Stay home in your pyjamas and make the most of Boxing Day sales with these savvy tips

TODAY, I will definitely be ­shopping in my pyjamas.

The sales are here and, with it being 2020, it’s the perfect excuse to strictly shop online from the comfort of your sofa with the leftover Quality Street.

But, there are ways to cash in as you cash out — here’s how to make the most of the festive sales . . . 

CHECK EBAY: The days following Christmas will see unused, unwanted gifts being flogged for super-low prices while people have the time off work to list them. Check hourly to land the best deals. Gift sets and pricier buys are often first up. Plus, you may even be able to stock up on items for next year’s birthday and Christmas presents.

PAPER SAVING: The next festive season may be the last thing on your mind, but you can ease the strain on 2021’s budget by stocking up on wrapping paper, ­ribbons and cards. These go straight into the sale and you can save a packet by thinking ahead.

BASKET CASE: If you’re not desperate for anything in particular but have seen a few bits you like, this tip is a good one. Some sites will save your shopping basket so fill it with everything you want at the start of today. If you are logged in you are likely to be emailed reminders when you haven’t checked out and possibly discount codes. Plus, items may be marked down further over the next few days

GIFT IT BACK: If you aren’t keen on the gift card you have received, head to ­cardyard.co.uk where you can “sell your card back” for cash (or swap it for one you do want). A £100 John Lewis gift card currently translates to an £86 cash payout or a £90.30 credit for use on the website (towards another card). This is great as a New Year’s lump of cash, or for putting in the bank for next year’s hols.

OH, HONEY! Just because the sales are on, doesn’t mean you can’t save even more cash on items. The Honey browser extension is one of my favourite online shopping tools – it automatically finds and applies any extra coupon codes at checkout with a single click. Simply visit joinhoney.com to download.

  • PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

ALDI has slashed its prices on selected drinks. A magnum of Costellore prosecco is £9.99, instead of £13.99. And a litre of Greyson’s premium pink gin is £14.99, down from £17.99, while stock lasts.

Cheap treat

McVITIE’S has launched fully coated editions of Digestives and Hobnobs. They can be found in Asda for £1.79.

Store swap

INSTEAD of paying £4.50 for a dozen cans of Schweppes slimline tonic at Morrisons, buy it from Sainsbury’s, where it’s on offer for £3.50.

SAVE: £1

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