Our Goal

Since our launch in 2015 the My Area website team have continuously achieved our goal:

To collate and present the UK's best local shopping and holiday promotions in a clear and simple way.

Although this sounds a simple task, it requires a dedicated team to liaise with thousands of UK stores, travel agents and service providers to bring to you the best possible discounts on an hourly basis.

What Is A Cookie?

A cookie is very tiny snippet of information that most websites store on a user's computer so that it can remember information about the user, such as items you have added to your shopping basket, or between visits to that website. For example, if you log in to your web based email such as GMail, that website will place a cookie on your computer so that it doesn't forget who you are, thereby avoiding you from having to repeat the laborious log in process should you leave that website and return within an hour or so.

All of the Internet's big websites use cookies as they provide the user with a far more enjoyable and time saving experience.

My Area Website and Cookies

The My Area website is no different and we created this page to provide complete transparency by sharing with you the details of each cookie.

When somebody visits the My Area website and uses one of our discounts to save money, we occasionally earn a small commission from the store. This commission is often around 2% of the order value and has zero effect on the price that you pay. It's rate is negotiated completely separately to your shopping order.

It's important at this point to refer back to our goal and highlight that the My Area website does not exist just to earn commissions. Many of the companies we feature do not pay us a commission but we promote them anyway. The commissions that we receive simply enable us to employ our dedicated team and keep our website up & running.

To ensure that these commissions are tracked and ultimately sent to us and not another website it is necessary to place a cookie on your computer. Without this we would not get paid.

My Area Website's Other Cookies

The My Area website also use cookies to 'remember' which location and/or product category you selected last so that we can filter out all of the promotions that you are not interested in.

Google Analytics Cookies

In addition to the cookies we need to earn our commission we also use Google Analytics cookies to anonymously track what you like or dislike about our website. These cookies allow us to build statistics on things such as what are the most popular shops or discounts in the UK. Ultimately we improve our My Area website by using this information to do more of the good stuff and less of the dull stuff.

Here are the technical details of the Google Analytics that the My Area website and many other websites use:

Cookie Name Cookie Length Description
__utma 2 years Counts how many times you have visited the My Area website including the date and time of your first and most recent visit.
__utmb 30 minutes Records the time when you started using the My Area website in this session.
__utmv Until you close the browser Records the time when you stopped using the My Area website
__utmc 2 years Records information such as your location in the world.
__utmz 6 months Tracks how you arrived at the My Area website, e.g. which search engine you used, which keyword you searched to find us, which link on another website you clicked on.

Delete or Block Cookies

It is possible to delete or block cookies on your computer using your Internet browser settings. If you would prefer not to support our website, you may wish to follow these instructions at AboutCookies.org