5 ways to get the best Christmas deals

Xmas shopping tips

Black Friday is done and dusted. Time to turn your full attention to Christmas deals. But with countless offers out there from hundreds of retailers and entertainment providers, how can you be sure you’re getting the best bargains? No worries, we’re here with some top tips!

1. Let the experts do the hard work

Feeling knackered after months looking for the best deals to check people off your Christmas list? Why not let others do the searching for you? Many websites have made it their mission to collect the latest deals on the best things to do, see, eat or buy.

Websites like Groupon and MyDealPage trawl the Internet in search of the best daily bargains and offers across Ireland. So if you want to give your mum a spa day to remember or you’re looking for the greatest getaway deals for two to recoup after the holidays, you’re just a few clicks away.

Just cuddle up with a cuppa and put an end to your Christmas shopping.

2. Let your favourite retailers put their best foot forward

Most retailers today, including H&M and Currys, invite you to sign up to receive their newsletters filled with inspiration and tips, special invitations to vip events, and exclusive offers. Newsletters are a great way to stay on top of your favourite shops’ latest deals and to get first pick at the most coveted items on everyone’s Christmas list.

You’ll never miss a good deal or special event again!

3. In your fellow shoppers you should trust
For consumers who are reluctant to sign up with retailers, there’s another option. Websites like HUKD, which can be localised to Ireland, provide shoppers with a place to exchange information and tips about the latest bargains and voucher codes. It lets you rate deals on a ‘cold’ to ‘hot’ scale and allows you to post comments to give other consumers the most useful information to complete their Christmas shopping this year.

Sign up and start sharing with other shoppers!

4. Get the VIP treatment

Many retailers from Tesco to Boots offer member rewards programmes. For example, when you pick up a Tesco Clubcard or Boots Advantage card and register to become a member, you can collect points and earn rewards and have access to special offers that are only available to card holders such as exclusive deals, gifts and vouchers. Whether you’re after some pampering or fine food, loyalty cards allow you to stay on top of the best deals at Christmas and throughout the year and give you access to some great benefits.

Joining the club certainly has its advantages!

5. Why not get cashback while you shop?

Cashback sites offer their members special privileges. For example, when you become a member of Complete Savings IE you not only have access to deals and discounts that aren’t available elsewhere, but you also have the opportinity to get up to 10% cashback on your purchases and a monthly bonus at any one of their 650 partners such as Tesco, Next, Dabs, Expedia or Sports Direct.

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10 Wonderfully Cheap European Destinations

So your travel dreams are big, but your budget is small? A European getaway might be more affordable than you think, especially when you travel to these cheap destinations.


10. Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is a charming and historic city with beautiful architecture, great food and plenty of museums – only a short flight away from Dublin.

Flight from Dublin: €40 – €85
Typical Accommodation Price: €50 – €85
Typical Food Price: €14 for a nice dinner, €7 for a cheap lunch
What to See and Do:

  • Check out the fascinating displays at the Natural Sciences Museum.
  • Dine on some of the amazing chocolate that Belgium is famous for.

Find out more about Brussels

9. Crete, Greece

Relax in the sunshine and enjoy the laid back atmosphere, sandy beaches, delicious food and welcoming attitude of this beautiful Greek Island.

Flight from Dublin: €155 – €240
Accommodation: €35-€70 per night
Food: €20 for a nice dinner, €2.80 for street food
What to See and Do:

Find out more about Crete

8. Budapest, Hungary


Visit the lovely “Paris of the East” and soak up the culture and history of this beautiful city. The night life here is fantastic.

Flight from Dublin: €70-€220
Accommodation: €40 – €140
Food: €8.50 for a nice dinner, €2.50 for a cheap local lunch
What to See and Do:

  • Go out for a night out of drinking at the “Ruin Pubs” – cool and funky nightlife spots that are set within industrial buildings and abandoned warehouses.
  • Visit the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion, The building has been compared to a fairy tale castle, the views on offer are nearly as breathtaking as the castle.

Find out more about Budapest


7. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is an elegant city overflowing with history and it offers many fascinating ancient buildings and bustling marketplaces to explore.

