I was excited today to receive a monthly statement email from Top Cashback which showed I have made over £500 on this account in cashback – woohoo! That’s over £500 back in my wallet instead of in the tills of retailers. That’s not all we’ve made either. Oh no.
Ben and I have a separate account each, so he’s made over £300 on his now. Both accounts are for us all really as one of us will just order whatever we need and we share all our money. I also have a second account which I accidently set up in my business email without realising and that has had £50 cashback! I’m just waiting for £3 to clear and then I can close that account. Annoyingly they can’t just merge my two accounts together.
So all in all since April 2016 when we first signed up to the platform we have made over £850 cashback. That’s £30 a month saved on items we were going to buy anyway. If we had saved it up that could be a week’s family holiday in the UK! Not bad eh?
I still find it absolutely crazy that some people are not signed up to cashback sites. One excuse being ‘I don’t shop online’.
Well, huu-hum. I’m sure you actually do.
It’s not just for shopping for clothes or furniture, but for literally ANYTHING you buy online.
Whether that’s home insurance, car insurance, flights, airport parking and even booking your MOT! Yep I got cashback when I booked my MOT with Formula One!
I’ve even had cashback for simply using a comparison site for quotes for my car insurance. I didn’t even buy anything! I’ve had trials of things like a Graze box at no cost to me. A free box and cashback!
There are numerous different ways of getting cashback and it’s not just buying physical items. Perhaps you’re changing energy supplier or getting a new mobile phone contract. You could be signing up to a betting site to place a bet or even opening a new current account with a bank.
Before doing any of these things you should ALWAYS check for cashback as otherwise you are just letting free money slip away for only a few seconds extra of your time.
If you don't use Top Cashback already then go and sign up now!
Do you, your children or most importantly perhaps, your baby have difficulty sleeping? I may have the solution for you. Today I am going to review the AuCuTee S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine which I was recently sent to sample. I also have a discount code for AuCuTee should you decide you wish to purchase one yourself. Not only is it brilliant for helping to sleep, but there are a range of other uses for this product. So whether you suffer from insomnia and are looking for a solution or you like to relax with methods such as yoga, massage or meditation, a sound system could be ideal for you. Read on to see how this sound machine can be used and my review.
What is a white noise machine?
A white noise machine is a device that has pre-set white noise and soothing sounds programmed into it. It has sounds such as fire crackling, rainfall, waves and birds chirping. They are designed to mask out any other sound distractions that could be preventing you or a child from sleeping, or even to drown out sounds that may wake you up. If you have trouble getting to sleep then a white noise machine can help to block out distractions and even racing thoughts through the mind as you begin to concentrate and listen only to the white noise instead. It’s aim is to promote healthy sleep and a restful night, but it does have some other uses too.
What can a white noise machine be used for?
Difficulty sleeping in adults
Soothing children back to sleep
Helping baby to sleep soundly
Relaxing and meditating
Background music and noise during a massage
To mask symptoms of tinnitus
AuCuTee S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine Review
The product I was sent comes well packaged in a sturdy white modern box. I wasn’t sure what to expect at all as I’ve never had a white noise machine before, but I thought the presentation was very good. I didn’t know if it would be cheap and tacky, but I felt it was presented well and immediately looked like a high quality product.
I chose the white version as it fits with our white walls and décor well. In the bedroom we have white bedside tables and drawers so it will blend in perfectly. There is a dark grey version also if you prefer a darker colourway.
The machine itself is very light to handle and basic to use. It’s not complicated at all. It comes with instructions, but I think it’s self-explanatory. There are 20 pre-set sounds to choose from and there’s also a timer of 30, 60 or 90 minutes to choose from. This is ideal if you want to set it for a period of time to fall asleep to.
I will probably try it to sleep to when I have issues falling asleep, usually because my mind is too busy and any little sound really irritates me and prevents me from drifting off, but I really wanted to use this for relaxation and meditation purposes. I do yoga regularly and it makes the whole experience calmer and more relaxing with this machine. The relaxing bird chirping noise or even lullabies playing softly in the background alter the experience and allow my mind to drift off elsewhere totally forgetting about my lists of things to do and busy work life.
Destress with a white noise machine
Meditation is something quite new to me and I want to learn more about it and practice it regularly. I often get stressed with the hectic work-life balance of being a full time freelancer working up to 50 hours a week whilst also running a busy household with two children aged three and six. Life is often chaotic and nonstop, so it’s important to take a moment to clear the mind, relax and breathe every now and then. If only for five minutes a day it’s something I want to make a habit and part of my daily routine.
