Simple yet effective shopping tips we’ve learnt for Black Friday

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 to avoid awkward sizing

We've all been there when an online order has arrived but when you try it on it looks like a potato sack. If you know your exact size and measurements in all the brands you’re after before Black Friday you can not only shop with confidence but you avoid having to return and abundance of items. You're also not going to have to waste time in the change rooms if you're shopping in store.

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2. Dont miss out. Start shopping at 12am

Big brands get involved in Black Friday. For example, if you're planning on getting in on the Sephora Black Friday sale, do not waste your time. Logging on in the afternoon of Black Friday will see all the good stuff sold out and you'll want to cry yourself to sleep later. If you're planning on shopping in-store, get to the shops before they open and gra yourself a coffee - you're probably going to need it. Bite the bullet and set your alarm because the early bird gets the worm on Black Friday.

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3. Avoid human interaction and shop online

If we learned one lesson from previous Black Fridays, it would seriously be to avoid going to the shops at all costs. Forget packed parking, long check out lines or waiting for a change room. Sit in your own home in your pyjamas, grab a glass of wine and shop comfortably. You can get just as many great Black Friday deals if not more without having to worry about the bustle of people.

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4. Compile a wishlist to check out quickly

One of the biggest mistakes on Black Friday is wasting time shopping around. While we're all for a good casual scroll or a simple walk around, this is not the time for Black Friday. Yes you can write a list but go that one step further and make a wishlist. Compile all the products you plan on buying into an online wishlist so you simply need to add to cart and check out. Then and only then do you casually shop around knowing you've already got what was the top priority. It's the ultimate shopping super power.

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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. We've all had the moment when we've thought we've found the best sale on to find the same product somewhere else for cheaper. 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!

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6. Prioritise your products

You’d be surprised how often people forget about this crucial step. If you're after a super popular product on Black Friday, ensure you shop for this first. Everyone is going to be after hot ticket items like makeup launches, designer items or apple airpods. Make the popular products on your list a priority to avoid missing out and ending up with nothing.

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7. Make sure your internet is sorted

Black Friday is a high traffic time for all sites. You're going to want to shop on retailers that have the best sales - but so is everyone else! Sites have crashed in the past from high traffic number. This means sites can crash or be very very slow on Black Friday. Equip yourself with a fast internet connection and ensure you have enough data so you don't fall behind the internet crowd. Ensuring this will mean that site crashes shouldn't be a worry during your check out or shopping process.

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8. Don't buy anything for full price

This goes without saying but there are still some who don't know about Black Friday or shop on retailers no offering a sale. Don't do this. We beg you.

Black Friday is a day for savings and scoring a bargain. Ensure that you don't make previous mistakes of paying full price for a product. It's simply not worth it. With this technique, you'll be able to stick to a budget and get more bang for your buck!

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Alexandra Hourigan

Alexandra is a shopaholic by nature, make up lover by heart and writer by passion. If you can buy it she'll probably be interested to know what it is. If it's on sale then even better! If she isn't at a Sephora sale she is probably writing about it.

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