purchase via the JamDoughnut app. Use the promo code ‘DJ5J‘ to apply the £5 bonus.

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  • Start Using Cashback Websites

    You may have read stories about people earning hundreds of extra pounds per year by simply using cashback websites. If you’ve read those stories and you still haven’t signed up, what are you waiting for? You’re missing out on easy cash which you could be spending on other things or saving for a rainy day. Let’s take a look at how you can use cashback websites to boost the amount of money in your current account.

    What Are Cashback Websites?

    Cashback websites such as TopCashBack and Quidco have many millions of everyday users who earn a percentage of what they spend online, back in cashback. Simply sign up to one of the popular ones, whichever takes your fancy and when you shop online, simply search for the retailer on the cashback website first. If the retailer is available, click through to their homepage via the cashback website and your journey will be tracked. From here, spend as usual with the retailer and you will earn cashback. Buy something off of Ebay, get 2% cashback. Shop at Boots and get up to 10% cashback. If you do a lot of online shopping it can add up to a substantial amount very quickly. If you only shop online occasionally, it’s still worth doing as you’re earning money when you spend.

    How Does It Work?

    The websites are pretty much doing affiliate marketing. They encourage you to shop with the retailers and when you click through and spend, they earn money. The idea of cashback websites is that they tempt you into buying by offering you a percentage too. So they earn money, you earn money and the retailer gets sales. Everybody wins.

    Save For Your Children

    There is a cashback website called Kidstart where the cashback you earn goes into your children’s savings accounts. Kidstart has 2% cashback on everything you spend at Amazon, which can’t be found on the other cashback websites. Imagine earning 2% of everything you spend at Amazon over a year. Those savings accounts you set up for your offspring will get a nice little boost!

    Different Websites, Different Rates

    It might be worth signing up to all the cashback websites as they are competitors of one another, striving for your business. They offer different percentages of cashback so it’s always worth comparing the ones you’re signed up with to ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of money. Some of them even offer bonuses at specific times of year like Christmas. These promotions are usually emailed to you or can be found on the homepages of the websites.

    You Don’t Even Have To Spend Money To Make Money

    Sometimes you don’t even have to spend any money to earn cashback. As detailed on this blog post you can earn almost £100 a year but simply doing some searches every day. A few minutes out of your day every day adds up. What could you put that extra money towards? What will you spend it on? Take a look at the post and start to earn your cash!

    Sign Up Now

    So what are you waiting for? Sign up to some cashback websites today and when you spend, you’ll save. Once you’ve made that first purchase via a cashback site and you see the amount of cashback track in your account, you’ll be hooked. Tell your friends & family too! Who wouldn’t want to earn money when you make your usual online purchases?

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  • How To Get Out Of Debt On A Low Income

    Finding your way out of debt when you don’t earn much money is hard. You can have all the desire in the world to change your financial situation but maybe you just don’t know where to start. Keep reading for top tips and helpful advice on how to get out of debt on a low income.

    Take Charge

    Firstly you must take charge of your situation. As much as you may wish to ignore it or forget about it, it won’t go away. Acknowledgement is the first step. Now it’s time to write things down. A spreadsheet is the best way as you can update it over time but a pen and paper will work just as well. Details all your debts. This includes who you owe, how much you borrowed, how much you now owe, the interest, your payments and the credit limit available. Once you have actual figures on a page, in black and white, things are easier to comprehend. The situation suddenly has a light shining upon it and you can start to see a way out.

    Make A Budget

    How much do you earn every month? Just like above, write it all down. Open a separate page on your spreadsheet and label is accordingly. Every part if your monthly income should be detailed, as well as all your outgoings such as rent and bills. This will show you what you have left over, if anything, once you’ve settled your everyday life expenses. Now is the time to budget. Reduce your shopping bill by swapping supermarkets and cut back on chain-shop coffee. Whatever you have left should go towards clearing your debts. Interest on debts mounts up every months and the longer you leave it, the longer it’s going to take to clear. Tackle on debt at a time. Speak to the creditor you owe inform them about how much you can pay off every month.

    Transfer Your Balance

    If you can get a 0% credit card you could pay one of your debts off in one go, basically transferring the balance to a different credit card. The huge benefit is that you would now be paying 0% interest. So you’re paying off what you owe instead of an ever increasing amount. Be aware that even though some credit cards are 0%, they only offer that lack of interest for a certain amount of time. It could be a few months, it could be a couple of years. Be aware that you still need to pay this amount off. It’s not a long term solution to just transfer your balance between cards but it might be the start of how to get out of debt on a low income.

