Finding the best white goods deals can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore, but follow these tips to help you find the best prices.
The internet has been amazing for shoppers. Not only has it stopped the need for us to leave the house if we want to buy anything, but we can now visit hundreds of stores with just a click of a button. And because of this, stores have become more competitive to offer the cheapest prices.
However, it’s not always just a case of finding the lowest price and buying. There are usually plenty of ways to find further discounts, meaning that a more expensive option could end up the cheapest.
Although this post is about items such as dishwashers, fridges and washing machines, you can usually apply it to most goods.
Finding the best white goods deals
Do some product research before you buy. Take a look at customer reviews across a range of websites such as Amazon, Currys and AO.com. My dad subscribes to Which magazine, and that always provides some useful information. It’s often harder to find good reviews as generally, people only leave reviews if they’re unhappy with a product.
Get an idea of prices
When you’ve decided what you want to buy, head to Google. Type in the model that you want and click on shopping. This should show something similar to below.
Clicking on compare prices will bring up a list of shops and the price, including postage. Bear in mind that Google doesn’t always show prices from all retailers, so it will be worth checking some of the major electrical retailers yourself. Take a note of the prices and the stores.
Next, we’ll want to go and take a look at Quidco and TopCashback. If you’ve never heard of them, take a look at my post on cashback sites. Most major stores are listed on there and you can often find some special offers.
When I recently purchased my dishwasher, I had decided on a Beko model. Boots Kitchen Appliances (a company I had never heard of before I searched on google) were offering 2% cashback at TopCashback. However, at Quidco, this was 8%.
Once you have an idea of cashback, it’s a case of looking for some vouchers. This is quite a quick process. Head back to google, type in the name of the store and voucher (e.g. Boots Kitchen Appliances voucher). Take a look through the first few hits on google, and it should be quite obvious if there are any money-off vouchers available. I was fortunate enough to find a valid £10 off code.
Now, this is where it gets slightly more complicated. In the example above, if you click on “See code” you’ll see the code but you’ll also be taken to the Boots website. This isn’t something you want if you’re planning on claiming cashback too. Clicking through from two sites can cause them to conflict with each other. Basically, Boots may be confused which site sent the referral, and so the cashback may not be paid out.
The two options you have are;
- click on the code, write it down and clear the cookies on your computer.
- click on the code from another device that you won’t be making the purchase from.
Bear in mind, that cashback sites do state that cashback will not always be paid out if you use codes not approved by them. However, I have yet to have a cashback site not payout because I used a code.
If you can, use a credit card that gives you money back every time you make a purchase. Plus, credit cards give you extra protection in case of loss or fraud.
How much can you save?
Finding the best white goods deals does depend slightly on luck. Cashback deals and vouchers come and go fairly often, so finding the best deal can be a matter of timing.
My most recent purchase, a Beko dishwasher, I purchased from Boots Kitchen Appliances. It was £10 more expensive from here compared to Appliances Direct. However, I received £29.60 cashback from Quidco and found a £10 discount voucher. On top of this, we received over £14 worth of Boots Advantage points.
So with around 15 minutes of searching, I managed to save myself almost £45, the equivalent of over 10%
Finding the best white good deals
You don’t have to be a super sleuth to find the best white goods deals. The next time you make a purchase, to spend an extra few minutes looking for vouchers and on cashback sites.