8 Rules for Shopping on Black Friday

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By in Shopping. Updated August 2016.

To shop or not to shop on Black Friday? That is the question. Either way you’ll need these tips.Black-Friday-Deals-TipsBlack Friday returns again this year on the 27th November. Originally an American tradition on the day after Thanksgiving, it’s become well-known for shopping bargains and, naturally, people all over the world have started to take advantage of a day dedicated to seriously reduced items.

Some retailers have already started their sales, click here for our list of retailers participating in Black Friday 2015 and our deal predictions. You can also keep up to date by liking our Facebook page.

Whether this is your first Black Friday or you’re a regular, this guide will help you shop efficiently and get the most out of the sales.

  1. Get there early

    Early-Black-FridayAre you staying at home in the warmth, or braving the crowds? Either way, get there early! The best deals will sell out quickly so you’ll want to be the first in the queue (whether that be virtually or in real life) to avoid disappointment.

    We’ve heard that selected Tesco are opening at 5am! Camping overnight might be a bit too much though…

  2. Know what you want (make a list)

    Impulse-buyingOkay, it’s not always easy to predict what will be on offer – but you must have a rough idea of what you want. Need new jeans? Stay away from Currys. Looking for gift sets for Christmas? Stick to retailers such as Boots!

    There will be LOTS of bargains on Black Friday, but if you buy something you don’t need then you’re just wasting money.

    Don’t get yourself sucked in. Yes, that is a very good deal on the box set of Friends, but do you need it? No? Then use common sense and don’t buy it!

  3. Research the stores

    Do-your-researchThere are so many retailers participating in Black Friday, and a lot of them will be offering the same thing – so how do you know who is cheapest?

    Before the big day, research the stores and see if any of them are giving away any hints about what will be on offer, and how much (again, our guide will help).

    We do have insiders as well as predictions based on previous years but it isn’t always possible to know what will be on offer, so before you do buy something have a quick check on other websites to see if you can get the same item but for cheaper.

  4. Don’t forget student discount!

    Black-Friday-Student-DiscountYou may find that some shops will accept student discount, even on already discounted items! Check out our student discount guide to find out how to get a discount, and our student discount directory lists everywhere you can get student discount.

    If you’re shopping in store, don’t forget to bring your student card and be cheeky and friendly and ask if they do student discount. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

  5. Have a budget

    BudgetingAre you shopping for presents for Christmas, or for yourself? Either way you need to have a budget – and stick to it! You may decide to spend ‘x’ amount on the day or per person, but the important thing is not to deviate from it.

    Black Friday is just one day. Don’t get yourself in to financial trouble just for the sake of a few bargains – remember you still need to have enough money to eat for the rest of the month!

  6. Don’t be disappointed

    Disappointing-Black-FridayBlack Friday promises some wicked bargains, but that doesn’t mean you’ll end up with what you wanted.

    If you’re looking for Christmas presents, it’s highly unlikely you’ll find prezzies for everyone on your list on just this one day. If you need Christmas present ideas on the cheap, here are some presents for under £5.

  7. You can change your mind

    ReturnsHopefully by following these rules you will only buy what you need, but we can understand that temptation can sometimes be too much.

    If you do change your mind, you can return items with a receipt for a refund or credit note so you can put the money to better use.

    Don’t take too long deciding whether you want to keep the item or not – most retailers will only accept returns within 30 days, but some retailers will not accept returns on sale items. If in doubt, check their T&Cs online.

  8. Remember your manners!

    Black-Friday-MadnessIf you are planning on heading out on Black Friday, remember that things can get feisty. You may see people literally fighting – keep a calm head and don’t get involved even if someone snatches something from you.

    Always remember to be polite, even if fellow shoppers are not! Manners cost nothing, and being mean won’t get you anywhere.

    Likewise, be nice to the poor employees working on Black Friday – something may be out of stock and that isn’t their fault! The employees probably don’t want to be at work at 5am, and a friendly face and smile may just cheer up their day.

Reckon you’re ready for the madness? Find out what deals are on here.

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