You all know the age-old saying, “the early bird catches the worm”. It’s still very relevant, even more so now with Black Friday just a few weeks away! Being prepared for the biggest sale day of the year is essential, no matter what kind of deals you’re waiting for. So, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to make your shopping experience that much easier!

Plan Ahead

Google is your friend here. Start looking up your local retailers, blogs and news sites for whisperings of Black Friday deals. Once you’ve found some things worth making a note of, be sure to follow them on social media as brands generally tend to advertise updates on these platforms. Checking in on their websites every now and then wouldn’t hurt either. Lastly, make sure the retailer ships to New Zealand!

Make a List and a Budget

Save yourself from unnecessary spending by writing up a list of exactly what it is you’re shopping for, and don’t spend more than you can afford. Depending on the item, having a “plan b” might be helpful, in case you get to the payment page and your purchase item has already sold out.

Shop Around

Your usual go-to retailer might not always have the best deal, so take the time and look around before you make your purchase. Most of the time, retailers suspend their price-matching policies for the duration of the Black Friday weekend, so don’t waste time by trying to get a better deal from the retailers themselves.

Sign up to Newsletters

Retailers almost always give their subscribers a heads up before the rest of the world, for upcoming promotions and sales. Making sure you’re subscribed will keep you in the loop, and you’ll be the first to know once sales go live. You can sign up to the Rubber Monkey newsletter by simply clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom of the page – you’ll find a window where you can add your email address.

Shop Online

Save yourself from the chaos of in-store shopping by sticking to the online deals. You’ll be able to browse multiple stores, avoid parking problems and just avoid people altogether. Perfect!

Read up on Return Policies

Buyers remorse? Yes, it can happen. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to read up on the retailers return policies and if there are any fees, and be sure to hang on to your receipt.