    Earn Extra Income

    What could you sell that you no longer use? List it on Facebook marketplace or eBay and see how much you can earn that way. Could you put your hobby to use and earn extra income? Maybe you could pick up extra shifts at work or do overtime. Perhaps a part time job for a few months would help you get on top of paying back what you owe? This works especially well in the run up to Christmas when seasonal temps are required. Put this extra money straight into paying off your debts. It is worth having different streams of income to help you out.

    Find Help

    Please know that there is help out there if you are in debt. The panic and stress of debt causes us to make choices we wouldn’t ordinarily make. Don’t turn down the wrong path and think that another loan will help. There are expert charities and organisations like Christians Against Poverty who will help you tackle your debt if it’s too overwhelming for you to do by yourself.

    There are ways to reduce and eradicate your debt stress, even on a low wage. Never bury your head in the sand. Debt does not just go away when you stop thinking about it. Tackling it sooner is far more beneficial than leaving it to escalate. Use our advice on how to get out of debt on a low income and you’ll be in a better financial situation before you know it.

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  • Sparkling Snowflake Soap Recipe

    Getting crafty for Christmas is a great way to make some gifts for others or bring the family together for a fun activity. This sparkling snowflake soap recipe would make a wonderful gift or a treat for yourself this Christmas and winter. Imagine seeing these sitting on your bathroom sink for guests to enjoy. Let’s get stuck in!

    Sparkling Snowflake Soap Recipe

    Ingredients for this sparkling snowflake soap recipe

    To get started you will need:

    • 1 pound goats milk melt and pour soap
    • 10-20 drops of frankincense essential oil
    • 1 teaspoon argan oil
    • 1 tablespoon of white cosmetic glitter
    • Silicone snowflake mold
    • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
    • 1 microwave safe measuring cup

    How to make this sparkling snowflake soap

    Step 1:  Cut soap into 1” cubes and add to a microwave safe measuring cup. Melt in 30 second intervals, stirring after each until it is completely melted.

    Step 2: Add argan oil and frankincense essential oil.

    Step 3: Mix in the white cosmetic glitter.

    Step 4: Spray bottom of mold with rubbing alcohol.

    Step 5: Carefully add the soap mixture into mold until it reaches the top.

    Step 6: Spray with alcohol to remove bubbles.

    Step 7: Allow to harden completely, or about 24 hours. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

    Sparkling Snowflake Soap Recipe

    If you like this then you might also like these pear scented sugar scrub bars.

    Watch this sparkling snowflake soap recipe


    Not only do they look great, they smell great too!

    How to gift your sparkling soap

    If you are giving your sparking soaps as a gift then you can gift them in:

    • A clear jar that you have recycled
    • A gift box
    • Cellophane wrap
    • Fabric wrap

    Sparkling Snowflake Soap Recipe

    How to store your sparkling soap

    Storage is really easy – whilst in use you can keep them on your bathroom or kitchen sides or near the sink.

    If not in use then store them in and airtight container for later.

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  • The Best Gift Hamper Baskets

    Whether it’s Christmas time or you’re looking for a personal present for a birthday or an anniversary, gift hamper baskets are a great idea. It’s something that little bit special which shows that you’ve put thought and effort into the creation. How can you put one together though? What’s the best way? Let’s take a look at the best gift hamper baskets.

    The Expensive Options

    A lot of people view expensive Fortnum and Mason or Marks and Spencer gift hampers as the best. With those options, you’re looking at maybe £50 or £60 for a basic hamper in a wicker basket or up to a couple of hundred pounds for ultimate luxury. Whilst these look beautiful and will be jam packed full of gorgeous delicious products, they’re well out of price range for most people. If that’s you, read on for some fantastic alternatives.

    What To Include

    The products aren’t really problem when you’re creating your own gift hamper. You can give yourself a budget and pick up tasty treats from affordable supermarkets and pound shops. You probably know the tastes of the person you’re buying for so personalise the products accordingly. Individual bottles of beer, glass bottles of special soft drinks or a bottle of fizz for the centrepiece of your hamper. Crisps, savoury nibbles and plenty of chocolate are ideal additions too. If it’s Christmas be sure to pick up some luxury mince pies for a couple of quid. Or you could go looking around markets in a city like York and add any little pieces that you spy. 

    Check The Charity Shops

    You’ll need something to put all your products in. For some reason, wicker baskets and picnic hampers tend to find their way to charity shops. They’re the kind of thing people buy or are given and then don’t really know what to do with after a couple of years. This means you can pick them up in charity shops for a pound or two. They’re the perfect way to present and package up your hamper. Giving it a traditional, quirky and personal touch.

