TESCO has launched a half price toy sale – and it could be a good opportunity for parents to stock up for Christmas.

The discounts include 50% off kids’ favourites such as Peppa Pig and Disney’s Frozen.

Other popular brands parents will find include Hot Wheels and In The Night Garden.

Tesco told The Sun its toy sale officially begins in shops this Wednesday, September 30, but some stores appear to have already started reducing prices.

For example, one shopper posted pictures of discounts in the toy aisle in Tesco in Crewe, Cheshire, on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook group.

Another shopper said she picked up half price toys at her Tesco in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.

How to compare prices to get the best deal

JUST because something is on offer, or is part of a sale, it doesn’t mean it’s always a good deal.

There are plenty of comparison websites out there that'll check prices for you – so don't be left paying more than you have to.

Most of them work by comparing the prices across hundreds of retailers.

Here are some that we recommend:

  • Google Shopping is a tool that lets users search for and compare prices for products across the web. Simply type in keywords, or a product number, to bring up search results.
  • Price Spy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, including Argos, Amazon, eBay and the supermarkets. Once you select an individual product you can quickly compare which stores have the best price and which have it in stock.
  • Idealo is another website that lets you compare prices between retailers. All shoppers need to do is search for the item they need and the website will rank them from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
  • CamelCamelCamel only works on goods being sold on Amazon. To use it, type in the URL of the product you want to check the price of.

Tesco has also listed sale items on its website already, although it's unclear if stock and discounts vary online compared to in store.

The supermarket also hasn't said how long its toy sale will last.

For online shoppers, Tesco charges £4.50 for delivery, plus an extra £4 fee if you’re spending less than £40. 

Click and collect from the supermarket costs £1.50.

You can find your nearest Tesco using its online store finder tool.

Before you part ways with any cash, we’d always recommend comparing prices online to make sure you’ve found the best deal.

See our box above to find out how you can do this.

The below are some of our top picks from the online Tesco toy sale:

Peppa Pig 1, 2, 3 soft toy

  • Was: £20. Now: £10. Save: £10 (50%) – buy now

This Peppa Pig toy comes with four different phrases, which she'll say when you squeeze her tummy.

The plush toy, which is powered by batteries that are included, measures 35cm tall and is suitable for children aged 18 months or older.

The next best price we could find for this same toy was £14.24, including postage, on eBay.

Cra-Z-Slimy Creations: Make your own slime

  • Was: £20. Now: £10. Save: £10 (50%) – buy now

If your kid likes getting messy, this make your own slime kit could be a great gift.

Customise the slime with glitter, googly eyes and more, before keeping it safe in a pendant necklace.

The same set sells for £19.99 on eBay, with postage, so you're saving around half the price at Tesco.

Frozen toddler doll and accessory

  • Was: £35. Now: £17.50. Save: £17.50 (50%) – buy now

In this set, Frozen fans will get one Anna doll – which stands at 35cm tall – plus a headband, ring and necklace.

Shoppers have spotted both Anna and Elsa in stores, although we could only find Anna listed on the Tesco website.

We couldn't spot this Frozen toy being sold elsewhere, although Argos sells a similar doll at a more expensive price of £22 plus free click and collect or £3.95 delivery.

In The Night Garden musical Igglepiggle

  • Was: £25. Now: £12.50. Save: £12.50 (50%) – buy now

Igglepiggle is made from textured fabrics which Tesco says helps stimulate senses.

Squeeze his tummy, and he'll start playing the In The Night Garden theme song.

The plush stands at 34cm tall, is suitable for children of all ages, and is powered by batteries, which are included.

Precious Little One sells a similar singing Igglepiggle toy for a similar £12.95 plus £3.95 delivery.

Hot Wheels double loop dash

  • Was: £35. Now: £17.50. Save: £17.50 (50%) – buy now

This Hot Wheels set comes with over 12 feet of track to race along, including two huge loops.

For this price, you also get two cars to play with, so you don't need to buy additional pieces.

The cheapest price we could find for this Hot Wheels set elsewhere is on Amazon, with one seller charging £33.76 plus £4.24 for delivery.

Llama soft toy

  • Was: £10. Now: £5. Save: £5 (50%) – buy now

These adorable llama plush toys, which are created by manufacturer Keel, come in either white or pink, and measure 20cm tall.

They also come complete with glittery eyes for an added layer of cuteness.

Online retailer World of Bears sell the same toys for a pricier £9 with £3.50 delivery.

The Sun has rounded up predictions for when toy sales will start at Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and more.

And here are predictions for when Black Friday sales will start at Argos, The Entertainer and others.

Home Bargains, B&M and Tesco are already selling Christmas decorations, presents and chocolate.

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