12 tips to survive Black Friday for Australians 2018

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Brace yourselves. Black Friday is coming, but it's okay because we've totally got your back!

When it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday... well they're some of the most exciting or terrifying shopping events of the year. You either enjoy yourself or just want to get out of there! But never fear, we're here to show you how to have the more positive options!

So sit back relax and even take some notes cause here are the only 12 things you'll ever need to know when it comes to surviving Black Friday.

1. Know your time differences

Black Friday first began as primarily a US experience but thankfully for us Aussies, Australian retailers have adopted the sale and we thank you. However, make sure you're conscious of sale start dates as you may need to set some alarm clocks! Check if where you plan to shop is an Australian retailer and if they aren’t then you’re going to need to know the time differences so you don’t miss out before everything is gone!

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2. Study up in advance!

Know your sales. Don’t walk around shops aimlessly and confused because odds are you’re going to become an overwhelmed and panicking mess. Slightly dramatic but you get my drift. By knowing who is having what sales you’ll know where you need to be and when.

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3. At least try to prioritise your wants and needs

On the note of studying up and preparation, you’re going to have to sort out your "wants" and your "needs". I know, I know, I’m not very good at this either and most of the time throw this rule out the window but on Black Friday, it is key. You can’t expect to get every single thing on your list and you’ll need to sort out what you need to purchase first and the less important buys so that you won’t be shattered if it sells out. Being organised for Black Friday will help signficantly. Trust us.

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4. Embrace your inner Santa and sort out Christmas presents!

If there is ever a time to get Christmas present shopping done and dusted then sprinkle me with candy canes and call me Rudolph, it is Black Friday. Whilst you should already have your buying spreadsheet sorted, you’ll definitely want your very own list for all the naughty and nice individuals you’ll be giving presents to!

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5. Don’t even bother trying to price match. Seriously.

If you’re going to even try to price match, seriously, just go home and reevaluate. It’s Black Friday, people! This is the cheapest you’re gonna get and don’t waste time bargaining because someone else will more than happily come along and snag the product for the price it’s already at!

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6. Take a partner in crime

Two is definitely better than one. What happens if you get stuck in a super long line but you’ve still got three more stores to hit and it’s nearly closing time? Well, you send your co-pilot out to get it done. If you can manage to get a squad together then even better. And get code names. Why? Cause it’s funny, that’s why.

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7. Know where to find the deals

If only there was a place where all the best deals were gathered in one place! Well, you're in luck dear friend. Finder has got you covered with all the best Black Friday deals, all in one beautiful place. Really, it's fine, you can thank us later.

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8. Give yourself a (loose) budget

Okay, so you know how we give ourselves budgets and then we do our best to stick to them but we just don’t quite make it? That’s completely okay. We’ve all been there when we had a strict limit and we threw it out the window. Just give yourself a ballpark figure and do your best to stick with it. That way you don’t have to have shopper's guilt the day after!

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9. Skip the crowds and shop online

Whilst you may enjoy the atmosphere of shopping in-store on Black Friday (although I’m not too sure why you would), just pour yourself a glass of wine, sit in your dressing gown and actually enjoy yourself. Don’t wait in lines, don’t get run over by a trolley and don’t feel the need to start WW3 with every human in your path. Shopping online definitely outweighs the chaos of an in-store black friday experience.

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10. Get in and get out. Don't waste time!

This mission is crucial. Try not to waste time wandering around and browsing. We do not have time for browsing on Black Friday! You want to get in and get out as quick as you can. If ever in doubt, consult the list and you will be fine.

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11. Know the returns policies

This is pretty crucial when purchasing presents and even for yourself. When you’re attempting to shop as quickly and efficiently as possible, waiting in line for change rooms is not savvy shopping. Plus, if you’re an online shopper, you obviously can’t try anything on! Therefore, familiarise yourself with the stores return and exchange policy. That way, if ever anything goes wrong you can confidently walk back into that store like...

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12. Stay calm!

Some pretty extreme things can happen on Black Friday. But most importantly, shopping is supposed to be fun! Enjoy yourself and try not to have a mental breakdown. I can promise, something will most likely not go to plan and that’s okay. Just stay calm! Now, go forth my child and shop. Shop till you damn drop!

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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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