    Box It Up & Use Old Packaging

    If you can’t find a wicker basket or similar, consider using a sturdy cardboard box. To sparkle a basic brown box up a little, simply cover it in wrapping paper. It’s a great way to reuse boxes that you have deliveries arrive in. If you do this, you can also reuse the inner packaging, shredded cardboard and inflated air pockets at the bottom of the box. This raises your products up slightly making it look like there is more inside. It also provides a bit of protection. A great alternative to gift hamper baskets.

    Bulk Buy

    Check craft stores and online to bulk buy wicker baskets. When you bulk buy you can get them brand new for around £2 per item. As well as bulk buying the basket, if you’re doing more than one hamper, consider bulking buying your products. Have a basic backbone of products like crisps and biscuits with just a couple of variations to make things personal.

    Theme Your Hamper

    Consider a theme for your hamper. We’re thinking a health and beauty pamper package or a colourful retro sweets basket. Tea or coffee for two, the ultimate chocolate box or a movie date night where you can even include a DVD. These look great, especially under the Christmas tree.

    Gift hamper baskets are easy to come by and create. You only have to spend a little to give and lot and they always look like a lot of effort has been put in. Treat your loved ones to gift hamper baskets for a personal gift.

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  • 8 M&S hampers to be won

    Eeeee, its December which means we can officially talk about Christmas in the Drew household! It is Tony’s birthday today and we have a rule that no Christmas happens until then. Now to kick off the festivities I have arranged a massive UK Money Blogger competition with prizes worth up to £400! This is our biggest giveaway yet, so keep reading to find out more!

    Some of the UK Money Bloggers have teamed up to offer you a fantastic prize selection. There are eight Christmas Afternoon Treats with Flowers M&S hampers up for grabs, worth £50 each. That means eight lucky winners will receive a hamper in time for Christmas!

    Meet the bloggers taking part

    The bloggers taking part in this festive giveaway are:

    EmmaDrew.Info | Shoestring Cottage | Your Money Sorted | Thrifty Londoner | Much More With Less | Thrifty Lesley | Pounds and Sense | The Money Whisperer | Inspiring Life Design | Budgeting is a Challenge

    Bee Money Savvy | Joleisa | Mind Over Money Matters | The Reverend | Charlotte Musha | Earning By The Sea | SueFoster.Info | Katie Saves | The Money Saving Mum | MamaFurFur | Daily Deals UK | Thrifty Husband

    Everyday, Freebies and More | Melanie’s Fab Finds | Mrs MummyPenny | Bronni | Brit on a Budget | Miss Penny Money | Your Best Friend’s Guide to Cash | Money Blog Scotland | I Beat Debt | The Savvy Sisters

    Looking After Your Pennies | Bang on Blanks | Miss Manypennies | Lylia Rose | SavvyMumUK | Monethalia | The Female Money Doctor | Broke Girl in the City | Mummy Saver Money Maker | Mum on a Budget | Bargain Bunny | Not Taught at School | Savings 4 Savvy Mums

    Glitz & Glamour Makeup | Debt Free Family | Side Hustle Directory | The Somerset Foodie | Financial Expert | Get Paid to F.A.R.T | Savvy in Somerset | A Thrifty Gamer | Mrs Pinch | TuppennysFIREplace | Reinventing Neesha | Alieshia | Sunshine and Rain | Thrifty Chap

    Skinny Spending | Money Making Mum | My Money Cottage | Money Tips Blog | Emily Brookes | Frugal Family | Beauty Markdown | Boost My Budget | Make Money Without a Job | Family Budgeting | The Mini Millionaire

    This Money Works | Broke in Bristol | The Bloglancer | The Money Principle | Slimming Violet | Savvy Squirrel | Extreme Couponing & Deals UK | Ruth Makes Money | A Balanced Belly | My Debt Diary

    The prizes

    There are eight Christmas Afternoon Treats with Flowers M&S hampers up for grabs, worth £50 each.

    If the hamper is no longer available when the winners are drawn then the winners will be offered an alternative hamper from M&S worth £50 each.

    Enter to win

    To enter simply complete any or all of the Rafflecopter entry widget options below.

    The competition closes at midnight on 14th December 2019. If the hamper selected is sold out then we will offer an alternative M&S hamper worth £50. You can see the widget for the full terms and conditions of this giveaway.

    There are plenty of ways to enter this giveaway.

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    Good luck!

  • Sainsbury’s Nectar card – what you need to know

    If you are using the Sainsbury’s nectar card then you might be wondering what the best way to spend Nectar points is, where you can collect Nectar points from, how much each Nectar point is worth and many more. Let’s delve in to everything you need to know about it.

