My top tips for Black Friday shopping

Black Friday

It is that time again, Black Friday is almost upon us.  The day after Thanksgiving in the US, where the nation, in a turkey induced coma has the energy to do nothing other than begin their Christmas shopping.  It is also known as World TV Day, though I am not sure if that is because alot of the US take the opportunity to spend all day watching it, or because they are now out grabbing heavily discounted TVs in Black Friday sales.   Either way, it is this week folks, and so if you are in the market for buying some new items for your home, or getting a head start on the Christmas shopping, now is the time to do it.

Not two weeks ago which is when Mr B decided to spend the thick end of £2000 on a new camera he had been eyeing up for a year.  No doubt it will be discounted this week, but we are too scared to look.

I want to share with you  my top tips for saving money on Black Friday, rather than how to spend it.  I am sure we all know how to spend it but I want you to make sure you are spending wisely.

First tip:  Sign up to retailers for newsletters well in advance.  Subscribers typically get a heads up on what will be in the sale, so if there is a particular item you are after you will know about it beforehand.

Second tip:  If you are after a particular product, shop around, do some digging and see where it is on sale.   One store might have it for cheaper than other but the slightly more expensive price might include bundle goods or a warranty that actually makes it a better deal in the long run.

Third tip: Use voucher sites such as MyVoucherCodes  They will show you some incredible savings that you won’t find on the High Street and some will often begin ahead of Black Friday as retailers want to get you to shop with them before anybody else.  I am talking HUGE savings on big high street names.  I have seen deals such as 30% off Michael Kors bags, 60% off Boots fragrances, 50% off toys at Tesco as starters

Fourth tip:  Do make sure the item is one that you want / need.   Sometimes we can get caught up in the moment and see a huge discount on an item but it not actually be something that you need.  A 60% off bargain isn’t really a bargain if you realise a month later you have wasted the 40% you did spend.

Fifth Tip:  Have a budget.   If you only really need one item don’t go mad on a website and spend more than you really need.  Or be influenced by 0% finance deals unless they are good value in the long run.

Black Friday Image courtesy of Shutterstock

This post has been written in collaboration with My Voucher Codes who have invited me to be one of their brand ambassadors and talk about their money saving #SavvySquad



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