Just as the Halloween party winds down, November brings with it a sense of excitement and fun as it marks the beginning of the holiday season. This excitement is further amplified with Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) sales that take over to offer some of the most lucrative deals of the year. This year Black Friday falls on 23rd November followed by Cyber Monday on 26th November (post the Thanksgiving weekend). So, be prepared for a fun filled shopping adventure packed with some sweet deals!

However, with so many amazing deals to choose from, it can all get a tad bit overwhelming to find the best ones. Which is why we’ve got you covered with some handy tips to equip yourself to make the most of this BFCM season.

1. Decide if you want to shop online or offline

While shopping in-store has its benefits, it is a time-consuming shopping method. On the other hand, shopping online is quick, convenient, and peppered with attractive deals. Sometimes, the prices available online are way cheaper than what can be found in-store. While you may choose to do both, online shopping has a strong foothold during the BFCM season. Deciding where you want to shop determines what to look for and how to search for the best deals.

2. Pre-register online

If you plan to opt for online shopping, it’s wise to pre-register on your favourite websites. Pre-registering will help you to get a foot in the door to some of the greatest sales of the year. For instance, you can pre-register on get.tech/blackfriday to acquire a cutting-edge .TECH new domain extension at upto 95% off this Black Friday Cyber Monday. And what’s more is, you stand to get an additional 10% discount too!

3. Start shopping before BFCM begins

Savvy shoppers know that the best deals don’t necessarily appear during BFCM. In fact, many find the most lucrative deals before BFCM begins and this is because retailers and brands start rolling out deals before. Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t just one-day events anymore. You can be sure to find some amazing deals on Thursday and over the weekend leading up to Monday.

4. Have a game plan

Whether you shop online or offline, you must have a game plan to find the best deals. Check the ads for the products you wish to purchase to get an understanding of which retailer or website has the best deal to offer. Make a note of the store opening hours or when the deal goes live online to ensure you get the best deal since door busters last for a specific time period only.

5. Control Impulse Purchases

With so many amazing deals being handed out, it’s hard not to make impulse purchases. However, most low-cost products are usually unbranded and aren’t particularly long-lasting products. Simply put, be sure of what you wish to purchase and avoid being distracted by all the other noise.

6. Do your research

Constantly keep a lookout for the best deals. Look up the internet to find enticing deals and sign up for newsletters or mail subscriptions to be intimated for the most promising deals and when they go live. Some websites even offer an additional discount on signing up with them.

7. Stay wary of ‘final sale’ items

Familiarise yourself with the sale terms and conditions for final sale products as many a time they can’t be returned or have a return cost attached to them. This is especially applicable for big-ticket purchases in the likes of heavy duty electronics. So, be careful and read all terms and conditions carefully before you make a purchase and also search for other websites selling similar products.

8. Download the app

Many retailers and brands have gone for the app route. To get people to download their app, they offer additional discounts and benefits to users. It is also likely that you may find better deals here as compared to their website or physical store. So, don’t shy away from downloading the mobile app to get some spicy deals!

9. Tune into social media

Instagram has emerged as a serious online shopping social media platform. So, it makes sense to follow your favourite brands as they will surely share all the details of their sale there. You can also log on to Facebook and Twitter to know about the best deals as most retailers and brands will be promoting their sale there to reach a higher target audience. It is also likely that you may get additional discounts or benefits if you purchase from their social media link or Instagram store.

10. Stay organised and alert

BFCM is known for its amazing discounts, however, you may receive quite a few other benefits or discount coupons for additional purchases. To begin with, sign up with a common email id so you can collect all discount coupons and rebates on a single mailbox. Next, to redeem these, you need to be organised in your email and collect the coupons and invoices you wish to use. Lastly, it is wise to read the terms and conditions and validity of the coupons. This way, you can truly make the most of the BFCM sale.

There you have it! 10 effective tips to conquer BFCM this year and make the most of the sale season!

Just to get you started, get upto 95% off on 1, 5 and 10 year .TECH domains this Black Friday!

Pre-register at get.tech/blackfriday for an additional 10% off!

Paul Seal

Umbraco MVP and .NET Web Developer from Derby (UK) who specialises in building Content Management System (CMS) websites using MVC with Umbraco as a framework. Paul is passionate about web development and programming as a whole. Apart from when he's with his wife and son, if he's not writing code, he's thinking about it or listening to a podcast about it.

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