Top ten tips for Black Friday

Want to snag a bargain?

Black Friday is ‘celebrated’ (I use the term loosely) on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the US, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This year it falls on Friday 29th November.

Nowadays, several shops and outlets – including those in the Maltese Islands – offer discounts and special offers on this day. Here are ten tips to make sure your Black Friday this year is as stress-free as possible.

  1. Be Prepared

Don’t go into Black Friday not knowing what is going to be on sale. Sign up for newsletters, ‘like’ the Facebook pages of your favourite shops and register for Twitter alerts so you’ll be one of the first people to get to know about their deals.

2. Make a wishlist

Don’t fall into the trap of buying something just because it is on sale. Do your homework properly and make a list of the things you want to buy. Make a list and (try to) stick to it.

3. Check prices online before going out to the shops

It’s also a good idea to check more than one source/website to find the best bargain.

4. When buying tech, make sure you know what you’re doing

Try to stick to well-known brands if possible. If not, do your research online, read reviews and ask someone who is tech-savvy if you are not.

5. Avoid the queues

If you are going to be shopping ‘physically’, set your alarm clock a bit earlier than usual. It may be a struggle to get up but you’re more likely to avoid ‘busy time’ and then you can reward yourself with a nice slice or cake or muffin afterwards.

6. Check your social media

Your friends and acquaintances will be shopping too and may post whatever great deals they got on their social media pages.

7. Check store policies in advance

Will you be able to return a clothing item if it doesn’t fit? What if you buy an accessory for your phone but you realise that it’s for the wrong model when you get home? What is their returns policy? It is good to have answers to these questions before you shop.

8. Cheaper is not necessarily better

Some shops use Black Friday as an excuse to get rid of old, or not so great, stock. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

9. Plan where you want to shop

It’s no use running around Valletta or Sliema or wherever like a headless chicken on the day. Decide which shops you want to visit beforehand and your day will be much more pleasant.

10. Make a budget

This is easier said than done, but try to give yourself a threshold and don’t go over it. You don’t want to spend the day after Black Friday being sad that you don’t have any money left in your wallet or on your credit card. Remember – Christmas is just around the corner! But that’s another story…