Play, Save, and Shop, with Dealspotr

Do you like playing games? Do you like saving money? Do you like winning prizes? How about earning money? Chatting online?

What if I told you that you could do all of that at once, on one website!

You are probably wondering what is the catch, does it cost money to join? Is it a huge scam?

Well you'll be delighted to know that I have been trying out a site called Dealspotr that does all of those things and no it doesn't cost anything to join and no it's not a scam.

Dealspotr is a discount and savings site but unlike others where you hunt around for codes and have to check dates etc, Dealspotr runs like a social media app. Dealspotr is the only coupon site that pays you (via gift cards) to share deals. You don't even have to buy anything to earn points, just share deals and be helpful to other shoppers.
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You follow people with similar interests, you chat in the forums, and you 'like' deals you see on your timeline. Just like other social media sites you add friends and companies that you like and deals from them appear in your timeline so you won't be bored by deals that are of no use to you, though you can look through all the site deals too.

Dealspotr is the only deal site to give you this personal feed of deals. Similar to your Facebook news feed, you can subscribe to specific brands, topics, and people and curate a daily feed of deals personalised for you

Members also verify when a deal works for them, so the deals are always working when you find them, if they've stopped working, they are quickly reported and vanish from the system. (I haven't found a deal that didn't work yet)

The gaming aspect is the bit that many people will really like. You can share new deals and verify older ones to gain points (and what do points mean? Yes! Prizes!) you gain Amazon vouchers in exchange for points so not only are you saving on the deals you find, but you are making money by playing too! This incentive idea helps to keep the site fresh and the deals just keep coming. I've been using the site for a month now and I'd say it's a bit time consuming addictive, so I tend to pop in once a week or so, that means I'm gaining points slowly, but depending how much time you have points could rack up fairly quickly.

The site is worldwide and doesn't have a search by country option at the moment which can be a pain when you discover that the bargain McDonald's voucher you just found is only valid in the States, but as you build a group of friends you can start to see deals that you all like, so finding British Dealspotrs to follow is important for me!

When I first started using the site I found it a bit cumbersome. I'm terrible at reading instruction manuals and barely glanced at what I was supposed to be doing, so I floundered about a bit to begin with. Luckily Dealspotr is designed to guide you through the system, prompting you what to do next and what to add. The main thing to remember when sharing deals is that you'll need a screen shot and a nicely cropped one is best. Once you get used to doing that it's easy, I kept forgetting at the start!

Sharing the deals gains you points so it's a good idea to pop in regularly to share a deal or two if you can, and to check out the deals other people have found. Even if you are not the first person to find the deal you can still help by verifying that it's real.

 A nice part of the site is the fact that the deals are described by real people so little tips about the deal or what to do when you claim something are all explained in plain language. The forums are fun for a chat or to ask questions about the site and the admin staff are quick to answer your questions.

It's a pretty large site and if you like bargains you are missing out by not joining. From free delivery, money off, free gifts and 'buy one get one free' deals, there are loads of great savings and special buys. You don't only have to share money off vouchers either, just spotting that your local Tesco has a great instore deal running this week can be posted onsite and shared with the community.

I really need new British friends to follow so if you join up (or are already on Dealspotr) do say hello!

For bloggers there is even a deal sharing widget! (look I tried it out to share a deal with you!)

All in all it's a really friendly fun site where you can chat, 'play' by adding deals to improve your score, and save money on purchases, just try not be be lured in to buying things you don't need! Oh! I see there is a champagne sale on...be right back...

Disclosure - This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links, the opinions are all my own and the review shares my personal experience of the Dealspotr website


National Board Games Week with Pork Farms

Did you know 8th-14th May 2017 is National Board Games Week?

We've always been quite fond of board games in our house, and while the internet distracts us a fair bit, we still find time for a few hours of Monopoly, or a quick game of draughts, or even chess (which I taught DD when she was quite small) a few times a month, and we play lots during holidays.

When Pork Farms asked if I'd like to try out a new Hasbro board game I was surprised how many games we already had, from Frustration (which DD has always loved) through Jenga (is that a board game?) to Thud, the Discworld board game.

