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Garage sales

  • Chrissy says WheelnDeal is a must view for garage sale bargain hunters. It lists garage sale and market locations. www.wheelndeal.co.nz

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Shopping online

Readers have recommended the following:

  • I'd like to suggest a site called OneDayDeals.co.nz. There is useful section called "City Deals" that shows all of the day's daily deals in each city around New Zealand. Saves checking half a dozen sites, as you can see the homepages of 6 sites all on the same web page. Here's the link >>>. I hope this suggestion is useful to bargain hunters!- Adrian, Auckland.

  • If you are a new mum or have multiple kids and HATE going to the supermarket you need to give countdown's online shopping a try, its pretty easy to do I save normally about $50 per fortnight I don't have to drag the kids around and its actually fun when the truck pulls up the drive and uppacking them all, and its worth the $8 I pay for them to be delivered! - Monique, Hastings.

  • For general stuff and odds and sods they suggest www.firston.co.nz, and www.1day.co.nz. Some of these sites have daily specials. 


  • A readers writes, " Sign up to email mailing lists such as Farmers, Warehouse, Borders bookstore etc. and you often get emailed discount vouchers or you find out about specials before other people do. Most retail stores have mailing lists now." 

  • Travel. A reader writes, “My husband and I recent went on a week’s holiday (from our oily rag savings!) to the Pacific Islands. Our travel agent quoted $110 for travel insurance, but we booked the same cover online for $91. We also made savings by booking our accommodation online. The best deal our agent could do was $220 a night. We searched the net and found a place that suited out needs at $80, including transfers to and from the airport, which was another $64 saving. All up we saved over $200 by booking online.”

  • Check out www.thedeal.co.nz for brand new discounted items (you can get up to 60% off).  This site has everything, homewares, makeup, clothes etc - Steph

Telephone calls

  • Believe it or not, if you have an internet connection you can make telephone calls for free. Too good to be true? Well it is true, but there is one catch - those you phone must also want to make free calls! A company called Skype have a little piece of software that allows two computers that have downloaded the free program from the Skype website to send voice and video communications via an internet connection. Fore more see www.skype.com.


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