With the right knowledge YOU can save across all your favourite big name retailers. We’ve gathered some handy tips and tricks for shopping at the likes of Tesco and John Lewis. We can also guide you through when to find the best discounts for this year, as well as putting on the perfect Christmas spread, selecting a tree and much much more.
Watch our video to learn how to save more than ever this Christmas, without compromising, have your Christmas cake - and eat it!
Look on our Seasonal Promotions section to find pages bursting with discount codes for anyone and everyone, from kids to pets. On this page, you’ll also find vouchers to help you save on that expansive supermarket shopping list, as well as festive decorations for the home. Not to mention artificial and real Christmas trees, deals for weekends away and everything in between.
The clever folks at Money Saving Expert have compiled a lot of research to predict when the best sales and vouchers will be released for Christmas. Based on data from previous years the deal projections are almost certain, so see below for a few top retailers:
Shopping on Amazon
Shopping at Amazon during the Christmas period is popular with a lot of shoppers, thanks to Amazon’s massive product choice, exceedingly speedy deliveries and top savings. Visit Amazon for their 12 Days of Deals
where you can save on everything from the most popular gifts to holiday necessities.
Save With Lightning Deals
Amazon Lightning deals are limited availability, short-term offers lasting for a set time. Lightning deals can be any type of product on Amazon, and there is everything you need to tick off your Christmas list one by one, without spending a fortune. You can always check you're getting a good deal on any product sold on Amazon by using price comparison sites camelcamelcamel.com and keppa.com to work out the cheapest historical price for a product on Amazon.When you've found the best price for your gift, visit our appropriate store page to grab a voucher code and redeem it on Amazon. You never know, you might also find a free delivery code.
Shopping At John Lewis
It pays to wait. John Lewis have released high-end voucher codes in the past few years, with as much as up to 80% off Christmas decorations, usually in the third week of December. As brand's slogan goes: ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’, they’re certainly living up to that with these Christmas deals.The best John Lewis discount codes fall on the 4th week of December, usually between the 19th and 24th of December.If you enjoyed the Moz the Monster advert this year, you’ll love our playful John Lewis Parody
, made by students at the School of Communication Arts 2.0.
Shopping at M&S
Grab discounts on Christmas decorations - this year it's looking very likely they'll be big. Up to 50% off is the offer M&S have had in the past few years. Their January sale, actually starting on Boxing Day, is hot on the heels of Christmas, with M&S customers able to save big in many departments. Check out our January Sales Page
for more details.
Don’t stop there! M&S food is free to collect in store when you buy online, so no need to wait at home for unreliable deliveries. Be quick though! To collect on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th December you must order before 5pm on the 15th December 2017. Collection can be made from most stores, but not all, so check your nearest location on the M&S Christmas Food page, and be sure to grab a promo code before you head on over.
M&S also has loads of dining inspiration tips, and with a little imagination, you can create a magical atmosphere with centrepieces, tree decorations and more.
Supermarket Reward Points
Sainsburys and Tesco
Convert your Tesco Clubcard and Nectar points into voucher. This tactic can gain you more value than cashing in your points when transacting. It should also work on any reward points scheme for a retailer that also offers gift vouchers. Throughout the year, play the long game and save your points. Doing this can help take the strain of your finances as you shop for a spectacular Christmas.
Buying Gift Cards as Presents and Selling Unwanted Gift Cards
You can make bank and save money using these services. Buy discounted gift cards at a whole host of competitive gift card marketplaces like Zeek, Raise and Cardpool. Using these services, you can sell any unwanted gift vouchers and also buy discounted vouchers from the biggest high street names for anywhere between 1 and over 10%. Check out our store page for Zeek.
Best Artificial Christmas Trees 2018
An artificial tree is not to be sneered at. With the right budget and fastidious decorating, not only will no one be the wiser that its not the real thing, but they’ll ask you where you bought it, so they can have one of their own for next Christmas. With artificial trees being whatever size you desire, the only limit is your floor space and your imagination. An artificial option can be fantastic as a secondary tree - perhaps in your kitchen, front garden or dining room. Not all artificial Christmas trees were born equal, you’ll find a range of different sizes, shapes and colours to boot. Here’s where you can buy them:
John Lewis, Tesco & AmazonTesco Direct
have quality artificial Christmas trees for less than a tenner to the range of £50-£60.
John Lewis have a range of options from cute, miniature ornamental trees under £10, to trees pushing £250.
Amazon - You’ll find artificial trees from a luxury edible candy tree at just a tick under £7,000, to tiny ornaments for around £1, and many more sensible and affordable options in between.
Buying an Authentic Pine Christmas tree
You should aim to buy a new Christmas tree at the beginning of December and not much earlier. When you buy a tree earlier it may start to rot and the tree will shed a lot more needles – leading to lots of post-Christmas hoovering.
When Buying the Real Thing Ensure it's Forrestry Approved
If you care for the environment you should consider buying a tree that is approved sustainable by the Forestry Commision
. This means your tree will be grown in England and sourced from a sustainable forest, ensuring your Christmas has a positive carbon footprint.
Preparing a Feast
The Golden Rule is Never Overshop
To get your Christmas food shopping down to a fine art, you should plan the recipes and quantities of food you are making well in advance. This knowledge and pre-planning, combined with considering your guests' dietary requirements or fussiness, will help you buy only what you need, keeping your loved one’s belly’s full and your purse strings tight.
Many blind taste tests
have found that modestly priced Christmas turkey’s are almost indistinguishable from their more expensive counterparts, so why not switch where you buy your turkey this year?
Ask yourself how much further your budget could stretch. Would a turkey from Aldi, Lidl or another cut-price supermarkets be a good option for a cost effective Christmas dinner, and could you spend your freed-up budget on other Christmas essentials?
Also, appetisers and festive puddings are often substantially cheaper at the likes of Lidl and Aldi.
Make a List and Check it Twice
Making a Christmas list can be an incredibly useful way to help you save money and ensure you don’t forget anything.
Stick to your Budget
Having a budget is more than necessary - it should be a compulsory part of your Christmas planning.When you are savvy with your money, you can get everything you need at a budget you’re comfortable with, so scroll back to the top and see where using voucher codes you can tighten your belt, at least until after Christmas lunch.