Have you planned your Black Friday shopping spree yet?

Here are some tips to get the most bang for your buck…  plus scroll down to the bottom of the page for an amazing deal on a very useful household gadget which you may not have heard about yet.

Black Friday – that wonderful new day in the shopping calendar when retailers have decided that we all need to spend lots of money and do all our Christmas shopping.

I can’t believe it’s only 7 years ago that I went on my trip to New York and discovered about Black Friday shopping for the very first time. It wasn’t even a thing in the UK back in 2011. Now you would think it has always been there, a grand old tradition, and every year the deals get better and better.

3 days to Black Friday 2018 – check out my special deal below

Of course in the UK Black Friday doesn’t really make sense.

In America, where Black Friday came from, the big celebration of Thanksgiving always takes place on a Thursday in November, and many people book that Friday off work, to make a long weekend. So it makes perfect sense for retailers to dangle as many carrots as possible to entice the hungover holiday revellers into their shops or onto the internet. It’s like Boxing Day on steroids…

But in the UK, the 23rd November is really just another ordinary Friday.  And unless you are a complete diehard bargain monster, you may even be going to work on that day.

So how do you plan your strategy to make sure that you get the best of the Black Friday bargains?  After all most of them are only up on the websites for 24 hours maximum? So, do you stay up till midnight on Thursday and go on a big shopping binge before bed? Do you get up at the crack of dawn and do a couple of hours of sneaky shopping before work? Or (don’t admit to this) do you sneakily shop on your phone while you are at work?

Any way works well, but you need to be organised, as some of the deals are limited so you have to grab them while you can. So here are some tips to make sure that when you do splash the cash on Friday you can get the best deal possible. And at the bottom of the page, I have my own sneaky super deal to tell you about, which you will not find on any of the major deal sites.  Wink wink, nudge nudge I have a special one for you….

  • Make a list of what you want before you start. If you are a parent you probably already know what your children want for Christmas, and maybe you have some idea of what to buy for all the rest of the relatives.  But do make sure, that your significant other, your parents and anyone else who matters,  have a very clear list (with links) of what you would like for Christmas too. Most men would be only too happy to be told exactly what to buy and on what date – and if they can save money on it then so much the better.
  • Save details of the deals you find. Keep all the deals emails in one folder, or pin images of them to your project Pinterest board or Trello board.  If you are feeling nerdy then make a spreadsheet of all the things you plan to buy with a list of the items, the links to the sale pages and details of the money you will save.
  • Make sure your bank account/credit card can handle it  Check your balances, credit limits and similar.  Make sure that you will have easy access to all of the money that you plan to spend. If you have cards that give you bonus points for shopping with certain retailers, then make sure you know clearly which card to spend with which retailer. There is nothing worse than setting your heart on a deal and missing out on it because your card is refused. In the same vein, if you are planning to shop on your phone, make sure you have sufficient data and/or you are in a good Wifi zone
  • Go for it and Splash the cash – when your time comes for your Black Friday shopping dash, then shop, quickly and efficiently. But do pay attention to what you can realistically afford and don’t blow money that you don’t have. Shop responsibly folks!

My top tip for a Black Friday super bargain

So here it is, my own top tip for the best bargain of Black Friday 2018, especially if you are a busy mum, with small children, pets or both.

Black Friday shopping - Robovac deals

You may have seen my post a couple of months ago when I reviewed the Robovac 11 and gave one away to a lucky reader. Many of my friends at that time said they were really envious of me for getting a free robot vacuum, and that they had always wanted one.

I must admit, I really wouldn’t be without mine now that Autumn has kicked in properly. My kids and my pets bring all sorts of mud and muck into the house regularly, and so I set the Robovac running every day while I’m working at my blog, and it always amazes me just how much stuff it picks up  – every single day.

The makers of the Robovac, Eufy have two amazing deals on their Robovac range, which will be available for 24 hours only from midnight to midnight on Friday. I will give you links and a pin below so that you can add them to your Black Friday wishlist in whatever way appeals to you.

I reviewed the basic Robovac 11, which retails for £209.99, and I find that one is perfectly adequate for my needs

However there are two better Robovacs in the range, and both of them will be substantially cheaper than the basic model on Friday.

The mid-priced Robovac 11S is being reduced from £219.99 to £149.99, a saving of £70 or 32%

The top of the range Robovac 30C (which I covet!) will be reduced from £269.99 to £188.99, a saving of £81 or 30% 

So here are the links for you to save, to access these deals on Black Friday. Disclosure, these are affiliate links, but I stand by my opinion that every household should have one of these…

Robovac 11S

Robovac 30C

And here is a sneaky pin  for your strategy board, which will bring you back to this page on Friday…   please share this one with all of your friends

Please be a sweetie and pin this

So Happy Thanksgiving to you all, whether you celebrate or not. And I hope that your Black Friday shopping mission is a productive one!

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