    What is the Sainsbury’s Nectar Card

    The Nectar scheme was originally a separate company and merged the loyalty schemes of several companies which included Sainsbury’s, BP, Barclaycard and Debenhams. However in 2018 Sainsbury’s bought Nectar. So although before it wasn’t technically true, you can now claim that it is the Sainsbury’s Nectar Card loyalty scheme. It runs the same way as other loyalty and reward cards/schemes, such as Tesco’s Clubcard, you spend earn points and redeem those points for shopping, meals, travel and more.

    Completely unlike the Tesco Clubcard and other loyalty schemes, the Sainsbury’s nectar card allows you to gain points at other retailers.

    How much is each Nectar Point worth?

    Many people will be interested in exactly what a Nectar points value will be. Each Nectar point is worth 0.5 pence! That works out as a 0.5% cashback, although that doesn’t sound like much it is still something that can be used for your own benefit, especially since you can earn Nectar points at more than one retailer.

    Here is a breakdown on what your Nectar points value would be worth:

    • 20,000 = £100
    • 10,000 = £50
    • 5,000 = £25
    • 2,000 = £10
    • 1,000 = £5
    • 200 = £1
    • 100 = 50p

    You can easily keep track of your Nectar points via your Nectar account, which can be accessed via the Nectar app or checking your Nectar account online by the Nectar website.

    NEW Sainsbury’s nectar

    Depending on how much you pay attention to what news comes from supermarkets and such you might or may not have heard about the revamped, New Nectar.

    New Nectar will give you a more personalized set of bonus points offers each week based on your shopping habits. These can be viewed via the Nectar website or App and ‘saved’ before doing your shop. These ‘saved’ offers must then be used within around a week. You also either use your card as normal or a barcode on your app to claim the points.Although this is only at the places that currently have the new scanner.

    The New Nectar is currently still in a trail period.

    If you would like to try it for yourself then it is open to new and existing customers and can be done via the New Nectar website or via downloading the New Nectar app.

    Where can I collect Nectar Points?

    As I mentioned a moment ago, you are able to gain nectar points at different retailers, and with some of the retailers the value of the points given via what you spend will alter.


    This is pretty much obvious as Sainbury’s was one of the first retailers that joined the scheme and merged its original loyalty scheme with Nectar. You gain a Nectar point for every £1 spent within Sainsbury’s.

    You can keep an eye on your points and any bonus offers, usual boosting what you can earn for certain items on various days, that might be occurring via the app or online account.


    It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to learn that Argos is in on the Nectar scheme, after all many branches of Sainsbury’s now have an Argos store within them. Like with Sainsbury’s you can earn 1 Nectar point for every £1 spent. You can gain these either online via the Argos site or in store.

    nectar credit card

    Everyone wants in on the credit card action and Sainsbury’s is no exception. The American Express Nectar Credit Card allows you to gain Nectar points in a couple of ways.

    Each time that you use the Nectar credit card you will gain 3 Nectar points for each £1

    You can also gain 20,000 Nectar points (£100) by applying for the American Express Nectar Credit Card and spending £2,000 on the card within the first 3 months

    ebay and your sainsbury’s nectar card

    Linking your nectar card to your eBay account is easy, taking only a minute or two. Once linked then you gain a Nectar point for every £1 spent on eBay. There are also offers that occur that boost the amount of points you can earn by spending a certain amount on a certain range within eBay.


    Each time that you use Expedia to book a hotel, flight or a car booking, then you can earn 200 nectar points (£1) or 1,000 nectar points (£5) on package bookings. They even have a dedicated page on the Nectar website which will take you through to Expedia ready and set to go or you can add the nectar card number each time that you use Expedia or you can save it in your account.

    train tickets

    If you travel a lot via train then there are a few train companies that also allow you to gain nectar points when you book with them. You just need to put your nectar card details in when you go to pay for the tickets. Each company will give two Nectar points for each £1 spent with them. The train companies are:

    • Great Western Railway
    • LNER
    • Hull Trains
    • TransPennine Express
    • Virgin Trains


    You can even get Nectar points fueling up your vehicle now. Esso will give you a Nectar point per litre of fuel and two Nectar points per £1 spent within the shop or at the Esso carwash. For extra ease then you can just link your Nectar card to the Esso app. Great news for those on the road or regularly use Esso.

    disney store online

    Got a Disney addiction? I know I have. You can earn 6 nectar points with every £1 spent on the Disney Store online.

    And even more retailers!

    The Nectar scheme has over 400 partners, which can sometimes change, so it can be hard to list all of the stores here. Even the Nectar website doesn’t list them all! The majority you will earn between 1-2 Nectar points per £1 spent.

