Cashback: five ways to smash the preChristmas sales
The average family is set to spend £750 this Christmas, and many will slap it all onto a credit card. The Financially Fabulous money team share some tips on how to save cash and take advantage of the preChristmas deals…
1 ONLINE OUTLET STORES The days of trekking to outlet stores to bag a branded bargain are numbered. Instead, pick up discounted Christmas presents from the online outlets of retailers such as Hobbs ( hobbs.co.uk/outlet), Figleaves (figleaves.com/uk/outlet) and Kurt Geiger (shoeaholics.com). Sites such as brandalley.co.uk or secretsales.com are also great. 2 SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES If you have an American Express card, take advantage of Shop Small* campaign which runs 1-16 December. For every transaction of £10 or more, you will get £5 cashback.
3 BUY MORE FOR LESS
How does not paying for a third of your Christmas shopping sound? Take advantage of three-fortwo offers on gifts from retailers such as Boots, M&S, Debenhams and very.co.uk to do just that. A great way to make your money go further.
4 LIST! LIST! LIST!
Even Father Christmas makes a list – and he checks it twice! Take a leaf out of his book and write down who you need to buy for, what you want to buy them and the maximum you want to spend. That way, you’re less likely to splurge. And before you impulse-buy, because something looks like it could be a good deal, remember, it’s only a ‘ bargain’ if it’s something you actually need.