The Black Friday weekend is fast approaching and, if you’re not prepared, it can get the best of you. Here, we share the best ways to budget for Black Friday spending and make sure you come out on top.

Make a list (and check it twice)

The excitement of the Black Friday sales can trigger unnecessary spending. It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos and buy items you neither need nor want. Before Black Friday starts, have a really good think about the things you really need (i.e., you would have bought at full price) or want to buy your loved ones for Christmas. Make a list, check it twice, and don’t stray from it when Black Friday starts.

Do your research

It’s a sneaky, though not uncommon, practice for some businesses to mark items as discounted when they’re really not (or not that much). Before the sales begin, take note of the prices of the items you want to buy and make sure they’re actually on sale when you buy them during Black Friday. Before buying from one place, look around – maybe a few items on your list are available from another retailer, meaning you can save on shipping?

Supplement your spending

It’s always smart to save up for your Christmas shopping but, if you’ve left it a little bit late this year, there are other ways to prepare financially. Why not clear out some unwanted homewares, books, games and clothes and host a garage sale? Or, you could take to one of these reselling platforms instead. Perhaps you could start that side hustle you’ve been thinking about or put your head together with your kids to see if they would like to start a business together. The opportunities are endless.

For more tips on how to spend less this Christmas, head here.



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