New National Survey Shows £1000+ is Spent on Sending Each Child Back to School

A new national survey has been conducted throughout the UK highlighting an increase in pressure for parents to buy named brands for children, with many spending up to £1000 on each child. Items contributing to these spiralling costs include school trips, clothing and accessories.

The survey was conducted for, a money saving website. The survey was completed by over 600 parents from the UK and involved questions surrounding their outgoings running up to the beginning of the new school year.

Nearly half of those that completed the national survey for parents admitted that they were under pressure to purchase items that were of a popular brand name such as accessories and shoes. 1 in 10 of those who responded shared that they did have concerns about bullying if their child did not have items that were branded. 1 in 4 shared they had bought branded items so their child was not the same as others.

The survey revealed some facts such as women were twice as likely as men to by items that were of a brand name for their child as they had concerns relating to teasing if they didn’t. 10% of those who responded revealed their school would not allow children to have branded items.

Mr. Terry is a representative at, and stated, “The money spent by parents mounts up at an alarming rate, which is frightening during this time when money is tight for them. The high importance of having branded items is a continuing concern. More worrying is the concern that children will be teased if they do not have the correct brands.”

The survey found 95% of parents had spent up to £500 on new school clothing and extras such as equipment, with 81% saying up to £500 was spent on extra activities such as music lessons and extra school trips. 1 in 10 of those who completed the national survey said these extras cost them up to £1000, with 3% stating they had spent over £1000.

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Guide to Top 10 Shopping Negotiating Tips Launched by

Money-saving codes and vouchers website has announced the launch of a new guide offering tips and hints on negotiating the best value deals when shopping in partnership with Pareto, one of the best-known training companies in the UK.

The guide is called ‘Top 10 Tips – How to Bag a Bargain’ and can be downloaded for free from the website. The guide is designed to specifically to teach shoppers how to bargain for the best retail deals by haggling on things from cars to holidays to clothing.

Simon Terry, managing director of, comments: “Prices continue to rise and budgets remain tight, and with the UK set to see a VAT rise it’s a great time to learn new negotiating skills to help save when shopping”.

“People in Britain aren’t so used to bartering and bargaining, but they’re getting more into the habit. They can though stretch their budgets further by using these skills and hints to get great bargains. Our guide in partnership with Pareto is there to help people learn to negotiate more value deals.”

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UK Travellers and Tourists’ Holiday Fashions Rated in New Survey

Poll carried out by leading consumer offers site illustrates the trendiest travellers and fashion faux pas

• Holiday Fashion Mistakes in Order –
1 ) Socks and Sandals
2 ) Exposed beer bellies
3 ) Tight small trunks on men
4 ) Thongs on women
5 ) Sunburn
6 ) Football tops on women
7 ) Logo overload on clothes
8 ) Football tops on men
• Tourists from Birmingham and the Midlands have worst fashion sense in the UK, followed by Newcastle & the North East and then Scotland
• Americans voted as having worst fashion sense in world, Italians as best

As lots of Brits head off on holiday for the summer, new research carried out has shown up the holiday fashion faux pas committed by people. The new survey has illustrated that socks and sandals are the worst holiday fashion mistake, and exposed beer bellies are also considered a big mistake. The survey also revealed that people who come from the Midlands have the worst holiday dress sense.

The survey took in the views of 600 people and their views on what British holidaymakers wear on the beach. Men’s skimpy and small swimming trunks, women’s thongs, sunburn and having too many logos on clothing were highlighted as the worst fashion mistakes on holiday. A third of people believe that women wearing football shirts on holiday is a mistake, and 20% of people also reckon men in football shirts on holiday is unfashionable.

The survey reported that people from Birmingham and the Midlands have the worst fashion sense while away on holiday, followed by those travellers and tourists from Newcastle and the North East, Scotland, Essex and then Manchester and the North West. Travellers and tourists from Yorkshire and East England were considered to be the best dressed on holiday in the poll.

The research was carried out by money saving website and one of the questions also focused on tourist nationalities. The Americans are thought to be worst dressed when on holiday, with the poll mentioning their loud shirts as well as socks and sandals. Next up in the worst dressed were the Germans, the Greeks and the British, while the Italians and Spanish were voted best dressed.

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Retail Deals Site Reports Great First Year in Face of Recession

Since launching just one year ago money saving website this week reports that it now generates more than £1.75m each and every month for retailers which list on its site. The website is benefiting from the consumer mentality in the UK which has seen shoppers look to save through bargain deals as the recession continues.

The website was launched in May 2009 and today enjoys more than 1.8 million unique users and subscribers as well as over 13,500 fans on its Facebook page. The numbers demonstrate just how much UK consumers have got into the habit of saving money at leading retailers through using bargain vouchers.

Simon Terry, managing director of, says: “We’ve enjoyed a superb first year’s business at, and the shoppers in the country really seem to have caught on to saving money through using codes and vouchers for top stores.” today offers users access to over 500 stores and retailers and is home to more than 2000 money-saving deals online every day, with offers updated every day. The website is building bigger and stronger partnerships all the time and growing retailer numbers through exclusive deals and promotional activities.

