Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be American inventions, referring to the Friday and Monday following the American holiday of Thanksgiving, both are regarded as the begin of the Christmas shopping season in the US, but they are becoming increasingly popular here across the big pond.
A lot of retailers have jumped on the bandwagon and are trying to increase Christmas sales by offering huge discounts during the last week of November. It’s the perfect time for Christmas shopping if you’re after a bargain. Before you head off of your shopping spree, however, here are 5 shopping tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They will help you make the most of the deals out there and ensure that you don’t fall victim to scams:
Saving Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Use voucher codes
You can make great savings on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but don’t forget that there are some amazing Black Friday Voucher Codes out there. You simply add them to your shopping cart when checking out and they’ll make your money go even further. Some brands offer up to 30% off on top of the original deal, so you’d be silly to not to check for codes that might give you some extra money off. And even you just receive free shipping, it’s worth it!
Cashback is another great way to reduce your Black Friday or Cyber Monday spending. Simply go through a cashback site of your choice and get money back on everything you buy. It might be worth checking the different deals a day or two before, so you don’t waste too much time on limited deals.
Don’t fall for fraudsters
If a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. It’s super easy to create fake websites that trick shoppers into spending their cash. So before you spend any money on a website, check that it’s legitimate by having a close look at the URL.
Protect your payments
If you are unlucky and fall for fraudsters, you never receive your goods or they’re damaged/faulty, you are entitled to claim your money back. Make sure to protect your payments by using PayPal for eBay purchases or your credit card for any other payment. If you buy something that costs less than £100, your bank can get your money back via “chargeback”. It’s very unlikely that you get your money back if you pay via bank transfer, so be extra cautious, if a money insists on payment via bank transfer.
Just buy what you need
It’s tempting to buy gifts just because an item is practically free, but if you buy something that you don’t need in the first place, you’re wasting money. Concentrate on your gift list and buy only what you want and need. You’re not saving anything otherwise.