PURCHASING Christmas presents can add up quickly, but you could make hundreds of dollars buying at the right time.
Costs may change throughout the year, but we can reveal the dates you will find popular items at the cheapest price during the holiday season.
Anyone considering a new games console this Christmas should don their skates as they are at their cheapest price in September, costing an average of Â£ 203.
Leave it in later and you’ll pay an extra Â£ 56 in December, according to comparison site data Idealo shared exclusively with The Sun.
The numbers are based on analyzing thousands of product prices during the gift giving period last year and the average cost at hundreds of retailers.
Other tech items that are also worth buying now are smartphones, tablets, wireless speakers and drones, with savings of between Â£ 37 and Â£ 89 compared to a purchase made in December.
September, on the other hand, is the most expensive month to buy bicycles and hairdryers. Waiting until October could save you over Â£ 100.
TVs and espresso machines are also the most expensive now. Wait until November and you could save a similar amount.
But it’s not always best to avoid buying gifts as your big day approaches.
Laptops are the cheapest at the end of the year and the most expensive in November, when you’ll pay over Â£ 100 more.
You might be better off buying Lego sets by November 25, as pricing data shows they are cheaper before that and get more expensive as Christmas Day approaches.
Meanwhile, October 13 was the cheapest day to buy GHD straighteners.
Of course, there is no guarantee that you will pay the same price as last year, as retailers regularly change the price of items. The amount you pay may also depend on the exact item or model you purchase.
The best and worst times to buy give a good indication of when to shop, but you should always check around to see if you are getting the best price available.
Katy Philips of Idealo told The Sun that comparing prices for a line of products can help you find a better deal.
She said: “In an age when saving money is of the utmost importance to some, being able to check the costs of multiple retailers at once can be an extremely useful resource.”
“We expect shopping habits this Christmas to be very different from those of previous years, with an increased emphasis on working from home and entertainment, as well as on products that improve our health and well- to be.”
How to find the best prices
Websites like Idealo, PriceRunner, and PriceSpy can help you compare prices.
If you’ve got your eye on a certain item, it’s worth keeping an eye on the price so you know how much it usually costs and can spot when it’s a bargain.
There are also handy tools that can help you track the price history of an item you are considering purchasing.
CamelCamelCamel tracks the price history of items sold on Amazon. You find the item you want on the Amazon website, then take the URL and place it on the CamelCamelCamel website.
It will reveal the historical price of the item, so you can check whether you are getting a good deal or not.
This historical price site works the same but for Argos products.
It can also help you find recent discounts in different categories, so you can easily compare if prices have gone down.
Meanwhile, Alertr is a browser extension that helps you track deals at hundreds of retailers, including John Lewis and Boots.
The tool will send you an email when the price of the items you follow has dropped.
And it is always worth looking for a discount code or a voucher to make your purchase, because you might get even more money.
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