My 6 shopping tips to score big online this weekend with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale deals. The art of saving on designer items and shopping smart.
BLACK FRIDAY TO CYBER MONDAY SHOPPING TIPS 2017
Black Friday is this Friday 24th November 2017. It is retails biggest day of the year and every year seems to be getting bigger. Over the weekend many stores will be running ongoing deals, and Cyber Monday (the 27th of November) equally offers some massive deals. Whether you are thinking ahead to Christmas presents or ticking specific items off of your wishlists, many stores will be offering sale deals storewide or offering an extra discount on sale items.
This year I thought I would share my best Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping tips on how to maximise your savings and plan ahead so that you score the best deals. There is an art to sale shopping, particularly to score great savings on designer items. I will be sharing links to the best sales I find, the sale codes and some of the hot ticket items to check out in the next blog post, so check back soon.
Of course, I would like to preface by saying that just because it is on sale, you don’t have to buy it. All too often people buy something in the heat of the moment, pressured or excited by the deals only to realise later it was not something that they needed. So, first of all, if you don’t really need it, don’t buy it. Plan first and go in with some of these tips to help you to navigate the sales.
6 SHOPPING TIPS FOR SCORING BIG WITH BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SALES:
Start thinking about what you need, or have been wishing for and write that down first. If it is clothing, homewear or beauty you are after, consider your list. For example, are you missing a good pair of jeans? A pair of boots? A wearable blazer? Have you been wanting to try a particular wellness beauty product? Need a new handbag?
Start with a plan.
Create a wishlist on the stores sites
Then go to some of the websites you trust, or that you have had recommended to you and search for those items. I suggest to do this before the sales, and make a digital wish list. Most retail sites will have an option for you to save items to a wish list, so when the sales start you can save time searching for them again. Instead you can log in, select what you are after and secure your item. Often sites will notify you via email if one of those items is low in stock, or on sale too. This process can also help to curb any last minute impulse shopping too.
Narrow your item search
If you arrive on a retail site and feel overwhelmed with the number of products on sale, the first things I do is to use the filters available to narrow down your search. If you are looking for a specific brand, size, colour or price range, select these and save yourself time scrolling through the noise of items you don’t need.
Research the sale deals
Bloggers (like me!) often gets a heads up on the sale codes or deals, to help you to narrow down your shopping. Keep an eye out for the details! Alternatively, subscribe to a newsletter from a store, or follow them on social media. Often the subscribers and followers get clued in on sale deals first.
Create a budget
You have to know where your spending money is going, baring in mind upcoming Christmas expenses, trips, general expenses and so on. Before you pile your cart up with sale deals, make sure you can actually afford them. It seems an obvious one to me, but it is easy to get caught up in the moment. Oh and don’t forget to calculate shipping costs and check if prices are in your local currency or in another first!
Timing is key
If you know that you really want an item, commit to it before it is too late. So many times I have missed an item on sale because the fact of the matter is, the stock sells out quickly. Keep this in mind.
THE BEST SALE DEALS RUNNING ALREADY:
Some companies like to start early and are already running some sale deals. It may be a good place to start your wishlist planning. Obviously, pace yourself, because often the Black Friday and Cyber Monday specific deals are even better offers!
LUXURY AND FASHION RETAILERS:
MATCHESFASHION.COM – Take up to 50% Fall/Winter styles.
Boohoo – Take 40% off everything. Valid through 11/22.
Don’t forget to check back for my shopping tips sales style guide and the rest of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale links and codes! Happy shopping/ wishlist creating guys! And if you want me to find anything specific for you, let me know in the comments below!