Christmas is expensive. Here are some ways to cut costs without losing your mind.
There’s a million ways to save money, however the amount of effort you have to do this to squirrel away a few extra pennies can be counterproductive. Here are a few tips and tricks we have from the team in the office.
You may already be aware of Topcashback and Quidco style sites. These sites operate by offering you cashback when you go through them before making a purchase. They get an affiliate percentage of the sale and pass some of it on to you. It can be easy to forget about them, so keep them as a bookmarklet in your browser, it will then remind you before you buy that new pair of trainers that you might get some cashback. For bigger ticket items it can make a big difference.
Topcashback and Quidco are two of the best and in the lead up to Christmas they are working hard to get better deals for you. Both are free to join and can save you as much as 5% on purchases. Here are some of their best offers:
- Boots: £10 off £100+ orders + up to 8% cashback
- The Book People: 10% off orders over £40 + 10% cashback
- The Body Shop: Up to 40% off + up to 11% cashback
To save time scouring loads of different sites to find that one toy for less use the Mega-Shop-Bot. It is Mega. It lets you easily find a product and gets the cheapest price by looking over hundreds of sites so you don’t have to.
One tip when using this tool is to check the postage and returns terms of certain shops as they differ and you want to make sure it will arrive in time for Christmas morning. Google Shopping is also worth using as it will check postage for you.
I know it can seem counter intuitive, however if you are strict on repayments then you can earn around 5% of what you spend with certain cards.
MySupermarket is a very cool site which lets you compare your basket across the big supermarkets. You are then able to see where you can save money, sometimes as much as 20%. Considering that your Christmas shop will probably be the most expensive one you do this year it’s well worth checking out (and it’s also free to use!)
Do you have any other tips that are simple and efficient for saving money over Christmas? If you do, don’t be shy, please add them to the comments.