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An app that tells you exactly where there are available discounts? Sounds too good to be true. I downloaded this app, and it is true!

After downloading via my phone’s store, (available on iTunes, google Play and for Blackberry ), I completed the easy sign-up process, and then I was spoilt with competitions as well as vouchers and coupons for discounts and free items. These are available via voucher codes, links to the retailer websites, it saves on your app, and you can even print out a voucher. The service is available via the app, as well as on the vouchercloud website.

The vouchers, coupons, and links all display the expiry date, as well as the available days that it may be redeemed. The app detects your location via your phones GPS, and tells you where the available offers are closest to you.

You can even browse via category to have a look at what you may be in the hunt for, be it dining, travel, fashion, gardening, electrical, sports and much more.

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Powered by Vodacom, vouchercloud boasts deals/offering from the largest retailers, brands & franchises available to our country. Download the app or have a look at the website. Its easy to use, and will benefit every type of consumer looking for a good deal.




Ever wanted to spoil someone with the perfect getaway, but you weren’t too sure on where they’d like to go?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this, particularly because I know of quite a few people getting married soon. The one question I find is commonly asked is, “So, where are you guys planning on going for your honeymoon?”

Tradition believes that it is the responsibility of the groom, or the groom’s family to take care of the honeymoon arrangements, but what if you want to surprise your bride with a trip to somewhere she’s actually being longing to visit, but just don’t know the place?

Or even moving away from weddings, wouldn’t a great Christmas, birthday or even anniversary gift be a nice travel getaway to destination of choice for whoever you may be surprising?

Flight Centre has found a solution to this almost ‘travel trivia’, if I could call it that. The Flight Centre gift card has become the perfect answer to all your travel decision making dilemmas.  Loadable to any amount from R100 to R20 000, choose to surprise your new bride, a friend, a family member or a loved one with a travel voucher giving them the opportunity to choose their destination of choice.

Flight Centre gift cards are now available from any of their 120 stores nationwide and can be used as partial or full payment towards flights, accommodation, packages, tours, car hire and more. The Flight Centre gift cards are also available to be redeemed at any of the Flight Centre branches.

So whether you’ve been wanting to surprise someone with a voucher towards their dream holiday to Thailand, gift someone a weekend away accommodation stay or offer them a chauffeured car hire experience and the likes, the Flight Centre gift card seems to be the perfectly packaged gift to make anyone’s travel dreams come true.

*For more about the gift card or how to purchase it, visit your nearest Flight Centre store and speak to one of their travel experts.

It’s new year’s day and as tradition goes in my family, it’s a day of family fun, braai-ing and loads of laughs. Despite being away from home, I will be sticking to tradition and with Robindale and Ferndale Spar’s Sparbucks programme and their “My Spar loyaltykard”, I have all the more reason to.


Living right around the corner from Ferndale Spar, I decided to register for the Sparbucks programme. All I had to do was to go to their kiosk counter where I was requested to fill in my details, including my name, address, email address and contact details and immediately thereafter,  I could use my card to swipe on my purchases and redeem loyalty points instantly.

With the “My Spar loyaltykard”, cardholders gain special privileges including specials on selected goods only for cardholders.

The only downside about this programme is that, because it is currently being run as a pilot, Ferndale and Robindale Spar’s in Johannesburg are the only one’s running with it, however, if you are in the vicinity, make use of the programme and reap many great rewards.

With the programme,earn points when shopping at participating retailers and have access to exclusive deals, competitions and promotions and save money while you’re at it. You can manage and redeem your points online and the exclusive deals activate at the till instantly.

Receive emails and SMS’s notifying you or their latest deals, specials and promotions and never miss out on a saving.


Saving on your grocery spend has just become easier. Earn 1 Sparbuck for each R1 you spend and earn 10 000 Sparbucks before making your first redemption. When redeeming, every 100 Sparbucks earned is equivalent to R1 for you to spend on your earnings. Redemptions are done in store at the terminal. To check up on your balance, simply visit their site.

Now I can easily and happily go do my new year’s day braai shopping, knowing that what I’ll be gaining goes beyond simply my purchases, but I get rewarded at the same time.

Here’s to hoping that the Sparbucks programme rolls out to other Spar’s too, so that you can reap the benefits just as I have.

New wheels for the new year

shanaazp —  December 31, 2013 — Leave a comment


It’s festive and to start your 2014 off on a memorable note, Cresta Shopping Centre is feeling generous. Walking through the mall over the weekend, the shops were buzzing with eager shoppers ready to spend and stand a chance to walk away a winner.

Be a winner with Cresta and try your luck at walking away with tons gift cards worth a total value of R18 000 each month to use as you please. As if that’s not enough already, you could also possibly start your year off on a sassy note with the grand prize of driving off in a brand new Peugeot 208GTi.

To be one of the lucky shoppers all you need to do is to  simply spend R500 or more at the mall, grab one of the competition envelopes at the info kiosk near Checkers and attach your original till slip/s to it.


With all your Christmas shopping, grocery shopping and even self-spoil splurges, collecting till slips to the value of R500 should not be all that tough and with such amazing prizes, it’s definitely worth the spend of every cent.

