If you’ve recently made a house purchase, it’s the perfect time to start getting everything you’ll need to make your new house a home.
From big-ticket items such as washing machines, sofas and beds to household tech like televisions and smart speakers, the cost of kitting out a new home can easily run into the thousands.
Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to find big discounts on a huge range of products, both instore and online and you could save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds.
Getting Prepared for Black Friday
A bit like Christmas, Black Friday deals do seem to start earlier and earlier each year with many retailers offering several days of deals in the run-up.
If you don’t have the time to sit searching out the best deals every day, it’s worth signing up to the newsletters of places you think you’ll be likely to buy homeware from such as AO.com, Argos, Currys, Debenhams, John Lewis, and Wayfair.
This means you’ll get the best deals delivered straight to your inbox to browse at your leisure. Set a maximum price you are happy to pay for something and try to stick to it.
I’d also recommend signing up for a cashback site before Black Friday. Top Cashback and Quidco are the UK’s biggest and they offer money back when shopping via their site. Cashback rates vary by brand but if you’re planning on spending thousands you could end up getting a big chunk back.
If you’re not already an Amazon Prime customer it’s worth signing up for the Free 30 Day Trial over the Black Friday weekend so you can take advantage of the best deals (often reserved for Prime customers) just remember to cancel before the end of the month if it’s not a service you’ll continue to use.
Am I Really Getting A Good Deal?
There are lots of tricks retailers use to make us think we’re getting a good deal when in reality we may not be. One day sales and lightning deals can make us pressured into making a purchase but there are a few ways to make sure you really are getting the best deal.
If there are specific items you plan on buying, make a list of them and the current retail price. When Black Friday comes around you’ll have a point of reference to see whether a discount is really as good as it seems.
Price History – There are many price history tools, such as the one on www.idealo.co.uk , which will tell you the price history for an item for the last year and make it easy to see if the price was hiked and then ‘slashed’ for Black Friday.
The Best Items to Buy on Black Friday
Tech items are the biggest sellers on Black Friday and usually have some of the biggest discounts which are not seen at any other time of year – this includes everything from televisions, speakers and whole entertainment systems to smart speakers and even games consoles.
Big household appliances also see hefty reductions so look out for washing machines, cookers dishwashers and fridge-freezers being discounted by the big retailers.
As Black Friday is in the middle of winter, it’s also worth looking out for summer items such as garden furniture, lawnmowers and barbeques as retailers slash prices further to try to get rid of leftover stock.
Amazon is well known for offering huge Black Friday discounts. Previous years have seen as much as 40% off Amazon’s own tech range such as the Amazon Fire and Amazon’s Smart speaker Alexa.
On Black Friday itself, Amazon usually has lightning deals which only last for one hour so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website if you’re looking for something specific.
Based on the last few years I’d expect to see household items such as stand mixers, pan sets and knives, smart plugs and even power tools in this type of offer.
The sheer volume of household items Amazon actually offer is incredible– there are sofas, dining table and chair sets, even washing machines as well as hundreds of accessories for the home too so be sure to take a thorough look through.
Last year AO offered a price promise whereby if prices dropped further after your purchase, they would refund the difference. Often companies will try to outdo each other, and prices can fluctuate a lot over the Black Friday weekend so this is a great deal to look out for and is reassurance that you’ll pay the best price. AO already offer very competitive prices on fridges, freezers and washing machines so Black Friday could see some really incredible deals.
Currys was one of the biggest players last year when it came to discounts on Black Friday and it’s likely this year will be the same. With that in mind, they should be the first port of call for finding discounts on household appliances such as cookers, fridges and freezers. They will also almost certainly have huge discounts on 4k Televisions and Laptops too.
John Lewis is famous for price matching, making them a brilliant place to shop on Black Friday because if you find a lower price within 28 days, they will match it as long as the retailer isn’t online only.
John Lewis is also known for offering extended warranties on many of their products – for example they offer a five year warranty on all televisions – this can be as many as four years longer than the manufacturers guarantee, meaning it might be worth paying a little bit extra for peace of mind should an appliance go wrong.
Whether you shop instore or online this Black Friday, most retailers will be offering some amazing discounts, and these should help you save lots of cash while kitting out your new home. Happy shopping!
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