It’s that time of year again when we all get a little bit excited for the sales in shops. So of course Black Friday and Cyber Monday play an important role in that. I do love a good discount, if you can get an item you love for less, then what’s the harm. I’ve never actually hit the town when there has been a Black Friday Sale. Why? Because I like to avoid crowds as much as possible.. This means I do a lot of the shopping online.
It can get very overwhelming and hard to navigate the stores, especially when the sales seem to start earlier and earlier every year. Not to mention the endless emails that start to bombard your inbox two weeks before the sales even start. So it’s Black Friday and you’re wondering where to start?
1. Don’t Go Crazy…
It can be tempting to hit up all of your favourite shops and go crazy with the discounts. But do you really need those items? Think about what you own and the items that you are missing out on. This is the perfect time to pick up a winter coat, a new pair of boots or some new pyjamas.
It is also a great time to get Christmas presents. Loads of shops are offering many different things, so you can certainly find plenty of gifts for all your family and friends. So decide what you need, maybe make a list and then go on the hunt for those items.
2. Do your research
A lot of shops start releasing promotions early. So pre Black Friday sales are quite common, it might be best to look for items in advance and keep an eye on those going in the sale. This makes sure you get your hands on them and you don’t have to worry about them selling out. Thursday night is a great time to begin looking as stores such as ASOS and River Island. They have the early sales that continue onto the weekend.
The early discounts may be tempting but don’t do your shopping too soon in the week. You may not get the full discount price. Save the items that you really want till Black Friday as they might be even cheaper.Also keep an eye out for shops raising their prices in the run up to Black Friday. Some do this so they make you think you are getting a bargain, when actually you could be paying the normal amount or more.
3. Limit Your Spending
When it’s Black Friday you can spend as much as your wallet desires. But in November you want limit what you buy. If you have your eye on some pieces save them for later as they might go in the sale. I did this with a coat from River Island. I purchased it at the start of the month but decided to keep the tags and receipts ‘just incase’ in went on sale. After checking online yesterday, it was and I managed to get 20% off the full price.
4. Shop Your Favourites First
Start with your favourite shop first with the pieces that you need or want the most. Then make your way down the list with the most important at the top and least important at the bottom. Those lower down your list are items that you don’t mind missing out on so you can come to those last.
This has been a few of my tips for making sure you get a great Black Friday deal. It isn’t as big in the UK as it might be in the States, so our discounts are a lot less in comparison. But any discount is always welcomed as it means you can get something you like for less.
These have been my tips for getting the best deals on Black Friday. What tips do you have when it comes to finding a bargain online?