Now Ended – Win a set of garden furniture!

Thank you for visiting charleysaves.com. Having been writing on this blog now for a couple of months and gradually growing my readers, this month I have a really exciting giveaway for you to enter!

I have been working in collaboration here with EmmaDrew.info & with a number of other UK bloggers to offer this amazing prize.

Take a read below for more information on this giveaway.

Some UK bloggers have teamed up to offer you a fantastic giveaway for this summer, organised by Emma Drew. Keep reading to see who is involved and how to enter.

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The prize

We are giving away a rattan effect 4 seater set from B&Q (depending on stock availability).

Should the chosen prize no longer be available when the draw is complete then we will choose another suitable garden set.

Enter now

The competition will run from 15th June until 30th June 2020 (midnight).

A winner will be drawn from the Rafflecopter entries and checked before being contacted.

Once contacted and the prize has been arranged, the Rafflecopter widget will display the first name and first initial of the winner’s surname.

Simply complete any or all of the entry options in the widget.

Good luck!

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Tefal Actifry Genius XL – Home Tester Club Review

What is an Actifry – and should I purchase one?

I recently shared on my Instagram that I had been chosen by Home Tester Club to review the Tefal Actifry Genius XL, which is a large air fryer designed to be able to cook for 6-8 people.

For those of you unfamiliar, Home Tester Club is an online community of people who help to test various products. It is very simple to sign up to become a product reviewer. For each home test which you apply for, you are required to answer a quick survey in order to establish if you are the right candidate to test a product.

If you are a good match, the product is then sent to your home, where you use it for around 2 weeks in your daily life. Simply use, and then write an honest review about the product which you have received.

I already had a Tower air fryer previously, which we used to make chips with very little oil, and have always wanted a Tefal Actifry, but the cost at upwards of £200 was more than enough to convince me that another brand would suffice.

But, boy was I incorrect.

What exactly can an Actifry do?

The Actifry Genius XL currently retails at £269.99 (Cheapest cost from Argos.co.uk as of 31st May 2020), while other versions of the Actifry come at a similar price tag.

The range and depth of what you can cook with the Actifry went far beyond my expectations of having real restaurant-style chips.

The cooker has 9 different programme settings, allowing you to cook meats, veggies and even whole dishes such as curries or stir frys.

Tefal also have an app which is available to download on both Apple and Android systems, and includes amazing recipes which can be replicated easily using the Actifry.

What are my favourite dishes to make?

Of course, it is amazing to be able to cook low calorie chips and potato wedges. The Actifry comes with a handy oil spoon, which allows you to measure out the correct amount according to the instructions. Despite this, I have found that you can also cook with low calorie sprays – such as Frylight, which allow you to have chips and wedges which are “Slimming World friendly”, as I follow the Slimming World Extra Easy Plan.

This being said, my favourite things to cook in the Actifry are:

  1. Nandos Style Chicken – it is so easy to have a Nandos fakeaway using the Actifry. Simply set to the correct programme (Programme 6 in this case), put your chicken in either in chunks or as whole breasts, drumsticks, etc., add seasoning or sauce – and GO. It takes 20-25 minutes to get the perfect Nandos chicken.
  2. Roast Potatoes! – If you’re like me, it’s really hard to get all the elements of a roast dinner into the tiny oven space, so we boil the potatoes, fluff them up and bang them into the air fryer for around 15 minutes – spraying with oil or low calorie spray every now and again. It is perfect as you can add things as you go, without creating a mess – for example garlic and rosemary, some butter, or even some other veggies.
Are there any cons?

Aside from what I had mentioned before about the cost of the product, the only real con is the mess that the Actifry makes, if you add dry herbs and spices.

The Actifry Genius XL is not air tight – because instead of having a large vent like some other air fryers at the back, the Actifry allows the ingredients and air space to circulate . For this reason, Tefal have left a small gap between the ceramic pan and the lid of the fryer.

This is not a real issue – however, one thing to be aware of is that if the products inside are not wet or oily, the dry herbs and spices can get through the gaps.

The mess is not severe, but the Actifry does get some bits around it after cooking in this way, so I have to wipe around and below it when I use it.

Summary

To summarise, I believe the Actifry Genius XL is a brilliant product, and perfect for anybody looking to up their cooking game, or who just doesn’t have enough oven space to be able to cook everything.

It is quite a hefty investment, but if you are entirely sure you want an air fryer, I recommend this highly above the other brands that I have tried out.

You might also enjoy my other posts on free things – such as Freebies, Freebies, Freebies or Some Birthday Freebies!

