The biggest sale day in the South African calendar is fast-approaching and many retailers and retail experts believe that this years sale is expected to be bigger than ever, with PayPal predicting that South Africans online shopping spend will top R53 billion by the end of 2018, up from R37.1 billion in 2017.
Black Friday will knock on South African shores this Friday 23 November 2018, with dozens of retail stores and online retailers expected to offer great discounts and tempting deals all weekend.
Megazone Media offers five practical tips for staying out of trouble this Black Friday:
1. Prepare a shopping list: Always make sure you jot down your items before the sale start as it will help you to focus on what you need when looking out for discounts. As a shopper we are easily tempted to make impulse decisions.
2. Budget Budget and Budget more: Black Friday is all about budgeting which is essential to avoid overspending. But having a budget and then not sticking to it is pointless, so its important to be disciplined. To avoid disappointment, make sure your budget is realistic.
3. Get social: The Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of your favorite retailers are a great way to find out about deals and promotions. Retailers will often reward customers who like or follow them with special alerts to Black Friday discounts and incentives.
4. Think ahead: Black Friday is a good opportunity to buy non-perishable household items that you know you will always need and that wont go off. The best option is stocking up on cleaning products and toiletries while theyre on discount.
5. Be alert: Whether or not you are shopping on Black Friday, always monitor your SMS notifications and report any suspicious transactions to your bank immediately as fraudsters are also shopping on Black Friday.
Black Friday suggests that customers follow proper planning and self-discipline, bargain hunters can make the most of Black Friday deals without breaking the bank.