How to get the best out of Black Friday
Black Friday is slightly different this year. Many places have extended it throughout the month. The pandemic also affords more online shopping deals, as stores are trying to minimise the rush of people coming through their doors.
Here are some top tips for you to get the best out of this year’s Black Friday.
This might appear to be the most obvious thing, but we have credit cards right? Wrong. Before you know it, it’s been a year and you are still paying it off at twice the amount you would have saved, in interest!
If you are shopping in-store, leave your credit cards at home. Use your cell phone calculator to tally up everything as you load it in your trolley. You don’t want any surprises when you get to the tills. This also helps you identify possible errors – should something be miss-priced and your total ends up being significantly more than you expect it to be.
If you are shopping online, have your partner or loved-one sit with you to keep you in check.
Have a list
Mopani Online has an online catalogue of Black Friday deals on their homepage; other shops might have them too.
Reference all the sites and make a list of items you want from each store, and what they will cost. Adding the costs together items will give you an idea of what you will be spending. This gives you the opportunity to adjust your list, should you be over budget.
Having a list limits impulse-buys.
Prioritise long term
There are always the “Want vs. Need” purchases. Be “silly saving savvy” – For example, don’t buy the expensive coffee machine that is 50% off, if you are not willing to pay the full price for coffee pods every month.
If you are planning on gift giving in December, you can get a jumpstart and buy gifts during Black Friday. This will allow for online store packages to arrive before the holidays.
Check the return policies of the stores you plan on shopping at. Many shops do not allow customers to return items due to the pandemic. Double check clothing sizes and triple check best before dates before you buy food items.
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