Sunday, 24 November 2013

Save ££'s On Black Friday UK: What is it and how do you save money on your Christmas Shopping!?

The USA have been benefiting from and loving this 'tradition' for years and the UK have slowly but surely jumped on the bandwagon!

On the 29th November... it's Black Friday!!!!!!!!!!

What the heck does that mean?? I hear you ask. I shall tell you my lovelies...

In the United States, the Friday after Thanksgiving is seen as the first day of Christmas shopping,  retailers drop all their prices and give DRAMATIC discounts. The deals supposedly last for one day only (actually a lot start the Monday before, 25th Nov) and so the shops open earlier and earlier to cram in the customers!

If you're a fan of any American sitcoms like 'The Middle' or 'South Park' you've probably seen the stampedes of deal hungry shoppers, battling their way through the crowds to grab the perfect Christmas present at the perfect price. It looks like a nightmare, discounts or not! But here in the UK, we are at a crucial point in time. Some British retailers are shunning Black Friday and simply ignoring the 29th, a lot of the British public have never even heard of it!! This means that most of our Black Friday offers are actually online! No queuing out in the freezing cold, no elbows to the face, just sweet sweet savings! :)

So, which online retailers are taking part?

Amazon have done since 2010

Asda are slashing prices across a large spectrum of products

John Lewis reported record sales this time last year, due to discounts

Debenhams (code MB62 today only) offering 25% off all designers

But the fun doesn't stop there, Cyber Monday (2nd December) also offers money off online purchases although perhaps the cuts aren't as big as Friday.

And if you're wondering why they call it 'Black Friday', simply put, with the huge profits it brings in, it moves any retailers in the 'red' (loss) swiftly back into the 'black' (profits).

Hope that answers your questions and you get lots of bargain goodies! Let me know on Twitter @FrostedPlanet what you get and any more questions just comment below.

Until next time....