Who even remembers Boxing Day sales anymore? We don’t either, babe. The 23rd November marks the return of Black Friday, a yearly event that follows the day after Thanksgiving where retailers offer time-limited deals and heavy discounts straight to you.
It’s the one day a year where we find it reasonably acceptable to act like an absolute madman over some clothing you’ve been after all season. It’s the judgement call whether to keep your sanity and integrity and walk away empty-handed or just completely lose all dignity you have and walk away with everything you wanted along with the stuff you didn’t actually want but ended up buying anyway.
Don’t let Black Friday 2018 break you. This is your survival guide to make it through the 24 hours – whether it would be Black Friday online or in store. You’re welcome, babe.
6. Get prepping
Preparation is key if you want to nail Black Friday weekend. Even if you’re not after clothes, it’s best to favourite or bookmark the products you want to get your hands on. For larger and more expensive products like a TV or sofa, check at least two competitors and favourite them. On the day, one retailer might offer 20% off and the other may discount 25% off the total price. Who’s the real winner?
Need a new wardrobe? Save your details on your account to make the whole process even quicker. Add what you like to your wishlist pre-sale and all you need to do is check back on the day and head straight to the checkout option. This will save you time in the long run. No babe wants to add a bright green neon dress or the world’s most horrific jacket to their bag just ’cause it’s a tenner. Stick with prepping and you’ll avoid panic buying things you don’t actually need.
5. Sign up
In previous Black Fridays, we made sure to give our babes a different discount by the hour by email and social media. Sign up to all your favourite brands’ newsletters and follow them all on Twitter/Facebook/Insta to make sure you’re the first to know of any time-limited deals and flash sales. This works when you know exactly what you want.
4. Keep to a budget
You might be getting paid a week after Black Friday but then that’s your last payday before Christmas: cue warning sirens everywhere. Retailers have a way of making everything seem urgent. Even though this panic mode works in most cases, keep your dollar firmly in your pockets by setting a budget to spend. Just after clothes? Stick to a £100/200 budget with a give or take leeway of £30. This will help you on those last minute buys and when to actually say no to yourself.
3. Be savvy
You might try to outsmart Black Friday but it might end up outsmarting you. Use your judgement on the products you’re buying. After a party dress? It’s probably best to add to bag the glitziest dress out there for all your antics over the Christmas period. When Black Friday is over, you’re unlikely to see any discounts off party dresses as they’ll still be in demand.
Be savvy about what you’re buying – especially when it comes to tech. Sometimes third-party stores or websites can offer greater discounts. So whilst you may want money off a new iPad, iPhone or Mac, check out third-party retailers like Curry’s, Tesco or Amazon to see what the cheapest deal is there. You also might snap up an amazing deal on electronics but then find out after that it’s the older model you’ve bought and it’s less kitted out than the one you were originally after. Be sure to read the small print to save you from being fobbed off.
2. Timing really is everything
Black Friday isn’t going to wait until you’re sat at your desk at 9am sharp or whenever you have some spare time to pop down to the shops. Some of the best Black Friday offers start at midnight and some appear in the early hours of the morning. In the words of The Telegraph, ‘Vouchercloud said it saw a 46 per cent increase in pre-6am traffic, with 208 per cent increase in traffic at 5am on Friday morning’. Overload on caffeine – it’s going to be a long night.
1. If you failed Black Friday
It’s OK, babe, it happens. If you feel like Black Friday shopping has been one epic fail and you’ve come away from the laptop or the shop empty-handed, then you’ve got the whole weekend to try again. Cyber Monday is another chance to get involved in all the flash sales and discounts. So if Black Friday just wasn’t your day, you’ve got a second shot to own the sales.
Good luck this weekend babe (ESPECIALLY if you work in retail)! Get adding to your wishlist now, by checking out what’s new on-site here:
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