Terry continues: “Since launching we have gone from no users at all in the beginning to now having over 60,000 unique visitors every day, it’s a great leap. People know that we always offer them the very best money saving offers available from all over the web, and that we can help people save on everything from clothes to holidays. We also offer retailers access to a new distribution channel and this is shown by the increasing numbers of retailers that want to work with us.”

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‘Hero Haggler’ Internet Contest Introduced to Find UK’s Biggest and Best Barterer

With consumers always looking to save money on as many items as they can today, top consumer bargain offers site has introduced its new ‘Hero Haggler’ scheme to find the country’s best barterer. The new scheme has a first prize of a luxury trip to Marrakesh.

The scheme is designed to find the UK’s very best bargainhunter, and anyone from the UK is able to enter the contest by logging online and listing their three best examples of bargain hunting and bartering.

The contest is located on the website and entrants who wish to challenge as one of the ‘Hero Hagglers’ are able to sign up The 10 top barterers and hagglers with then be entered into a public vote.

Simon Terry, managing director of, said: “Everyone needs to be able to know how to find a bargain, particularly as the current climate rolls on and budgets remain tight. Our new scheme will help them find and develop the skills to save money, plus we also carry a huge range of discount vouchers are on our site.

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New Deals on Offer at Make Summer Dining More Affordable

Top eateries are offering visitors some great deals on dining out in their popular establishments this summer by advertising a range of great deals via the website. The website is home to offers from over 500 top name brands and the new additions look set to be extremely popular.

Kids can eat for free with the Frankie & Bennys vouchers available on the website and the deals will be updated and changed throughout the coming months. The deals this week include money off food at the famous brand name in its airport locations including Gatwick, Manchester , Glasgow , Birmingham and Stansted Airport.

All kids love pizza so why not take a look at the new deals available for Pizza Hut? Pizza Hut vouchers look set to be some of most popular ever to be listed on the website and eating out the whole family is now more affordable.

Families looking to go out for a meal to the ever-popular Café Rouge chains can now save money on various parts of their visit from drink deals through offers on main courses. The French-themed eatery is great for kids and couples and there are many branches all over the UK making it easy to find one close to you. Check out the current list of Cafe Rouge vouchers on the

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Huge Range of Bargains are Available Through DiscountVouchers Website on Ferry Journeys, DIY Gear and Summer Clothes

The popular retail discount codes website has just announced a whole range of brand new discounts and vouchers that can be enjoyed in more than 300 stores in the UK. A range of deals are on offer and they vary from DIY gear through to summer clothing.

Families looking to revamp their home can use the Homebase discount codes. The discounts available on home DIY gear are a great way to save money this summer and customers can enjoy up to 50% off some goods in the stores.

People looking to enjoy a trip off the mainland may want to take full advantage of the buy one get one free for foot passengers on the ferry rides running to the Isle of Wight from Lymington, Fishbourne and Yarmouth. Wightlink discount codes are easy to find on the DiscountVouchers website.

Boden are offering a range of deals on clothing for both men and women and these deals look set to be some of the most popular on the entire website. Silk dresses as well as comfortable men’s trousers can be had at great prices with the use of the discounts and deals on offer.

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Top Branded Homeware and Fashions on a Budget with New Codes

Popular consumer retail codes and deals website has this week acquired its latest range of money-off deals to help Mums and families spoil themselves with the fashions and homeware ahead of the summer school holiday. The popular retail deals website is home to offers for over 300 leading stores.

The new range of codes acquired this week helps consumers to enjoy savings on fashions f r o m top stores, meaning that mums can treat themselves on a budget before the kids break up for the summer school break. Favourite style outlet Coast is on show with savings this week and the new Coast discount codes help Mums to enjoy deals like up to 50% off in the sale with new lines recently added.

Kids and younger members of the family are also able to get summer fashions on a budget this week thanks to the deals offering savings at high street favourite All Saints. The new range of All Saints discount codes offers up 50% off selected styles and free UK delivery on all items.

All the family can benefit f r o m the savings on show at high street favourite BHS this week, with the site being home to a new choice of BHS discount codes. The high street department store has many great deals available this week including up to 60% off BHS furniture, up to 70% off in the BHS summer sale and also up to 60% off bedding.

Simon Terry, managing director of, says, “With families getting ready for the long summer holiday f r o m school, Mums can spare a little time to treat themselves to some great new fashions and also kit the house out for the summer thanks to the new choice of bargain BHS deals.”

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A Massive Amount of Deals are now Available at from Summer Toiletries to Clothes

More than 300 stores are offering fantastic deals on clothes and toiletries this week through the website as the summer holiday season gets ready to begin. A huge range of deals can be enjoyed from money off to buy one get one free and the great savings will go a long way to help many people enjoy a break this year.

Keen clothes shoppers may wish to check out the different Boden voucher codes via the website with free delivery and returns on offer as well as 25% off all purchases. Other tempting deals range from beachwear to dresses and a free lilo will be given to very new customer through the website.

Deals at Boots can also be had with various top brands offers great prices on sun creams. Soltan Suncare Family Pack’s are on offer at just £11.99 while half-price Imedeen Tan Optimiser will be extremely popular with those looking to get a great tan.

A massive range of deals are also available at Joules clothing store and these range from summer dresses for mums to beachwear for the kids. The savings and offers can be found on the website and all the family can enjoy the benefits from eth money saved on essential holiday necessities.

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