Let the Black Friday craziness begin!
Last year Brits spent an eye watering £3.3bn over the Black Friday weekend and this year is expected to top that.
It’s easy to get caught up in the madness of it all, spending more than we had planned when it’s a day when we should be saving money.
To be a successful bargain hunter on Black Friday there are certain rules you need to follow.
Here are the most common mistakes people make and how you can avoid making them so you can be a pro at the Black Friday sales.
You didn’t do your research
If you’re about to spend a substantial amount of money on a product, you want to be sure that it is quality and value for money.
It takes a few minutes to research customer reviews and consumer reports to make sure the product you’re buying is worth it.
A substandard product doesn’t become a great product just because it’s cheap.
If you’re dragging yourself up at the break of dawn, make sure it’s worth it.
You didn’t check out the deals before you left
Where are you going to head if you don’t check out the deals before you leave for the shops?
You’ll be stuck fighting through crowds in the hope you’ll find what you want.
Checking before you go allows you to determine how much you’re going to spend and which store you’re going to visit, saving time, energy and money.
Seeking out the deal before you leave also means you can be 100% sure you’re getting it as cheap as possible – there’s little point paying £30 more for something you could have got cheaper a bit further down the road.
Using websites such as Price Spy means you can keep track of prices for any product across dozens of retailers and hundreds of brands.
You receive alerts with links directly to product pages.
On Black Friday you’ll be able to get notified on any big price drops on products you’ve had your eye on.
You didn’t read the small print
On Black Friday there is one thing to be very aware of.
Many stores will offer discounts on ‘stripped down’ versions of the products, meaning you could end up having to spend more money on accessories.
Remember, Black Friday is supposed to save you money, so research what you’re buying properly and work out whether it is still worth it.
You didn’t take the advert with you
‘Price matching’ and ‘double the difference back’ offers have been around for a while now, but stores will require proof you’ve seen it cheaper if you want to take advantage of the offer.
Make sure you take an advert in as proof.
These type of offers usually won’t apply to online deals, however you could still try your luck.
They are there to make as much money from you as possible, don’t be afraid to challenge them.
You didn’t take advantage of early bird and night owl offers
Retailers start the sale early, generally between 4am and 11am, to entice an early crowd into their stores.
If you’re not a morning person you can also get some great night owl deals that usually run from midnight to 4am.
If you take advantage of these deals it means you beat the crowds and guarantee a bargain.
Once the deal is gone, it’s gone, so it’s smart to act quick.
You didn’t check the returns policy
When you’re buying items a month before Christmas it’s imperative to know how long you have to return them.
Many stores have become a lot more strict when it comes to returning goods and some even charge a restocking fee.
Knowing the stores policies before you leave helps you determine who to avoid.
You didn’t ask for a gift receipt
Not all stores offer them as standard.
Always ask for one, that way if the recipient of your gift needs to return the item they can do so without divulging how much you have spent.
So, hands up, who has made any of the above mistakes?
You wouldn’t be on your own, most people don’t prepare before they leave which is why it’s always such a chaotic day.
Think smarter than the rest, take time to plan your purchases and most importantly stick to your budget.
Happy shopping guys!
Do you have any tips for shopping on Black Friday?