Thinking of going shopping this Black Friday? Our top Black Friday tips for savvy shopping will give you the advantage to stay ahead of the mayhem and help you to avoid spending money where you shouldn't.
1. Preparation is key
Know what you want to buy and also see if you can find out beforehand what the Black Friday deals will be. You can do this by signing up for your favourite retailers’ newsletter, ‘like’ their pages on Social Media (i.e Facebook and Instagram). This is where they will share the latest news and most probably sneak peaks of their Black Friday deals.
2. Do research
It’s no use for you to grab that bargain item if the product is no good. Do research on the product, find out if it is a good quality item and if it will be right for your space. Nothing good will come out of a sofa that is super cheap and breaks before it hits its 1-year mark. Make sure to read the descriptions of the items on the website and if you need more information call in to the store and ask questions. Test it out if it's a sofa and make sure that it gives you that feel good feeling when you sit on it. Way too many people grab Black Friday bargains and end up unhappy with what they bought.
3. Shopping for furniture
Know what you expect from the sofa or coffee table that you want in your home. Don’t just go for a sofa that looks good, test it out in the showroom by sitting on it and having a coffee, while you are asking questions about the furniture you are interested in. By doing this you will know if you will be comfortable sitting on the sofa at your home.
4. Measure your space
This is a very important step, furniture in a showroom may look different when its delivered to your home. So make sure to measure your space and each piece of furniture before you make the purchase. Find out more on how to measure your space and mistakes to avoid when buying new furniture here.
5. Have a back up plan
Make a list of the your favourite choices, don't just choose one item. It is always best to have a backup plan and speaking from experience the rush of Black Friday shopping can cause websites and credit card machines to crash and sometimes the retailer might run out of stock which leaves you empty handed. So as a rule of thumb make sure to have a second option so that you don’t miss out on any deals.
6. Wishlist it
Most retailers allow you to add items to a wish list even though they don’t sell online. Think of it as a Pinterest board, you are gathering all your favourite items in one place that will make your life so much easier, rather than scrolling through hundreds of products to get to the options you like.
7. Start your Black Friday early
While some stores might not open their doors to Black Friday until after 8am, other stores may have a pre-sale a few days before the big day. If you are planning on hitting the shops on Black Friday, remember the best deals are likely to be snapped up quickly - especially big-ticket items. So, make sure you know which stores you want to visit and prioritize accordingly or better yet, sign up here for our Black Friday Pre-sale to be the one to snatch those big-ticket items first.
8. Don’t forget about Cyber Monday
Historically, Black Friday was for hitting the streets and vising the stores to get the best deals whereas Cyber Monday was more for online shopping. Now, some retailers use Cyber Monday to extend the sale in store as well. So, if you didn't get the product you wanted on Black Friday then keep checking over the weekend and on Monday to see more deals.
Finally, make sure that you get as much out of your Black Friday shopping experience as you can. We’re not saying go crazy and grab all the deals you can find, but you should have fun doing it. Sign up for our Black Friday Pre-sale and allow yourself to shop without being in a rush.