To all you savers out there, find out how you can use Black Friday to purchase items which will continue saving you money in the long term. Use Black Friday to make long term savings!
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the name given to the first shopping day after Thanksgiving. It signifies the start of the Christmas shopping period.
The name was started by the Philadelphia Police Department. As so many people went out shopping, it caused chaos both on the roads and on the streets in downtown Philadelphia, with some instances even leading to acts of violence. People still go over the top and a hashtag was adopted - #Walmartfights.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is always in November This will be the main shopping day for deals but there will be deals all over the weekend and on Monday – now called ‘Cyber Monday’.
Black Friday Online
There is no doubt that the best way to get access to the deals is definitely online. No traffic jams, no queues, no wasted trips and definitely no fights – unless someone else wants to get on the PC or tablet at the same time.
Don’t Break your Budget for Black Friday
The thing about Black Friday is it can make even the most focused saver break their budget. Even I can’t help but have a look at what is on offer. I have never bought anything on Black Friday – I would if there was something I genuinely wanted, that I could see was a genuine bargain or that I was going to purchase as a Christmas present anyway.
Spending to Save During Black Friday
However, having said all that, if you can plan your purchases, stick to a list and only buy what you genuinely need (not want) then you may be able to grab some bargains. If you have already budgeted for these items and you can save some money, then you will even have money to spare to put towards something else – not necessarily another Black Friday purchase though.
Get Organised for Black Friday
Here are my tips for getting yourself organised and ready to make the most of the offers:
- Make a list of items that you would like to purchase.
- Go through each item and check which retailers offer each item.
- Make a note of the price for each item at each retailer.
- Sign up to the retailers Black Friday notifications (you will then receive an email in advance of the sales starting, or in some cases you may receive early access).
- If a lot of the items you intend to purchase are available via Amazon, consider signing up for Amazon Prime. This will give you access to items which will have free delivery as well as early access to their deals. You can get a 30 day free trial.
- If you are a student, you can also get a 30 day free trial and get Prime for just £39 per year!
If you are not sure what Amazon Prime is, check out this post where I explained why I'd purchased it.
On the Day
Armed with your list, your laptop, coffee and snacks to sustain you, you can now begin your search for the best bargains. Stick to your list and you won’t be dragged off looking at the amazing bargain pancake maker that you really don’t need but at 50% off is just too good an offer to resist.
What would I buy?
As I love to save money and buy things that can help me to save even more money, I would recommend the following items. These are all items that could help you save even more money in the future. Please note the links are affiliate links. If you did make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. I am only recommending items that I use regularly and which help me save money on a daily basis.
Meal prep equipment:
These are two items of equipment that I couldn't do without and make meal planning and cooking homemade food (which is cheaper) so much easier:
Slowcooker - This is the one I have
And this is the one I would like next (but I need to wait until my original one is at the end of its life!)
These are so useful for many things. The one below is from Amazon and is currently £8.44.
A range of recipe books that help you produce frugal and healthy meals.
Jamie Oliver – 5 ingredients
Tiny Budget Cooking - this is a bargain if you get it on Kindle:
A Girl Called Jack - one of my favourite books and one of the first blogs I followed.
Slow Cooker Cookbook - of course, if you are or have a slow cooker, a slow cooker recipe book is a good investment, especially as this one is only 99p on kindle (at the time of writing):
Essential to keep waste (and therefore wasted money) to a minimum. Also essential if you like to cook once but eat twice or more times.
My favourite brand is Sistema with the clip lids and I try to stock up when they are on offer. They can be a bit pricier than some other brands, but in my experience they are worth the extra cost.
Stand up freezer bags - not an essential but they make the storage of liquid items so much easier:
Food Storage take out:
These are some of my favourite take out items. We love going out and taking a frugal packed lunch with us. The food flask is a particular favourite and we have used for anything from pasta to hotdogs!
Sistema to go - back to the old faithful Sistema. These are the lunchboxes the boys use for school.
Flask - we take a flask everywhere - even on holiday for a coffee on the beach. It has to be stainless steel as then we are not worried about it breaking.
Food Flask - we have two of these. Great for when you want a cheap day out. Have you noticed how food and drink can sometimes cost you more than entry into somewhere??
I hope I've given you some ideas on how you can plan for Black Friday to make sure you get the best offers. I also hope that some of the ideas on how you could use the Black Friday deals to save you money in the long term have helped too.
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