Black Friday is on 29 November. This time of year might be overwhelming because everyone wants that new TV, those AirPods and holiday getaways – and preferably at huge discounts. Here are some tips to get you Black Friday ready.
Draw up a budget and stick to it: a sale is not a sale if you end up spending more than you intended.
Be vigilant: this is the time that scammers are also doing their own ‘shopping’ so look out for online sites that don’t look legitimate. When visiting retailers, carry only the essentials and make sure your cellphones, wallets or purses are in hard-to-reach places because pickpockets will take advantage of overcrowded stores.
Social media savvy: like and follow all the stores/brands that you would like to purchase from so that you are aware of their specials, and can compare them to other offers.
Keep an eye on pre-Black Friday sales: some shops launch their Black Friday sales earlier.
Check your loyalty accounts: some stores often have loyalty programmes that offer sales and promotions to their members first before non-members.
Pay attention to return policies: check all store policies well in advance just in case you need to return damaged or unwanted goods.
Is it really a sale? Make sure you know the original price so that you can determine whether or not it really is reduced – don’t find yourself buying items priced R199 for two while the regular price for one is R99.