10 top ways to save this ChristmasTips to help you save this festive season
15 December 2010
Christmas may be just round the corner but there is still time to make great savings on presents, food, trees and, even money. Which? reveals ten of the best ways to cut costs during the festive period.
Best buy radio
The Roberts Sound 80 is the cheapest of our Best Buy Digital Radios, available from £84. In tests, we found it outperformed products costing more than twice the price. It’s easy to use, has decent sound quality and also boasts a useful range of clock and alarm features.
Amazon hidden discounts
Amazon offers discounts of up to 90% off on popular items, but too often these deals are squirreled away and can be difficult to find on the website. Hidden discount tools – including those available on Deal Locker – can help you unearth bargains.
Best buy DVD player
The Philips DVP 3360/05 is a Best Buy DVD player with great picture quality and good sound. At just over £50, it’s £50 cheaper than the most expensive Best Buy.
Remember to shop around if you’re purchasing a Christmas tree – the Norwegian Spruce is the cheapest tree - although unless regularly watered it is prone to losing its needles. Buying a living tree can mean you’ll be able to replant it in your garden to last the year round.
Best Buy MP3
The Philips GoGear Ariaz 4GB is a Which? Best Buy mp3 player. It comes with good quality headphones and scores higher than the cheapest iPod. Available at around £70, it’s considerably cheaper too.
Which? Recommended Provider credit card
If you’re looking to spend big this Christmas, Tesco’s Personal Finance Clubcard MasterCard offers a 0% on purchases deal for 13 months. As a Recommended Provider, Tesco score highly in our Which? customer satisfaction survey.
If you’re hunting for a bargain or want to offload an unwanted present, electronics store CeX buy and sell a wide range of electronic goods at a discount. You might also consider visiting sites like FoneBank or Cash-in My Fone if you’re looking to exchange an old mobile phone for cash.
It’s worth checking out community sites including Freecycle and Snaffle Up to see if there are any freebies going in your local area. These sites aren’t just a great way of saving money – you’ll also help the environment.
Discount DVDs, CDs and books
If you are looking to save on books, CDs and DVDs, try Find-DVD, Find-Book and Find-CD. These comparison sites aggregate the prices from the majority of big online retailers. We found savings of up to £12.99 on a DVD of Iron Man 2 choosing the cheapest site over the most expensive.
Food and drink is always going to play a huge role in any great Christmas celebration, but you don't have to pay top dollar for your turkey and trimmings. MySupermarket compares prices of goods from four major supermarket chains and instantly shows you what you can save by shopping around. And Which? has many other ways to cut the cost of your food shop this Christmas.
Finally, as a bonus present, Which? has another 10 ways to save on Christmas.
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