Including best buys on Black Friday
We all love to get a deal but are we really getting one when it comes to Black Friday? Black Friday has now become one of the biggest shopping events of the year and many of us use it to buy normally expensive Christmas presents that we normally wouldn’t be able to afford.
It’s easy to get carried away though. Remember, still, compare prices and please don’t buy anything that you can’t afford.
Some of the deals you’ll find will be great but there are always plenty of trap doors out there, meaning that they are dressed up as deals but really aren’t.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday 2021 is on Friday 26th November this year.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is meant to be one day a year that the shops slash their prices. It's like a huge sale but across the high street and online.
Many retailers though start a lot earlier and reduce items leading up to Black Friday early. Finding these Black Friday deals is easy but making sure you're actually getting a deal is completely different.
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Black Friday Top Tips
Before you start putting your hand in your pocket please remember these money-saving tips to make sure that you're getting the very best deal you can.
Use Cashback Sites
Cashback sites are a great to save money when you buy anything online. They are free to join to offer a way for you to earn money when you buy.
Our favourites are:
OhMyDosh* is an easy to use cashback site that's free to use. It's not like a normal cashback site though. OhMyDosh gives you loads of ways you can make money including:
- The refer a friend scheme. Refer your friends to OhMyDosh and earn yourself £5 for every sign up and your friend £1.
- Competitions: Enter them for free and receive money.
- Shop through them to earn the bigger rewards.
The best thing about OhMyDosh is that you only need to make £10 to "dosh out" and they pay out through your bank or through PayPal.
Swagbucks* is free to join and like Quidco you can save money while shopping online. The good thing about Swagbucks is that you can also earn money by watching videos, playing games and taking part in surveys.
There's an option to download their SwagButton* for free which pops-up and reminds you about the cashback you could earn.
You can collect points which then can be used as cash and transferred via PayPal or gift cards.
Do Your Research
Preparation will make sure that you get the very best deals. Make a list this week of what you want, then have a quick Google using their shopping tool. Write down the cheapest price and wait for Friday. Is it cheaper elsewhere now?
Can you afford the item you've seen?
If you can't it's certainly not worth getting into debt over. Just because the deals are on doesn't mean you have to spend your hard-earned money.
Use Deal Pages
Using deal pages like UKVoucherDeals means that you don't have to go out to find the deals yourself. These sites hunt them down for you. It's still good to remember that even they get tricked sometimes so always do your research first.
Before Black Friday starts do some research on the items you want and check the prices now. We do this with a spreadsheet listing quickly the shop name and cost. That way you can see if it's actually a bargain or not.
This may sound like a no brainer but also do your own price comparison. Sometimes sites don't match product to product. Comparing them yourself will give you an easy way to see if what you're paying for is the same as what you thought it was.
Sign Up Early
Many retailers will be emailing like crazy in the next couple of days to let us all know what deals they have coming. Get on the list ready to grab that bargain. You can always unsubscribe later if you’ve changed your mind.
Get Buying Early
Staying up until midnight might be worth it if you plan of snagging the best deals.
From the links above, bookmark them. That will give you a head start when Friday comes and everyone wants that site.
Big savings excite us all but sometimes they really are too good to be true. Shops are allowed to say "up to 60% off" and only have one or two products with that discount off. Always check how much is coming off and if it's really worth it.
It isn't always about price
How much we spend on an item is important but remember to check what other things come with the product is important too. Does one have a better warranty over another? Does one offer free delivery? Easy returns? All these are worth thinking about in a just in case scenario.
Historical Amazon Pricing
Use a site called CamelCamelCamel. It lists old Amazon prices so you see if what you're paying now is the best deal.
Haggling is fun
You may find it a bit cringe-worthy but it's so fun to haggle. You can even haggle online.
If you're shopping online start by getting on the live chat and asking outright for a discount. What's the worst that can happen?
In the high street ask what the best price is? Can they add anything on for that price? It can't hurt to ask!
Buying online can be safer. Consumer rights say that you have 14-days money back guarantee if you chnage your mind which you don't always have in the shops. It's worth thinking about.
Best Black Friday UK Deals
Here are the official Black Friday pages for some of the top online retailers.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, just over 50% of us here in the UK plan to shop for Christmas over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with most of us purchasing on our phones.
To save everyone time, here are some of the best offers around, plus handy shopping tips on how to prepare and how to check if you’re really getting a good deal.
Online giant Amazon have already started, with many of the must-have toys, electrical appliances and beauty products reduced with more hinted on Black Friday itself.
Argos recently announced that they are running a ‘bonanza 14 day Black Friday event’ after it’s success last year. Flash sales instore and online have started now, with many items slashed in price.
From a huge toy roll back to 20% off woman’s fashion, George has started early. There may be some exclusive offers instore too, so watch out if you happen to be in an Asda on Friday.
Loads of deals here, from car seats, electronics and beauty products, with many also on the 3 for 2 as well.
From their Today Wow Deals to buy 1 choose 1 almost free, there are loads of offers here.
The sale has started, and now they are offering an extra 25% off with code 25OFF, but hurry, this ends at the end of the week.
Offering up to 50% off at 7000 restaurants, you can now also get the card for just £1 for the first 90 days!
House of Fraser
Offering up to 40% off, new deals are being added daily which include some big brand names like Dune, Gant and Mint Velvet.
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Get 25% when you enter GLITTER25 before Sunday. Loads of offers here, so perfect if you need something for that works Christmas party.
Mama’s and Papas
Mama’s and Papas are offering up to 50% off on pushchairs, clothing, furniture, and highchairs.
Offering up to 40% off, sizes do go quickly so order fast if you see something you like.
No news on what SuperBreak are offering but they are doing something on Black Friday directly. It’s all a bit hush hush, so hopefully, a good deal can be found here.
The Entertainer early deals are here, with some items being up to 70% off!
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