QuidCo – How to earn £14 in 3 simple steps

The other day, my employer had WEALTH at work pay us a visit allowing us to discuss financial planning for the future. During the discussion that mainly centred around ISA’s and Mortgages, routine ways of saving money when shopping online was also discussed. Pretty much everyone used sites such as uSwitch and CompareTheMarket, but I was surprised at the number of people who either hadn’t heard of, or didn’t use QuidCo.

A little naive, but I thought EVERYONE had a QuidCo account?

Quidco Cashback

Quidco Cashback

What is QuidCo?

If you shop online, QuidCo is a website that allows you to earn a few extra £’s simply by visiting and shopping your normal way, using your regular online retailers.

The average QuidCo member can earn £280 a year. It doesn’t cost you a penny, to join and for a limited time when you open an account here (http://www.quidco.com/free250/) you will automatically get a credit of £2.50 to help start you off.

How does QuidCo work?

The easiest way to think of it is comparing it to the old door to door Avon sales people.

QuidCo get paid a percentage or set fee of any sales generated by people clicking on their links from retailers such as M&S, Mothercare and Boots. This “commission” is paid to QuidCo by the retailer who then give the customer a cut.

Gods Gift For Parents

New and old parents alike, know that little ones cost an absolute fortune so every little helps. QuidCo is great for parents as they have a whole host of baby related retailers all offering great cash-back incentives whether it be;

  • Clothing (Debenhams 5%, George 3%%)
  • Essentials (Mothercare 5%, Kiddicare 5%)
  • Nursery (Argos 5%, Mamas & Papas 5%)
  • Toys (Smyths Toys 3%, Toys R Us 3%)
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Easy Way To Make £14

As an example, for ANYONE to make £14 takes only a few minutes of there time and three simple steps.

Step #1

Signup at http://www.quidco.com and you’ll receive £2.50 credit for your troubles.

Step #2

For an additional £5, request a 30 day free trial with Experian and give your credit rating a good going over. Checking your credit status helps to ensure nothing fraudulent has been recorded against you, but also means you can make sure that any previous loans and credit cards correctly show as paid off.

Make sure you make a note in your calendar to cancel before the end of your free trial to save any reoccurring charges.

Step #3

Pay £1 for a Which? 30 day trial and you’ll be credited with £7.50. While a member of Which? it’s great to make full use of when researching anything from prams and car seats, to the baby monitors or DAB radios.

Again, like all free trials, simply make a note in your calendar to cancel before the end of your free trial.

Boom! £14 in your pocket!

How Much Can You Make

It all depends on your shopping habits how much you’re likely to make in cash-back deals but QuidCo say the average person can make £280 per year in cash-back.

If you do a fair bit of online shopping then its a no brainer. Already this year we’ve accumulated nearly £250 in cash-back, although not all of it has been confirmed.

We’ve generated this by going about our usual online shopping but always using the QuidCo website. We also applied for a Nutmeg ISA, something we were always going to do, but used the QuidCo link to get an extra £100.

QuidCo Balance

QuidCo Balance

Now QuidCo works in-store for a number of retailers too meaning if you prefer shopping out and about you can still take advantage. Mothercare, for example, offers 3% cash-back if you buy in store using your registered debit card.

If you’ve not already done so, join today and get £2.50 free!

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20 Week Scan & Baby Sales Galore

So today we had our 20 week scan and I am happy to report that our sonographer reported everything looked exactly as she would expect at 20 weeks. Measurements, heart beat, blood flow, umbilical cord, movement, everything… everything was exactly they would expect at this stage.

A huge sigh of relief!

Pregnancy Corner

Every single step along this crazy journey is yet another milestone we’ve never experienced before despite having tried to become parents for over 3 years.

We’re still not yet jumping up and down with joy and excitement, which is proving increasingly difficult as the days pass by, but the 24 week stage isn’t far away now. At this point I think we’ll be boiling over with bottled up excitement and we can finally let our hair down and finally accept that we’re pregnant and we can’t wait!

Baby Sales Galore

Because we’re new to this, we’re noticing things that would normally slip by – sales of baby goods being one.

The past few days we’ve noticed a huge increase in the number sale events kicking off online – all baby orientated. We’re not sure if this is something that gets recycled every 3 months or so, and so naturally not wanting to miss out on a great deal, we’ve very tempted to go a bit nuts.

Checking a few sites reveals some great deals from Mamas & Papas, M&Co and Asda George and we’re also hopeful that Aldi will have another baby event before Pancake is due.

Easy Like Sunday Mornings

In the meantime our Sunday mornings, when J doesn’t have a shift, are still dominated by “Day 130 in the Pancake Chronicles“, lying in bed reading the latest entry from the Pregnancy Plus app which has been a real eye opener.

It’s a great way to chill first thing in the morning, more often than not with the dog joining us, as we read what expect in the next 7 days. For

All Aboard ⚓

Before the madness of having a child ensues, and the planning, shopping etc, we’ve decided to treat ourselves one last time. Feet up and recharging our minds in what has been an unsettling time with work, we’ll be setting sail as we head off for a week-long cruise and will remain disconnected from the technological world.

Bliss!

Making the news

What was making the news on this momentous day? Below is a collection of front pages I’ve collected dated 7 April 2015.

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Magic Monitoring for eBay Baby Goods

As previously mentioned, where possible we plan to make as much use of eBay as possible in attempt to lower the cost of major purchases such as pushchairs, cots, etc, and I think I’ve stumbled across a tool that may just prove useful.

