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How to Prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping

To make sure you can take full advantage of all the Black Friday sales that will take place, you must prepare for the day.

Black Friday 2019 will take place on 29 November, and many South African stores are promising big sales.

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To make sure you can take full advantage of all the Black Friday sales that will take place, you must prepare for the day.

With a few simple steps, you can save yourself a lot of time and money – and ensure you get all the items that are on your wish list.

The points below provide a basic overview of how to prepare for Black Friday 2018.

Make a wish list

Make a list of all the items you want to buy on Black Friday. It sounds simple enough, but a physical list will ensure you do not forget anything, or buy things that you did not initially want to


Once you have bought an item, cross it off and move on to the next one.

Order of importance

On your list of items, you want to buy, order them from most important to least important.

This will ensure that you first buy the items you want the most before you run out of time or money – or stores sell out of their stock.


Have a budget

Set out how much you are willing to spend in total for the day, and how much you would like to spend on each item.

For example – my budget for the day is R5,000. The budget for the items I want is R3,000 for a smartphone; R1,000 for a hard drive; and R1,000 for a Bluetooth speaker.

Once you have bought something and crossed it off your list, deduct its price from your total budget.

Have reference pricing

Once you have made a list of the items you want and set your budget, start collecting reference pricing for what you want to buy.

As an example: if you want to buy an ASUS 27-inch WQHD gaming monitor, start checking now how much it costs and if it comes up in any specials before Black Friday.

If you look around in October and early November and see that R12,000 is the best price you can find, write the reference price next to the monitor on your list

Come Black Friday, you will not fall for the “amazing price” of R11,499. Reference pricing will help you make more informed decisions about your purchases.

List of stores

It can also be helpful to make a list of stores you want to check out. This is for two reasons.

In case you have extra funds and time, going to your favorite stores could result in you finding a good deal in a category of items you want.

More importantly, though, it will let you quickly navigate from store to store while checking the prices of items you want to buy. A quick look at various stores for the same item will give you a good overview of Black Friday prices on offer.

Check delivery times


While online stores may offer good deals on Black Friday, keep an eye out for their expected delivery times

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