In part one of our Christmas shopping tips blogs, we’re going to look at how you can save money on your Christmas shop while there’s still plenty of time to go.

List List List

If you’ve got dozens of presents to buy and all with ranging requirements and budgets, it would be futile to think that you can store all of your ideas in your head. Create a list that details each person you need to buy for, how much you’re willing to spend and some ideas you may already have. Make sure this list is with you whenever you are looking for presents so you don’t end up overspending. Remember, once you have bought a gift for that person, cross their name off the list so you don’t end up double buying for anyone. It’s amazing how getting organised and writing a list can reduce stress and keep you focussed while chaos ensues all around.

Look Around For the Best Deal

In order to get the gifts that you want at the best possible price (and to make sure that you’re not being overcharged) it is advisable to do your research on the items. A quick look around similar shops or comparing prices online will let you know if you are paying the most reasonable price for your presents. Shopping around might even free up some extra money in the budget for you to buy more without spending more.

Stop Impulse Buying!

While on the subject of saving, make sure that you don’t get pulled into buying something that you don’t really want just because it is on sale with a huge discount. Last minute shopping can also lead you to purchase items you wouldn’t normally choose given the time to think it over. The easiest way to prevent impulse buying is to make sure you take some time to think over your purchases, perhaps go in a different shop or save the page on your computer, you might even decide against purchasing it once you have thought it over.

Always Ask For a Gift Receipt

According to the consumer rights act, once you have bought an item, the retailer is only obliged to refund or replace it if it was bought within 30 days. Of course, if you have got organised and bought your gifts already, they will automatically fall outside of the 30 day terms. Gift receipts have been brought about to combat this, allowing consumers to return items after Christmas.

Returns Policies and Proof of Postage

Still on the topic of returns, always check the returns policy of each retailer you are buying items from as they may vary, even with a gift receipt. If you choose to return an item through the post, be sure to get proof of postage so the retailer can refund you the basic postage costs.

Part two – coming soon…

We hope these tips will help you to have a smooth Christmas shopping experience but if you do run into issues within consumer law, debt or compensation claims, please get in touch with Farleys Solicitors. We have a range of specialists on hand to provide expert advice on a range of law cases. Call us today on 0845 287 0939 or complete our online contact form.