Seven things you need to know before starting your Christmas shopping
Some online stores offer free delivery for shoppers who spend over a certain amount when making a purchase. And while it may be considered quite cheeky, a third of the shoppers surveyed admitted they will overspend - knowing they will later send some items back - just to qualify for free delivery.
Patience can help cut delivery costs. Half (50%) of those surveyed would be willing to wait an extra two to three days in exchange for free delivery - while more than a quarter (28%) would wait four to five days longer.
6. Will your shopping spree put you in debt?
Make sure the thrill of a bargain doesn't lead to a debt hangover. Set a budget, and if you're paying by credit card, pay it off in full before any charges apply.
Keep track of your account balance - busting an overdraft limit could also make a purchase very expensive, once you factor in those bank charges.
7. Cut the costs
Voucher and cashback websites can help trim back costs. And if you don't mind risking someone else snapping it up, try leaving your item in your online shopping basket and see if the store tries to nudge you by emailing a discount code. It does happen!