A survey on shopping habits claims that more than 40% of Britons are planning to start their January sales shopping online on Christmas Day, rather than waiting for the mad rush on the High Street on Boxing Day. It doesn’t surprise me - although it’s interesting that more men think it’s “acceptable” to shop online on December 25th than women. Although I won’t be logging on with one hand whilst shovelling in the turkey with another, a spot of online sales shopping from home definitely appeals.
But just because something is on sale, don’t forget to look for other ways to cut the cost. Discount vouchers, price comparison sites and cash back deals can quickly boost savings, or give you free delivery. Here is a round up of the latest deals and best websites to cut costs.
Finding the cheapest price
If you want a specific, branded item, like a Micro scooter or a Go Go Pet hamster, it’s worth using a price-comparison site to track down the cheapest - although factor in extra costs like delivery. No one site is infallible, so use a few if you have time. Two of the best sites are Kelkoo and Pricerunner.
Cutting costs with a voucher
Once you know where you want to shop, look for a discount code. A good collation can be found at www.vouchercodes.co.uk or just try running a search in Google. The forums on Moneysavingexpert.com are another good source of codes, especially the harder to find ones. There are some popular codes below too, whilst Hot UK Deals lists particular discounts and deals that often run out fast.
Finally, use a cash back site
Now you know what you want to buy, log in to a cash back site like Quidco, Cashback Kings or Topcashback, to see if the shop you want to buy from is listed. These sites will pay money for buying the product “through” them, so amount to an extra saving for you.
Sample voucher codes:
22% off at Oasis
Check out code: 20vc09
£5 off orders over £35 at GAME
Check out code: VCCOUK35
20% off and free delivery at The Body Shop
Check out code: VCXMAS20
10% off at Karen Millen
Check out code: vc1029
Free delivery from Debenhams