The year is quickly coming to an end, with November just around the corner and then the holiday season. This time of the year can be a bit overwhelming, with all the planning, shopping and decorating.
If you're planning on doing some shopping for the holidays -whether it's for gift giving or for your home- a good idea is to do it during Black Friday. Even though this shopping event can get quite hectic, there are some ways for you to actually make this an enjoyable experience and make the most out of the discounts and sales.
I've put together my favourite tips to serve as a mini-guide that will help you prepare for Black Friday 2019 and take full advantage of the best deals available.
1. Prepare yourself beforehand
Don't wait until the last minute to go and venture to the stores without having a clear idea of what you want. It's extremely important that you make a list of all the things you want to buy.
You can make a shopping wishlist throughout the year; or if you're not that organized, at least a month before Black Friday. Take some time to go around your home and then sit down to write what are some items you think might be worth investing in.
Make sure to only include items that you actually need. This will help tailor the experience to your specific needs and avoid buying things that aren't useful.
2. Set a budget of how much you are going to spend
With all those deals and sales all around, it's really easy to get carried away and end up spending thousands of dollars. Black Friday isn't a mandatory thing for you to participate in. You have to change your mindset around it and see it as an opportunity to save money by buying items you really need at at a discounted price.
So, with this in mind, once you've made your Black Friday Shopping List, do some research on how much money each item costs and set aside a budget that will allow you to purchase those things.
You know your finances better than anyone, so it's really important that you are completely honest with yourself. How much money can you actually afford to spend? You might need to remove items from your list and wait until next year to buy them.
The key is to prioritize, plan strategically and control your expenses. Only buy what you truly need, and if the deals being offered will actually save you money.
3. Scout your favourite websites
It is very common for brands to offer special deals a few days before Black Friday. Some sites will give customers discounts if they join their email newsletter, where they can also be alerted of new sales and promotions.
Some stores even have their own apps where they offer their clients ways to get discounts and exclusive offers.
4. Find the best online deals and coupons
By doing a quick search, you can find many websites dedicated specifically to providing users with the latest information regarding deals and coupon codes.
When browsing through this sites be mindful of their reputation, how frequently they update their deals and the type of products they promote.
My top recommendation is SlickDeals -a trusted site that allows you to find the latest deals and coupons across a wide range of products and retailers allowing you to score great savings.
I also love using Rakuten Rewards (formerly known as Ebates) because it gives you cash back for shopping through their affiliated stores.
5. Schedule your shopping activities
Don't leave your shopping up until the last minute. If your planning on going to a physical store, try to get there early and with enough time to do your shopping. Remember this places will be crowded and retail assistants are trying their best to help customers.
If you're going to do some online shopping, don't wait until the last hour of the day to do so. Sometimes, websites crash because there is too much traffic.
Try to do your shopping early on in the day and find a space where you can take your time and concentrate on what you're doing. You don't want to be purchasing the wrong item or the incorrect amounts.
Be patient with the site, read carefully through each product description, and don't forget to review your order thoroughly before hitting the confirm button.
I hope you really enjoyed the tips. It's safe to say you're well prepared to do some shopping during Black Friday.
As an additional bonus, I wanted to include a free shopping planner that you can print out to plan your shopping. It includes an item wishlist, budget planner, and a shopping list template. Just click the button below to access the download.
Thank you so much for reading. Let me know in the comments down below how do you prepare for Black Friday and what are some items you are hoping to purchase at a discount?
Until next time.