Till slips from various stores can be combined to make up the R500 minimum spend. You are then eligible to be entered into the competition every month between 1 September 2013 and 31 May 2014. You can enter as many times as you like, provided that your entry is accompanied by original till slips.

So hurry up, make your way to Cresta Shopping Centre and try your luck. The festive fever is of a high dose this year, so who knows? You could just be a lucky winner.


With only one more sleep until Christmas, I am one of those people running around frantically looking for Christmas gifts, especially because I have family in town visiting over the festive period.

Being from a smaller city, I decided to take my family to Sandton City to browse around the shops and have a bit of a look around, that way also giving me some idea of what they would want as gifts.

However, I felt a little bit like I had shot myself in the foot because of all the different likes received at the different goods at the many stores.

Almost giving up hope on what to get each of them, I tried to simplify the process for myself by letting them decide for themselves what they wanted to get and my answer came packaged in a gold wrapped envelope and two words…gift card.

Being somewhat of a confusing person to buy a gift for, myself, I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of this idea sooner.

Gift cards are always great options to get as Christmas, birthday or even anniversary gifts, that way, as the buyer, you aren’t left with the worry of whether or not your gift will be enjoyed or even kept and as the gift receiver, the option is yours as to how you want to spend your gift and it’s a much safer and more modern way rather than gifting someone with cash.

So off I went and purchased my gift cards, which was a pleasant experience. All I needed to do was to go to one of the gift card counters at the mall, ask for the amount I wanted and present my ID or driver’s license before paying.


Sandton city is one of the largest shopping malls in South Africa and with over 300 stores and hundreds of thousands of shoppers a month, both locally and internationally, their gift card offering is world class. The Sandton City MasterCard gift card was launched in 2007 and has been tremendously popular since.

Gift cards, like the ones sold at Sandton City, have been proven to increase sales and feet within a shopping centre, make use as great marketing tools and are a step ahead from paper vouchers as used in the past.

As a customer, needless to say, gift cards are definitely the future in shopping freedom.


Festive fever has hit with full force and to reward you for all your Christmas spending, Eastgate Mall wants to give back to you.

This season, Eastgate Mall is the gift that keeps on giving as they give shoppers the opportunity to walk away R50 000 richer with their gift card giveaway. Spend R300 or more at the mall, pop your slip in their draw box at the customer services counter and stand a chance to win a R50 000 gift card, it’s as simple as that.

With the silly season upon us, spending R300 on almost anything from groceries to presents is quite an easy feat and definitely worth it if you could possibly walk away with an extra R50 000 in your pocket. Now you can spend your winnings on all of your heart’s desires, whether it be that “self-spoil” that you’ve been eyeing for months or even a home revamp, it’s all up to you.

With a gift card, you can now manage your spending, spend without the concern of losing cash or having it stolen. You are also able to check and manage your card balance using the whatsonmycard application, which allows you to see how much you’ve spent and how much more shopping you can do using your card. All you would need to do is to visit the whatsonmycard site, enter your card number and the security code displayed, and just like that, your card balance will be made available to you. The application is available to all Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices.

Shopping mall gift cards, like the one being given away at Eastgate Mall, are valid for three years giving you more than enough time to decide what you would spend your winnings on.

The competition is only valid for purchases made to the value of R300 or over between December, 6 and December, 22 2013 and the draw for the winner will be done next week Monday, December, 23.



Tis the season to be jolly and Build A Bear Workshop is spreading the Christmas joy with their great gift card special this season.

A newby to the phenomenon that is Build A Bear, I felt like a kid in a candy store…or maybe even a kid in Santa’s toy workshop, caught in awe by the amazing idea of being able to build my very own teddy bear.

Whether it’s a present for you, a little brother or sister, a loved one or even for a stranger, Build A Bear is definitely your one stop shop to find the cutest and cuddliest littly furry friends and even the cutest teddy outfits to keep them fashion forward.

Now you too can spread the furry love to as many people as possible, because when you spend R350 or more at your nearest Build A Bear store, receive a R100 gift card for only half the price at R50. Gift cards can be used for rewards and promotions by stores.

Last week, I visited the Sandton City branch of the store, where I had my very first Build a Bear experience.

With my R100 gift card, I was able to purchase, stuff, wash and type out a birth certificate for my new furry friend and more than just walking away with a new teddy, you walk away with a whole new experience.

Coming in different colours and designs, the Build A Bear Workshop gift cards are playful, easy and fitting to the child like theme portrayed in the shop. The staff are also very friendly, offering their assistance wherever possible.


Walking through the Build A Bear store, I could easily spend R350, or even more on all the cute goodies that they have in store and then still shop some more as I reap the benefits of a 50% discount on a gift card as a reward.

WIth my R100 gift card, I chose to build my own teddy bear named “Cuddles”, which would then be donated to kids at a local charity in Yeoville, Johannesburg, The Nazareth House.

First I had a look around at all the different furry friends and made my pick of which one I wanted stuffed. After choosing the perfect white bear, I could then take it through the process of watching it being stuffed, even giving it sound effects, washing it and then naming it and issuing its very own birth certificate.


And Voila! in about 10 minutes, I got to walk out the store with my new fluffy companion, ready to hand him over to a new home and a new owner. Spread the Christmas cheer in a fluffy new way this year at Build A Bear and get discounted too!