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Save in 2009

Figures released this week confirm the country is now officially in recession, and it seems that saving the odd penny or two is a topic firmly on people’s minds. I suit of this Top Banana is giving you a quick and dirty run down of some top deals that are currently available, meaning you won’t have to cut every luxury in your life out just yet.

With January coming to a close it maybe time to reward yourself for tightening up those purse strings in the new year, and if you don’t have to spend a great deal in doing so, you can continue the saving well into February too.

There are only a few days left on this 2 for 1 offer at you have until Sunday Night to take advantage. Also not mentioned with this offer on many forums is the fact they are currently running 2 for 1 on all cocktails too, saving even more pennies should you wish to indulge even further.

Therefore leave you bottle at home on the shelf for this price and take advantage while you can.

As the housing market is being particularly hard hit the new trend for home owners finding themselves in negative equity is to stay put. Waiting for the housing market to recover in the future, (which it undoubtedly will at some point) means that you could be staying put for a good few years.

With news of this redecorating a home is the best way to give you that change that is needed, whilst remaining financially sound. To this end there are copious amounts of deals around the home furniture sector, one of the hardest hit in the current financial climate.

There has never been a better time to get that new bedroom furniture the other half has been nagging you for.

Lastly on our must have January deals round up is a treat for the children. With ‘pocket money’ toys expected to make it big in 2009, it seems that even the little ones will have to cut back on the amount they are spending. To that end why not treat them with a free trip to the cinema.

The following companies all offer large amounts of free tickets to publicise films prior to their official release. It is simple ho wit works, when preview screenings become available, you’ll receive a code in an email which you can use to redeem tickets on the relevant website.

Sign up at the following agencies.

* SeeFilmFirst.

* The Film Factory.

* Momentum

There you have it, treat you partner to a meal, your home to a furniture face lift, and children to a free night out without bursting the bank balance in Jan 2009.

Call Free Directory Enquiries

Free Directory Enquiry Calls

The UK Directory Enquiry Service became free again this month.

An official report by the National Audit Office said the switch to 118 from the old 192 service was an expensive flop that left consumers out of pocket and failed to improve service.

Free calls to directory enquiriesHopefully the launch of 0800 100 100 will be the first nail in the coffin for rip-off 118 so-called providers that replaced the original free British Telecom 192 directory enquiry service. although BT have offered free directory enquiries online for at www.bt.com since the abolition of the 192 service which has been reasonably fast if you have a reasonable broadband connection.

You are required to listen to a 20-second advert but that is a small price to pay considering the long delays experienced on pay per second sevices – 40% of users thought 118 operators unnecessarily prolonged conversations to boost revenues.

Calls from landlines, cable networks and even mobiles will be free and answered by real people based in the UK rather than machines and international call centres.

Update see Comment by john smith — March 12, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

Have you tried it? “We are sorry this site is currently over subscribed but you can call our sister company on 118 ……” At 20:38hrs on a Thursday evening? How many calls does it take to “over subscribe” their system?? Clearly a rip off.

The service will be sustained by advertising. Enquirers will be expected to listen to a short message – twenty seconds – before they receive their information however top banana thinks this much better than the existing average call cost of 78p – over 378 million calls to directory enquiries in the UK annually – you do the maths.

Free music downloads – search and find free mp3 music files

Free music downloads – search and find free mp3 music files

OO OO Free Music Downloads WHOOOOOWI’m ever so grateful bright-as-a-button-scape shared this link which explains how to search and find free music files on t’interwibble. This is ideal if you enjoy a good monthly download quota – eg Sky Packages allow 40Gb – enough for a stack of tracks

There’s a comprehensive video –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRv953XZX6Y   showing how to enter various search phrases to find music and video files stored on other peoples computers and networks but freely available to download over the web

Example – search for: 

   intitle:”index.of” (mp3|mp4|avi) enter.song.title.here -html -php -asp -jsp -cf -tones -mobile

Of course a lightning fast broadband connnection would be ideal – some of the servers seem to be very slow – I niavely naively blame them purely because I checked out how fast my download speed should be on the BT broadband speedtest as recommended by Thomas in this post about cheap broadband by Thom

Naturally I searched  for Top Banana and this is what I found:

> >>  intitle:”index.of” (mp3|mp4|avi) top.banana -html -php -asp -jsp -cf -tones -mobile

returned this google result page which listed http://kierf.net/music/Punk%20Floyd/

 Parent Directory        15-Jan-2008 00:19      – 
01 – Intro.mp3          12-Nov-2006 16:00   6.7M 
02 – PF ITA.mp3         12-Nov-2006 16:04  13.5M 
03 – Maison D’etre.mp3  12-Nov-2006 16:08  15.7M 
04 – Which One’s Pun..> 12-Nov-2006 16:08   528k 
05 – Umbergumba.mp3     12-Nov-2006 16:12  15.6M 
06 – Analogue Fest.mp3  12-Nov-2006 16:16  15.1M 
07 – E’s Are Working..> 12-Nov-2006 16:20  12.4M 
08 – Acid House Is H..> 12-Nov-2006 16:23  13.3M 
09 – Great Gig In Th..> 12-Nov-2006 16:27  14.7M 
10 – Can’t Breathe.mp3  12-Nov-2006 16:31  12.0M 
11 – Top Banana.mp3     12-Nov-2006 16:34  13.8M 
12 – We Are Punk.mp3    12-Nov-2006 16:37   9.2M 

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Bingo 13Mb of  techo hard beats FOR FREE!

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