Ladies it’s time to get down to business…let’s talk Black Friday! Most of you already know that this is the one day of the year where American based retailers have to MOST INSANE sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. The great thing is a lot of retailers outside the US now take part which means even more great savings from many of our favorite online shops and avoiding long lines or dealing with the madness of other shoppers. Now here’s the thing, don’t go crazy with spending…you will really regret it when that credit card bill comes next month. To help prevent overspending or buyer’s remorse, we’ll go over some helpful tips on how to maximize your savings and not break the bank.
1) Make a wishlist at each online retailer and narrow down your choices in the days leading up to Black Friday. It’s time to practice tough love…do you really need that skirt in every colour? Do you have an event to wear that evening gown? Be practical! Buy the items that you’ve wanted for months but may have not had the funds to pay full price. It’s easy to like all the pretty pinup dresses but do you really love it and see yourself wearing it often? Don’t be afraid to add things to your wishlist and remove them as you narrow down your choices.
2) Be mindful of your budget. Make a tally of your wishlists at ALL the online retailers to see how much you’ll be spending pre-sale pricing. Factor in the approximate discount offered by the retailer in previous years and know that it’s likely to be around that same mark. It is SO easy to get carried away with all the great deals and it will leave you regretting your impulse buys when the excitement is over. Most of us have a budget to follow, be sure to maintain that and not go over just because it was “on sale”.
3) Prioritize. Which items are most important on your wishlist? The majority of online retailers are in different time zones so this will allow you to effectively manage your time. Organize your schedule based on the sale start times for each one. There’s nothing wrong with having your game plan written out in detail, this will help you keep everything on track.
4) Have a backup plan. Often websites will crash when the sales commence and might require you to use another web browser or mobile device to not miss out on your coveted items. This means, BE PATIENT! Retailers know when the website crashes and have their IT teams on standby to get them back up and running ASAP! They too don’t want this to happen and usually have a backup plan in the wings just in case. Getting snippy or complaining is not necessary; it just fuels the masses of hysteria.
5) Have fun! Who doesn’t love saving money and buying gorgeous clothing? Don’t forget to relish in the hunt and share your purchases with me on Facebook! For the first time in years I have decided to forego Black Friday shopping and save my pennies so I will be living vicariously through all of you!
If this is your first Black Friday or a seasoned BF shopper, I hope these tips will enable you to effectively manage your money saving skills on the biggest shopping day of the year! I will be posting as many sales on my Facebook page as possible, please feel free to send them over my way & I’ll repost for all to enjoy. :)