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[Ad] October is here! It is raining, cold and that can only mean one thing: it’s nearly Christmas! Ok, maybe you weren’t thinking quite that far ahead but now is the perfect time to start planning for the festive season.
One of the biggest costs of Christmas is gift-giving. More and more people are searching for ways to reduce their expenditure this festive season.
Starting early is key to getting the best prices and idealo.co.uk is a great website to help you compare prices and get great deals.
There is a simple answer to this: if you don’t, you are giving your money away. The money that you have worked hard to earn and that you want to spend on your family and friends.
Plus, thanks to websites like idealo, it is easy to do. There are so many companies out there searching for your custom. It is time to make sure that you go to the one offering the best deal.
Back when I was a kid, Christmas shopping for my parents meant packing my sister and I off to our grandparents for the day, then hitting the high street.
My parents would have to walk from shop to shop hoping that the gifts we dearly wanted were both in stock and reasonably priced.
Luckily, I don’t have to do this. Shopping online means that I have access to price comparisons sites, who can do this work for me.
For example, let’s say that my kid wants the latest Kindle. I head to idealo and search for this product.
It will provide me with a list of all the locations (online) that I can purchase this product, including prices and delivery time frames.
From here, I can use the information provided to decide where I wish to buy the Kindle from. Saving both time and money.
Not only does, idealo provide you with up to date prices for products, but it also has lots of other features to help you save your pennies.
This handy little graph in the top right-hand corner of the page shows you how the price of this product has changed over time.
You can use this to decide if now is a good or a bad time to buy it. If the price is high, then it could be due to hit the sales just ahead of Christmas. Therefore, it could be worth waiting a week or two.
If you don’t have the time to do this sort of research every day (who does), then you can use the price alert feature.
Pressing this button will allow you to set a target price. Enter an email address and idealo will send you an email if it drops below that number.
The best feature on idealo is their price comparison chart. Along with the retailers and prices, you will the payment methods accepted, estimated delivery times and ratings for the retailers.
You can also use the toggles at the top to have it include delivery charges in the prices, only show products ready for dispatch and display only products without return charges.
With handy tools like this at our disposal, it should take some of the pressure off over this festive period. Obviously, you’ll still have to deal with your relatives on Christmas day. There’s not a website to get you out of that. Yet.
Disclaimer: Remember the information you read here does not represent advice. Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you. Read the full disclaimer here.
Looking After Your Pennies is an eco-friendly personal finance blog written and managed by Charlotte Jessop.
I write on a variety of topics including frugal lifestyle, eco-friendly living, money making ideas and generally how to make your money go further.
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