KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON SHOPPING GUYS
AHHHMAGAADDDD. It’s Black Friday tomorrow. The busiest shopping day of the year and one of the only times you could possibly furnish your entire house for about £27.50. If you're quick.
But with great money-saving deals, comes great responsibility.
And if, like us, you totes forget it was even a thing, Black Friday – and its equally intimidating partner in crime, Cyber Monday – can be a bit daunting.
SO, here at heat we’ve come up with a last minute guide to tackling the shops and securing the best deals in-store and online over the weekend.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November.
It is considered to be the start of the Christmas shopping season, marked with amazing discounts.
Originating in the US and then crossing over the Atlantic, it used to be just a one-day thing. BUT recently more and more shops and online retailers have started their sales early and carry them on over the weekend.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the Monday following Black Friday – this year it is Monday 28th November. Cyber Monday is the UK's 24-hour online shopping bonanza.
Cyber Monday is exclusively online, so you can literally shop all the best deals while enjoying a nice breakfast in bed. Or on your lunch break at work. Or on your phone out and about.
Isn't the modern world wonderful?
Black Friday do's and don'ts
OK. So you wake up super early on Black Friday, drink a huge coffee and head out ready to take on the rest of the bargain hunters in an epic battle for the last half-price leather jacket or sofa or boombox. Whatever floats your boat.
Well, here's what you should and shouldn't do tomorrow.
DO shop online
Why wait until Cyber Monday to bag an online bargain?
Some of the best deals are online from midnight on Thursday and you don't even have to get out of bed.
DO wear comfy shoes
If you do decide to brave the actual shops, wear trainers. HECK wear Uggs (you have permission this one day of the year), because you're going to be racing from shop to shop and no one wants to end the day with a nice array of blisters.
DO plan your day
Make a list of all the shops you want to go to, what you want to buy and what time each sale starts. You're going to want to be prepared because thousands of people running round a shopping centre or marching down the high street can be very disorientating. Stick to your plan, stay focussed, win (spend) big.
DO set a budget
You really don't want any unexpected surprises when you check your bank balance on Tuesday morning.
DON'T buy things just cos it's Black Friday and it's super cheap.
We've all been there and that multi-coloured-pom-pom-faux-fur coat at 60% off seems like a great idea at the time. But when it's sitting in your wardrobe (unworn) four years later, you'll regret dropping that £150. Trust us.
DON'T wake up too early
Unless you're knocking back espressos every 15 minutes (which we defo DO NOT recommend) you're going to lag by midday if you've already been up for 8 hours stalking the sale rails for THAT dress.
DON'T get into a fight over an electrical appliance, pair of shoes or (sharp) homeware.
We all remember the great ASDA battle of 2014. We do not want a repeat of that stampede. Things get ugly and no one wants to end up in A&E with a TV smashed over their head and stiletto wear the sun don't shine. Play nice people.
DON'T miss out on the best deals
The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals
Now we've outlined the ways you can get ahead this weekend, here's our selection of some of the best deals out there.
New Look has already kicked off their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
This super cute pinafore dress is reduced from £22.99 to £11.
And this faux-fur hooded jacket is just £25.
House Of Fraser
From the 24th to 28th November you can grab a load of fashion forward bargains at Topshop.
This leather coat is £60 down from £85.
These BEAUT boots are just £27.
Shopping for a fella?
Topman also have 50% off selected lines.
HURRY HURRY HURRY and keep checking online for loads and loads more!