Every year when November rolls around, I promise myself that I’ll keep some money aside for Black Friday. And yet, every year I end up not only forgetting but massively regretting to do so. This year I vowed to myself that I would get organised and make the most of the Black Friday sales so I’ve done my research and all of the necessary preparation and now all that’s left to do is to a) let you guys in on the best Black Friday hacks and b) get shopping.
Each year, the shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday, falls on the day following Thanksgiving in the U.S (23rd November in 2018’s case) – or so was the plan originally. With the soaring popularity (and highly competitive nature between all of the retailers involved) retailers have started putting their Black Friday deals into action as early as the Monday before Thanksgiving, running right through to the Sunday following the holiday. As Black Friday sales come to an end, Cyber Monday takes off, you guessed it, on the Monday following Thanksgiving. Prior to the explosion of the Black Friday hype, this was when online retailers would jump on the bandwagon of Black Friday related discounts.
All in all, it can get overwhelming with so many different promotions. We’ve all heard the Black Friday horror stories of those who have totally lost the run of themselves for the sake of saving a few dollars. To ensure you get the most out of Black Friday, we’ve compiled our top tips for Black Friday shopping and will be updating discounts as they appear online for the rest of the week.
Make a list
Santa isn’t the only one who should be making a list and checking it twice – you should be too.
Start by going through your wardrobe and figuring out what’s missing. With the switch into the new season in the last few weeks, what are the things you’ve been noticeably lacking while putting outfits together?
Start with the high priority items and go from there. It’s fine to have a wish list of items that aren’t all necessarily practical items but remember, the bargain loses its value if you didn’t actually want it beforehand. I tend to refer back to wish lists I already have in existence both within a brand’s website or through tools like Shoptagr and items I’ve saved on my LIKEtoKNOW.it account. That way I know that I’m buying items I’ve already planned to purchase and had my eye on for a while rather than just caving to the discount on something I don’t need.
While on the topic of making lists, Black Friday is the ideal opportunity to cross a few names off the Christmas gift list.
There’s no time like the present – pardon the pun – to start your Christmas shopping. Not only does it alleviate the stress of last minute present buying but grab yourself a bargain on a few gifts and it will help soften the blow on the ol’ purse strings during the festive season.
Quality over quantity
Bulk buying cheap items is tempting when Black Friday comes around but instead, try looking at it as an opportunity to purchase that investment piece you’ve been saving for. While still an expensive purchase, even just 20% off an investment piece makes all of the difference especially if it’s something you’ve needed for a while.
The key thing to remember when shopping the Black Friday sales (and for shopping in general) is that if you have to convince yourself to buy it, it’s not worth having.
Set your budget
When your favourite brand is offering otherwise unheard of discounts, it’s easy to let your love of shopping run away with you. However, here to be your resident Debbie Downer on such notions, you’ve got to remember that this is an expensive time of year and its only just getting started. If you go crazy on the spending front at this stage and spend beyond your means, not only is it stressful in the long run but it’s counterproductive to the whole idea of sales shopping in the first place.
Instead, while making your wish list, make a note of how much you’re willing to spend on each item with a rough budget of your Black Friday spending overall. If it makes you feel more comfortable, add some cushion money into the budget but try to commit to that as your final spend and commit to the budgeting boundaries you’ve set for yourself.
Take some time ahead of the big day to take care of last minute admin. Anything that’s going to make your shopping experience easier is worth doing, particularly since you’ll need to act fast on the check out front. With so many amazing discounts available, items won’t stick around for long. Even if you decide to ignore all of our other Black Friday hacks, this one is vital.
Start by making sure you know all of your log in details for the online retailers you intend to shop from. Create accounts and register payment methods if you haven’t already.
Next up, start adding items to your basket or wish list with each brand. This will speed things up so you can see straight away which discounts have been applied to which of your items. In terms of adding things to your basket, for the most part this is where they’ll stay even if you close the window and come back to them later in the day. On the off chance that this doesn’t happen – it’s worth bearing in mind that with increased website traffic technical glitches are likely – use the bookmarking tool within your browser to keep track of all of your items.
It may be tempting to wait out the sales to see if discounts improve but the closer it gets to Black Friday, it’s mostly better to buy sooner rather than later to avoid the risk of items selling out.
Black Friday Discount Codes
Topshop – 50% off everything over Cyber Weekend. 20% off all jeans.
Zara – notoriously secretive about their Black Friday deals, we’re yet to hear about the discounts they’ll have on offer. Rumours are sitting at 20%.
Pretty Little Thing – 50% off everything
Boohoo – 30% off everything including sale
Mango – Winter Flash Sale with up to 50% off selected items
Warehouse – Up to 30% off selected lines
River Island – Up to 30% off (Black Friday warm up)
Gym Shark – Up to 70% off
ASOS – Also keeping their discounts quiet but are hinting at big discounts. Last year this meant 20% off site wide.
Cheap Monday – 25% off sweatshirts currently with next deal being announced in tonight. 25% off everything from Friday 23rd November – Monday 26th November plus free shipping.
Hobbs – 20% off full priced collections online (using code CAT20) and in-store until 25th November.
Abbott Lyon – 30% off everything with selected items 50% off – applicable on Black Friday
New Look – Up to 50% off selected lines
House of Fraser – Up to 60% off
Kurt Geiger – 20% off plus daily offers of up to 50% off selected lines
Missoma – 25% off everything with code BF25
Astrid and Miyu – 25% off everything
Nasty Gal – 50% off everything
Feel Unique – Up to 30% off plus free gift worth over £100
Charlotte Tilbury – 33% off exclusive Lip Trios. 40% off Instant Look in a Palette.