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Top 5 Tips to Get the Best Online Deals on Black Friday

Top 5 Tips to Get the Best Online Deals on Black Friday

With Black Friday just around the corner, we are all looking to save big this Christmas. Since Brexit, the UK has seen prices slowly rising – or in the case of the Toblerone, products shrinking – meaning we could be facing one of the most expensive Christmases on record.

Traditionally an American holiday, we inherited Black Friday back in 2013 and through the physical fighting for TV’s and sleepless nights staring at loading screens – the country will be needing deals more than ever.

From previous years of Black Friday chaos, we all know that the high saving products sell out the quickest. The demand for deals is so high that retailers have now taken to starting their sales more than a week early and offering special quick-fire deals each day leading up to Black Friday. In the retail rush of Black Friday here are some quick tips to help you bag the deals you need.

1. Be Prepared

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    Black Friday is not for the last-minute impulse buyers, being prepared will get you exactly what you want and the more preparation you do before the less likely you are to encounter the dreaded site crashes and ‘sold out’ signs.

    Before Black Friday, make lists of products you need, their retailers and your budget is a perfect way to make sure you don’t overspend and stray off to products you may not need. Having the knowledge of the retailers you want to shop with before the day gives you the chance to create any accounts and sign up to e-mail updates or notifications if you choose to use apps to shop.

    2. Be Aware

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      In the lead up to Black Friday, there have been many reports of scams and hidden terms and conditions.

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      The best way to fight these are to make sure you know the website you are buying from is safe. Check that there are no hidden fees and that the returns policy is still the same as it usually is.

      3. Be Quick

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        The early bird certainly catches the worm when it comes to Black Friday. Many retailers start their online deals at midnight and to catch the best deals may mean refreshing the pages a few times until you get through.

        Last year online transactions peaked at 00:04 on Friday, however at 3am sales dropped off, leaving many deals still available and no site crashes to slow your purchases.

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        4. Be Patient

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          Something you are going to need a lot of on Black Friday is patience. If you are joining the early morning rush of shoppers, expect those websites to crash a lot of times.

          Not only do you need patience on Black Friday but also knowing that Cyber Monday is just around the corner and what items you aren’t successful in on Friday could re-appear on Monday

          5. Be Online Savvy

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            Gone are the days of in-store shopping. Online is dominating the retail market and 2016 is the year that Black Friday has worked to push its online presence.

            Once you know what retailers will be offering online discounts, you can start downloading apps, searching for additional discount codes and spend time going through comparison sites. The possibility of online shopping is endless and most importantly you don’t even have to get out of bed.

            Conclusion

            All in all, Black Friday is set to be huge this year. With the UK seeing rising prices after Brexit and the US reeling from their new President, people are going to be shopping hard this year.

            Christmas may be a tough time for many people’s wallets meaning more and more will revert to Black Friday for saving money at the festive period in 2016. Get prepared for the digital mayhem that could ensue and be ready for the perfect deals.

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            Published on September 17, 2018

            How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

            How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

            Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

            With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

            So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

            1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

            It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

            You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

            So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

            2. When you want something big, wait

            Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

            It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

            We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

            A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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            So, you get the itch.

            You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

            Here’s where you have to take a step back.

            Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

            Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

            It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

            The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

            3. Live smaller than you can afford

            You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

            You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

            That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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            Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

            Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

            The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

            But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

            4. Practice smart grocery shopping

            Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

            But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

            Create a grocery budget

            Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

            Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

            I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

            Make a list… and never deviate

            Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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            You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

            These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

            Eat before going grocery shopping

            It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

            If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

            After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

            Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

            However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

            This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

            5. Cancel your gym membership

            Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

            The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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            Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

            I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

            Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

            Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

            For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

            Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

            There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

            It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

            I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

            Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

            The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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