As we are all well aware (if you aren’t, where have you been hiding!?), Black Friday is almost here which means there are going to be sales, discounts and special offers everywhere you look. Now doubt, you’ve been saving up your hard earned to take advantage of this, haven’t you? With money burning a hole in your pocket, now would be a good time for a shopping frenzy!
But hold on, what if you spend money on the wrong things and don’t really get what you need or you buy something and later realise that it wasn’t your priority and now the product can’t be returned because the store you purchased from didn’t have a return policy? What will you do then? This is why we have come up with a few suggestions that will help you approach the Black Friday sales wisely, making your spending money go much further.
Look for Discount Codes
At this time of year, some shops hide their best deals behind exclusive discount codes for their regular customers. However, if you are savvy, you can find a lot of them leaked elsewhere online. Search the web with phrases like “[Insert Name of Shop Here] discount codes Black Friday” and you should find plenty of helpful results. Some websites specialise in this sort of thing all year ‘round, while more mainstream news sites also like to get in on the action at this time of year. With a bit of luck and perseverance, you could get yourself discount codes that
Your timing matters. Remember that. Be quick to shop so that you don’t miss out on the good deals available. Always remember, that the best items can often sell out within minutes of becoming discounted, so you’ll have to act fast to get the very best deals going. People are wise and they know exactly how to utilise their time efficiently, so you’ll need to get into this mindset too. This is a measurable phenomenon too; Rossa Butler, ecommerce and marketing manager of Littlewoods Ireland, Ireland’s biggest online retailer, said of the data accumulated from their Black Friday page last year: “Black Friday has become a hugely significant shopping event. Our data suggests that the savvy shopper plans their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping well in advance to get the best online deals.”
With that in mind, you should write down what you’re hoping to buy beforehand, so you won’t have to waste time trying to remember what it was you went online for. Then, as soon as the deals go live, you’ll be ready to strike! Use a strategy and set up your priorities. Make a list of the things you want and a list of the things you need. Focus on the things you need as the top priority and then if you still have a budget left after getting them you can do some additional leisure shopping for yourself.
As soon as the Black Friday approaches, most websites and electronic-stores start posting advertisements about their Black Friday sale everywhere they can, from Facebook to the Google Display Network. Keep yourself aware about these advertisements and don’t ignore them like we usually do. You may wish to turn off your AdBlocker browser extensions temporarily
Shopping online is the way to go in this day and age. Why venture out into the cold and ware yourself out trudging through the rind and rain, exhausting yourself while carrying cumbersome items home? Instead, you can shop from the warm comfort of your own home (bed is a great place to shop from!) and have your purchases delivered straight to your door.
Before paying, always inquire about the return policy of the shop you are buying from. On occasion, it can happen that you don’t like the product once you get it home and see it properly. So, it’s always good to know whether you will have a backup plan or not. If the store does not have the return policy, you will have to purchase very carefully.
Bare in mind though, that it is illegal to offer a blanket ‘no returns’ policy, so be sure to read up on your rights as a consumer before you go shopping.