Make sure you're getting some great Black Friday deals with these top tips.
Even though Black Friday started off as one of America’s favourite traditions, it has now become one of the UK’s as well and whether you love or loathe it, it’s here to stay. It is one of the best shopping days to bag a bargain but it can also be the most stressful if you don’t have a plan.
We have put together a fool-proof strategy that will help you maximise the bang for your buck and get you some super savvy money-saving bargains.
Plan, plan, plan and then plan some more
There is nothing worse than going to a Black Friday sale with no game plan. One of two things will happen: you will either get so overwhelmed by the chaos and start filling up your basket with things that you don’t need or you will miss out on the best deals by not being focused.
Most retailers involved in the Black Friday game list their deals as ‘coming soon’ in order to entice interest. Take advantage of that by planning exactly what you want and where to get it from. That way you avoid being tempted into those impulse purchases.
Hunt down the pre-sale sales
As this tradition continues to grow, more and more retailers are trying to get ahead by starting their ‘Black Friday’ sales early. Familiarise yourself with these and get them checked off the list. Many online retailers such as Amazon start offering massive discounts from mid-November until the end of the month, with savings across nearly all products, but make sure you snap up that deal quick as they change so frequently, you may end up missing out.
Top Retailers to keep an eye on:
Stay in the loop
The majority of participating retailers want to make it easy for you to get spending, which is why they have created specific Black Friday pages containing important information on sale start and end times, products up for grabs and the biggest reductions. Bookmark these pages for super simple bargain hunting with the likes of John Lewis, Amazon, and Argos.
Buy discounted gift cards and save even more!
Did you know you can buy unwanted gift cards online? Well, you can and it’s a fab money saver. Websites such as Card Yard and Zeek offer gift cards at a discounted cost eg. Zeek is currently offering Pandora gift cards with up to 12% off and Card Yard have 20% off Build-A-Bear, so you can save even more by using one of these when you’re doing your Black Friday shopping.
If you use cashback credit/debit cards or shop via cashback websites such as Quidco or Top Cashback, you can save EVEN more! (If you are shopping using a credit card then ensure you pay off the balance as soon as you can to prevent paying interest).
Don't forget Cyber Monday – 26th November
Just when you think it’s all over, Cyber Monday takes hold and it’s time for online retailers to get involved in the fun. Good news for you, more great bargains to be had on less tech-based products such as fashion, beauty and holidays from some big names including Debenhams and John Lewis. This is the perfect time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and bag yourself some great deals.
Don’t panic buy
Usually, retailers extend some of their sales, and it's now not unusual for them to all the way through to Christmas once Cyber Monday is over, so don't panic and buy an alternative to the desired product, just make sure you keep looking for bargains.
Don’t be fooled
It can be easy to fall into the trap of buying products that will be reduced further over the next couple of months. Products like furniture which is notoriously cheap in Boxing Day and January sales, tools which sales figures show are at their cheapest around Father’s Day and Christmas gear that is much cheaper to buy in advance in the January clearance.
However you decide to tackle Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, we would love to hear your success stories and the deals you’ve got so leave us a message on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.
Happy bargain hunting everyone!
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