It seems every blogger and their dog are doing a Black Friday post so I’m jumping on the bandwagon with a few tips on how to make the most of this day/week/month – it’s getting a bit silly now, isn’t it?
Over the last couple of years, Black Friday has gone from being the crazy thing that happened one day a year over in America where people fought over televisions and stamped on others for toasters to a now global event. Retailers across the world take advantage of the poor and desperate consumer in the run-up to Christmas in the hope to lure them out of hiding to spend all their cash.
I’ll admit, I’ve never actually bought anything on Black Friday, at least not purposefully and each year I don’t sit there writing a list of things I want to grab like a kid on the run-up to Christmas. I mean, yeah I’d like an Amazon Alexa device or a set of SONOS speakers but just because their price drops by £20-£30 doesn’t mean I’m going to snatch them up.
If you are thinking about splashing the cash, maybe finishing the Christmas shopping or treating yourself then here are a few tips on how to make the most of the savings.
First things first. If you’re not already a member of TopCashback then make sure you register! You’re first saving is that by using my link, you’ll grab yourself a £5 Amazon gift card, to get this you need to earn £10 in cashback yourself which is easy enough to do if you’re planning on buying almost anything on Black Friday. Just to be sure, here are a few ways to make that £10 target without buying a thing.
UNDER THE FREE CASHBACK TAB
Equifax Cashback – £4.20 for taking out a 30-day free trial (just remember to cancel it).
Match .com – £1.05 for registering free, more if you’re looking for love and want to go for a paid service.
Confused. com Home Insurance Quote – £2.40 for a genuine quote, just remember giving your details may lead to them ringing you a few times.
MySurvey UK Cashback – £2.35 for opting in and completing a survey.
Readly Cashback – £3.15 for a 30-day free trial (just remember to cancel it)
Once you’re all up and running, be sure to check TopCashback before making ANY purchases; it’s not just for insurance and holidays.
Samsung TVs over £1000 – £150 cashback on Currys
Disney Store Online Purchases – 6% cashback
Cineworld Unlimited Card – £11.40 cashback
So check, check, check!
*£5 Amazon gift card offer expires on the 4th December 2017.
Get Amazon Prime
Amazon are doing a lot of deals over the Black Friday period and quite often they’re the best in town, mostly due to their Prime delivery. I’ve often opted for Amazon over another shop because I can receive my item the next day, or same day if you have Prime Now, rather than having to wait a couple of days (and paying) for delivery or popping out to the store.
If you haven’t already given Amazon Prime a go then you can get a 30 day FREE Trial which will cover you perfectly for Black Friday and Christmas. Just make sure you cancel it as it’s £79 a year (or £7.99 monthly).
It’s tempting to just buy the first offer you see, they do make them look good, but sometimes you can get them cheaper elsewhere. Make sure you have a proper look round.
At the same time refer back to TopCashback, you might find a TV for £499 on Amazon whereas the same one is £549 on Very but with 13% cashback making it £477 – always thinking me!
Use Vouchers & Codes
It only takes a few minutes longer to check for any vouchers or codes but that could save you a lot in the long run. My personal favourite site to use is Pouch which is a free browser extension. Basically, it tells you if there are any codes available for the site you’re on, at the moment it also shows you a range of Black Friday deals such as £110 off Eve Mattresses.
Do you REALLY Need It?
There is a risk during Black Friday that you’ll get a little carried away. It’s easy to see something that you like or want but you have to ask yourself if you really need it? Is it something that you were planning to buy regardless?
I might sound a bit of a party pooper but it’s so easy to waste money during sales like this (and Boxing Day/New Year) so make sure you are certain before buying something, especially with Christmas just around the corner.
To Round It All Up…
Be sensible, shop around and no matter what you buy or where you buy it from check TopCashback to see if you’ll get any money back.
I’ll try to keep my eyes open for some awesome deals on Friday so keep a look out on my Facebook page, if you’d like me to see if I can find you a cheaper deal then I’ll be popping a pinned post up on Facebook.