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Shop Black Friday & Still Stay Sane

Our savvy Super Saver Emma is a thirty-something wife and mother. Copywriter, list maker, reluctant house renovator and rocky road expert, with a love of Prosecco, clothes and saving money.

I actually find Black Friday a bit too much. The urgency to buy everything RIGHT NOW usually means you end up with a load of stuff you don’t need bought with money you didn’t need to spend. I try not to get caught up in the hype and use it as a genuine way to make savings, not an excuse to splurge. Here’s a few ways I prep for the Black Friday onslaught and stay sane.

Plan ahead: know what you need

As tempting as some of the adverts may be, you don’t necessarily need a Dyson Air Wrap just because it’s got 30% off. Write a list ahead of Black Friday of things you actually need and are planning to buy anyway. If you wouldn’t buy it without a discount, then is it really worth buying at all?

Prioritise: Buy for upcoming events

There’s always a family birthday to buy for and Black Friday is the precursor to Christmas. So it can be a good time to stock up on gifts that you are going to have to get anyway. I use Black Friday for getting extra discounts on gifts. Selfridges does 20% every year and so it’s a perfect time to get pressies that would otherwise be a bit pricey. Remember though, stick to the list! Don’t go off piste buying presents you didn’t plan for.

Spreadsheets: Save links, save money, save time

Black Friday can be good for big ticket items. We need a new fridge. Fridges are expensive. Ergo it makes sense to get one on a Black Friday deal. In advance of this I’ve set up a spreadsheet with all of the fridges I like that are in my price range. I’ve included web links for where I can get them and when Black Friday rolls around I can check each link quickly and see if there is any extra discount. It saves spending hours trawling websites on the day itself and ensures I only buy within my intended budget. Price Spy’s historical price chart is handy for predicting if something will be reduced in the Black Friday sales as it shows you how often and by how much an item has been reduced in the past. Preparation pays off!

Use a separate account or credit card

If you’ve got an account you don’t use as much or perhaps a credit card that gives you rewards when you use it, consider paying for your Black Friday purchases that way. You’ll be able to track what you’ve spent much easier than if it comes from your everyday spending account and you won’t be out of pocket if you decide to return things and need to wait for a refund.

Stick. to. the. Plan! Don’t be tempted by deals you don’t need

This can be a tricky one when the lure of all those juicy discounts comes calling but stay strong! Use PriceSpy's price alert feature to help you make them tough decisions. If the product is not at the right price set an alert and wait for it to get to the right price you are looking for. Not only does sticking to your plan mean you don’t overspend but it stops you wasting an entire day umming and aahing over things you don’t really need and using precious time having to take it all back when the Black Friday hangover hits.

Be Busy

If you really want to avoid the Black Friday hullabaloo then make yourself busy. Book in a gym class, organise a coffee date with a friend, catch up on some work, promise the kids you’ll take them to some awful play centre etc.. Don’t be fooled; Black Friday is no longer just one day, it spans the whole weekend and spills over into Cyber Monday. So, arrange some other, more fun, things to do and feel smug that you didn’t splash hundreds of pounds on dust-gatherers that you’ll never use. How many breadmakers bought in Black Friday do you think are still on the go? I rest my case. 

Set a budget

I mean you can hardly be a super saver if you don’t have a budget. If you’re shopping for Christmas gifts, decide what you’re willing to spend on each person and stick to it. If it’s a big appliance you’ve got your eye on, work out what you can afford and (you guessed it) stick to it! I’d advise you to whack it all onto a spreadsheet because, in-case you haven’t guessed, I absolutely love a spreadsheet.

Unsubscribe from emails 

This one is worth doing whether it’s Black Friday or not. All those sales emails inviting you to this sale event or that discount day are just a load of noise that you don’t need to hear. Life is busy enough without having to sift through your inbox every night. If it’s a shop or a service that you have no interest in but get sucked in by the snappy subject lines then simply scroll down, hit unsubscribe and wipe one extra thing off your plate. It’s liberating I promise.

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Emma Stretton

1st November 2021

This article is written by PriceSpy's Super Saver. No one else has influenced the content of it. There are no paid links or other types of advertising collaborations.

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