#StartOver with @22seven

This is an interesting campaign [sponsored]. Coming from a brand i’ve been watching over the last few months grow from strength to strength. Highlighting two things that get all of us excited: money and technology!

You might have seen the Tweets yesterday talking about the big SORRY in the sky. People all over JHB were talking about this…

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What you might have missed is why.

Apparently your hard earned cash-dollas want to say sorry. Money itself makes the first move and asks South Africans to accept its apology and rekindle their relationships and #startover with the help of 22seven.

I was sent this letter myself from 22seven just yesterday as well.

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The amount of young people i see and know carrying immense debt at a young age scares me. And not student loan debt. Living beyond your means debt. I grew up in a family riddled with debt. My parents were not stupid, nor were they irresponsible. They just never had a financial education about the real life consequences of debt. I’m always been tight with my money, and i think that mentality is based on a fear of debt.

And that is why i feel financial education is important, to teach people the bad and the good about money. 22seven is a money management tool that helps you do more with your money. It helps you to clearly understand where your money is, in easily understandable graphs and visuals.

It’s a very cool app. Whether or not you feel you need help managing your money i recommend you have a look around. If not just to explore the tech behind it!

CLICK HERE to learn more about it.

Which gadgets will you be purchasing in 2015? via @KingPriceIns

We’re already at the end of our first 2015 month. No one warned me that time moves quicker as you get older, it’s crazy. I’m excited for a few things this year – lots of exciting work opportunities on the go, a new home renovation project, and the curveballs a life in digital will throw my way.

Just earlier today Facebook was down for a few minutes and the internet almost exploded – we complain about Eskom but it seems they aren’t the only ‘service’ we can’t live without. Gadgets follow a close second to things we’re unable to live without, if you’re anything like me. I don’t insure everything i own but gadget insurance is right up there with cars and medical ;)

I’m keen to see more gadgets that creep into our lives in 2015. Besides the usual smartphones and music accessories i think these three gadgets might be next in line for me…

1. Samsung looking at a phone with a bendable screen… SAY WHAT!?

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2. This smart pedal from Connected Cycle is making big waves in the biking industry. Not only does it track stats like speed, route, incline, and calories burned on each ride, but it also alerts you through an app if someone tries to steal your bike. 

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3. The AirDog drone, designed for action sport enthusiasts, is a self-flying drone controlled by a wristband. YES, you read that correctly!

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Best bet is to have your favourite items insured early into the year. Wether its your new car or your new Airdog – our good friends at King Price are keen to do just that with super cheap premiums that decrease every month. 

Click on the image below and chat to the King yourself, he’ll help you cut down on those unnecessary monthly expenses so you can increase on the necessary ones… i.e. GADGETS ;)

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My #PerfectHome with Property24

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that my bulldogs are pretty much my entire life. I’m in the process of buying a new house, and let me tell you about my criteria for the perfect home. A garden for my children. My children being my bulldogs ;) And I don’t just mean any garden. I mean a shady luxury garden with a big pool to keep them cool on summer days. With their life jackets on, of course.  

After searching for a long time, I finally found what I was after. And it was close to work too!

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 8.08.25 PM Needs a LOT of work but excited to announce my new home to the world! My only current issue is what to do with the toy shelves. Where will they go!? How will they fit!? They were built for a specific wall. Not the new wall. PANIC!

But then i remember. Miley needs a big pool so she can spend her summer days sipping milkshakes by the pool. Wearing her sweet life jacket. Basically, bringing all the boys to the yard.

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To sum up, when I have to describe my perfect home, I can assure you that my pets come first. My first priority is a big space for them to enjoy. That’s outweighs the vegetable garden every time for me. Besides, they’d probably eat that up anyway.

But this post isn’t just about me. And my home.

How would you describe your perfect home? If you want to win some great accessories to complement it, tweet @Property24 describing your #PerfectHome.

Good luck!

*** This is a sponsored post, but the story of my home and finding it on @Property24 are completely real. So is the pic of Miley in her life jacket ;)

The follow up to #MakeItHappenZA

A while back i wrote a post about how @GeeksDoingStuff went from being something small into something big. A hobby to a business. It was a story i enjoyed writing. Sometimes it’s important to look back at what you’ve done so you can make sure what’s to come is even bigger :)

It was a great campaign – sponsored by Lumia. They asked South Africans what visions they wanted to make a reality, and it seems South Africa told them. Here’s a clip of one of those dreams being transformed with the help of Lumia.

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Fun with a little madness these holidays :)

The festive season is around the corner. It’s the season for family and in our case, competitive board games for the whole family! Our sponsor for today, King Price, knows best about family values. One of the family values they live by is ‘fun with a little madness’ – I think my families board game obsession falls right into that world.

We don’t have much time together in the year but when we get those few days off we spend our spare cash on board games. I dig finding cheap hidden gems – like this Marvel Monopoly below. Granted it’s only cheap because we bought it in Hong Kong but still. It’s MARVEL Monopoly!

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Getting the same insurance cover, but with super cheap premiums, allows us to consider that extra family board game for the Christmas holidays. Preferably one involving Superheroes ;) But how are you meant to decide on the geekiest family board games to buy this festive season? Luckily we’ve done the research for you!

 

1. The Big Bang Theory board game

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2. Batman Snakes & Ladders

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3. Star Trek Uno

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Hope you manage to dedicate some time to family fun these holidays. My family is into board games, yours might be into beach vibes. Either way, try not to let the budget stress get you down during the holidays.

Thanks again to King Price for supporting the geeks. If you want to support them in return AND save money at the same time, go here for a quick quote!

