Five best reasons to get online this Christmas

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There are simply thousands of money-saving opportunities online but often finding the time to make the most of them is hard.

With Christmas just around the corner though, try and snatch 30 minutes to zip through these simple ways to save some serious cash online.

1. Speak to friends and relatives overseas

Christmas is the time to catch up with loved-ones wherever they may be, but thanks to the joys of the internet you can speak to anyone, anywhere in the world totally free. As long as you both have Skype (which you can easily download) you can talk, and even video chat if you both have webcams, for as long as you want and it won't cost you a penny.

2. Make money on your shopping

Why not get cashback when you buy gifts online? Sites like Quidco and Top Cashback offer great rewards from shopping with big online retailers through their sites. You'll earn money for shopping you would have done anyway!

3. Make big savings on your food shop

With food prices sky high it's easy to see why many of us are dreading the Christmas food shop. But do it online and you'd be amazed at what you can save. Check out MySupermarket where you can select your usual supermarket, fill your trolley - and then make sure you have the best deal. If another supermarket offers a better price, you can swap your trolley and buy it from them instead - genius.

4. Get a cheaper energy tariff

Worried about the rising price of energy? If your bills are going through the roof then it's not too late to switch your tariff and get a better deal. It's easier than you think, and comparing prices online and completing a switch can take a mere 15 minutes. Get started with EnergyHelpline.

5. Make the most of the best deals

For gifts and gift experiences for your loved ones this Christmas check out group buying sites like KGB Deals, Wahanda, Wowcher or Groupon. While you have to sort the wheat from the chaff, you can find some great deals on everything from mini-breaks to theatre tickets at a fraction of the price. It's a great way to find that slightly different and special gift.
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