    Where to spend nectar points

    Now although you can earn Nectar points at the many partners involved within the Nectar scheme, you can’t actually use your accumulated Nectar points at all of them. As such then it raises the question on just where to spend Nectar points and how good a deal can you get on using them. You don’t have to get discouraged however as there are still plenty to choose from.

    Before you start using your Nectar points however, be aware that you can only use them in 500 Nectar point blocks (so £2.50), unless otherwise specially specified. Also you will often need to check beforehand on if you have to exchange the points for a voucher, which is usually from the Nectar website, or if you could just use your card and the points taken automatically.

    Sainsburys is your most obvious option and choice on where to use your points. I often save my points up throughout the year to use for the big Christmas shop.

    For those that like a good film and night out then you can use your Nectar points at Vue cinema, and there is no limit so you can use your points to treat the whole family to a cinema trip.

    Whilst you are out why not have a meal out at Pizza Express, you can exchange your Nectar points for voucher codes that can be used to pay for part of or all of the meal. Just make sure it is dead on or don’t mind losing a few points as if you exceed the amount with the vouchers then you don’t get them back. Also these voucher codes can only be used when dining in and on the food, got to buy the drinks. You can head over to Pizza Hut as well where you can exchange 1,000 points (£5) for a full prized individual pizza. Like with Pizza Express then you will need to exchange your points for an eVoucher.

    For eBay you can exchange your Nectar points for eBay Vouchers and you can go all the way to 40,000 Nectar points when converting. Seriously don’t let my husband know I am sure he will be buying £200 worth of models from eBay if he did.

    Argos allows you to use Nectar points as well and as a bonus you can just use your Nectar card rather than having to sort anything out beforehand.

    For the best break downs on where you can spend your points then you should visit the Nectar website.

    Boosting my nectar rewards

    There are plenty of ways to boost your Sainsbury’s Nectar Card – here are some ideas.

    Double Up Events with your sainsbury’s nectar card

    This usually falls in November and allows you to exchange your points for vouchers worth double what the normal conversion would be. Last year the Double up started online on October 29th, in store on November 5th and ended on November 18th 2018. This means that it can be perfect for Christmas saving and getting the most out of your points.

    Previously you have only been allowed to then use those vouchers on certain ranges within store which have included:

    • Tu Clothing
    • Electricals
    • Toys
    • Entertainment
    • Taste the Difference: Wine, Champagne, Sparkling, Sherry & Port
    • Homeware
    • Seasonal
    • Fragrance
    • Cosmetics
    • Skincare

    However that could change for 2019, though due to the time of year it is actually doubtful that they would alter the ranges you can buy from too much.

    You can exchange your points for the vouchers at Sainsbury’s Locals, Centrals or Sainsbury’s Petrol Stations

    Please note as well that previously they exchanged points for vouchers as follows:

    • 1,000 – Normally £5 – Exchanged for £10
    • 2,000 – Normally £10 – Exchanged for £20
    • 5,000 – Normally £25 – Exchanged for £50

    They could change these amounts of points you can exchange for double up vouchers in the future.

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  • Delicious gingerbread bites recipe

    This delicious gingerbread bites recipe is a fantastic Christmas or winter treat. The gingerbread reminds me of getting cosy when it is cold, and these make a lovely little treat to enjoy. The sprinkles add a little bit of colour and fun to the recipe. Let’s delve in an learn how to make these delicious gingerbread bites.


    Delicious gingerbread bites recipe

    I don’t know about you but I am a sucker for gingerbread flavoured (and even scented) items. My favourite hot chocolate is a gingerbread flavour that I love, and I curl up with it every Christmas and winter time to enjoy. These make a great addition to the tradition.

    This recipe takes 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook, and makes 30 gingerbread bites.

    Gingerbread bites ingredients

    To create 30 gingerbread bites you will need:

    • 2 cups dark brown sugar
    • 1 cup molasses
    • 2 teaspoons ginger
    • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoon clove
    • 1½ sticks of butter
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 3 cups of flour
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Sprinkles for decoration


    Start off by preheating your oven to 220C.

    Mix molasses, dark brown sugar, and spices in the bowl of a mixer with paddle attachment.

    Add in the stick and a half of butter and mix for about 1 minute.

    Add in flour and baking soda and while mixing add one egg.

    Oil a 9×9 pan.

    Press dough into the pan with hands evenly.

    Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Top with sprinkles if you’d like.

    Let cool and remove from pan.

    Cut into 30 bite size pieces.

    gingerbread bites

    Storing your gingerbread bites

    Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

    You might also like this gingerbread tray bake or gingerbread house.

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