Hasbro Trivial Pursuit 2000s edition

It was quite a surprise to realise we didn't have Trivial Pursuit! As DD was born in 1999 the Trivial Pursuit 2000s Edition seemed perfect for us! It contains questions from 2000 until now, and they are good questions too, easy enough that we can answer a few but hard enough that we get some wrong too!

border terrier looking at trivial pursuit

 Am I remembering the rules incorrectly though?, this version gives us a wedge just for passing a point on the board...seems to speed up the game, but loses a bit of the pursuit aspect. Any way we've been having super fun, answering questions on Cats, Festivals and Celebrity Couples among other subjects!

trivial pursuit cards

This year National Board Games Championships are being run by Pork Farms, in association with the Micropub Association and with games supplied by Hasbro. Pork Farms are celebrating all things British and what is more British than one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, good old-fashioned board games?

Heats took place across Britain last month and winners will be competing in the semi-finals and grand finale in London during Pork Farms’ National Board Games Week, May 8th to 14th, for the chance to be crowned King or Queen of board games.

If you'd like to get involved with a family games night (and who wouldn't it's proper old fashioned fun for all the family) you can! and up until May 14th 2017  if you have a games evening, using whichever games you like, and share photos with Pork Farms on social media you have the chance to win a stack of board games and a year’s supply of pork pies!! (Are the Trivial Pursuit wedges actually pork pie pieces?)

You simply need to sign up on Pork Farms’ website and you’ll be emailed a family pack right away with all the details. And printables etc. So you can have a really fun evening.

So grab some dice, grab pizza, pork pies, and beer and get sharing those photos, especially the ones where anyone is sulking because they are losing, because those are my favourites! You could even make your own winners cup or medals.

pizza cut to resemble trivial pursuit wedges

Disclosure : I was sent the Trivial Pursuit 2000s Edition to try out, and was asked to share the info about Pork Farms National Board Games Week.


Social Media and Security

A friend of mine had a social media account hacked. She doesn't know how, but some one logged onto Twitter as her and posted things pretending to be her.

It's a common thing to happen, someone uses technology or a simple guess to access a social media account, a website, an email account and runs amok, free to 'be someone else'.
Hackers range from bored Internet geeks signing you up to dating sites for fun (has happened to me!) or posting porn on your Facebook page, to vast botnets (a network of computers running code that can bombard servers and crash them)  used to bring down companies, and everything in between.

But it doesn't really matter WHY someone hacks you, you just need to think about HOW they hack you, and do all you can to prevent it. Anyone can be a target. If you use the Internet for anything at all then chances are you have log ons and passwords. You probably read all the information about security and think "oh it's just my email, a password doesn't need to be complicated" but if that email is the one that a password reset link for your bank would be sent to... And if you are a blogger reading this, you are your own brand! All of your social media apps and online presence represents you, and should be kept secure.

So here are some security/password rules for your online life. Can you check off all of them? Have I missed any?

  • A password should not be a dictionary word. A computer can trawl through all of the words in all of the dictionaries in the world in seconds.
  • A password should be long, the longer a password is the longer it takes to hack.
  • A password should not have any connection to you. Lots of hacking is via tech but don't make hacking easier by using combinations of dogs names, phone numbers and birth dates.
  • Your password should be different for every site. Yes it's a pain but if you get hacked you only have one password to worry about, not every site you access.
  • If there is an offer of 2 step verification (where you are texted a code as well as having to have a password, or you have a token with a changing code) for a site use it! If you have to not only know a password but also have a thing in your possession to confirm access, it makes hacking into your account much harder. Google, Twitter and Facebook all offer two step verification.
  • Use a password manager - yes there is a risk of 'all your eggs in one basket' but it's no greater risk than a weak password and it's a much better bet than lots of weak passwords, or repeated passwords. A password manager uses bank quality encryption to keep your passwords safe. It will generate strong random passwords for you. I use LastPass - it has a two step verification option as well.
  • Be careful who you allow to access your apps etc. Logging on via Twitter or Google for speed is fine if you are sure the site is secure, but check regularly who has ongoing access. On Google you can be inadvertently sharing location, calendar etc.
  • Do a regular check up on sites like Google, Twitter, Facebook and remove app permissions you don't recognise or haven't used in a while. You can always add them back later if you need to - lot's of 'games' on social media sites are just hidden data miners after your information.
  • Some sites (Facebook is one) will send you an email telling you the location of each log in to your account so you can keep a check on what's going on.
  • Double check every email that claims you need to log on to confirm anything! Don't use the links in the email - go to the site via a method you trust instead and log in that way - it's far too easy to copy the url code and make a fake site to harvest passwords.
  • Consider using a disposable email for sites you will only use once and you are not confident with.
Loads of great security advice over at Naked Security Blog. Worth signing up to their email too to stay one jump ahead of the bad guys.