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How to shop the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and come away with a great bargain

19th November, 2018

Black Fridays sales are a traditional American retail event that has made its way to Australia, along with its online counterpart Cyber Monday. Whilst not all shops will do in store sales in Australia, you will be able to nab plenty of bargains online both here and overseas. There will be flash sales that run for a small amount of time whilst other retailers may offer big discounts over a day or a few days to its customers. This is the ideal time to nab Christmas presents, a new outfit for New Year’s Eve or just something that you’ve had your eye on for ages. However to grab yourself a true bargain, it pays to be savvy and employ a strategy so you don’t come away with an impulse purchase that you’ll never use.

Here are a few of my tips for scoring yourself some great buys this coming Friday and Monday…

Visit your fave retailers in the lead up to both days

There are some stores that will offer discounts well before Black Friday and Cyber Monday so it pays to check them out to see what’s on offer. You may be able to grab something early and beat the rush but still pay a significantly discounted price. To make this easier bookmark all of your regular shopping haunts so you can efficiently visit them in the lead up to the big sale days.

Sign up to your favourite retailers’ newsletters and social media feeds

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up for the newsletter of your favourite stores. This is often where you’ll find out about what’s on offer, with some giving loyal customers a sneak peek before everything kicks off.

Also follow your go-to brands on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Most stores will often use these channels advertise their sales and you don’t want to miss out on a potential bargain.

Map out your target buys

Have a checklist of what you want to buy well ahead of time. This will help you hone in on what it is that you really need and want as opposed to buying something that you’ve just spotted but may not necessarily find much use for. Also you can check ahead of time which stockists offer what it is you’re after so you know exactly where to go when sale time starts.

Shop around

If there’s a particular item that you have in mind then check out a few different stores to see how much they are selling it for. This will allow you to find it at the best price. Often one retailer may offer it at the lowest price but on Black Friday and Cyber Monday other retailers may be offering huge discounts which will allow you to snap it up at a fraction of the cost.

Try on what you can in person

If you’ve got your heart set on a few things make the effort to try them on in person so you know exactly the size you’re looking for. This is especially important for buying online where you may have to act quickly and you don’t want to miss out because you’re still umming and aaahing about what size you should get.

Be selective

As with all sales my golden rule is not to get swept up in the excitement of it all and try to stick to my shopping list. Whilst something might be cheap, it’s really not if I find I’ll hardly use it and it just ends up gathering dust in my closet. It’s a great time to snap up some good buys and take advantage of all the deals on offer. May the shopping gods be ever in your favour!

Tell me—what’s the best bargain you’ve ever got from sale shopping?

Fashion, Shop

Black Friday sales round up

24th November, 2017


What better way to celebrate the fact it’s Friday than take advantage of the Black Friday sales. That’s right, if you’ve had your eye on something for awhile now might be the perfect time to snap it up for a fraction of the price. I’ve rounded up a few of the best sales online so all you need to do is get ready to add to cart.

ASOS: up to 60% off shoes and accessories

Sephora: 15% off everything

Vestiaire Collective: 10% off sitewide

Italist: 50% off all designers

The Outnet: extra 50% off a range of designers

Farfetch: up to 50% off, plus an extra 10% off with sale code

Luisaviaroma: 30% off full price items on orders over €300

Shopbop: up to 75% off sale items and up to 30% off full price items

The Iconic: 30% off selected styles

Boohoo: 50% off everything

Missguided: 50% off everything (excluding sale)

Pretty Little Thing: up to 50% off everything

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off selected sale items; up to 40% off designer clearance

Monnier Frères: 25% off sitewide

General Pants: 25% off sitewide

Bonds: Buy 2 items get 1 free

Cotton On Body: 30% off full price items

Priceline: 50% off all cosmetics (time to stock up!)

Cotton On: 30% off everything sitewide

Mecca: exclusive offers, beauty bundles and never-seen-before products

Samantha Wills: 30% off sitewide excluding jewellery chests

The Body Shop: up to 50% off selected items

Typo: Take 30% off full price items

Myer: Super sale sitewide, various offers

Surfstitch: 30% off almost everything

The Undone Store: 20% off black items

Parlour X:  a further 10% off existing SALE bags for Cyber Monday (27th November)

Fashion

Shop the Black Friday sales!

27th November, 2015

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Credit cards at the ready! The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the Northern Hemisphere are always a shopaholic’s dream come true. And while you might not be able to physically get in store you can still take advantage of any offers from the comfort of your own home. There are so many great bargains, discounts and offers to be had so it pays to shop around and take advantage of any great sales. If you’ve been contemplating a big designer splurge or are simply in need of a few new basics in your wardrobe, now might be the time to make a purchase. Here are some of the great offers that are currently floating around online.

Shopbop

You can spend $250+ and save 15%, spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1000+ and save 25% at Shopbop with the code GOBIG15

The Iconic

Get 20% off when using the Iconic app with the code I0S20

Sephora

Get 10% off sitewide

ASOS

Get 20% off everything using the code CYBER

Neiman Marcus

Get $50 off with any regular priced purchase worth $200 and more using the code THANKFUL

Nordstrom

Get an extra 25% off selected sale items

Bluefly

Up to 80% off designers Ferragamo, Valentino, Rebecca Minkoff and more

Bloomingdales

Get 15% off when you spend $150-$299.99; 20% off when you spend $300 – $399.99; 25% off when you spend $400 or more. Just use the code TURKEY at checkout.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Get up to 60% off select items

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