I can’t lie. I love a bargain. I always have. The rush from grabbing a good deal has always been with me. Hell, it’s not just mums who like a bargain. I want to know that I’m getting value for money and that I’m not being conned. Simple as! It’s even more important for me as I HATE shopping – at least for some things. I want to go into a shop and get what I want and get out.
So how do I make sure that I’m not spending money necessarily? Okay, well they key is to ensure that you really want “the thing” to start with and that you can afford it. If you’ve answered yes to both the questions, you need to open up your laptop, tablet or phone and start comparing prices.
Now, if you’re not a seasoned bargain hunter the thought of trawling the internet to get the best deal might seem a bit daunting, so I’m going to share with you a few quick tricks that will help you out. It’s all online so you’re not going to have to drag a toddler around umpteen shops in the rain which I’m sure we can all agree is a good thing.
Seriously, you must join a cashback site. Topcashback is where I do all my online shopping. It hosts links to all the major retailers and service providors, lists offer codes and gives you cashback on purchase.
This is a great little app, although there’s also a website. Flubit is super easy to use and will trawl independent retailers to find you a better deal than Amazon – and I LOVE Amazon. It’s worth it, especially for big ticket items. all you need to do is find the product you want on Amazon, copy the link of the page and paste it onto Flubit. It will use its magic to find it elsewhere. There’s not always a guarantee of a cheaper price but it’s worth a look. I’ve had some bargains.
Amazon Warehouse Deals
I discovered this by accident but Amazon Warehouse is fantastic if you want a deal. I found this useful for Water Wipes and kids toys in particular. It’s a section of Amazon which lists items which have been returned or the packaging may have been damaged in some way. I’ve had items for up to 50% off and really couldn’t tell what the issue was with the packaging once it arrived. You get the same level of protection in terms of returns as with regular purchases so in my mind, unless it’s a gift, it’s a no brainer. A quick way to find out if the product you want is available in the Warehouse, is to click on “buying options” in the listing. I always thought this was just for marketplace vendors,but this is where the Warehouse deal is listed too so make sure you always check that out.
John Lewis Price Match
I always try and buy electrical items from John Lewis as their customer service is excellent. I’ve never had an issue returning anything, even when I’ve lost the receipt. I recently bought a new iPhone and it has a two year warranty – 12 months more than the one from Apple. With big ticket items that’s the sort of reassurance I need. I simply don’t have the money to keep buying stuff every time it breaks!
If there is something I want, I will try and find it cheaper somewhere else and ask John Lewis to match the price. You can do it either before you buy the product or buy it from John Lewis and claim the difference. Terms and conditions do apply though. The item has to be available for a lower price at a retailer that has a high street presence – it can’t just be an online shop. For that reason, I’m a believer in searching online for the product and then applying for the price match. I’ll buy the item if John Lewis match it. I got a great deal on a pushchair this way so it’s worth the effort.
Voucher and Discount Sites
There are far too many to list here. As a beginner I’d avoid Groupon and those sort of sites – they’ll suck you into buying something you don’t really need. Instead, decide on where you want to shop and type the store name into Google, along with “voucher OR Code OR coupon OR discount” and the year. You’ll come up with at least a dozen sites that feature coupons. They won’t all be valid but it’s a great starting point. It’s my go to method for finding deals in major retailers, restaurants and days out.
Happy bargain hunting!