Flight from Dublin: €140-€330
Accommodation: €30-€110
Food: €10 for dinner, €3 for a budget lunch
What to See and Do:

  • Go shopping in the maze-like Grand Bazaar, where you will find a wide range of products including carpets, clothing, jewellery, spices and much more.
  • Gaze at the gorgeous architecture of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

Find out more about Istanbul

6. Fuerteventura, Spain

Fuerteventura is a great option for an affordable sunshine getaway, boasting stunning volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, wind surfing and kite surfing.
Flight from Dublin: €150-€200
Accommodation: €30-€100
Food: €14 for dinner, €6 for a cheap local lunch
What to See and Do:

Find out more about Fuerteventura

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Wander through the winding streets and narrow cobblestone alleys of Lisbon and enjoy the wonderful art scene, fascinating history, delicious food and much more.
Flight from Dublin: €60-€210
Accommodation: €30-€140
Food: €14 for a nice dinner, €7 for a cheap local lunch
What to See and Do:

Find out more about Lisbon

4. Zagreb, Croatia

The capital city of Croatia is a medieval old city that is filled with museums, theatres, cinemas, art galleries and charming cafes – perfect for meandering.

Flight from Dublin: €190-€310
Accommodation: €20-€110
Food: €7 for dinner, €3 for a budget lunch
What to See and Do:

Find out more about Zagreb

3. Prague, Czech Republic

Take a cultural city break in Prague, a beautiful city filled with medieval architecture, fine dining, art, music and much more.

Flight from Dublin: €80-€210
Accommodation: €30-€110
Food: €10 for a nice dinner, €4.50 for a cheap local lunch
What to See and Do:

  • Take a walk along the Charles Bridge and listen to the music of the buskers while admiring the handicrafts of the local artisans.
  • Check out the gorgeous architecture of Prague Castle, which is the world’s biggest ancient castle.

Find out more about Prague

2. Krakow, Poland

Krakow is one of Poland’s oldest cities and it is a fascinating destination for history lovers.
Flight from Dublin: €90-€210
Accommodation: €20-€105
Food: €11.50 for dinner, €2.50 for a cheap local lunch
What to See and Do:

  • Take a historic walking tour through the central area of the city.
  • Check out the beautiful architecture of Wawel Castle, which is thought to be one of the most stunning castles in Central Europe.

Find out more about Krakow

1. Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe and it is visually stunning, with many elegant orthodox churches and ancient ruins.
Flight from Dublin: €160-€370
Typical Accommodation Price: €14-€70
Typical Food Price: €11.50 for dinner, €2 for a cheap local lunch
What to See and Do:

  • Take a trip to the beautiful Vitosha, a mountain nearby that is ideal for skiing in the winter season and hiking in the summer months.
  • Go on a pub crawl to get a taste of Sofia’s nightlife.

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For people who shop online regularly, this equates to savings of hundreds of Euros each year!

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Most Popular Mother’s Day Presents

mothers day

With Mother’s Day this weekend, the Complete Savings blog is taking a look at how people around the world like to pamper their mothers on this special day. A recent comprehensive survey by the American National Retail Federation (NRF) examined Mother’s day shopping trends in great detail, including average spend and the most popular presents. Americans love to go all out, with the average consumer spending $168.94 treating their mother! In the UK, the average spend is £27.37. We couldn’t track down the average spend in Ireland, but the cult of the Irish Mammy is strong, and no matter what your budget, we know you’ll do your best to make her smile.

flowers firm favourites

The clear winner in the NRF gift survey was flowers. 68.2% of respondents said they’d be giving their mother a bouquet for the occasion. Carnations are especially associated with the holiday, a tradition that originated in 1907, in American, when Anna Jarvis established the celebration in that country.

The runners up for most popular gifts were: gift vouchers (41.5%), jewellery (34.4%), and clothing/accessories (33.3%).

nothing beats a handwritten card

The most popular gesture remains a greeting card, with 81% of respondents saying that they would be buying a card. That’s lucky, because a thoughtful card is popular with mothers, too! Over in the UK, the Royal Mail invested in research to find out what really makes Mam’s day. They partnered with an independent research lab to run an experiment. Volunteer mothers were hooked up with a cap and electrodes which measured their emotional response to handwritten letters and cards vs. emails and social media messages. The handwritten messages generated a greater positive emotional response, as you might have guessed.

So there’s no excuse! Remember your mother this Sunday, and you’ll make her whole year. What are your Mother’s Day plans? The Complete Savings blog would love to hear all about it.



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