Black Friday is coming! Although that sounds kind of ominous, it’s a actually become quite a useful way for many of us to stock up on Christmas presents and our winter wardrobe. Even in the UK most shops do some kind of Black Friday promotion, with some even offering deals either side of the big day.
If you’re planning on filling up your online basket with goodies for Black Friday 2018, these are our tips to find and get the best deals.
Do Your Research
If you leave it until the last minute, who knows what you’ll end up with! To avoid wondering what you were thinking when your deliveries finally arrive, check out brands and websites that you’ll likely want to buy from in advance.
Read reviews, check trustpilot… Do all the research you would normally do when buying a new product, but try and do it at least a few days before you find yourself frantically checking out at 11pm on that Thursday night.
Make a List
If you don’t know what you want you might just end up buying everything. Make sure you have some kind of strategy to only buy stuff you want or need.
On the hunt for a new phone? This years top models will be available at discounts at many major retailers. Or, better still get last years top model for even cheaper. Always wanted a drone? Been hankering after some new clothes?
Having a plan of attack will ensure you don’t just buy everything you see because it’s up to 50% off!
If you already have a list of things to get then you’ll probably love Black Friday. Especially if you’re expecting to buy expensive items like electronics. Make that Santa list and take a look at what’s on offer in advance so that when the day comes you can calmly find and buy everything you need – and have it delivered even before the 1st day of Christmas.
The big retailers like Amazon, John Lewis and Argos will all have their big Black Friday deals on, but don’t forget the smaller retailers where you can often find a great deal.
Seeing as the cold and wet weather is on its way, make the most of Black Friday and get kitted out for the winter months.
Smaller fashion brands tend to offer great deals over Black Friday, making it a great chance to get some new threads for much less. Winter sportswear brands such as Surfanic and Two Bare Feet are UK based retailers offering everything you’ll need for the slopes this year. Ski jackets, gloves and helmets are all available for knock down prices.
If you’re looking for top quality winter footwear then Swiss wool shoe brand, Baabuk are offering 30% off this Black Friday by using the code BLACKFRIDAY30 at checkout. Keep an eye on boutique brands like this, as their Black Friday sales are often the best of the year!
It’s not just clothing and electronics that gets knocked down a few percent in mid November. Holiday tours and flights also get the discount treatment, so if you’re thinking of booking a trip away over the festive period wait and see what goes on offer.
Tour package providers and airlines often run promotions aimed at the Black Friday spending spree. If you have somewhere in mind then you’ll probably find a discounted package. Or if you’re happy to see where the discounts take you then enjoy the ride…
Keep an eye on the big tour providers like TUI and Thomson, as well as specialists like Crystal Ski and Cruise Nation.
Pick Up Later
We’ve all seen the footage of crazed shoppers spilling into malls and ripping the store apart for a discounted Nintendo. Avoid the horror and order your item for pick up at a more sedate time. Because nothing ruins bargain hunting quite like getting in a fight with a little old lady.
Remember above all to keep your cool. If you can’t really afford it, don’t buy it. It’s nice to get a bargain, but don’t forget it’ll be the January sales in a few months.