5 smart tips to consider for Black Friday shopping

By Jennifer Ajimande November 26, 2015 18:12

5 smart tips to consider for Black Friday shopping

Black Friday is the rave of the moment, it is all people seem to be talking about right now, small wonder it’s trending on social media platforms but do we really know what it means?

Historically, Black Friday is believed to have stemmed from slavery. It was the day after Thanksgiving when slave traders would sell slaves for a discount to assist plantation owners with more helpers for the upcoming planting season.

Fast forward to today, Black Friday is mainstream in developed countries like the US and UK, it is the day after ThanksgivingThursday.  This is unofficially or officially regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, where people queue up all day for the shopping bell to be rang for the buy of the year.

For many people this is point to spend time with family, but for retailers  it is time for the season’s big sales, as they open very early to offer promotional sales at not just discounted but affordable prices.

Tomorrow is black Friday, so before you go spending all your savings on cheap offers, here are things you should probably consider so as not to bore holes in your pocket.

  1. Know your needs

Do you really need what you’re going out to buy? This is the first thing that must come to mind. Most people get too excited at the simple thought of shopping at a cheap bargain and then forget to shop on a budget.  Don’t buy things just because they are cheap and you can afford it.  You don’t want to end up buying unneeded items; check your home carefully to know your urgent needs and not just what you want.

  1. Know the prices

We are living in a digital era where you can sit in the comfort of your home and view the world. You don’t necessary have to go to the mall to know the worth of the items you need.  Knowing the prices ahead of time will help plan you’re shopping on a budget. Go online and see prices for yourself ahead of time.

  1. Create a budget list for gifts and stick with it

We must admit buying things off sales at a pretty discount can be luring. One is tempted to buy everything off the shelves, after all it’s cheap! However set a limit on the total amount you wish to spend. This is why knowing the prices ahead of time is paramount.  If you can’t surf the net then set as max amount you are going to spend at the mall. If you don’t want to run holes in your pocket, you had better make a list on a scale of preference of course.

  1. Consider your space

Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean you must own it. Space is by far one of the most important things to consider as far as shopping is concerned. Don’t cluster your home with unwanted rubbish just because you can afford it.

  1. Durability

Amid the fun, cheap bargains and stress, shopping malls this period are filled with nearly expired products that were not purchased throughout the year. That’s why store owners put them up for grabs at giveaway prices. This is however not to say all products during the holidays are a culprit.