 

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Build a Lego vase this holiday #adultkid

If you have some time off this holiday you should use it wisely. Use it to build Lego and watch movies. Maybe play an Xbox game or build a puzzle. All the fun #adultkid stuff you don’t get to do during the year!

I found this on Pinterest. Thought i’d share with you lot ;)

Go have fun!

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A live commercial for PayPal. Ellen wins the internet this month. #PayPalSA

I’m in advertising. I know it’s hard to always be on top of your content game and be able to create new ways to speak to customers. Especially when budgets are tight and restrictions are, well, strict. I also know the difficulty of online payments in South Africa and how we’re oddly behind in the world of paying for things online. Almost 50% of my geek store payments are still done via EFT, i find that weird personally but when i reached out to customers they just seemed to feel more secure doing it that way. Who am i to judge?

I am happy to see that the big players in the online payment world are starting to invest more into education around online payments. I really think if more people understood the simplicity of online interactions and the security behind the ‘big players’ like PayPal then we’d all be able to move happily into the next level of online shopping! Check out this rad campaign below that popped up on the Ellen show.

This post may be sponsored but i think it’s a great thing that PayPal has given us some facts below to share with you, to help educate people about the online payment process.

  • When checking out with your PayPal account, you do not need to type in all your credit card details and shipping information for each transaction- everything is already stored in your PayPal account and kept secure.
  • When you make a payment with PayPal we do not share your financial details with the seller. This gives you more control and provides an extra layer of security.
  • We also protect eligible purchases with PayPal Buyer Protection. If an eligible item doesn’t show up, or turns out to be different than described, we’ll help sort things out with the seller.

So this festive season there should be nothing stopping you.

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Tis the season to be cheap and merry!

Firstly, you have to read the post title in a Christmas carol singing voice. That’s very important. Secondly, this post took a fair amount of time to construct so lets be thankful to the sponsors of this post, King Price Insurance.

We all know that King Price is the cheapest insurance but what we don’t know is where to buy the cheapest geek accessories this Christmas, and that’s how this blog post was born. We all know at least one geek, and this post is for them. As a geek myself i’m tired of terrible gifts because you don’t understand what we like. So to help you South Africans be better at geek-gift-giving this Christmas, i’ve put together this handy guide!

Note – these items are from all over the South African internet. Not just our own eStore. We tried to be fair ;)

1. Star Wars Christmas stockings. Available for R695 from GeeksDoingStuff.com (sold as a pair).

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2. The Joker Vinyl Clock. Available for R270 from Project Mayhem.

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3. Marvel Comics vintage comic book bow tie. Available for R320 from Vamers.

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4. Lego brick alarm clock. Available for R269 from Takealot.

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5. Bazinga christmas stocking. Available for R295 from GeeksDoingStuff.com.

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6. Inflatable rollerwheel (i don’t know why i love this but i do!). Available for R799 from Mantality.

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7. Pre-order them a Playstation TV. Available for R1499 from Kalahari.

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8. And last but not least, if you have a geek that you REALLY love. A white Playstation 4 ;) Available for R6999.90 from Toys R Us.

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To be honest, gimmicky stuff is what makes us geeks happy. I’ve managed to add some cheap stuff to this list as well, so you have NO excuse. Talking about cheap, you can also get a quick quote from our royal friends of the insurance world. Go on, be a sport ;)

We know that geeks can be expensive friends but keep us in mind this festive season. With you decreasing monthly car insurance premiums, we know their should be budget for some Star Wars Christmas stocking gifts!

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Did you win that HTC One (M8)? Find out here! #HTCTheOne

The wait is finally over. After we showcased how exceptional the HTC One M8 is, we were lucky enough to give one away to one of our fans. We received an overwhelming of entries since Monday, it’s clear that most of you love the fact that HTC is back in SA! Wish we had at least ten phones to giveaway!

Alas, a winner has been randomly chosen. I tweeted asking for a number at lunch time today and that tweet is our winner. This brand new HTC One M8 is getting a new home – the home of Craig Martin, known as @JustJimmyZA on Twitter. Congratulations Craig, we hope you enjoy this exceptional phone and do take advantage of its glorious features!

Those who didn’t win, do not despair, we will have more goodies for you in the near future.

In the meantime, you can check out some of the goodness we have at the store. Get some cute stuff for your loved ones, they will love you forever!

Craig, please send a mail to kirsty@geeksdoingstuff.com with your address and tel numbers. We’ll connect you with the local HTC team to sort out your prize.

PEACE!

Want to win the new HTC One (M8)? Of course you do! #HTCTheOne [CLOSED]

I’m an Android fan. Always have been and probably always will be. I’ve recently just switched over to the HTC One (M8) and so far so good. It’s nice to have a phone that’s big enough to use for work, and also to run with… (says the girl who went running for the first time in months this weekend).

I think one solution is just easier. And because @HTCSouthAfrica were kind enough to come into my life and offer me that one solution i think i should pass that kindness onto you. In the form of a giveaway ;)

That’s right, you chose the right day to visit GeeksDoingStuff.com because we’re giving away the brand new HTC One (M8)! 

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It’s true my little Superheroes. I went to an HTC lifestyle event last week and was introduced to this exceptional new phone – myself and the other HTC ambassadors were setup onto the exceptional HTC One (M8), which is designed for people who choose the exceptional over the ordinary.

HTC wants to win over the customers that think for themselves, those exceptional people who walk into a store and form their own opinions!

If you are one of those people, and you want to WIN yourself a brand new HTC One (M8), then all you need to do is complete the two instructions below:

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Winners will be chosen at random this Friday at 1pm.

Good Luck!

Just love this campaign.

Welcome back to South Africa HTC!