So, I’m on the countdown to Christmas! I know, I know, its still months until Christmas (well actually 12wks, 4 days!)… but I spend all year planning for it lol, and go into major mode in September once they go back to school. In fairness, we have a pretty big family to buy for – and I like to be thoughtful about my gifts – and its a huge cost if we don’t plan and budget for it. And I love Christmas, and the planning, and I like to be mostly done early and have nothing to be stressed about in December so I can just enjoy all the festivities!
So for anyone who is similiar to me and likes to get some bits sorted, both Smyths and Argos have offers on on toys this week.
Smyths has 10euro off on every 50euro spent – and unlike other years, there’s no vouchers or limits. If you spend 50, you save 10. If you spend 100, you save 20. If you spend 500, you save 100. Its 20% off – but only on each 50. In other words, if you spend 60, you still only get 10 off. Thats running until Sunday. I saw a few people say that things they were looking at went up in price just before the sale, therefore making the discount pointless. But I had filled my basket about 2 weeks ago, and nothing I had in my basket increased in price. So I was very happy with my 20% off on all my shopping. My son is Lego mad, so I always know its a safe bet buying him Lego even at the early stages, and then of course there are a few other bits he’s mentioned he’d like over the last few months so I picked them up too as surprises!
Argos then have a 3 for 2 offer. This is great if you know you’re getting a good deal, but you do need to be more careful. Their prices are usually more expensive to start with (when its sale time) and so you technically are getting 33% off – but when you think that the item might be more expensive to start with, you might not be getting a good deal. In other years, I’ve found it great for the more expensive items – if you’re spending over 80e on three things, it has generally worked out better than elsewhere. So if three items are 80e each, and you’re getting them for the price of 2, thats 160e, so that will work out as just under 54euro each – so that could be a great saving, as long as you can’t find those items cheaper elsewhere! I know I did this the year the kids wanted the Furby Booms and Teksta Dino/Kitties – and I saved a good bit, even compared to other sales. But you really do need to make sure you’re saving on this one!
I always price check off Amazon as well first, to be sure I am getting a good deal – and this gives a good idea too of whether the shops are marking way up just to discount them for the sales.