IFTTT.com (IF THIS THEN THAT) is an interactive website that allows you to create “recipes” that will result in certain functions being carried out when predetermined criteria is met, for example;
IF THIS: today is 25th December
THEN THAT: post a “Happy Christmas” Facebook status

The outcome doesn’t have to be a Facebook status update, you can get IFTTT to tweet you, send you a text message, email a daily update etc. When combined with eBay feeds, you can start to see the possibilities…

Linking it to eBay

The idea behind IFTTT is simple yet genius and with a bit of thought and planning I’ve created a number of “recipes” that culminates in a daily email digest being sent to me with details of any new eBay auctions that would interest me.

My “recipes” work in the exact same was as the example above, but focus on eBay search criteria and the output it a daily email summary;

Recipe: Uppababy Vista
IF THIS: a new eBay aution starts where the title includes “Uppababy Vista”
THEN THAT: include details in a daily email summary

Free IFTTT Recipes

One of the best features of IFTTT is that it allows you to publish your “recipes” for others to use freely. I’ve therefore published the following, should anyone else also wish to monitor eBay for travel systems;

Recipe: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip

Recipe: iCandy Peach

Recipe: Britax Smile

Recipe: Silver Cross Pioneer

Recipe: Silver Cross Wayfarer

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Our Baby & Toddler Show induction

This weekend we headed off to the Baby & Toddler Show held at Manchester’s Event City – an interesting experience to say the least and well worth the £7 entry fee.

Baby & Toddler Show highlights

  • Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip travel system – simply brilliant! One handed operation that a man can do, and a huge storage net underneath.
  • Britax Smile travel system – similar to the Armadillo in functionality, accessories and price.
  • Yoomie self-warming baby bottle – a god send for breast feeding
  • Water Babies classes – as we’re both scuba divers, swimming is a top priority for us for safety as well as recreational purposes.
  • Bean Bag Planet – the fact that one bean bag lasts for 7 years!

Searching eBay

One thing we did notice was that many items were touted as being “suitable for a second child if you have one in the next few years” as they’ll last.

With that in mind I think we’re definitely going to focus a little more on the eBay Baby section after hearing positive reviews from a bunch of friends.

Obviously some things like a mattress is a big no no as it has, on occasion, shown an increased risk of cot death for babies sleeping on a mattress previously used by another baby. However things like a Mamas & Papa Morph carrier can be picked up for ¼ of the price and will no doubt do the job required.

Birmingham Baby Show @NEC

Because we’re not quite ready to start buying, we decided to hold off and go to the next baby show in May held at the Birmingham NEC. Right now there’s a 45% early bird discount meaning it’s £10.50 compared to £20 on the day. We’ll be going but will remember a few valuable lessons learned in Manchester;

Noise

Take water and paracetemol (I’d be tempted with ear plugs too!).

Times

Doors opened at 10am and we arrived at 11:30am to find it was busy, very busy. After spending an hour mooching we headed off for a break and grabbed a pub lunch with a friend. Returning at 3pm we found the show extremely quiet meaning no queues and no problem finding people to ask for advice unlike earlier in the day.

Beware New Parents

We came across a fair number of people who seem to think they were the only ones pregnant. Be expected for people to barge past in order to get to the front of a queue, test drive a pram, pick up a bottle, or feel a bean bag. I was amazed at the “survival of the fittest” instinct I witnessed and soon learned to stand my ground, after all pretty much everyone there was pregnant.

Testing things

Due to the sheer number of people, it’s quite hard to get to grips (literally) with some of the products on show. Before the next one, we’ll be sure to pop into some stores and try out the prams etc where we have more time and space to play around. Then, at the show, we can finalise which one’s we’re going to buy and try and strike a good deal, without the faff of having to wait 10 minutes just to push a pram 5 metres.

Prices

It’s too easy to be overcome by the amount of cute baby things, and I’d imagine far to easy to leave with a huge credit card bill too. Do your home work first.

Price exactly what it is you’re after online, see what deals are available and then compare the “show prices” and see if the reductions are really that attractive. We’ll still haggle even if it’s just for some extra free stuff. As can be seen below, on the last day of a show, some companies reduce their prices even further.

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Who wins online competitions?

“You have to be in it to win it”… that’s what they say isn’t it? Although I’m not the usual “comper” type (there are some proper hardcore ones out there), as I write this I have just entered the Mamas And Papas VIP competition. I do often wonder who actually wins these competitions and what odds does the occasional comper stand against those hardcore crew?

Selling Your Sole

From my own business experience, personal data is actually worth an awful lot of money especially when it can be recycled for future marketing campaigns. However as I’ve already handed over most of my personal details when I created an online account and requested a brochure, it makes sense to enter the odd competition here and there, especially with reputable companies.

Still, I’m trying to be as careful as possible to ensure that I am ticking and unticking all the correct boxes so as not to open our letter box to an influx of 3rd party marketing crap that we’ve no interest in at all. I’m aware at how quickly it can escalate and before I know it, my mobile and home phone will be ringing with offers of compensation for the crash I never had.

To help with the expected increase in emails I’ve also created an alias email address for Pancake so I can filter any inbound emails to a dedicated folder making it easier to manage.

Have you ever won an online compeition?

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Mamas & Papas Competition

As part of the Mamas And Papas competition, you’re requested to take a photo from their latest brochure of one of the 16 products with a VIP sticker on it showing which prize you’d like to win. Simply Tweet or Instagram it, and that’s, Bobs you’re Uncle!

A quick glance at the required #MamasAndPapasVIP shows there are, unsurprisingly, hundreds upon hundreds of entries which makes me wonder what the actual chances are. I guess someone has to win it!

I selected the Mylo2 with the reasoning behind my selection being of typical male rational. It looks cool and the seat straps are almost F1 like! Also it has lots of stars so therefore must be good 🙂

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