I tried this yesterday with this white noise machine and really enjoyed it. I tried the chirping noises and also fire crackling which is probably my favourite sound. It just needs to be quite quiet as it’s too distracting if it’s played too loud. I lay on my yoga mat spread out with palms upturned and closed my eyes for ten minutes listening to the sounds. It was so relaxing and I could have lay there for a lot longer if I didn’t have so much work to do! It’s a start though and it made me feel calmer, but revitalised for the day ahead.
Many busy parents turn to alcohol for stress relief which is terrible for health, costly and poisoning the body. I think it’s much better to find healthy ways of destressing and simply switching off, closing your eyes and listening to soothing sounds for a moment each day could be really beneficial to most of us.
Overall I am impressed with the machine and I wish I knew about these when my children were babies! We often put Reuben in the kitchen to sleep in his bouncer as the noise of the dishwasher and washing machines sent him to sleep! This machine would be the perfect addition to a nursery to soothe a baby and as it’s portable it can be taken on holiday or moved with ease from room to room. My six year old still sometimes wakes up in the evening and uses a musical teddy to go back to sleep, so I will share this with her also as another way for her to drift back off.
I’m impressed they have so many uses and are quite a versatile object. I will be able to use it for relaxation techniques and my children will use it as a comforter in the middle of the night.
Where to buy a white noise machine and your discount code
Here are all the links you need to check out AuCuTee and purchase your very own white noise machine, along with a discount code for 15% off your purchase:
Days out with kids are expensive. Just going to a wildlife park as a family of four costs us upwards of £100 and a theme park is way pricier. Cinema tickets are a ridiculous amount now - over £10 per adult at our local cinema! Luckily there are lots of ways to cut costs on family days out, restaurant bills and cinema tickets nowadays. In this blog post I’m going to share with you one of the ways you can make massive savings with a family savings pass from Kids Pass.
Whenever we go out I do always try to look for vouchers to save a bit of cash, especially if we’re going to a chain restaurant or well-known attraction. There’s usually some money to be saved off the face value of a ticket, but it can involve a lot of scouring the website to find a legit code, if I can find one at all. I’m all for things that make this process a lot easier and less time consuming which is why Kids Pass is a genius idea!
Huge savings on family holidays
I’ve just signed up and downloaded the app and I’m already amazed at the savings we can make. One that particularly stands out to me is a saving of up to 50% off a Eurocamp holiday. We’ve recently purchased a campervan and have been talking of a trip to Europe and possibly to stay at a Eurocamp in France. Being able to cut the cost of our holiday in half by using Kids Pass will be amazing! Just this saving alone will recuperate the annual membership fee and more. At the time of writing there are also discounts on Forest Holidays, cottages.com and Hoseasons.
Up to 40% off at cinemas
We aren’t big cinema goers at the moment, but mainly because the kids are too young. I’m sure this will change as the kids get a little older as I love the cinema experience! At the moment it’s a whopping £31.60 to go as a family of four to our local cinema and no doubt this will rise by the time Reuben, our youngest at age three, is old enough to go. Kids Pass offers up to a 40% discount at over 500 nationwide cinemas. Perfect!
Kids eat free
Eating out is another huge expense with kids, so any money off vouchers are always a bonus. With Kids Pass there are plenty of restaurant savings vouchers or takeaway offers to choose from. Just in our city I can see we can currently save 25% at Bella Italia and kids can eat for £1 at Prezzo. We love these posh pizza places so we’ll certainly make use of these. If you prefer takeaway then there are BOGOF offers at both Pizza Hut delivery and Papa John’s.
Discounts for family days out
All the major theme parks are listed on the app with savings of up to 57%. There are also activities such as bowling, go-karting, trampolining and more. There are nature centres, wildlife parks, zoos and farms. There is so much to choose from, it’s also a great way of finding something to do with the family and you’ll get a discount at the same time!
Easy to use app
The app is super easy to use and allows you to search for ‘offers near me’ allowing you to see all the nearby attractions, restaurants and activities with a discount that are most local. You can also search by category such as Restaurants or Family Days Out if you’re looking for something in particular or don’t mind going further afield for an attraction.
‘Kids Pass is the UK’s no. 1 family savings pass with thousands of exclusive offers at the UK’s top attractions, cinemas, restaurants and UK holidays. A Kids Pass membership can easily save a family between £500 and £1,000 per year and the cost of a Kids Pass membership can easily be covered by the savings a family can make in just a single day out!’
There are plenty of testimonials on the website from families making plenty of savings to justify the either £3.99 monthly cost or £39.99 annual cost of membership after the trial. If it’s not for you, then simply remember to cancel.