Hacks for grabbing the best Black Friday bargains – savvy bloggers share their tips

Time was, Black Friday saw us all queuing outside shops, ready for the doors to open and the rush to start. There were even some fights and brawls.

These days, the Black Friday rush tends to happen in front of our computer screens, with people vying from their keyboard for a bargain blender, TV or designer shoes.

But there are the same nerves and panic as the day draws closer and we wonder if we’ll get what we want, for the right price. The key to ‘winning’ at Black Friday is preparation – making sure your computer is primed and ready.

We asked top money saving bloggers how to nail the big event, and here’s what they said.

Be sure about what you want

Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Swansea (PA)
Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Swansea (PA)

First things first, stop panicking! Instead, research what you need, and why – it’s likely those three new kitchen appliances aren’t totally necessary. “My main advice is to do some thinking ahead of Black Friday, so you’re not railroaded into buying anything outside your budget or wish list,” says Iona Bain at Young Money Blog.

“The tricks used by retailers (countdowns etc) trigger a massive sense of urgency and FOMO in consumers – but only if you buy into it.” Really knowing what you want means you won’t be thrown by sudden deals.

Be sure it’s a good deal

Faith Archer, money blogger at Much More With Less  says: “Don’t always trust the discounts. Use a price comparison website like idealo.co.uk or camelcamelcamel.co.uk for Amazon, to check the price history of anything you want to buy. Then you’ll know if it’s a genuine bargain, or something you can probably get cheaper another time.”

Fill your basket the day before

“If you want to buy products likely to be discounted on Black Friday, add them to your online shopping basket beforehand,” says Archer. “And make sure you’ve saved your payment details on the website. Then you can zoom through the checkout when the offers appear.”

Set up price alerts

“Once you’ve done your research and decided there are key items you can get on Black Friday, set up price alerts for the item(s) in question. If you’re serious and can afford to, turning off notifications for everything else except these alerts will ensure they’re not lost,” says Bain.

Check the price is really right

Black Friday success takes careful planning (Thinkstock/PA)
Black Friday success takes careful planning (Thinkstock/PA)

Before you hand over your cash, always do your homework to ensure that the pre-sale prices haven’t been hiked in the lead up Black Friday says Kara Gammell, founder of the award-winning money-saving blog YourBestFriendsGuideToCash.

“Checking the price history of a product is easy,” Gammell says. “For items at Argos, for instance, use pricehistory.co.uk. Also worth a look is offeroftheday.co.uk, a site that gathers up all the best discount deals from UK retailers, and presents them all in one place.”

“Do your research beforehand. Check out the specific items you’d like to buy for less and get a sense of what you’d normally pay. Then you can snap up genuine bargains on Black Friday before stocks run out, knowing it’s the right product with the right features,” adds Archer.

Remember the item – and price – don’t have to be for keeps

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BLACK FRIDAY TIP ALERT: Did you know that some retailers will price match AFTER you bought the product? John Lewis, for instance, will refund you the difference up to 28 days after you made your purchase! So, today, a week after my husband bought me this fancy pants camera for my birthday at good ole JL, I couldn’t help but look to see if the price had dropped at other retailers. For this model, it didn’t, but had I chosen last year’s model, I would have been able to claim a whopping £175 back thanks to John Lewis’s generous Price Match Guarantee. So keep that in mind while you are browsing the Black Friday sales. You might be able to save money retrospectively. Winner. Link for getting a refund in my bio. #johnlewis #johnlewispricematch #retrospectivesavings #makeyourmoneygofurther #savvyshopper #pricematch #blackfriday #cybermonday #yourbestfriendsguidetocash

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If you go through the chaos, bag your bargains, then change your mind, fear not. “Some retailers will price match after you made your purchase,” advises Gammell. You can of course, return items, too, if you change your mind.

- Press Association

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