The Best Birthday Freebies and Discounts available in 2020

So it’s your birthday, and you’ve got plenty of presents from your friends and family. But did you know, you can receive birthday freebies from your favourite businesses too?

There are hundreds of birthday deals bouncing about, but here’s my top pick of birthday freebies and discounts:

Birthday Freebies

Krispy Kreme Doughnut

Sign up to the Krispy Kreme rewards programme. Ensure you add your birthday and if you have children, you can add their birthday’s too. On your birthday, they will send you a voucher for a free doughnut of your choice.

£5 from Paperchase (Avabilable for a month after your bday too).

Sign up to their Treat Me rewards programme for £5 off on your birthday and other freebies throughout the year.

Free Boost smoothie

Sign up to Boost’s Vibe Club to get a free smoothie on your birthday.

Birthday freebies from Debenhams

Sign up to Debenhams Beauty Club, take your card to the Elizabeth Arden counter in your nearest store for a free facial (Worth £15), head to the KVD Vegan Beauty counter for a free makeover for two and to the Blow LTD counter for a free file and paint.

The beauty club also offers monthly freebies in store on a first come, first serve basis, so it’s a very good investment of your time.

Free treat from Greggs

Sign up to Greggs rewards app and they will treat you to one of the following: A free cupcake, a free cream cake or a free doughnut on your birthday.

Free £5 from Ikea as a birthday treat

Some great buys for £5 or under in Ikea including mugs, cutlery, tea infusers, plant pots, face cloths, vases. Or perhaps you can put it towards that new sofa.

£5 of points for your birthday from The Body Shop
Free £5 Hobbycraft voucher

This is perfect if you like arts & crafts, join the hobbycraft club to receive £5 on your birthday, plus free entries into prize draws each month, invites to club events and more freebies.

Free Cookie Dough

We all love a sweet treat, and it looks like Pizza Hut knew too. Get a birthday freebie from one of our favourite pizza places.

Free Cocktail for you and your friends

Sign up to TGI Fridays’ loyalty apps and they will treat you and 11 of your friends to a cocktail or mocktail with every main meal purchased.

Free Burger and Milkshake

Sign up to the Ed’s Club membership to receive a Regular Ed’s Burger and a shake on your birthday!

Free Vegan Cupcake

Ms Cupcake Bakery in Brixton will give you a free cupcake on your birthday with proof of ID, brilliant if you’re in the London area.

How about some jewellery?

UK jewellery brand Beaverbooks are a recent addition to those stores offering a birthday freebie, how exciting!

It’s important to remember that you must sign up before your birthday in many cases to be able to use these offers. I’d suggest spending some time (at least a month ahead of your birthday) signing up so that when it comes around you’re prepared with all your birthday freebies in hand.

Please leave a comment telling me about the best birthday freebies and discounts, and I will add them in to this post!

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Freebies, Freebies, Freebies…

Freebies are one of my favourite things. You will find on this page, a comprehensive list of free things or money off.

The post is updated each time I become aware of new offers and freebies available.

This post may contain affiliate links.

2 Hours Free Cleaning
Cleaning freebies

If you like me, love a clean house, this link will give you 2 hours of cleaning through handy website Housekeep.com.

£10 off Wine & other bits

You can get £10 of wine using Wineapp. This app is a great way to have good wine delivered straight to your door.

Delivery times do vary depending on your postcode, but in central London they can deliver in 30-40 minutes. I have seen this link increase to £15 on regular occasions.

Wineapp have recently increased their offering. They now have a selection of cheese, chutneys, craft beers and essential items on the app too now.

You must use friend code CF243 in order to get the credits.

£5 off Grüum

Use this link for a £5 voucher which can be spent on any shave, skin, hair, beard or body care products with grüum.

Free money for walking

Can you believe it? It really does pay to be walking.

Sweatcoin will give you money for walking & you can get a $5 head start using my link.

Coins are exchanged for a range of different vouchers or products – I got a free Bonsai tree which would have been worth £15! I thoroughly advise using their daily offers by logging onto the app each day for the opportunity to earn extra Sweatcoins.

Earn from surveys, browsing the internet & purchases!

If you aren’t already using Swagbucks, I can confirm, you are missing out.

Swagbucks is a multi functioning app which can be downloaded on your phone and added to your internet browsers, and gives you points called Swagbucks.

Swagbucks can then be transferred into a range of vouchers. I personally have paid out from this site many times, regularly claiming my freebies in the form of amazon vouchers. Try it out here, you won’t regret it.

