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We’re just four days away from the biggest annual shopping sales weekend South Africans will experience.

Black Friday still quite a new concept for South Africans, so understanding these bargains and how to win at it will help us all get through the tough economic times – and give us more bang for our buck! Fast fashion online retailer, Superbalist, has a four-day mega sale planned for this Black Friday and suggest you stick to these eight winning tips to slay the sales:

  1. If you’re shopping online, set your clock for midnight on Thursday 23 November. Most sales start as soon as the clock strikes 12am, so make sure you have data and your Wi-Fi isn’t past its cap. Get into bed early and set a few alarms. By the time the rest of the world wakes up, you could’ve shopped your cart full and caught a few winks before heading to work.
  2. Create a wish list, for swift checking out. The prices may change on goods for Black Friday, but the goods will already be there. Go online, create your wish list in advance and then when the sale starts, quickly go to your list, see which items are marked down enough and press ‘checkout’ to beat your shopping competitors to the bargain!
  3. Do your homework. Get your hands on as many newsletters and flyers as you can (like the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of all your favourite retailers) and monitor their bargains closely. From early November, retailers will start to release their Black Friday weekend specials. Start your plotting and planning as early as possible and draw up a plan of action.
  4. Have a plan of action on Black Friday. Some of your purchases may be in the real world and some in cyberspace. A good plan is to start with cyberspace early and then head off to the physical shops once you’ve done the peaceful online shopping. Chances are, once you’ve been involved in a three-person scrum over the last Christmas Turkey in the supermarket, you may only be capable of heading home and lying down!
  5. Make sure your details have been updated. If you’re shopping online, you won’t want to mess around with details while everyone around you is checking out what should have been your It’s worth logging into the sites you love before Black Friday and checking your details are 100% accurate.
  6. Get the app. Download the apps for your favourite online retailers early. This will allow you to browse much faster and they’ll also send you push notifications of the big discounts to look out for.
  7. Check in advance if you can return your purchases. Many outlets, both online and physical, will accept returns for Black Friday purchases, but this not guaranteed. It is worth checking terms and conditions in advance to make sure that any purchases made ‘in the moment’ can be returned.
  8. Set a budget. Decide ahead of time what you plan to spend on the Black Friday sales and stick to it! You could find you’re shopping for the next three Christmases, if you are not careful. Be responsible and have a little something left for the upcoming festive season!

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Source: Superbalist. Images: Pixabay

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