For shoppers, Black Friday (November 23) is a highly competitive time and bagging the best deals requires forethought and a military-style strategy.
Whether you’re planning to shop online or in store — or both! — follow these tips from Mzansi’s top retailers to make the most of many specials that’ll be on offer.
1. SET A BUDGET
Decide ahead of time what you plan to spend at the Black Friday sales and stick to it. You could quickly find yourself shopping for Christmas 2018, 2019 and 2020 if you are not careful!
Be responsible and remember the festive season is coming up and you’ll need a bit of money left over for this.
As FNB Wealth and Investments spokesperson Ester Ochse told Times Select, “Don’t give into impulsive buying. It might seem like you are saving money, but you are actually spending money on items you don’t need.”
2. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Monitor bargains closely; retailers have already begun to release their Black Friday weekend specials. Start your plotting and planning as early as possible and draw up a plan of action.
If you’re planning to buy many items, make a list, prioritise it in terms of what you need most and aim to secure those products first.