Black Friday: are you ready?The one week countdown to Black Friday has begun

20 November 2015

Black Friday is nearly here. To make sure you take advantage of the good deals, and avoid the worst, read our expert advice on how to bag a bargain.

As Black Friday creeps upon us, shrewd bargain hunters across the country will be preparing for the big day. Not only will there be hundreds of offers to sift through and make sense of, there will be hundreds of thousands of shoppers fighting you for them. 

To help you stay ahead of the pack, we’ve asked our shopping experts for their best handy hints and tips to prepare you for the Black Friday deals.

Just want help researching the best products to snap up on Black Friday? Go straight to our Black Friday guide.

Black Friday deals

Everywhere you look on Black Friday you’ll see a ‘deal’. But how will you know if you’ve spotted the best one and do you know how to choose the right way to pay to get an even bigger discount?

To help savvy shoppers like you stay ahead of the crowds, we’ve done all the research for you. From what products to look out for, to how to earn cash back and take advantage of the best Black Friday deals. Our shopping experts will let you in to their Black Friday secrets - go to Black Friday deals.

A top tip to get you started... 

Make a list (and check it twice). Doing a bit of research before Black Friday will save you time and money on the day. Research the products you’re keen to buy online and find out what shops are selling it. So if one website crashes or runs out of stock, you have plenty of other options at your fingertips. 

Black Friday disappointments

Don’t waste your money on impulse purchases or dud deals. Remember, Black Friday is not the only day of the year you’ll see discount prices. The Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year sales will bring a whole host of new sales. For those of you who are really brave, Christmas Eve can be a great time to pick up a promotion, too.

Make sure you can tell if a Black Friday deal is genuine or not. We reveal how to check if a Black Friday deal is real.

A top tip to help avoid disappointment... 

Always look for signs explaining confusing offers – it’s well worth taking a moment amid the chaos to read the small print. What discount is the shop really offering you? Remember, the shops will be relying on people panic-buying in the rush to help boost their profits before the Christmas selling period.

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