The Top Tips For All New Freebie Hunters

The 21st century is a century of freebie obsession.  Regardless of whether you are breaking world records by asking favourite restaurants for lifetime supplies of nuggets or joining a long queue of people to get a bag of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, there is no underestimating the power of the freebie buzz.  Unfortunately, when joining this freebie game, there are certain rules that need to be followed.  If you are a seasoned freebie hunter or a new hunter, there are always a few new rules to be learned.

1.  If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Most Probably Is

The majority of the time, the excitement of a freebie hunt for favourite brands can cloud a person’s judgement.  According to Professor Dan Ariely, most transactions will have both an upside and a downside but when it is a free transaction the downside is forgotten.  “Free” often gives a person an emotional charge leading to a perception that the item offered is more valuable.  Basically, this means that a person will forget about common sense when receiving a freebie and is the reason why some companies will exchange a person’s soul for even the tiniest sample.  

To ensure that the freebie is as good as it sounds, it is important that you always read the terms and conditions of the item.  No company will ever offer a free £1,000 voucher without you having to do something in return, so it is essential you know what you are signing up for.

2.  Do Not Expect Too Much

A full-sized freebie is very rare with the majority of free products being presented in small envelopes or sachets.  The main objective of any freebie hunter is to try the product and figure out if you enjoy it enough to opt for a future purchase of the item.  This will ensure that you are not wasting your hard-earned income on a product that you will not enjoy using.  

Also, do not expect to receive a freebie after every application – only the amateur freebie hunter holds this belief.  In fact, statistics show that freebie hunters only receive approximately 70% of freebies they have applied for.  If you find that you are not receiving freebies after applying, do not give up hope!  Keep the applications rolling in and you will be swimming in freebies soon enough.  Of course, to be sure that these applications are worthwhile, always check the terms and conditions to see which samples are available and the size of the item.

3.  If You Do Not Ask, You Do Not Receive

It is always worthwhile writing letters to companies or sending emails asking if they have samples you can try.  People sending this type of communication tend to be sent huge boxes of free products or vouchers letting them know to find out if they enjoy the items.  Equally, if you do not like the product you should share this information.  You will find that the companies are too happy to dish out replacement freebies with extra items if they discover you are not pleased.

4.  Do Not Feel Guilty

Some people feel guilty about asking for freebies – do NOT feel this way!  Almost all of your favourite companies are happy to offer a few free stuff in the UK to potential customers.  In fact, companies will benefit from passing out free samples and are not losing any money.  If you receive a free product and enjoy using the item, the chances are likely that you will purchase the item; therefore, the company benefits by gaining a new customer.

5.  Setting Up A Second Email Address

This may be the most significant tip for any person wanting to become a freebie hunter.  To avoid receiving any spam emails and unwanted phone calls, it is recommended that you set up a second email address, social media account and phone number.  All of these second accounts will be used to claim freebies.

Sarah x

Creating a Beautiful Garden in Drought-Prone Areas

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So, you live in a place where rain is a rare guest? Fear not! You can still rock a stunning garden without an endless water supply. Let’s break down how you can defy the odds with some savvy gardening moves.

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Design with Purpose

Imagine your garden as a stage—each section has a role, each plant an act. You’ll want to think about water the way a budget-savvy shopper thinks about their wallet. Split your garden into zones: high, moderate, and low water use. Plants that drink the same amount of water should stick together. Pop drought lovers in sunny spots and keep the thirstier types in the cool shade. And hey, a strategic fence or shrub line can cut down on wind, which also means less watering.

Soil Health and Preparation

Good soil is like a good friend—it supports you when things get tough. Get that soil into shape by mixing in some compost or aged manure to up its water-holding game. If you’re dealing with clay that’s stickier than a summer blockbuster, lighten it up with some sand or perlite. Mulch is a miracle worker, too—it keeps the soil cool and moist longer.

Selecting Drought-Tolerant Plants

Choose plants that won’t guzzle all your water. Native plants or those adapted to your area know how to deal with the dry spells—they’ve got this! Think succulents, lavender, or ornamental grasses. And for the lawn? Empire Zoysia Grass is your friend. It’s tough on drought and soft on your feet, perfect for that lush, green look without the drama.

Efficient Irrigation

Water smart, not hard. Drip irrigation and soaker hoses are your best bets—they keep the water right where your plants need it without losing much to evaporation. Watering in the early morning or late at night is the way to go to avoid losing moisture to the sun. And why not catch some rainwater? It’s free, and your plants will love it.

Mix it up with your watering routine. A good soak now and then encourages roots to dig deeper, making plants tougher in dry conditions.

Embrace Hardscaping

Who says a garden is all about plants? Bring in some rocks, some gravel, or a chic stone pathway. They add some pizzazz without begging for water. Permeable materials are great, too—they let rainwater soak into the earth instead of running off into the street.

Sustainable Maintenance

Keep up the good work with regular maintenance. Pull those weeds, trim the bushes, and deadhead the flowers to keep them blooming without wasting water. Raise your mower blades—longer grass holds moisture better. And go easy on the fertilizer; too much can make your plants needy for water.

Experiment and Adjust

Here’s the thing about gardens—they’re always changing. If a plant’s not happy, swap it out. If something’s working beautifully, do more of that. Tweak and fiddle until you’ve got a garden that’s as resilient as it is beautiful.

Conclusion

Building a lush, water-wise garden in a dry zone isn’t just possible—it’s a chance to get creative with nature. Plan well, choose the right plants, and manage your water.

