8 Great Shopping Tips for Black Friday 2016

Black Friday used to be a distinctly American phenomenon. However, in recent years, this craze has spread to the UK. Now, every year, on the last Friday of November, millions of shoppers scour the high street and Internet for bargains. Last year, Black Friday was the biggest yet, generating more than £3.3 million in revenue. Thousands of people queued up before shops even opened, hoping to be the first in line to find the best deals. It was the biggest day for retail online ever in the UK, too. This year’s Black Friday falls on Friday, November 25th and is expected to be even bigger than last year. Here are some tips on how to find the best bargains on the biggest shopping day of the year.


1. Set a Budget

Shoppers are often tempted to splurge on Black Friday. With so many products available at a reduced price, people often overspend. To stop this happening to you, set a budget before the day. Decide what products you want to purchase and look for the best places to buy them. You can always check out the products you are interested in before they go on sale. Visit retailers’ websites before Black Friday or ask the staff in your favourite shops to see which items are going to be reduced.


2. Plan Ahead

Black Friday can get ready busy. You remember the images from the news last year? All those overexcited shoppers and cheap products resulted in confusion and, in some instances, fights. Beat the rush by planning your Black Friday. Although the best items will usually run out early on in the day, ordering online will mean you won’t have to queue in the cold. Use a price comparison website to find the cheapest products that go on sale this Black Friday. Some retailers announce their discounts a few days before the big day, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan your shopping. Comparison websites are a great way to find the best Black Friday deals in one place without having to spend ages searching the Internet. You can also check out review websites to find out about a company’s customer service and whether they provide value for money.


3. Sign Up to Mailing Lists

Some retailers keep their discounts a secret until Black Friday itself. But most will give hints either by email or on social media. If you want to be one of the first to hear about the hottest deals, sign up your favourite retailer’s social media accounts, where you’ll receive the latest deals and information before anyone else. Whether it’s Facebook or Twitter, you’ll hear the latest rumblings about the biggest Black Friday discounts. Alternatively, sign up your favourite companies’ mailing lists, so you can read about the best new products and Black Friday deals in your email inbox. You can always unsubscribe to these lists at any time.


4. Use a Discount Code

Just because it’s Black Friday, it doesn’t mean you can’t use a discount on your order. When shopping online for Black Friday fashion, a coupon code could give you money off your order or entitle you to free delivery. You’ll be asked to enter your code when you’re paying for your items and you’ll receive an email receipt once the transaction is complete. Don’t forget to check the terms and conditions of your deal, though. Some voucher codes might only be valid for Black Friday itself, while others require you to spend a certain amount before you can use the coupon.


Not sure where to find these voucher codes? Not so long ago we wrote an article on the best voucher code websites.


5. Know Your Sizes

On Black Friday, it’s all about being quick. Sometimes, retailers’ websites slow down because of the big rush for discounts, making it difficult to find the products you want. Do your research before Black Friday so you have more time. Know what sizes you are .looking for when you browse for certain fashion items, such as shoes and dresses, so you can quickly add the best items to your online cart and head to the checkout before they go out of stock. If an online retailer has a brick-and-mortar store and you know that a particular item you like is going to be included in a Black Friday sale, try the product on before Black Friday and then wait for it to be discounted online.


6. Check for Fashion During the Whole Day

There’s always a mad rush for Black Friday discounts early on in the morning. However, some retailers add stock throughout the day, including during times when it’s less busy. It might be a good idea to check for fashion in the early afternoon or early evening and see if there’s anything you like.


7. Factor in the Cost of Delivery

Unless you have a discount code or a retailer is offering free Black Friday delivery, you’ll need to pay for shipping. This can range depending on the retailer so, again, it’s best to check before Black Friday itself. Find out how much it costs for standard delivery. You can have your items delivered in a quicker time frame (some retailers offer next day or even same delivery) but this will cost you more. It might make sense to buy several items from one retailer instead of using various websites. This way, you’ll only have to pay for delivery once, something that could save you more money in the long run.


8. Don’t Settle

Don’t become blinded by Black Friday deals. Although products might be selling for well below their usual price, ask yourself if you really want that dress or blouse, or whether you can wait until you find something that suits you better. When you shop online, retailers often discount their products at other times of the year, including during the run-up to Christmas and in the New Year, so there could be plenty of other opportunities to find the fashion you are looking for.


What Are You Waiting For?

This Black Friday, it’s best to be prepared. Remember, plan ahead to beat the rush, try on sizes before the big day, use a discount code and sign up for mailing lists, factor in the cost of delivery and don’t settle for something that you don’t really want. Good luck!