Firstly, how amazing in Autumn! I spent some time in London over the weekend and had a lovely little Autumnal walk along the river and through the park in Putney and I absolutely love this time of year. This outfit is also a winner as layering is my all time favourite, I was so happy it was cold enough to bust out my new cashmere jumper that the Neo PR girls so lovingly bought for me for birthday and grab my first costa in a Christmas cup. Yes, I am that sad.
But although I do love getting out in the frosty weather one thing I have always done is brave Black Friday from the comfort of my laptop. I am not up for elbowing old ladies out of the way in Tesco to buy a new TV – I worked the Next sale once and that was bad enough – so for the last couple of years I have stuck to online and even managed to do nearly all of Christmas shopping on that one day.
So as Black Friday slowly quickly approaches – it is this Friday in case you have been sitting under a rock for the last month – I thought I would share a few tips and tricks with you for maximising your shopping ability. So grab a cuppa and have a read.
SHOP THE LOOK
Decide what you want to buy in advance
I love an impulse buy as much as the next shopaholic, but on Black Friday I feel you need to be a little more strategic. Try and plan the items you want to buy in advance and if you are buying Christmas presents, list them all out and tick them off as you go. This way you can quickly navigate the internet and grab the bargains before they sell out.
Make the most of wish lists
In the run up to the sales put all the things you want to buy in your ‘wish lists’ or ‘saved items’ this means as soon as they go into the sale you don’t have to trawl the site for them, they will be ready and waiting for your basket. It also means you can easily see the bits that have gone into the sale and those that haven’t, without wasting your time browsing multiple pages.
Buy multiple sizes
If you are buying for yourself then make sure you buy multiple sizes if you aren’t 100% sure. It might seem like a hassle when you order, but there is nothing worse than getting a great bargain, it turning up and not fitting. Then it gets even worse, when you go online to get a different size and find they have all sold out. And most retailers now offer free returns or return to store so you shouldn’t be out of pocket on shipping
Make the most of the advance sales
A massive advantage to lots of retailers having website disasters on Black Friday is that this year many have started the sales early in order to limit the amount of traffic to their site on the big day. Have a little browse today and tomorrow on your favourite sites as you might find they already have some great bargains you can bag without braving the madness of Black Friday.
Now you are armed with all my valuable shopping advice you can shop shop shop until you drop.
Any other tips and tricks for Black Friday shopping?