Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year is almost upon us! The Black Friday tradition first began way back in 1932 in America. It remained something of an American tradition until it made it’s way over to the UK in 2013. Black Friday is a day when Savvy shoppers can grab amazing bargains and take advantage of huge savings from shops and retail outlets instore and online. This year black Friday falls on 25th November, a little under a month away. Rumor has it, this year will be bigger and better than ever before. With sales figures expecting to top last years 1.1 billion!
I love a bargain and have picked up some great Black Friday deals for xmas over the past few years. I often find the best ones on the Black Friday page of HUKD. Those who have read my Money saving tips will know HUKD is one of my favourite savvy shopping sites. So imagine the huge grin on my face when I opened an email from them asking if I would like to share their top Black Friday tips with my readers!
HotUKDeals Black Friday tips
Do your research: During Black Friday it is tempting to buy items because of the exaggerated savings being advertised. However, sometimes these items can be of poor quality with merchants putting them on sale to clear stock. This isn’t always the case, so always check reviews before purchasing. Especially for electrical items such as televisions and washing machines, to ensure the deal is worthwhile.
Be quick: Some online deals will sell out in seconds, so be prepared and be quick!
Don’t wait until Friday: Black Friday deals can start anytime during the week before the event. Keep an eye out for details of when and where the discounts will be. This includes the social pages of HotUKDeals where all the insider tips will be posted to ensure you don’t miss a deal.
Keep an eye out for hidden costs: Elevated savings are common during Black Friday but always check for hidden costs. This can include shipping, which can reduce the discount.
Plan ahead: Think about what items you want to buy and find out if and where you can get them. To make sure you don’t miss the items you’re looking for you can set keyword alerts on the free, HotUKDeals app so you get the deals straight to your smartphone.
Check delivery times: When purchasing Christmas presents online during Black Friday always check estimated delivery times so you know they will arrive in time.
Be patient: Everyone gets excited to receive items when they order a great deal online. However after Black Friday some parcels may take a little bit longer to arrive than usual due to the huge number of people purchasing items. If you’re shopping in-store during the sales event be patient with staff who will be dealing with an increased number of shoppers.
Make extra savings: As well as offering a Black Friday discount retailers may have a code for free shipping or an extra 10% off. Search for these codes on deal sharing communities and forums. You may be able to use them in conjunction with the original Black Friday discount to save even more money.
Pay securely: If you’re shopping online use a credit card or use PayPal. If you do use a credit card, use one that offers you rewards such as air miles or vouchers for money off your shopping to save even further.
Question the discount: Retailers sometimes increase the price of an item before a sales event to make the sale look better. Check deal threads on sites like HotUKDeals. Deal savvy members will share their knowledge of sale prices and RRP’s to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
Check the retailer: Some savings will be for lesser-known retailers who may not be Google approved. Always check that you’re purchasing from a safe site. Look at forums where people discuss retailers and customer experiences to ensure you don’t get caught out.
Be a VIP: Some retailers release Black Friday deals to their VIP members first. It may be worth signing up to receive their emails. If you’re not a fan of marketing emails set up an email account specifically for these sorts of things.
About HUKD: HotUKDeals (HUKD) is the UK’s biggest deal-sharing website where over 1.5m members find, rate and share the best deals from on and off the high street every day, Members use the temperature gauge to vote on deals so other users know that the hotter the deal, the stronger the offer.
What are you waiting for? Getting planning and be sure to pop back and let me know what bargains you manage to find!