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How to Prepare for Black Friday 2022

By November 8, 2022No Comments

Black Friday refers to the Friday after Thanksgiving, and traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the US. To mark this, many stores and online retail outlets will offer promotions and discounts to encourage spending. It is taking place on 25th November this year.

While some Black Friday sales will begin earlier than the above mentioned date, it is worth preparing ahead in order to ensure that you are able to secure the best deals for your holiday shopping.

This article will outline some of the most important ways that you can prepare ahead of Black Friday, helping to make this shopping season as stress-free as possible, while helping to you save on gifts for your family or friends.


Set a Budget


While this might seem straightforward, it is always worth considering setting a budget ahead of the holiday season. This can help you to put money away for shopping ahead of Black Friday, budgeting throughout the year so that you are not reliant on the last few paychecks of this year.

It is important to try to stick to your budget when Black Friday rolls around, ensuring that you are efficiently tracking your spending too.


Check the Prices Now


It is worth making notes of the products that you are interested in purchasing ahead of Black Friday. Not only will this help you to avoid impulse buyers, but it will allow help you to assess the current prices. Some retail outlets may advertise their offers or discounts ahead of Black Friday, so investigating prior will enable you to calculate exactly how much you will be spending. Further, making sure that you are aware of the current prices will allow you to figure out whether the sale price is actually worth it, taking in delivery costs into consideration too.



Follow Stores on Social Media


It is certainly worth following your favourite retail stores and online outlets ahead of Black Friday. This could involve following their social media accounts, or even signing up to their email newsletters. This is because it is likely that the stores will inform their following ahead of Black Friday of any exclusive deals and may even provide them with early access.


Plan for Shipping Delays


There are often shipping delays during sale periods, such as Black Friday, because of the massive amounts of online traffic and online orders that are already made. As such, it is worth being aware that there will likely be shipping delays to your orders. If you are intending to buy items that you want to gift immediately, it may be worth shopping in the early sales now instead of waiting until Black Friday.


Spend Using a Credit Card


Credit cards are a safer way to shop as the spending is typically covered by Credit Card Purchase Protection. This means that if anything goes wrong with your online order, your credit card provider is jointly liable with the supplier to reimburse you.

However, it is important to be aware of your credit card limits and to not spend more than what you are able to pay off, otherwise you will be left paying off the remainder as well as interest charged on top of this.