Esther Shaw suggests some simple ways to keep costs down this Christmas.
Christmas is just around the corner which means the festive shopping frenzy is just about to kick off in earnest. The good news is that if you’re looking to make savings in the run-up to 25 December, there’s lots of simple ways to keep costs down.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday
A good tip is to buy gifts and presents on Black Friday; this US phenomenon is a huge discount day which falls immediately after Thanksgiving, marking the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. This year, it is set to fall on 28 November. On this day, you should be able to pick up some pretty decent bargains from sites such as Amazon, with prices often reduced on a wide range of items, including big brands. But note that Black Friday is catching up with UK retailers too, so also take a look at what’s on offer on the high street a little closer to home – though be prepared to use your elbows to battle your way through the crowds. If you’re happier making purchases from the comfort of your sofa, you might prefer to take advantage of Cyber Monday. This day, which this year falls on 1 December, is likely to be one of the busiest online shopping days in the UK, and can mean some serious discounts on goods bought on the web.
Coupons, vouchers and discounts
No matter whether you’re internet shopping, or heading for the high street, remember to make use of coupons, voucher codes and discount deals from sites such as vouchercodes.co.uk and savoo.co.uk. The key is to get into the mind-set that you don’t need to pay full price for anything. If you pay for your Christmas purchases with a cashback card, this will help you put some of the money you are spending back in your wallet. Also remember to use reward cards, and think about redeeming the points on your loyalty cards (such as Nectar) now, as these could also help towards buying the odd gift or two.