How to get your mobile phone’s IMEI code for free

May 10th, 2012 No comments

Knowing how to get your mobile phone’s IMEI code is quite a handy tip.

I recently needed to access my IMEI code when getting my old iPhone 3G handset unlocked through O2 – see next post!

The easiest way to do this is using the keypad – no need to switch off and read the small text on the SIM card.

Just enter the code *#06# on the keypad, as soon as you hit the second “#” the 15 digit IMEI code appears



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Top tip: Save money when you spend money

March 8th, 2012 No comments

We all like to get the most from our money. With these top tips you can genuinely get great deals online for less. I’ve personally received over £250 back in to my bank account in less than twelve months!

These sites are so popular they have millions of members in UK and, as a result, they get attract lucrative money saving offers to consumers from the big brands out there.

If you haven’t heard of them it can be quite hard to believe. Not surprisingly, they’ve been featured on many newspaper articles and consumer  radio and TV such as the BBC’s One Show and ITV’s DayBreak.
TopCashBack- UK's most generous cashback website
All you need to do is sign up with one or more of them for free and then start collecting the pounds.

WARNING: some require the first £5 you save in an annual subscription fee (, but others such as are COMPLETELY FREE!

My personal recommendation is to join both. Surf the web as normal whilst you are selecting what you want to buy and then compare the best deals when your ready to actually purchase.

The secret to smart shopping

BOTTOM LINE: These sites really do save you money when you buy online, simply by giving you money back when you buy the stuff you would buy anyway from top UK Online retailers AND at their normal prices!

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Personalised Number Plate: T30 SSA (Tessa or Tess)

September 11th, 2011 No comments

Opportunity to bag a bargain. My daughter, who’s a hard up medical student, is offering her personalised private number plate T30 SSA to sensible bidders.

Tessa Number Plate (T30 SSA)

Great present for the Tessa or Tess in your life, especially with Christmas coming up. How about it Vernon (Kay) – sure Tess would love it!

If you are interested, please make a genuine offer. This car number plate has been valued by a number of independent vendors, so we have a good idea of the going rate for such a prized number.


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Cheap Student Broadband Deal – PlusNet beats them all!

August 31st, 2011 1 comment

With two daughters, at different Universities right now, one of my main tasks this year has been to figure out what their best options are for Internet connectivity.

Like many students in their second or third year, University accommodation is not an option (pity as you typically get an Internet connectivity as part of the rental package). So, they asked me to research what their best options would be. In summary, high capacity broadband and telephone line rental options for the houses they share with four or five other students.

Rather than you having to do the same thing, this article explains what to look for and my “best buy” given the requirements of;

  • high download capacity

students are notoriously heavy users

  • free wireless router

so that they can all access via laptops throughout the house

  • ideally free evening and weekend calls

to call Mum and Dad for free – maybe!

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY no extended 12+ month contractual tie-ins

as they will only be there for nine months of the year.

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Qualcast Lawn Mower Handle Repair

July 30th, 2011 1 comment


It’s easy to fix the plastic handle on your lawn mower – and cheap – less than a £5 via Amazon!

If you are reading this post you are probably where I was a week ago – your trusty mower not starting and the grass getting longer.

Bit of investigation revealed that the plastic lever used as part of the safety switch mechanism had finally given up the ghost and snapped.

You can see where mine had broken in the photo below.

Broken Qualcast Mower Handle

No problem, quick search on Google and I came across a replacement handle for less than a fiver from Amazon (Atco/Qualcast/Bosch Switch Lever) including delivery.

Apparently this a standard part that fits a long list of lawn mowers going back decades.

All you need is a Philips screwdriver to un-screw the switch mechanism and switch cover to remove the original handle. Then prise off the old handle and put the new one in it’s place.


Saved a fortune as to replace the model of lawn mower I have would have cost going on for £100 – champion.