Each year, December seems to come around quicker and quicker and before you know it it’s already Christmas! Last minute Christmas presents, train tickets and flights can quickly leave you out of pocket. However, with so many platforms and apps available to help you cut down the cost, we’ve highlighted five of the best apps to get you ahead of the Christmas mayhem and save you (and your bank account) from the unnecessary stress.
Buying Christmas presents can be quite an ordeal, especially if you have a large family. Trying to set yourself a budget, so you don’t overspend on all of those fantastic gifts can leave you feeling less like Santa Claus and more like the Grinch. However, with the app, Santa’s Bag, you can allocate a budget for each person you’re planning on treating this year and keep a track of how much you’re spending. You can also log everyone’s wish lists in an easy to use tracker.
If you’re one to look for a good deal (probably why you’re reading this), then you’ll already know about the many sites that host a range offers available in high street stores. VoucherCodes allows you to scour through all of the current discounts of your favourite shops, and also includes a list of expired voucher codes which still work! However, as will all codes, it can be a game of trial and error, but the difference with VoucherCodes is that they aim to make sure that whatever code you use still works, saving you the potential hours in internet sleuthing, leaving you more time to pick out the perfect gifts.
It’s well known that the best time to book a train ticket is 12 weeks before your supposed travel date, however, what do you do if you’ve got three days to go and you’ve forgotten to buy yourself a ticket? Platforms such as Ticketclever can help you bag a cheap train ticket at a fraction of the price. Using a unique algorithm created by some very intelligent physicists and data scientists, Ticketclever works out the cheapest routes by splitting your ticket, normally netting you about 20% off. The service can even save you up to 60% of the original ticket cost depending on the distance of your journey. If you’re a bit last-minute when it comes to booking train tickets home for Christmas, at least you can have some peace of mind knowing you won’t be paying a fortune.
If you’re travelling overseas and need to book a plane ticket to see your loved ones for Christmas, you’ll already know that plane tickets are notoriously hiked up to eye-watering prices around the festive season. As one of the first industries to monopolise the comparison tool, there are hundreds of sites created to help you find the cheapest flight. Kayak not only shows you an array of flights provided by most airlines but also allows you to hunt for ‘hacker fares’, which find the cheapest single flights on both legs of your journey. However, some ‘hacker fares’ show you a range of airports; so be careful not to end up on the other side of the country on your way back!
Sometimes, the best gift you can give is cold hard cash, however, if you are planning on gifting money abroad to a friend travelling Europe or back home to your family while you are overseas this Christmas you will see that international money transfers can come with expensive, and often hidden, costs. Monito is a free online money transfer comparison tool that is a new way for people to find, compare and review money transfer services and fees when sending money abroad to show you the best deal available. You have booked your flights with a comparison site before, right? This handy money transfer comparison site will help you to save money with money transfers, so more of your money gets to where it needs to go.