Getting the most out of voucher sites this Christmas

Christmas is on its way. With just over eight weeks to go, I am starting to get very excited. But whilst the presents and the tinsel, the turkey and the trimmings, all hold that most wonderful fascination, the reality of the escalating cost of Christmas is a less pleasant thought. But there are ways of keeping the cost down. Voucher Code websites have been some of the most popular sorts of sites on the internet in recent years.  They are a worldwide phenomenon, with sites across Europe. North America and Asia. In recent years India has also been getting in on the act, with Myntra Coupon Codes in particular being a big draw for those looking for savings.

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I have compiled  a short list of ways you can make the most of voucher and coupon codes sites to make the best savings this Christmas.

Sign up to newsletters

Most voucher and coupon code sites have daily or at least weekly newsletters which allow you to keep up-to-date with the most recent offers. These usually include all the current sales, offers and discounts from the best of the High Street and top online brands, but also usually feature smaller brands and independent stores.

Check if your codes can stack up

Sometimes you can use a code for money off AND a code that offers free or reduced delivery at the same time, enabling you to make further savings. In the same way it is worth checking if a ‘20% of everything code’ also refers to items that are already in the sale. Sometimes it does and that can help you to grab real bargains.

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Watch the dates on codes

We’ve all had it happen to us. We see a good code that we want to use, but then let it run out and end up buying the item at full price. Grrrrr. Check the expiry date on your code, then use it before it runs out.

Don’t forget it’s not just clothes and gifts

Planning a special family meal? Then look for a voucher. How about a gym membership for the new year? Then look for a voucher. There are so many different options where you can get money off with a coupon or voucher code.

Remember – All these savings add up.

 

#XmasSavingTips Challenge with BritMums – My tips

Phones are just totally indispensible come Christmas time (I know, anytime really) but at Christmas time they just come into their own. Just this week I’ve used to my phone to plan a birthday party for my little boy. Facebook all the invites, text my best friend to arrange a pre-christmas drink, and ordered a few extra pressies online. Indeed, whatever did we do before we had our phones?

Tesco Mobile currently have some special December offers that make them a great choice for families. This Christmas they are offering families some of the best deals on handsets and tariffs. Most notably the Samsung Galaxy Ace – available for £12.50 a month including 500 free minutes, 5000 texts and 500 MB of data. Or there is the classic BlackBerry Curve 9320 –  available on pay as you go for £125.

So why go with Tesco?

  •  You can control your mobile spending with their capped tariff: This means that family members can’t use any more than their allocated monthly minutes, texts and data and you don’t end up with any nasty surprises on the bill at the end of the month. Perfect if you are buying the phone for a teenager who spends all their time on the phone to the person who lives next door…
  • With two or more contracts you get extra perks with the Tesco Mobile Family perks offer – this means you can add all your family handsets onto one single bill and each member can choose from a selection of extra perks each month such as free texts, minutes or data.
  • What’s more, if you’re a Tesco Clubcard customer, you’ll get triple points for every £1 you spend at Tesco Mobile, meaning your calls can be buying you that new dress you’ve had your eye on for ages.

More tips to save money

Saving money on your mobile is just one way to look after those pennies this year. Here are a few more tips that I have been personally using throughout the year.

1. Use price comparison websites like Kelkoo before you purchase an item. I saved £13 this way buying Rocky the Robot truck for my little boy, getting it at Boots for £51, when I’d originally seen in on another website for £64. Once you’ve found the best price, go through Quidco to buy your item and you can then get cashback from hundreds of retailers.

2. Look for 3 for 2 offers. Most stores offer these, Laura Ashley, Boots and Debenhams are just some of the stores that have offered these on various products, from Christmas decorations to toiletry sets. The Boots offer has been great this year for buying presents for my sons teachers – he has three of them!

3. Collect your store card points throughout the year. Nectar points, Boots advantage card points and Tesco Clubcard points can be collected throughout the year and then used to buy presents and provisions over the Christmas period.

4. Voucher Code sites are an invaluable way to make a saving on fashion, fragrance and accessories. You can find all sorts of money off codes and codes that offer free post and packaging. It is also worth signing up to email alerts from your favourite retailers, these will let you know about savings, early alerts about sales etc.

5. Shop the sales. This is more a tip for next year, but buy wrapping paper, tags, cards and any additional decorations when the sales start, and then put them somewhere safe for the next year. You will save an absolute fortune.

This post is part of the BritMums #XmasSavingTips Challenge, sponsored by Tesco Mobile.

French Connection…my picks for Pippa and Kate, Tulisa and Kelly

I love French Connection, I think it is one of the most stylish stores on the High Street, and many celebs seem to agree too. Cat Deeley, Pippa Middleton and Tess Daley are just some of the famous ladies who have worn this brand to great effect, and it struck me this morning that you could shop for four of the most famous ladies around at the moment at French Connection.  Here are my key picks for Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland.

Pippa’s Pick

Pippa loves red, looks great in it, and has an enviable collection of coats,so this great red Nuovo Melton Bow coat  is perfect, and now its been reduced to £132. Bargain!

Nuovo Melton Bow Coat Now £132

Kate’s pick

We all know that Kate has much love for pencil skirts, and this one is absolutely perfect for Christmas. Black velvet and spotty, this is so stylish, but the polka dots add just an element of fun to the proceedings. Love it!

*Velvet Spot Pencil Skirt £75.00 

Kelly’s pick

Kelly has been the queen of full length and fabulous dresses on this years X Factor. Kelly always opts for an elegant look, and I think the beautiful Aztek drape maxi dress fits that bill. Just look at that embellished neckline.

*Aztek Drape Maxi Dress Now £144.00 

Tulisa’s pick

Whilst Kelly often opts for the full length dress,  her fellow judge Tulisa is more often than not found in something short, sparkling and sexy. This silver Samantha sequin dress certainly ticks all the boxes.

Silver Samantha Sequins Dress £165.00