Buy a game or save money?

It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. To buy or not to buy? On the one hand, there’s that awesome new game you want. On the other, you need to eat this month. Though eating’s totally overrated.

When it comes to buying games, I always look for the best deal. For instance, Microsoft have a massive sale on at the moment. So I picked up The Stick of Truth for the low low price of £6. There’s a tonne of great Xbox One games on sale too – happy days! But when I can’t find a sale, there’s a few websites and services I use to find myself the best deal. I thought I’d share them with you, because I’m such a nice chap.

Just a heads up, some of these might be UK / EU only – so sorry if that’s the case!

ShopTo.

My go-to place for video-games, at the moment at least, is ShopTo. They’ve got great prices on the latest titles, and they offer a free next-day delivery service on pretty much all orders. And, if you pre-order a game, you’ll usually get it a day earlier than its release. Now that’s a service I can get behind.

Steam.

They’ve always got great deals – that’s no secret. But, something you might not know is that Steam has a trial system / returns policy for the games. You can return a game within two weeks of purchasing it, provided you’ve played less than 2 hours. It’s a fantastic service, particularly if you’re not sure of a game, and you’re a little low on funds. But, obviously, don’t abuse the system!

CEX.

Second hand stuff isn’t bad stuff. Provided that the person who first owned it, took good care of it. At CEX, you can get a tonne of second hand game related goodies. From video-games to controllers. All for a fair price. You can also trade in your old tech, DVDs, CDs and games to put toward new purchases. They give you a good price for your things, and you can take cash too (at a reduced sum, if you like). You can do all of that both in store and online. Good times.

EA Access.

This ones only for you Xbox One gamers, I’m afraid. I love EA Access, because I’m an EA whore. I like sports games, OK. And like it or not, EA make some pretty decent sports games. I’ll always purchase each year’s installment of FIFA, and EA Access gives me early access, a 10 hour trial and money off that title. However, I also like playing Madden games, NHL and NBA, as well as other EA titles like Peggle and Titanfall – but they’re not the sorts of games I’d be willing to pay £50 a time for. With EA Access, though, I can just wait a little while and they’ll be available in the Vault, for free!*

*RRP £19.99 per year for an EA Access subscription.

Reddit.

Last, but by no means least, we have this Reddit board. The ‘front page of the internet’ isn’t just a great place for funny cat memes and innapropriate stories. No sir. You can also find some great game deals on the board linked above. It’s updated regularily, and you never know what money saving game deals you’ll find there.

I hope you find some great deals through this list. And for those who have other money saving tips – let us know in the comments below!

  • Michael Scoates

    I budget using high tech software to list games I want, when they’re released, best price, where I’ve bought it from etc., that way I know my outgoings and incomings and can then juggle the non-essentials like water, food, shelter etc. around them.

    I’ve included a screenshot of my current calculations, as you can see this software is pretty much freely available. I’d advise giving Postabargain(.co.uk) a follow on Twitter as well, they keep a great database of lowest prices, flash sales etc.

    • H0NEYL00PS

      A great hi-tech solution for anyone looking to budget effectively.

    • Looks a bit too high tech for me. Does it work on Mac?

      • Michael Scoates

        Works on any platform as long as it can run in laid-flat mode.

  • Michael Scoates

    I budget using high tech software to list games I want, when they’re released, best price, where I’ve bought it from etc., that way I know my outgoings and incomings and can then juggle the non-essentials like water, food, shelter etc. around them.

    I’ve included a screenshot of my current calculations, as you can see this software is pretty much freely available. I’d advise giving Postabargain(.co.uk) a follow on Twitter as well, they keep a great database of lowest prices, flash sales etc.

    • H0NEYL00PS

      A great hi-tech solution for anyone looking to budget effectively.

    • Looks a bit too high tech for me. Does it work on Mac?

      • Michael Scoates

        Works on any platform as long as it can run in laid-flat mode.

  • GrapesInASalad

    My additions:

    CDKeys.com – My absolute favourite. If you like the savings on a Steam Summer Sale then you’ll love CDKeys.com because it’s often the same but all year round. They rarely ship games, as implied by the title, but it’s totally legit. It’s also mainly for PC Gamers but it’s not uncommon for the odd XB1 / PSN game to come up. Time cards and currency cards are also on there for cheaper than you would normally find on Amazon/in-store.

    Green Man Gaming – Another PC one here. Full of great savings on big titles. They arrange some pretty good consistent deals with developers, so are known to offer discounts across developer titles rather than just the odd game here and there. Also, Playstation and Xbox are coming to GMG soon.

    Origin Insider – Another PC one. For £3.99 a month gain access to all games in ‘The Vault’ (some new, many old) and get early access to new titles before release.

    Flubit – Not a gaming vendor but a great site for finding deals online. Paste an Amazon URL to the product you want, and it’ll scrape the web (like a money supermarket type thing) and give you back the cheapest deal. Not 100% accurate, but it’ll scrape prices from some websites that you would never go on – I’m talking page 2 > page 10 on Google SERPs.