The most significant shopping day of the year Black Friday is almost upon us.
Que the crazies who will be out in force wanting to bag some of the ridiculous reductions ahead of the festive season. Be prepared to make some ludicrous savings; With price cuts offered across the High Street from Tampax to Tables.
Before you head out on your shopping excursion this Black Friday, here’s a few handy hints for making it home in one piece!
Do your research
Take into account some of the largest retailers like Amazon will be rolling out their deals for ten days, with a whole new set of bargains every day.
For all your electrical goodies AO.com began a fortnight of deals from the 13th November.
The online fashion and beauty retailer ASOS.com are knocking a whopping 30% off pretty much everything.
For some super quirky Christmas gifts, this year be sure to check out Firebox.com.
Sainsbury’s will be offering deals on a more “low-key” scale this Black Friday with only a few selected stores open early hours. The supermarket is also home to Argos, where tonnes of fabulous bargains will be up for grabs.
Save your shopping sanity
Write a shopping list
TAKE INTO ACCOUNT IF A PURCHASE IS SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T NEED IN THE FIRST PLACE IT’S NOT A BARGAIN!
Therefore, my advice is to keep this in mind. Make a list of things you need and stick to it. In the words of Martin Lewis of Money saving expert; Ask yourself, Do I need it? Can I afford it? Is it worth it?
My dad is a sucker for a good deal; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve video called “the mother” over the past few years and she’s making room for 1000 coffee pods or toilet rolls in a cupboard somewhere!
Set yourself a strict budget
Time to get tough, by setting yourself a precise budget you will avoid a “money hangover” the next day. Take cash and leave your cards at home on the day if you plant to hit the High Street.
If you’ve made your list and you are going to stick to it, this shouldn’t be too difficult because you won’t be getting distracted by all the shiny things anyway.
Get up early!
Black Friday does require an early start, in the past shops opened in the early hours of the morning. Be sure to check your shopping list and check online opening times of the stores you plan to visit. With a bit of luck, you will be able to avoid a brawl and be first in the queue at the checkout. High Five!
Ok! so, it may be a little too late to save for this year’s event, but if you plan to get the most out of next years bargain bonanzas, why not put a bit aside each month in preparation. Be “one of those people” and have everybody else rolling their eyes and your organisational skills. They’re only jealous!
Above all else remember, Black Friday is about saving some money and having fun, don’t take it too seriously. Share these tips and grab your best shopping buddy then head out into the wilderness fully prepared.