Being a gamer can certainly be one of the more expensive hobbies one can have.
From the coveted exclusive PlayStation Five to the premium price tags of most games these days, gaming isn’t as easy as it used to be.
And as the current crisis of rising living costs continues to grip the nation, it has become even more expensive for some to maintain the hobby of gaming.
This is precisely why, as with so many things these days, it can come in handy to know some handy shopping tricks and tips to help you keep up with your hobbies without breaking the bank.
And Tom Church from the popular money saving website LatestDeals.co.uk is here to help.
The money-saving expert has revealed five little-known hacks that can help players find lower prices, snag freebies and access exclusive offers and deals.
With some new games selling for around £80, the five handy tips can help gamers save money on premium video games and consoles.
Church said: “Nobody wants to pay full price for games if they can avoid it, and the good news is that if you do your research and shop smart, you’ll never have to do that again.
“There are several portals and tools that combine the best deals and lowest prices – here are my top picks.”
Make a wish list of games
If you don’t want to pay full price for a game you really want, then the expert suggests setting up a wishlist on Steam. Account users can set up notifications when their bookmarked game goes on sale.
The gaming community has nearly 30,000 games across a range of popular consoles and regularly runs seasonal deals, free weekends and Midweek Madness.
Use price tracking tools
Buyers can use the IsThereAnyDeal website, which allows them to track the sales history of a particular game they want to get and find out the best price they can find online for it.
This tool’s features also allow you to view price history so you can predict if it’s likely to go down again in the future, bookmark it so you can wait for a better price, and access coupons for specific sites to To save money. You can also search for packs, read reviews, and browse similar games while evaluating your purchase.
Check for any giveaways
GG.Deals is an excellent tool that allows you to try new games completely for free. That way you can try it before parting with your money just in case it’s not for you.
They also provide previews of what games are free to play on portals like the Epic Games Store, so you can plan ahead and make the most of your budget-friendly gaming time.
You can search for the free trials by scrolling down the “News” section and hovering over the “Freebies” section.
Reddit forums like r/GameDeals can be a great place for gamers to connect with like-minded people who may have access to bundles, discount codes, promotions, and discounts.
Look online for lower prices
CDKeys is a popular site for those looking for lower prices on their favorite games. The company buys download codes in bulk and sells them cheaply, passing the discounts on to the consumer.
The savings expert says gamers can save up to a whopping 90% on a range of popular consoles including Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, PC, Wii U and 3DS.
However, levels should keep in mind that now that the UK has left the EU and EEC, Valve can geo-block EU Steam codes – so UK players may not be able to redeem them for the service.
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