You can’t avoid the massive buzz around Black Friday and Christmas with a massive push on online shopping in particular. I much prefer shopping online compared to shopping in stores for multiple reasons, however, I definitely prefer online shopping as you can save money on your purchases. I wanted to share my top money saving tips for Christmas in case you’re planning on doing your Christmas shopping online like myself to hopefully save you some money.
My first tip is always use cashback sites. I never checkout online before checking Quidco or Topcashback first to see if there’s any cashback to be had. If you haven’t signed up to the cashback sites you’re seriously missing out and you make money for just clicking on Quidco or Topcashback beforehand, and it doesn’t cost you anything at all – it’s literally a couple of clicks. I like to save up my cashback throughout the year and then withdraw the money as gift cards which I can then use online towards my Christmas shopping. It’s fab that you can earn money by shopping and it’s fun to see the balance increase throughout the year.
Another recommendation is discount code websites. There are a number of websites which list lots of discount codes for different websites and you can normally find at least one code per retailer offering either free delivery or a discount on your purchase. Sometimes they don’t work but it takes only a couple of minutes to search for valid codes and if you can find a code which knocks a percentage off your online your basket, why wouldn’t you?!
I used to spend a fortune throughout the year buying greetings cards as and when I needed them and very rarely shopped about, as it was more about the convenience to do it this way. This year however, I’ve bought my cards in bulk, so I can keep a stash ready to use whenever I might need one so, I’m never stuck having to nip to the petrol station to get a last minute, overpriced option. One of the best retailers for lovely yet very affordable cards is Card Factory. Card Factory do very low-priced cards, but even their more luxury cards are very affordable and they often have good deals where you can buy a set amount of cards for a fixed price and it really does save me money.
Another tip is taking advantage of the sales. The Boxing Day sales are the perfect opportunity to purchase gifts which are heavily discounted in the sales and keep them stashed for upcoming birthdays or Christmas gifts. It’s something my Mum always did, and I always used to think it was a bit strange, but I do it every year and love it when stores have 50%-70% off as you’re making massive savings on the gifts, and you can even sometimes combine a sale with a discount code for even more money off.
I’d love to know if you have any money saving tips when shopping online for Christmas?