With many of us looking for ways to save money this year more than ever, Black Friday could attract more shoppers than usual.
It can be a great way to save, but it's easy to get carried away by the bargain-hunting excitement. Our top-tips will help you navigate the common Black Friday pitfalls and find the Black Friday deals that really save you money.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday 2022 is on Friday 25th November.
Top Tips for Buying on Black Friday
1. Make a Black Friday shopping list
When you hit those Black Friday sales, it’s easy to get carried away and spend far more than you intended. Making a list can help you focus on finding the best Black Friday Deals and will make it easy to compare what your most trusted retailers are offering.
Some retailers will start their deals at least a week in advance, so knowing what you want to buy can really help – especially if you’ve got your eye on a new iPhone or some of the Black Friday TV deals which might be in short supply.
2. Set yourself a budget
Following on from the last tip, setting a Black Friday budget isn’t about killing the bargain-hunting fun, but will help you save money in the long run. Remember – even if you’ve saved loads of money on that amazing impulse buy, it doesn’t count if you didn’t need it.
When you’re planning your budget for the Black Friday sales, think about whether you’ll be using the day to get your Christmas shopping done, or just to tick a few of those big-ticket home items off the list.
3. Get Amazon Prime set up
You can’t think of Black Friday without thinking of Amazon and if you’re not an Amazon Prime member, it’s a great time to sign up for the 30-Day free trial.
This will give you access to all the exclusive Prime Member deals including free next-day delivery and access to Amazon Prime Video, as well as some great Prime Black Friday deals.
4. Know the REAL price of products
It’s so easy to get sucked in by a deal advertising a massive 70% saving but knowing the actual price of the products you want to buy will help you filter out all those tempting sales messages.
Businesses will often mark sales prices against the recommended retail price (RRP) during Black Friday, but they only need to have advertised the products at that price for a small amount of time.
If you’re looking for deals on Amazon, you can use they’re free price-tracking tool Camel Camel Camel to see if the deal they’re offering is actually any good compared to any other day of the year.
5. Sign up for online accounts
If you’re shopping for Black Friday deals from specific retailers, it’s worth setting up online accounts with them ahead of time, as well as signing up for the newsletter. This is a great idea if the deal you want is likely to be popular – some Black Friday deals sell out super quickly, so you’ll want to be ready to buy as soon as they release those deals.
Another top tip is pre-loading your shipping address and payment details into your account to save time at checkout – every second counts when you’re clicking through to bag that sought-after bargain!
Where to Find the Best Black Friday Deals
So, where are the best places to look for bargains during the Black Friday sales? These are some retailers who have historically had some of the best deals:
Great deals on all kinds of products and good price-comparison tools.
Good if you’re looking for cheaper household devices and toys.
Ideal for those on the lookout for appliances and gaming.
Homeware wins on the bargain-front here, but they also offer excellent tech warranties.
Perfect for stocking up for Christmas. Great offers on toys, electronics, and gadgets.
Read our savvy tips for shopping on Cyber Monday too.
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