10 shopping tips we’ve learnt from previous Black Fridays

Stephanie Panecasio 24 November 2017 NEWS

TEN TIPS LEAD

How to get the most out of the Black Friday sales - speaking from experience!

We've been there, we know the highs and the lows. Black Friday is one of our favourite days on the calendar and over the years we've refined our approach to an art - yes, we're that good (and modest, too!). Here are all our best shopping tips for Black Friday so that you can get the most out of the sales.

1. Know your measurements

If you know your exact size and measurements in all the brands you’re after before Black Friday, not only can you dive right in to get your size, but you don’t have to stand there killing time by wondering if it’s worth going to the changerooms. Online it’s even more important, especially if you’ve never shopped at a certain store before - it’ll save you from delivery day heartache.

2. Have snacks and water

Hydration and sustenance are key! This is a big day and you better be ready to outlast all the other people out there hustling for a good deal. Shopping is thirsty work at the best of times, but on Black Friday having enough snacks and water can really help prevent you from getting physically overwhelmed by all the people and noise.

3. Remember you can shop online

If you tend to get stressed out or anxious in a crowd, our best tip is to remove yourself out of that situation entirely - shop online! You can get just as many great Black Friday deals without having to worry about the bustle of people, and you can even get the shopping done in your pyjamas with a glass of wine. Win, win!

4. Write a list

Your list is your life. We’re not exaggerating when we say that writing a list could be the difference between getting everything you’re after and going home empty-handed. Make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for, and if you’re shopping online make sure you’re including the URLs to the exact page, so that all it takes is one click and you’re good to go.

5. Know where to find the best Black Friday deals

Preparation is paramount, and knowing where to get the very best prices is a talent that you definitely want to have. Luckily for you, we've done the legwork for you! We've collated over 300 Black Friday deals, so make sure you have a look and develop your plan of attack. You're welcome!

6. Organise your money in advance

You’d be surprised how often people forget about this crucial step. If you’re shopping in-store, make sure that you take out cash the day before just in case the ATMs shut down from exhaustion - it has happened before, trust us. And if you’re shopping online, make sure you have your card details right in front of you. After all, it’s no use to you in a clutch somewhere down the other end of your house.

7. Team up with friends

Shopping with your mates is always more fun - you’ve got a built in hype crew to tell you that you look fantastic! But it’s all the more important on Black Friday, because not only will they provide important support, but if you’re shopping online and you band together, you might even score free shipping.

8. Make sure you’ve got enough internet/data

If you’re shopping online, the last thing you want is for your Internet to cut out at the last minute. Imagine: you’ve clicked ‘add to cart’, put your details in and you’re finally on the home stretch… But all of a sudden, your Internet cuts out and by the time it’s back on, your items are sold out. Be prepared.

9. Shop early in the morning

Too many times have we fallen victim to forgetting this tip… If you’re after an item that you know is super popular, make sure you’re up at the crack of dawn, or at your computer as the clock strikes twelve, because we all know how devastating it can be when you realise your holy grail item is sold out.

10. Set a budget - and stick to it!

Now, we know that this one might be hard to stick to, but if you've set a Black Friday budget early then you're far less likely to go over it in the heat of the moment. We can relax this rule ever so slightly in extreme circumstances (you forgot a crucial thing on the list and it's $50 over your budget? Okay, fine.), but we don't want to see anyone going $500+ over budget. Consider yourselves warned!

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