Christmas Shopping Hacks: how to pay less for presents


Narrowing down the choice of gifts is just half the battle, finding it at the best price is a must if shoppers want to make their money go further this Christmas.

How to find the cheapest prices on everything from toys to gadgets:

1. Use a price comparison website or app. compares prices from around 20,000 online shops. Listings show cheapest price first to help consumers spend less on the brands and products they want this Christmas.

Tip: Download the idealo app (free) before hitting the high street. Use the barcode scanner to see if your purchase is cheaper online.

2. Delivery


Buying online can sometimes mean high delivery costs, but often retailers offer free delivery once a minimum spend is reached. Double check more than one item from your list at a good price from the same shop.

3.Christmas Postbox Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

The two big shopping days which promise great deals for consumers are Black Friday (Nov 27th) and Cyber Monday (Nov 30th).

Take advantage of deals both online and in the shops on these days, but don’t assume that just because it is a big day for bargain hunting, this must be the best price.

Recent idealo consumer research
has shown that consumers can save an average of 18% on this year’s top toys simply by comparing prices online.  Speaking for, Consumer Editor, Katy Phillips said:

“If we take a look at one of this year’s dream toys, the Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island retails at GBP 79.99, but using a price comparison site, consumers can order online today for under GBP 60.00. Don’t assume the first price you see is what you have to pay.”