Free £5 off milk and other groceries

With the recent situation of Covid 19, it is increasingly harder to go out to the shops and get the ingredients that you need.

I had signed up to Milk & More quite a while back to help support the local milkmen in our area, but it’s become really handy for getting the odd bits that you can’t seem to get in the supermarket.

Use my code R4R2PK for £5 off of freebies with no minimum spend. (Please note: Following recent changes and high demand, Milk & More are not taking new customers. They have confirmed this will change soon, but you can sign up to the waiting list).

50% Off Hussle

The Hussle App is a revolutionary way of visiting the gym. The app offers you access to hundreds of gyms all around the country, which means that it makes it easier to visit the gym on the go or when you are away.

Use this link for 50% your first Hussle pass (Hussle is not currently operating, but you can save this one for later when the gyms reopen).

£10 Off Beautiful Flowers

Bloom and Wild are offering £10 off your first order for anybody that signs up using my friends’ offer.

The cheapest bunch of flowers I found was around £13, so for £3 you cannot go wrong with some fresh flowers. They commonly appear on cashback sites, so it’s worth seeing if you can ‘double up’, using both cashback and the voucher.

They are also handy for delivery even if you are out of the house because they come in a brilliant letter-box sized box.

£50 for your electricity

Join Bulb and get £50 added to your account – this can be used towards your bills, or can be cashed out by contacting Bulb’s support team.

Bulb comes out on top (for most people) as the cheapest electricity provider, and they also offer green energy.

What more could you wish for?…maybe more freebies?

Bulb Electricity Freebies
Free money for getting a Monese account

You can get up to £20 free (May vary depending on your currency) for signing up to Monese current account.

Monese is an independent banking app which gives you a physical mastercard card and can be linked to your Apple/Samsung/Google pay apps and Paypal.

Remember to use code CHARL957 to benefit from your freebie.

Personalised postcard with no shipping fees

Send your family and friends a free postcard from Lalalab to tell them that you are thinking of them. There is absolutely no cost to pay including postage.

You may also wish to receive £5 free credit to use on printing photos. Use my code PG9JSW4B.

Get £10 back on acceptance of a cashback credit card

American Express will give you £10 on your account if you are accepted for a Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card.

The card offers 5% cash back on all purchases for the first three months (max £100), and 0.5-1% back for the rest of its lifetime.

A brilliant way to earn cashback. Remember that credit is applied for and taken at your own risk, and that it is beneficial to pay back each month in full.

Buy your lean meat online and get 4 freebies with your first order

Muscle Food are offering 4 free items with every order when using my discount code.

The choice of meat is really good, and you can pick from a number of great value hampers.

Earn gift tokens with Gener8

Get 50 tokens Gener8 for free (worth a £5 Amazon gift card).

Check out my blog post which explains more about Gener8.

Free Recipe Ingredients from Simply Cook

Sign up to Simply Cook subscription service, for your free box which will give you 4 free recipes and the necessary herbs and spices required to make each dish.

I especially love the katsu curry, but there are a large range of dishes to try out. A freebie worth £7.99.

Free wallpaper samples

Now here me out here, this is not your typical freebie. It doesn’t really equate to any significant amount of money saved. However, wallpaper swatches are very useful for decorating your home.

I don’t use the swatches in the conventional way i.e. looking at what might look good as wallpaper, but I use them to brighten up my rooms by adding the prints into picture frames.

There are a few sites that offer free samples in A4 size, which works wonders. Try out Farrow & Ball and Little Greene for some inspirational free prints.

Free Snacks

If you are finding it exceptionally hard at the moment to find a variety of healthy snacks, Graze is here to save the day.

Sign up to their subscription service to receive your first and third boxes for free.

You can cancel this subscription at any time, and you can earn free boxes by inviting your friends and family to try it. Yum!

Free pants

On That Ass Official are giving away a free pair of boxer shorts to anybody that signs up to their subscription service.

The shorts come in a range of patterns and colours at your choosing.

Whilst the first delivery is completely free, this is a paid service and therefore should be cancelled after first delivery should you wish to only claim the freebie.

Use my friend code by clicking on this link.

Free cash using Oh My Dosh!

This site gives you free money in exchange for completing offers.

It’s handy as it includes many other money making initiatives such as signing up for surveys or signing up to sports/casino sites for matched betting.

Try my link here for a cheeky £1 bonus.

Free Soap bar

Nuddy are giving away free soap bars, you just pay for the postage costs. They smell delightful. Postage is £2.25.