It’s that time of year again. Around the world novice and seasoned shoppers are cracking their knuckles and getting ready for their round in the retail ring. We’re talking about Black Friday. For most of us, shopping online is a more comfortable and convenient alternative to rushing from store to store. But if you’re really serious about taking your BF haul to the next level, you need to know how to find the best deals. Payflex has put together a list of hacks to help you make the most of your BF shopping experience.
1. Create your shopping list
First things first, create a list of items you’d like to snap up. There’s no time for idle browsing when you’re up against countless other shoppers potentially looking for the same item as you. Knowing what you’re looking for will help you save time and grab great deals faster before they sell out.
2. Draw up a Black Friday budget
Having a budget is essential. No matter how many amazing deals might be circulating on BF, it’s not worth getting in massive debt over them. Only buy what you can afford and research payment options in advance for items you’re eyeing. The golden rule is to always stick to your budget and avoid impulse buying at all costs!
3. Start window shopping early
With your budget and shopping list in place, it’s time to begin window shopping for retailers with the best BF deals. Do some online research on websites offering deals on items on your list. Bookmark their websites, follow them on social media platforms, and download their apps to keep your eyes and ears to the ground for updates and announcements. Take note of their opening and closing times as well.
4. Have a backup Black Friday shopping list
As much as it pays to be prepared, things can sell out at lightning speed on BF. If you can’t find something on your shopping list, it helps to have items on a backup list. For this list, try to prioritise items from most to least important, so you immediately know which item to look for, and work your way down the list.
5. Use newsletters to deal hunt
Sign up for newsletters at the stores you’ve bookmarked to receive instant updates and information about Black Friday promotions and deal alerts. You might even receive subscriber-only benefits, like early-bird sales and promo codes for further discounts.
6. Get rewarded for Black Friday shopping
If you want to be extra savvy, try to use cards and payment methods that will reward you for shopping. Whether it’s collecting points, cashback or future discounts, you can maximise your savings on Black Friday through smart, strategic swiping.
7. Always price check before making a purchase
Sometimes an amazing BF bargain is not all it’s cracked up to be. Pay attention to the prices of items you want to get before any special offers are added. You can also use online pricing tools like Pricecheck and Kompare on Go Shopping to compare the prices of things you plan to buy.
8. Check the return policy
Make sure you know the ins and outs of the return policies before making any purchases. You might be getting a great discount on an item you need, but if there’s anything wrong with it, you’ll want an exchange or refund. You can’t assume a store’s return policy covers Black Friday deals, so be sure to confirm it in writing beforehand.
At the end of the day, Black Friday is what you make of it. If you plan ahead, do your research, and take advantage of all available resources, you’re sure to make the most of it! You can keep an eye out on the Payflex store directory for amazing BF deals across a range of stores. Enjoy the day and best of luck!