Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and it’s now just weeks away. Don’t worry, though, there’s still time to plan out those purchases – we’ve got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to get your hands on the best deals come November 27.
Making its way over to the UK from the USA in recent years, Black Friday has now become something of an institution. Falling on the day after Thanksgiving in America, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year stateside, and it’s now almost as popular here in the UK, too.
It’s a day for bagging bargains – especially of the tech type – and since Black Friday marks the beginning of Christmas shopping season, it’s also prime time for getting cut-price presents in preparation for the festive period.
Here are our pointers for getting more for your money while avoiding the potential pitfalls of Black Friday 2020.
Look out for early bird Black Friday bargains
While Black Friday is, in theory, a single day of deals, lots of retailers get in on the act in the run-up to Black Friday, so there are plenty of offers available before the day itself.
If you’re worried about deals selling out on the day, or don’t want to engage in the last-minute mayhem, see what you can find in the week or so leading up to the shopping event. You might be able to find what you’re looking for at the right price without having to stay up until gone midnight to bag the best deal.
Research a product’s price history
If you know you’re looking for a particular product, it sometimes pays to do a bit of price research first. Product prices can change over time depending on a whole variety of factors, so do a bit of digging before parting with your cash.
Research a product’s price history and you should be able to see whether its Black Friday sale price offers good value. Try a website like PriceRunner to compare prices. A Which? magazine investigation found that the majority of Black Friday product deals are either cheaper or the same price afterwards – so it’s worth signing up with retailers to stay informed of any future money-saving opportunities.
Prep your Black Friday purchases
Get yourself in the best position to take advantage of the Black Friday deals without any of the stress of battling for bargains. If you know where you want to pick up a deal on the day, and you can order online, make sure you’ve created an account and registered your payment details in advance. It’ll make for a much smoother checkout experience on the day.
Some retailers will allow you to click and collect, so you can avoid the crowds by picking up your purchase after Black Friday – and don’t forget to check if your card provider offers rewards like Airmiles or cashback, so you can make a great deal that bit sweeter.
Spread the cost of Black Friday bargains
If you’re planning to part with a significant amount of cash or perhaps pick up presents in advance for Christmas, being able to spread the cost of a Black Friday purchase can give you a bit of reassurance that you won’t be blowing the budget.
DivideBuy works with hundreds of retailers to offer interest-free credit at the checkout. This allows you to pay for purchases over a period of between 2 and 12 months, without being hit with any additional costs like interest or administration fees. It only takes a minute or two to apply and we provide you with an instant credit decision.
Take a look at the retailers in our shopping directory and bookmark any you’d like to visit this Black Friday. Set up your DivideBuy account in advance and you could also save valuable seconds in the rush to secure the best Black Friday deals!