ARGOS is a hit with shoppers thanks to its great range of toys, tech and homeware – but there are plenty ways you can make your cash stretch further.
It may be almost 40 years since the first store opened its doors but do you really know all there is to shopping at Argos?
We’ve put together a guide laying out everything you need to know before you part with your money to save you even more in the long-run.
From cutting back costs by shopping the Simple Value range to checking out the Argos sales on eBay, we’ve got you covered.
Here are our (not so) best kept secrets:
1. Check for voucher codes before you shop
Do your research before hitting the pay button online because there may be a voucher or code that will get you a discount.
First up, Argos has its own page dedicated to voucher codes which are valid on top of any discounts that might already be applied.
There aren’t any deals on at the moment but previously the retailer has run codes that give you 20 per cent off selected bedroom furniture when you spend £150 or 25 per cent off kitchenware.
It’s also worth checking vouchercodes.co.uk which lets others users share discount codes, which could get you free delivery or offers like 20 per cent off technology products.
Sites like vouchercloud.co.uk and HotUKDeals are also worth checking out.
All you need to do is apply the code at the checkout before you pay and the money will automatically be deducted.
2. There’s always a sale on
If you’re on the hunt for a bargain and you shop online then shopping the have a look at the clearance section.
The big yellow part of the website is where the retailer discounts the last few products in ranges that aren’t going to be restocked.
While the products might not be the latest model, they are brand new.
For example, the Home Midnight Opulence Console Table is in the clearance sale for £45.99 and was originally priced at £129.99.
Motorola dash cams are £25.99 down from £29.99 and you can save £6 on a Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Belle Doll.
3. Check the WOW deals first
If you know what you’re after – rather than mindlessly browsing – then you should always start your search on the WOW deals section on the website.
These are the deals that are supposed to make you go “wow”.
Basically, it’s where the retailer puts its top picks on leading products including vacuum cleaners, push chairs and must-have kids toys.
It promises that the offers are competitive but it’s always worth double checking yourself before you buy because you can’t always be sure.
Right now, the WOW section features a set of Beats by Dre Powerbeats for £149.95 but you can actually get them from John Lewis for £99.
But the £299.99 price tag on the Men’s Health 90kg Home Multi Gym set can’t be beaten elsewhere, nor can the Go Explore XL Wheeled Holdall set which costs £19.99 so it’s worth checking out.
4. Shop discounts on eBay and collect in store
You can order products on the retailer’s outlet shop on eBay and get it sent to your nearest store for collection.
While some of the prices might be the same as they are in store, you can actually save cash by making use of eBay sales and discount codes.
The auction site has been known to run sales of up to 20 per cent off with participating retailers which often includes Argos.
How to save on your shopping
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- LOOK FOR DISCOUNTS Visit websites like Vouchercloud and Myvouchercodes to look for discounts before buying.
- EARN CASHBACK Before you pay anything, visit cashback websites like Quidco or TopCashBack to see if you can earn money form shopping.
- COMPARE Find the cheapest deal by using websites like Kelkoo and CamelCamelCamel.
- SIGN-UP to newsletters. Most retailers will offer exclusive discounts to loyal shoppers.
And when you get to the checkout on eBay you can choose for your order to be delivered to your nearest store, hassle free.
5. Get paid to spend
As well as discount vouchers and codes, you can also get paid to shop at Argos.
Cashback sites like Quidco will pay you to spend at Argos as long as you click on their link.
Sites like these make their money by charging the retailer a fee for every customer referred to them by their website.
But it means that members can make some easy money while they shop.
At the moment, Quidco is offering shoppers six per cent cashback, which means you’ll get £1.50 back when you spend £25.
It may not sound like much but if you regularly shop at Argos the cashback will soon add up.
It’s free to sign up to and you can withdraw the cash at any time as long as you have at least £1 in your account.
6. Always check the prices
Argos has been previously accused of pushing up prices in its three for two toy sale so you need to be certain that you’re getting a deal before you handover your money.
Pricehistory.co.uk monitors prices at a whole host of retailers including Argos.
That way you can see if a product in the sale is really on offer for the best price or if the retailer has sold it cheaper at another time of the year.
For example, the Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Cleaner costs £249.99 but it actually cost £1 less in January 2018.
Price comparison sites like Price Spy will also help you find out if the product is cheaper to buy somewhere else.
7. Save money by shopping the Simple Value Range
Argos actually stocks its own value range of products to help you save even more cash.
The discount store sells its own basic range in all departments including a homeware, DIY and electricals.
This is super useful if you’ve just moved how but need to saving money kitting it out or are sticking to a budget.
A branded De’Longhi Radia Oil Filled Radiator costs £79.99 from Argos, but it’s Simple Value version looks similar and only costs £29.99.
Where a Silent Night 10.5 tog single duvet will set you back £20, you can get one in the basic range for £8, saving you £12.
8. There’s even a section dedicated to “spare parts”
Lost your TV remote? Can’t find the head to the hoover? Don’t worry because Argos has got you covered.
It has a whole dedicated website to ordering spare parts at argosspares.co.uk.
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Say you’re looking for cutlery holder that fits your dishwasher, all you need to do is choose the right department and click on the brand you need.
It will then bring up all of the spare parts you could ever need for your dishwasher.
Even though it’s convenient, you should still check the prices as there is a chance that you may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere.
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