It's the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas is also the most expensive too. If you're feeling the pinch make sure you follow these purse-pleasing shopping tips, bought to you by the nice people at voucher site save.co.uk
Shopping on random days: Most people shop whenever they find the time, but strategically planning your shopping trips in advance can help you save. For example, look for mid-December discounts around the 12th or so- as Christmas gets closer, retailers often scramble to sell inventory. As a result, they offer better deals.
Use the Internet: If you only shop on the High Street, you may be missing out on deals available only to online shoppers. Plus, you save on the petrol you might have to buy to get there!
Never pay for shipping: Most retailers offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount.
Do your homework: You'll need to put in some work to get maximum savings. Take time to research products and look for the lowest price.
Organise a Secret Santa: If your Christmas budget is tight this year, suggest a "grab bag" style gift exchange with family and friends. That way, you only end up buying one present!
Get social: Follow your favorite shops via Twitter, Facebook and their blogs to stay up-to-date on savings.
Make a list, and check it twice: Research shows the longer people spend in a shop, the more likely they are to buy more. The same goes for online shopping. Save yourself time and money by making a list and sticking to it
Scour the Web for vouchers: Do your homework ahead of your shopping trips for food and drink to get the best vouchers. You can save on thousands of different items- everything from tablecloths to tinned soups to gravy mixes and more.