Did you know that when Christmas shopping, if you add up the cost of the most wanted toys it comes to a staggering £552.89 RRP!
I for one cannot justify spending this amount of money on toys this Christmas. With 3 daughters to buy for we have set a limit and are determined to stick to it. Of course, if you are clever and shop around you don’t have to spend anywhere near that amount to get those toys your children are craving.
Whilst people are running around like headless chickens potentially overpaying to get the best toys for their children this Christmas, there are another set of people, myself included, who are savvy, shopping smart and using a few simple methods to get the best price.
The first and most important method I use is price comparison. There are a number of these sites online but I always use the most obvious, Google Shopping. Here you can pop the name of the product into the search box, hit the enter key and viola! You are presented with a range of prices from a range of sellers.
Secondly I check eBay. Now I’m sure dear reader that you have used eBay in the past and once you add up the cost of postage and packaging the prices aren’t that different to the high street. Well think again. When it comes to Christmas shopping I don’t just search for the product name. I search for misspellings and for items that are local to me thus saving on delivery charge. There really are some bargains to be had.
Next, I check out sites like Quidco and TopCashback. Once signed up, you simply search for the shop you want to purchase from, check out the cashback rate and click through to the store. Essentially, you are getting paid to spend. I let the cashback build up and put it towards next years’ Christmas shopping.
Also, check out voucher sites like savoo.co.uk who have a range of codes and deals which you can use on top of the cashback site for even more discounts. Additionally the site has a great feature where you can search for local deals and discounts as well. A really good money-saving tool.
Extra Smart Christmas Shopping
Once you know what you want, where you’ll get it from and the best bargain possible, get the kettle on and invite your friends and family around. We shop together online and in stores such as ToysRus and Argos, which have deals like “3 for 2” or “2 toys for £30” and then go Dutch. Doing this and then splitting the cost can save you a fortune on your Christmas shopping!
One last tip is to take advantage of “click and collect” services. When browsing online you find better prices than on the high street. The problem with this is that the majority of stores charge postage. Often you can avoid this by ordering on their website and collecting the item at a local store.
By shopping around and using the above methods you really can make some great savings.
Have a Merry Christmas and a thrifty New Year!