It’s the most wonderful (and expensive) time of the year, and it can be a worrisome period for a lot of people who are concerned about where they’ll get the cash to pay for a magical Christmas. Luckily for us, however, Black Friday and its mountainous selection of deals are just around the corner.
A lot of people shy away from Black Friday, and it’s no wonder why considering some of the press it is gotten in the past. After all, who wants to be in a local shopping center where people are quite literally brawling on the floor over the last HD TV? Not us, that’s for sure. And yet, it’s not really like that – not most of the time anyway.
Remember that news broadcasters like to show the very worst of situations, and Black Friday tends to be extremely busy and crowded at worst. So why not give it a go this year? This year’s Black Friday lands on the 29th of November – which happens to be this Friday! Here’s how you can make the most out of the deals that are on offer.
Plan Ahead And Know Your Stuff
Instead of panicking at the last minute that you need cash and don’t have enough of it in order to make the most of Black Friday, try doing some research in advance and plan ahead. Knowing your stuff about this year’s Black Friday deals will help you to figure out roughly how much you can save and spend on Christmas goodies in the mass sale.
The thing is, without knowing what you need in the first place, it’s impossible to see what you can save. There’s no good going in blind, or you could end up spending just as much as you would have on an average day. Remember, however good the deals are, they all add up!
Have a list of what you need to buy, and before Black Friday falls (so you have a couple of days yet!), research where is the cheapest place to purchase the said item. This way, when Friday does come around, you’ll be able to see if what you need – or a similar alternative – is up for a reasonable price. As with most things, the more prepared you are, the more you’ll get out of Black Friday.
Sign Up For Email Notifications From Your Most Used Stores
We hate junk mail as much as the next person, but believe it or not; it could be your SAVING grace at this time of year (pardon the pun!). After all, is there really a quicker method of learning about the deals the shops have on than getting them emailed directly to you?
With that in mind, think of the shops and manufacturers you use or are likely to use the most this Christmas. Then, go on their websites and subscribe to email alerts and offers. It’s quick, easy to do, and will help you to plan your shopping trip more effectively.
Plan Your Trip
Speaking of planning your shopping trip, we weren’t expressive. To get the most out of Black Friday, it literally pays to plan your trip in advance. Know what you need, and which shops you need to visit to get it. Then, create an itinerary for the day, so you can get the shopping done as effectively and efficiently as possible.
It’s also always a good idea to check the opening times of the shops in question too. Because Black Friday is such a big day in the consumer calendar, shops will tend to extend their opening hours – and with it being a first-come, first-served basis for a lot of items, the earlier you are, the better.
Hate the Shops? Don’t Miss Out
Finally, we know spending the day in the shops isn’t for everyone – and for a lot of us who work Monday to Friday, it’s an impossibility unless you’ve booked on a holiday. However, there’s no need to miss out. Just go online!
Some of the best deals are to be found online anyway, and if you can stay awake, the sales begin at midnight. You’ll need to be fast to beat the rush, but if you can’t deal with the wrath of stressed Christmas shoppers, then it could be the right answer for you. You never know how much you might end up saving!
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