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If you’re looking for easy ways to save money this Christmas, no doubt Black Friday will have come up. Love it or loathe it, Black Friday looks like it’s here to stay. Over the past few years we’ve seen more and more companies in the UK joining in with the Black Friday madness and competing with each other to get your business. Personally, I enjoy Black Friday. I don’t venture out to the shops. I plan in advance and do the last bits of my Christmas shopping from the comfort of my sofa. If you’re sensible, you can get some great savings.
Every year there’s stuff in the media about how some Black Friday deals aren’t as good as they appear to be. Yes, it’s true some retailers do use sneaky tactics to increase their profits. But it’s still possible to grab some great bargains. Personally I think if you do it right you can save a fortune. Just make sure you’re not dragged into the madness and end up buying things you don’t need!
So here are my tips to get the best Black Friday savings:
Do your research in advance
I write my Christmas shopping list in advance, so I know all the specific items I need to get. If you do this, it’s a lot easier to get a genuine bargain.
n the run up to Black Friday, I keep an eye on the prices of the products I’m after. This way you can see if they’ve already been reduced, and will know if they’ve been pushed back up again on the day.
Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime
Amazon’s Black Friday deals start way before the day itself, and there are some great bargains to be had. If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, sign up for a free 30 day trial. You’ll get early access to their Lightning Deals. You’ll also get access to free one-day delivery, music and movies! If you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel before the 30 days are up and it won’t have cost you a penny!
Always compare prices with other retailers
Don’t assume just because it’s reduced for Black Friday, that its the cheapest on the market. Google’s shopping feature is great for quickly comparing prices and finding the best Black Friday deals.
Use cashback sites to make extra savings
Quidco and TopCashBack both give you money back on your online shopping. All you need to do is sign up, then visit the retailer you want to buy from via the link on the cashback site.
Both sites can take a long time to pay out – months in some cases. But, it’s just extra money you wouldn’t have had otherwise, so see it as a bonus whenever it does arrive. To get the best savings, sign up to both sites and compare their cashback rated before you shop.
Don’t buy things you don’t need!
It may sound obvious, but it’s really easy to get caught up in the hype and end up buying things you never intended. If you didn’t want or need it is it really a bargain? I think not! I’ve got a clear list of items I need for my Christmas shopping and they are the ONLY things I’ll be buying.
Keep track of the latest deals on social media
There are lots of social media pages and websites that post details of current deals, bargains and glitches. My favourite is Latest Deals. Bargain hunters share their Black Friday deals as they find them so it’s great for finding bargains before they’re all gone! Latest Deals also have a new app out just in time for Black Friday. It looks really easy to use, and I think it will be great for finding Black Friday bargains.
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