I recently wrote how to save money in the run up to Christmas and briefly touched on using the Black Friday sales.
Using a website such as MyVoucherCodes can help you get further discounts on the already reduced Black Friday prices. In the lead up to Black Friday, the MVC Savvy Squad has been dedicated to searching the web to find and bring you only the best Black Friday vouchers and offers.
Joining loyalty clubs is an easy way of gaining points to spend. The Boots Parenting Club is my favourite as you get 10 points for every £1 you spend on baby products which soon add up. I save throughout the year and then they can be used for extra treats at Christmas time. The regular Boots Advantage Card gives you 4 points for every £1. There is also an Over 60s Club that gives 10 points per £1 spent on Boots branded products.
I am also in the Christmas Saver Club for Tesco Clubcard, all my points are saved and in November my vouchers get sent to me. These are great for doubling up when Tesco have a Clubcard Boost promotion on.
Other loyalty cards I like are Nectar, Superdrug, Toys R Us, The Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis.
I also use cashback sites for my shopping to earn cashback on what I buy, my favourite is Top Cashback. I get my cashback paid onto my Love2shop card as it earns me an extra 6% on my payout. There is also Quidco for cashback. When there isn’t any cashback available on those for a certain store I check KidStart, KidStart pays cashback into a nominated childrens savings account.
Get organised, write down what you want and a RRP for it so you can stick to what you went shopping for, especially if you are going instore and can easily get carried away with seeing bargains and other shoppers going mad for something. Writing down the RRP also ensures that you are actually getting it at a good price and not being tricked into paying more.
Don’t just think about Christmas, if you can afford to, get some gifts for next years birthdays, Vaentines Day, Mothers Day etc. I try to get all of next years presents bought either in the Black Friday sale or Boxing Day sales. Oh and don’t miss out on the goodies in the Boxing Day sales by waiting until Boxing Day, most start online on Christmas Eve x