The sales are coming! Yes it’s that time of year again where we can get our bargain hats on and start the hunt for this year’s hottest deals. Here are my five top tips on how I plan for Black Friday… Plus (more importantly!) some amazing discount codes.
I try to think of myself as a fairly well organised person, I’m not saying that I buy and wrap all of my Christmas gifts in January but nor do I wait until Christmas Eve to hit the shops. Black Friday for me is the perfect option, so let’s do this!
Step 1 – Have a clear wish list of what you want.
If you’re anything like me, shopping online sometimes doesn’t feel as if you are spending ‘real’ money and it’s easy to become swept up in all the last minute alerts flashing up on my screen. So each year, a few days before the sales start I sit down and write clear list of who I need to buy for and one or two options of gifts ideas. This way you won’t be sucked in to buy everything you see. Most websites also allow you to create wish lists within the site, which is a great place to start.
Step 2 – Get your accounts in order.
Black Friday deals often begin popping up on websites at the stroke of midnight on the Friday. Meaning you really don’t want to have to sign up to every website you shop from in the early hours of the morning. I can’t focus in the morning at the best of times let alone set up accounts. So it’s definitely worth setting aside 15 minutes or so before hand to make sure you have accounts with the retailers you’re planning on hitting up on Black Friday.
It’s also a good time to make sure your delivery and billing information is up to date as items can sell out very quickly on Black Friday.
Step 3 – Be prepared to get up early or stay up late.
Personally I know that I am much more of a night owl than a morning bird. As most of the big retailers publish their Black Friday deals bang on midnight on November 23rd I will be staying up late Thursday. However, staying in and logging in on the Thursday night doesn’t have to be a bore. Why not make a party of it? Last year I invited the girls over for a pamper night with popcorn, chick-flicks and of course our laptops. It ensures you don’t miss any of the big discounts but you’re also not sitting up alone in the dark. Argos, for example, has said that the best time to shop on its site is between 3 – 4 am, so it could be worth setting your alarm for then if you want to avoid the cyber crowds. You can thank me later!
Step 4 – Cyber Monday.
Although there isn’t a huge difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are some instances where it might be better to wait for Monday 26th November before hitting that buy button. For example, if you’re more interested in fashion than tech, shops like ASOS are expected to offer site wide discounts on Cyber Monday, meaning it’s well worth your while to wait. However, this is a gamble as your item might sell out. So be aware of this one and if the item is within your budget from Friday, maybe just go for it!
Step 5 – Price Trackers.
Price trackers. There are some amazing tools you can use to track the price of items on the likes of amazon. Camelcamelcamel.co.uk is a seriously useful site that allows you to see the highest, lowest and average price of items sold and set up alerts for when the price point matches your budget.
My Top 10 Retailers.
TOPSHOP | Up to 50% off – minimum 20% off
ASOS | 20% off Everything
River Island | 20% off Everything
MANGO | 30% off Everything with BLACK18
Selfridges | Up to 25% off Everything with SELFCCE
NET-A-PORTER | 25% off selected pieces
Sweaty Betty | 25% off Everything
Kate Spade | 30% off Everything with GIVEHAPPY
Charlotte Tilbury | Up to 50% off