Sarah x

9 Questions To Ask a Puppy Breeder

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Backyard breeders or unscrupulous breeders are a massive problem across the world, and these breeders are solely involved in breeding puppies to make money. This industry is extremely hard to regulate as the majority of puppy mills breeding for financial reasons is done from private homes, and finding the people responsible and keeping them from breeding dogs can be tricky. 

However, these breeders prioritize money above all other issues and are typically the main reason puppies and their mums are abandoned in large numbers. There is also a reduction in health and quality of life in many breeds and the rise of dogs with poor temperaments and behavioral problems. 

Responsible breeders are those who are passionate about the dogs they own, doing what they can to help improve the breed and bring only the highest-caliber puppies into the world. 

However, it can be tricky for first-time and experienced dog owners to find the right breeder to buy your new puppy from. Whether you’re looking for chocolate labrador puppies for sale or have your heart set on a hound or an English bulldog, knowing what questions to ask a breeder before handing over any cash is vital. Reducing the cash flow to those who aren’t breeding for the right reasons is the only way to stop them doing what they’re doing. 

So, next time you want to add a puppy to your home, ask your breeder these questions and if you aren’t satisfied with the answers, they can’t or won’t give any to you, simply walk away. 

How old are the puppies 

Breeders shouldn’t accept people viewing the puppies if they’re under 3 weeks old. Typically, puppies are ready to be separated from their litter and mum at 8 weeks, so people willing to sell you a puppy under 8 weeks old are a massive red flag. If the puppy is over 12 weeks old, this can also indicate an issue and mean something is wrong. Not all the time, but it’s worth being wary if the poop is over 12 weeks old. 

Can I see the pup with mum?

You won’t always be able to see the puppy with both mum and dad, but it’s essential you see it with its mum. This can allow you to see mum’s temperament and how she and the puppies interact with each other. Is mum caring or aggressive? Is the puppy docile or hyper, and how does it engage with its littermates? You need to be able to see the dog in it’s current living environment to help you assess it’s the right puppy for you. Simply turning up and taking the puppy from the front door should be a sign something isn’t right and should be avoided at all costs. 

Can you see and hold littermates?

You might not know much about puppies or dogs in general, but holding the other puppies and the one you want to buy allows you to get a feel for the weight of each one and ensure they’re all of similar weight and there is no massive disparity. You can also see how alert they are, how they react to being handled, and how they engage with you and each other. 

Are they weaned? 

Puppies should be fully weaned at 7 weeks, and if you arrive to collect your puppy and it’s not weaned, this should raise alarm bells. It could signify the puppy is younger than 7 weeks or that the breeder hasn’t cared for it correctly. 

Do they have health certificates for the parents?

If your breeder is genuine, they won’t mind you asking for proof and copies of the parent’s health certificates. In fact, they should welcome this. Certain breeds are more prone to hereditary health conditions, which can be passed to your puppies, so the health certificate of the parent can show you if you’re likely to experience it with your pup if there is something hereditary at play. 

Have any puppies been ill

Ask about any health issues the puppies might have had, as in the whole litter. Ask for medical records, including examinations, weights, and deworming treatments, as well as for anything else. Have the puppies had parvovirus? Have they had any medications, and what signs were visible? If you want to ascertain if the puppies are healthy, asking for a vet history can give you more information. Again, a responsible breeder will not mind sharing this with you at all. 

What is their guarantee? 

Will the breeder offer any guarantees? Will they take the puppy back if you can no longer care for it or if it shows health issues or behavior problems? If so, how long will this guarantee last? A few months, 12 months, or for the life of your puppy? Do they offer ongoing support? 

Are the puppies vaccinated? 

Puppies should receive their vaccinations between 6 and 9 weeks and then another dose around 10 to 12 weeks of age. If you take the puppy home at 8 weeks, know what vaccinations it needs before it can explore the world. Remember, puppies can’t go outside or for walks until they’ve had their full vaccination course. 

Do they have references? 

Are you able to see references from other puppy buyers? What do they have, or have you heard anything that might make you a bit suspicious? Ask for references and if they receive any updates from owners as their puppies grow. Some breeders or buyers of litters host meetups for everyone to see each other again, and if the breeder arranges or goes to these, it’s a good sign they’re invested in the care of their puppies. 

Doing your due diligence before purchasing your new puppy can help you avoid the common pitfalls that can come with buying a puppy, especially if you come across the breeder via an online ad or word of mouth. Do as much research as possible to help you ensure you’re getting the puppy you expect and are indeed paying for. 

Sarah x

Wonderbalm

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Wonderbalm is a new brand whose main aim is to create a multi-purpose skincare balm. It has been developed using natural ingredients and is designed to replace having to use several different products.

Being all natural it is ideal to use on a variety of skin conditions too, from eczema to psoriasis, sun damage and other general day to to day issues. It is kind to your skin whilst showing quick results.

The replenishing formulation is rich in
vitamins and antioxidants, harnessing
the power of plant based ingredients
including Olive Oil and Shea Butter to
hydrate, protect and promote a natural
glow.

It is certified by The Vegan Society and
crafted with 100% natural ingredients, is free from parabens, as well as being packed with goodness for the skin.

I love trying out new skincare products and this can be used as a moisturiser for your face, for dry elbows, chapped lips, dry cuticles, to heal and revive tattoos and so much more. Even a tiny bit on the ends of your hair for split ends and frizz!

Sarah x