Navigating the madness on Black Friday | General

Black Friday – a day many of us South African’s look forward to because who doesn’t like a good deal. Whether you have been waiting to save on a new dishwasher, looking to start your Christmas shopping, or just looking for a good deal, Black Friday has something for everyone. However, Black Friday can be a hectic and overwhelming experience due to the crowds, long lines, and the pressure to find the best deals. Here are some tips to help you avoid madness on Black Friday:



  1. Plan Ahead:
    • Research deals and create a shopping list in advance.
    • Prioritize the items you want to purchase and focus on those.
  2. Shop Online:
    • Many retailers offer online deals, allowing you to avoid the chaos of in-store shopping.
    • Online shopping also gives you the ability to compare prices easily.
  3. Early Bird or Night Owl:
    • Some stores open very early, while others stay open late. Choose a time that suits you and is less crowded.
  4. Set a Budget:
    • Determine how much you're willing to spend and stick to it. This helps prevent impulsive purchases.
  5. Use Apps and Websites:
    • Utilize shopping apps and websites that aggregate deals and discounts. This can save you time and help you find the best prices.
  6. Stay Informed:
    • Sign up for newsletters from your favorite stores to receive information about their Black Friday deals.
    • Follow social media accounts and websites dedicated to sharing Black Friday discounts.
  7. Team Up:
    • If you're shopping for a specific item, consider teaming up with friends or family. Divide and conquer to save time and share the workload.
  8. Avoid Peak Hours:
    • Try shopping during off-peak hours to reduce the crowds. Mid-morning or early afternoon might be less busy than peak evening hours.
  9. Be Mindful of Your Well-being:
    • Take breaks to rest and stay hydrated.
    • Don't sacrifice your well-being for a deal. If the crowds are too overwhelming, it's okay to step back and reassess.
  10. Know Store Policies:
    • Familiarize yourself with return and exchange policies in case you change your mind about a purchase.
    • Some stores offer price matching, so be aware of those policies too.
  11. Shop Locally:
    • Consider supporting local businesses that may have less crowded sales events.
  12. Online Price Matching:
    • Some stores offer online price matching. Check if your preferred store provides this service to avoid in-store chaos.
  13. Cyber Monday:
    • If the chaos of Black Friday is too much, consider waiting for Cyber Monday when many online retailers offer significant discounts.

Remember, Black Friday is not the only opportunity to find good deals. It's essential to prioritize your safety, well-being, and financial health during the shopping frenzy.