Getting started with Black Friday

Just a few years ago the term “Black Friday” didn’t mean anything to consumers in the UK. It is now a huge part of the festive season and as we enter the Autumn our TV screens will be filled with upcoming promotions and sales.

 

Black Friday started in the USA in 1952, although the term “Black Friday” didn’t arrive until the 1990’s. It is the Friday after Thanksgiving which is seen as the start of the festive shopping season. It is thought that the “black” aspect comes from retailers heading out of the red and into profit.

 

Just like in the USA Black Friday has evolved over the years. Earlier openings and huge queues have been replaced with a weeks’ worth of online lightning deals and it has gone from being a one-day event to being spread across “Black Friday Deal Weeks”

 

So how can you make the most of Black Friday this year? We have put together a few tips to ensure you save, rather than spend money on things you don’t need.

 

1. Plan

Planning is essential to ensure you are saving money on the things you want rather than just buying something because it’s on offer.

 

Make a list of things you are planning to buy over the next few months. Find out how much they are currently, that way you will know how much you are saving and know if it is as good a deal as it seems.

 

2. Research

Retailers know the type of promotions that work so it is likely that they will run similar deals to previous years.

 

Do some research on what Black Friday promotions stores ran last year and then you can be in the right place at the right time!

 

Head to our directory to see which Dividebuy retailers offer products that interest you. Another great way to stay in the know is to sign up for thier newsletters. Subscribers are often given early access to deals.

 

3. Get a head start on Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, so as well as treating yourself on Black Friday, keep an eye out for possible gifts for friends and family. Gift giving at Christmas can be one of the largest financial commitments, so any saving you can make will help.

 

4. Consider bigger purchases

You might feel as though the run-up to Christmas is not the best time to make big purchases, but thanks to DivideBuy you can make purchases from our retailers at Black Friday prices whilst spreading the cost with affordable repayments.

 

Bookmark the retailers from our directory that offer the products you are interested in and keep checking back on the run up to Black Friday.

 

5. Be patient

Some Black Friday deals are limited meaning you may miss out on your wish list. Fear not, some of these promotions may return. Did you know another big promotion day “Cyber Monday” is held on the Monday following Black Friday?

 

Key dates

Black Friday: 27th November

Cyber Monday: 30th November

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