With Christmas just around the corner I know we are all searching for deals to make the financial burden of the festive season a little lighter. This is why Black Friday and Cyber Monday are important dates in the purchasing season, however it is easy to go shopping mad and lose track of what are actually deals.
I normally love going in store and shopping for the perfect deals to make the most out of the day, but this year will be a little different as currently the UK is in lockdown and in-store shopping is out the window.
Instead I have have created a list of my top tips for shopping in the comfort of your own home, whilst also making the most out of the online opportunities.
Have a Plan
The best way to prevent buying unplanned items and buyers regret is to have a list. Write down what you are looking for, have a budget and stick to it. Set a hard limit on the amount of money you are prepared to spend especially when buying gifts.
Some discounts start early
A number of retailers now capitalise on the sales and so will start them a few days early, I would suggest checking online and subscribing to any retailers you really want to get items from as they will often notify you with their start dates.
Don’t just shop for Christmas
Though Christmas is most likely your main shopping requirement its always good to think about birthdays for the first few months of the year and children’s presents. With lots of young children in the family its always good for me to think ahead and save a few presents for birthdays and special occasions.
Shop as a Team
If you have a partner you can online shop with to help you grab the best deals get them involved! Shopping alone can make it hard to secure all the popular items within one day. I have found working as part of a team can help with this issue whether it be online or in-store.
Me and my mum often work as a team, we usually sit at the table together, each with our own computer on a different retailer website and put everything into one cart. This way, we can secure what we both want earlier at a wider range of stores! This year will be slightly different as we will need to FaceTime because we are currently isolating in separate houses.
Make the most out of your shopping cart
Where you can, put the items you are hoping to purchase in your shopping cart early. I tend to do this on the stores where I already have a profile, that way I will either be able to purchase the items first thing in the morning or visit my recently visited items.
These are my favourite tips on how to save the most money on Black Friday, are you ready to get shopping?! While spend the holidays with my family is the most important thing to me, the Black Friday shopping and gift shopping also has me super pumped!
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