I doubt that there is a single person reading this who doesn’t love a bargain, I think it’s human nature to feel good about saving money or picking something up at a fraction of the cost. For that reason it comes as no surprise that last year on Black Friday, we spent a whopping £5.8 billion over four days which is pretty mind blowing when you think about it!
I thought I would share my top tips for staying shop savvy this Black Friday.
1. Don’t impulse buy
I think we’ve all made the mistake of buying something just because it’s on offer, it can be very easy to be blind sided by a whopping discount. That said, buying something that you don’t need simply because it’s cheap isn’t a bargain. Despite the saving, you’re still spending money that you don’t actually need to, so save that money for the items you do need, even if they aren’t as heavily discounted as others.
2. Use voucher codes.
There are so many ways to make extra savings on Black Friday deals and using voucher sites, such as My Voucher Codes is a great way to get even more money off. I always use vouchers for on-line purchases and although not all retailers accept vouchers on discounted items, it is always worth trying as many vouchers do still work.
3. Only buy from trusted retailers
There are a lot of scams around at this time of year, especially on Black Friday when everyone is in such a rush to bag a bargain that you may take less time to investigate whether a website is legitimate. If something seems too good to be true, it more than often is.
4. Do you research before hand
If you have an item in mind, research it before hand to check out the RRP. Often in Black Friday sales they will tell you that something has been marked down from £1000 to £300 and you think you’re getting the bargain of the year. That item could actually be selling for £250 elsewhere and it turns out your bargain isn’t all that great after all.
5. Make a list
Now is the time to plan ahead and get those items bought well in advance whilst they are on offer. For me I try to plan ahead, not just to Christmas gifts but birthday gifts also. If I can get the children’s gifts for the year covered on Black Friday it means I have the rest of the year without financial pressures.
6. Get there early
If you’re going to brave the shops, although rather you than me, get there early! A lot of retailers have a limited number of items for each offer and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Be prepared to queue, and for some pushing and shoving, but if you really want something it’s definitely worth camping out until the doors open!
So there you go, my top tips for savvy shopping this Black Friday. I have my list all ready and prepared, RRP pencilled in for reference, and my voucher codes at the ready!
Good luck everyone!!
*** This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are my own. ***