WANT to know some amazing hacks to grab the best bargains ahead of Black Friday? (November 23)
If you’ve been waiting to fill your festive basket until now, then you’ll love these tips from Emma Bradley of mumssavvysavings.com who has gathered some words of wisdom for all those shoppers out there.
IMRG reported that the amount spent on UK online retail sites on black Friday has increased by 11.7 per cent to £1.39bn, year on year – so with all those shoppers online, here’s how to beat the system.
Emma says that you can maximise savings by sticking all the things you fancy in your basket online the day before as this will reserve your item, rather than it selling out when you come to buy it – and clearing your internet browser history.
“The basket will also update the following day with the new reduced prices.
“Some retailers have gotten wise to this and empty baskets after a period of time but it could still be worth a try if you are researching the night before.”
Another great tip is to set up price alerts so you know whether you’re getting a dapper deal or not.
Working with AO.com, she has lifted the lid on prospective purchases.
She added: “Clearing cookies and browser history works because leaving them on your computer can affect the prices you are presented with for certain items and gifts.
Bradley said: “This is true when booking experience-based gifts, such as trips and stays in hotels.
“Clearing your browser history can help you to see the true price without the influence of the deals you may have been looking at previously.”
Setting up price alerts will let you know when a product hits a certain price point, as well as the website you can find this deal on.
Sites like uk.camelcamelcamel.com can help you track this, and will notify you when the product drops to the price you want to pay.
Another important thing to know is that as a consumer, you have legal rights for products bought before Black Friday.
Emma said: “Under the Consumer Contracts Regulations, you can cancel an online order up to 14 days from the time the goods are delivered to you, therefore if you do change your mind you are still protected.”
Tech is the sector where the biggest deals are to be secured as people stock up on the latest phones and tablets etc for Christmas gifts.
Bradley added: ‘“Personally, I find the best deals to be had on Black Friday are on electrical goods.
“Last year I bought a GHD straighteners and hairdryer set for around the £110 mark, which was my best deal.
Research research research! Know the prices before the sales begin and make sure that you are getting a good deal.
“Look ahead of Black Friday and know what the current prices are to ensure you really bag a bargain.
“Black Friday can offer consumers great deals but only if you stay savvy and keep your wits about you.”
Another great hack is to get familiar with the times that your chosen store usually releases or refreshes their deals. Once you know this, you can set alerts on your phone if there’s something you really want.
Emma encourages people to stick to a budget and plan ahead, creating a list of what they need to buy, rather than getting caught in a frenzy.