8 simple rules for shopping on Black Friday

To shop or not to shop on Black Friday? That is the question. Either way, you'll need these tips.Black-Friday-Deals-TipsLove it or loathe it, Black Friday returns again this year on the 25th November.

Originally an American tradition that falls on the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday has 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 online stores taking part in Black Friday this year. We'll also be posting any unmissable, time-limited deals on our Facebook page, so like us now if you haven't already!

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.

8 simple rules to get through black Friday

  1. Get ready early

    Early-Black-FridayAre you planning to stay home and shop online in the warmth, or heading out to brave 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.

    Camping overnight is a bit far fetched though, and don't always believe the hype. Last year, a lot of retailers spread the word about queues miles long, but when the day finally came, Black Friday was pretty tame! We reckon most smart people stayed at home and did their shopping online…

  2. Narrow down your search

    Impulse-buyingOkay, it’s not always easy to predict what will be on offer – but you should have a rough idea of what you want in order to minimise the temptation of impulse buys.

    Need new jeans? Stay away from Currys! Looking for gift sets for Christmas? Stick to checking out retailers such as Boots!

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

  3. Research deals and 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 you're interested in to see if there are any hints about what will be on offer, and how much of a discount could be on the cards (again, our guide will help with this bit!).

    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 for cheaper – don't fall for the hype!

  4. Don’t forget to use your student discount

    Black-Friday-Student-DiscountYou may find that some shops will accept student discount, even on already discounted items which can involve serious savings!

    Check out our student discount guide to find out how to get a student discount, plus our discount directory lists everywhere you can get a good deal.

    If you’re shopping in-store, make sure you bring your student card with you and always chance your arm by asking if they do student discount – if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

  5. Give yourself a budget

    BudgetingShopping for Christmas presents, or just a little something 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 into 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 exactly what you had your heart set on.

    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 great and personal gift ideas for under £5.

  7. Remember it's ok to change your mind

    ReturnsHopefully by following these rules you will only buy what you actually 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 spend your cash elsewhere.

    Don’t take too long deciding whether you want to keep the item or not – most retailers will only accept returns within 28 days, but it's worth remembering that some retailers won't accept returns on sale items at all. If in doubt, check their T&Cs online!

  8. Remember your manners!

    Black-Friday-MadnessIf you are planning on braving the shops on Black Friday, remember that things can get feisty. You may see people squabbling over the last few tellies available at Tesco – keep a calm head and don’t get involved.

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

    Likewise, be nice to the poor employees working on Black Friday! If something's out of stock, it's not their fault! It's likely that staff have been working since 6am, so a friendly smile may just make their day.

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

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