Black Friday originally started in America and was introduced into the UK a few years ago. It is traditionally the day for the best deals and discounts on the high street with stores slashing prices. However, this isn’t always true and starts my post.
With this originally being a one day event shoppers would be queuing outside stores hours before opening to get that big deal. News footage in the evening also featured fights and brawls because people didn’t get what they wanted.
How to avoid the rush
Retailers have helped us out massively with this one, the deals aren’t usually just for one day. Most stores will now start their ‘Black Friday deals’ at the start of the week that Black Friday falls on. This means that there’s plenty of time to find the deal that’s right for you and no more queuing outside in the cold.
Because of this there are also often deals all week so you can actually get a better price! Some retailers will have different deals everyday of the week like Amazon’s Daily Deals. They’ll then have ‘better deals’ on Black Friday itself.
Don’t let the deal sway you
Just because something is half price or ‘the cheapest you’ll ever find’ doesn’t mean it actually is… Lots of retailers will actually put the price of something up just before it goes on offer so it looks like you’re saving a bigger percentage. You actually won’t be as it’s probably been almost that price before. Currys are really noticeable for this…
Don’t buy something that you don’t need because ‘its a good deal’. Even if something if a really good price and good value if you’re not going to use it then you’re wasting your money. All too often we’re fooled into buying things just because it’s on a special offer – supermarket end of aisles, I’m looking at you! The retailers love it, our bank balances don’t agree!!!
Be Prepared and do your research for Black Friday
We all know it’s going to happen, we all know it’s when a lot of people start their Christmas shopping. Why not write down a shopping list before you even think of hitting the shops! I’ve written about this before in my ‘saving for Christmas‘ and ‘saving money on food‘ posts but a list is key to success. This way you know what you are looking for and are less likely to buy something not on the list. That’s the plan anyway…
Do your research
Don’t just buy something from the first shop you look at. Have a look at competing retailers to see who has the best, and cheapest deal. The high street is a competitive place and retailers will try and grab your business by offering cheaper prices. Use this to your advantage and look around (online is the best) before purchasing the item.
On the flip side of this, if you buy something in one shop and then find it cheaper elsewhere, return it. I don’t get why people are so against returning items, I know a few that don’t like it. Retailers are used to items being returned. As long as you have your receipt and it’s in the same condition as you bought it most will be fine.
My Quick Summary
In conclusion to all of this, my vital tips for shopping the Black Friday sales without spending a fortune are:
- Make a list of things that you actually need – and stick to it
- Get online and google the deals stores have and the prices of thing
- Go out and shop the high street to check there aren’t any better in store only deals
- Buy your goodies
- Get home and work out how much you’ve saved!
I’d love to know what you’re planning on buying or have already bought in the Black Friday sales. Plus I’m an eager ear for a saving so let me know how much you save this year!