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More tips for bagging the best deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Here, we look at money saving tips for getting the best bargains and deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
By Ben Lobel on Nov 23rd, 2016   @freelotteriesuk

The US import hit the UK and hit it big, with plenty of savings to be made in the run up to Christmas. Money saving experts, My Voucher Codes, have come up with some handy tips to help you make the most of these sales and make sure you don’t find yourself buying something for the sake of it. With Christmas coming up and presents to buy, it’s the ideal time to pick up a bargain, even if we don’t get to enjoy a tasty thanksgiving feast here in the UK the day before.

Be savvy and save money

People say Christmas sales start earlier and earlier each year, months before Christmas hits, tempting many to start their shopping months in advance. For savvy shoppers the biggest savings can be made during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend which means you can get all you gift buying done before December.

Traditionally a US-based sale, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. In the 1960s the term ‘Black Friday’ was coined to mark the kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. 'Black' refers to stores moving from the 'red' to the 'black', back when accounting records were kept by hand: red ink indicated a loss, and black ink, a profit.

Black Friday shopping can offer discounts galore


And now for Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday became popular around 2005. It came to the UK around 2010 when Amazon started offering discounts in the UK and it has grown in popularity since. However, with rock bottom prices there can be a lot of competition for the products, leading to sites crashing and some people left without. That’s why money saving experts www.myvouchercodes.co.uk have put together some handy tips to make the most of this weekend long sale.

Speaking about Black Friday Cyber Monday shopping phenomenon, managing director of My Voucher Codes Chris Reilly says, 'We have seen increases in people searching for discounts in the run up to the Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend with increased traffic as people look for a bargain for Christmas gifts or just for themselves.

'Electronics are popular choices such as TVs, laptops and mobile and tablet devices. However there are savings to be found across the board.'

Black Friday 25th November

Cyber Monday 28th November

Get prepped

  • Set up for deal alerts and sign up to retailers email alerts.
  • Follow favourite stores on social media for real-time savings.
  • Check forums or newspapers, magazines and websites such as MoneySavingExpert.
  • Make note of items you want and the pre-sale price to ensure there are savings to be made.
  • Use Google shopping or comparison sites to check prices MySupermarket and Price Runner.

Online check list

  • Bookmark pages in advance.
  • Sign in or up to online accounts before the weekend starts.
  • Check for voucher codes for extra discounts or free delivery codes on My Voucher Codes.
  • Have all payment details and addresses updated or to hand.
  • Be prepared to join queues to access some websites.
  • Be prepared to wait as some sites may crash due to traffic.
  • Try your mobile or mobile shopping apps if your desktop computer crashes.
  • Use multiple tabs if you’re waiting for sites to load or don’t want to lose your place in line.
  • Check online returns policy, it varies from store to store (Consumer shopping rights).
  • Check delivery options, can you pick up in store for free?

The Monday after Black Friday normally sees retailers adding new discounts onto their sites for online shoppers. Although we have seen many deal go live online on Black Friday many places launch additional deals to coincide with Cyber Monday, so make sure you keep up to date with what your favourite retailers have to offer.

This article was supplied by My Voucher Codes, the leading voucher, coupon and discount deals website in the UK.