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The Fifth Watches: Aki // Rose Gold and Navy Blue – Tokyo range review*

You may or may not have seen my previous reviews on The Fifth Watches (or ‘The 5th’), but just in case you don’t know, I’m a massive fan. I bought my first watch, the Melbourne Rose Gold and Peach watch from the Minimal range back in 2014, just after they first launched.

The Broadway (Black & Gold) from the New York range followed in 2015.

So, when the lovely guys there got in touch and offered to send me a watch from the Tokyo range, I couldn’t say no!

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Relaxed
As with all of the watch collections, there are 5 to choose from, this time representing the seasons (I know there are only 4 seasons, you bright sparks – The 5th have included a ‘rainy’ season as well).

I chose the ‘Aki’, or Autumn.*

Fifth Watches Review - Aki

I’ve had my eye on the Aki for a while. It expertly represents autumn, a season of mixture and change: a dark navy leather strap, with a sandblasted rose gold watch casing and buckle. The face is white, as are the number indicators (including the ubiquitous ‘V’ for 5) and the minute and hour hands, while the minute hand is dark blue.

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Close Up

This may seem like it would make the time hard to read, but it doesn’t; the details catch the light with every movement.Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Close Up

The leather strap is awesome quality as always, thick yet supple.

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Buckle

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Mirror

I still love these little touches.

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Buckle

The packaging, by the way, is just as beautiful as the watch!

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Packaging

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Box

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Box Open

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Strap

I’m not sure you’d call it a motto as such but The 5th live by the phrase, “Time is what we make it”. I couldn’t agree more.

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Motto

Fifth Watches Review - Aki - Motto

The watches go on sale every month on the 5th for a limited time. Styles sell out really quickly, so if there’s one you like the look of, I recommend signing up to become a ‘VIP’ and receive early access as well as being able to preload your cart.

Fifth Watches Review - Aki


The 5th have kindly given me a voucher or coupon code for you to use if you decide to buy – until 11 May 2017 get 10% off with the code:



Let me know if you own a 5th Watch – or which you’re going to buy! – in the comments below.



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How to Make Money Online: Cashback Sites

This post should probably be called ‘how to save money online’, but it depends which way you look at it! You may well use a cashback site already, but if you don’t, read on. If you’re going to buy anyway, it’s a good way of getting a little something back, and it all adds up.

How does it work?

Cashback sites list hundreds of merchants and other sites where you can earn money as either a percentage of your sale value or a lump sum – and you don’t have to be buying a product necessarily; some sites pay you to use their service. So whether you’re buying a new dress or using a comparison site, there’s cash to be had.

You need to find the company you want to purchase from on the cashback site and click through to them from there. Ideally you should complete the sale in one session. This is because the sites track using cookies and most are based on a ‘last click wins’ policy – your cashback claim might get turned down if you later click through to the site from another source (even Google) and purchase from that click instead.

The cashback site relies on the retailer’s sales data to verify whether you made a sale, and because of these moving parts, cashback isn’t guaranteed – so best to think of it as a bonus instead of a certainty.

Different companies, different cashback

You may find that different companies pay differing rates of cashback for the same merchant, so it’s worth signing up to as many as you can and doing a quick check of the rates before committing to a click. One may also have access to merchants that the other doesn’t.

The top 2 cashback sites – Top CashBack and Quidco

Top Cashback Logo

Top CashBack offer two types of account – Classic and Plus. Plus costs £5 a year, and you get a whole host of additional features. Top CashBack pay a cashback bonus with all transactions, but for Plus customers it’s 5% rather than the 1% for Classic members. You also get higher payout and referral bonuses, no ads around the site, exclusive deals and 7 days a week priority customer support. They also have a helpful list of ‘free cashback’, where you don’t have to purchase to earn. I prefer Top CashBack because of the additional cashback bonuses plus the varied ways you can get paid. Payments:

  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
  • Gift cards / e-certificates at various retailers including Amazon, M&S, Love2shop, Cineworld, Argos, Homebase, TK Maxx, Debenhams, Currys PC World, Boots, Arcadia Group, Starbucks, Toys R Us, New Look, BHS, House of Fraser, River Island, plus a few restaurants and pub groups. What a choice!
  • Tesco Clubcard points

Quidco Logo is perhaps the more well known site and while I prefer TC overall, I prefer the Quidco interface. It’s a bit easier to navigate and I tend to find account information, payments etc easier to find on here. There’s a lot more obvious in-your-face merchant ‘recommendations’ (advertising) though. You can also pay to be a Premium member (£5 a year) – where you get faster payment terms with selected retailers, support, no ads, exclusive offers and ocasionally payout bonuses – right now you get an extra 2% on Gift Certificates.

  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal
  • Gift Certificates (+2%)

Charity cashback sites

There are a few charity cashback sites, where rather than the money coming to you, it goes to your nominated charity instead. The rates tend to be lower though, so if you can trust yourself (!) you’d be better off earning from Top CashBack/Quidco and donating. If you do decide to use these sites, make sure you tick the GiftAid box if you’re eligible to do so, to maximise the amount the charity receives. Examples of these include Giveasyoulive and Easyfundraising.


Most sites have toolbars you can install / add on to your browser which will indicate when a site offers cashback. This is a good way of making sure you don’t forget!

Cashback vs Voucher Codes

Unlike a voucher code, where the discount on your purchase is instant in the basket, with cashback you will need to pay the full price upfront, and then wait a while for your sale to be validated by the merchant before the money can be paid to you. The cashback site will tell you a rough idea of how long this will be, but be warned – it can take longer and as mentioned elsewhere, isn’t guaranteed to be paid.

As a voucher code gives a guaranteed discount, you should weigh up which is better – a lower voucher code which is provided then and there or a higher cashback amount which may not be paid.

One problem with voucher codes is that it’s hard to keep track of the savings as you go along – a few pence here and there does add up, but unless you put that money aside, you could just end up spending it on something you didn’t mean to! What I like about getting a payment from a cashback site is that it’s much easier to keep track of and move directly into your savings account.

Cashback AND Voucher Codes?

Sometimes you might see a voucher code and cashback and think – I can use both! But the only time you can, is if the voucher is shown on the cashback site. If you get it elsewhere and use both, you’ll get the voucher code discount but in most cases, not the cashback. Merchants are much more savvy to this now as they de-dupe across traffic channels.

In-store cashback

Don’t forget to link up your bank cards so that you will receive in-store cashback with participating retailers without even trying! Some sites require you to ‘opt in’ to the offers, but on Quidco for example you get it anyway. I got 5p from Caffe Nero the other day when I bought two coffees – which OK, isn’t going to change my life by itself but every little helps!

I bought something but the cashback hasn’t tracked / it’s been declined. What do I do?

There’s an option to put in a cashback claim with all of these sites who will investigate whether they can track a sale back to you. Sometimes though this may still be declined if they can’t connect a sale back to you or if you’ve gone via two conflicting traffic sources as mentioned above. Worth trying though!



Transfer your payments to your savings account as soon as you receive them. Or, take the payout as a store voucher and use as gifts, or to purchase gifts at Christmas. You could easily pay for Christmas over  the course of a year!

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