Black Friday 2021 as always would be on the last Friday of the month of November, however, preparations began months in advance.

For shoppers in Ghana who love good deals and discounts, this is your one-stop guide to get you all the deals you want in the shortest time. [Print it out and paste it on your wall for every year]

1. Start early – Customers start looking for deals in October

This is a good strategy. Starting early helps you to find where the best deals are and start preparing ahead of time to get them.

If you are into new game consoles, waiting until Black Friday or Cyber Monday may not be the best decision since it’ll be harder to find discounts for those.

If it is a category—such as PCs or TVs—where there are alternatives to a specific model, you should be able to find something.

2. Make a Budget (Now)  and stick to it

This sounds simple. However, Black Friday sales are designed to get you into a store or shopping online so that the retailer can sell you items you were not intending to buy.

It is really easy to get caught up in the excitement and overspend or buy items you don’t really need.

Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend on your Black Friday shopping spree, and do your best to resist impulse buying, especially if you are not sure how good a deal is.

3. Check Prices Before Black Friday

It is good to know the prices of the products you want to buy ahead of time. This allows you to know whether the discount offered is a good one or not.

This is more reason to start on time and know the products you would love to get at their current prices before moving ahead to buy some.

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4. Know the lifecycles for tech products

Most technology, including smartphones, TVs and tablets, is released on a one-year cycle.

Companies will do their best to tempt you into buying their latest release, but the forgotten device celebrating its first birthday could still be more than adequate and it’s also far more likely to be on sale.

5. Shop Online

There are some places with more in-store promotions, but they will not beat the online shops and their discounts.

Most retailers are now online and have larger online clientele so they offer many of the same promotions online that they do in stores.

The tip is to find the retailers you know online and start following them to check which products they have of your interest beforehand.

6. Set up accounts

It is not unheard of for websites to slow to a crawl on Black Friday and for popular deals to sell out quickly, so you’ll want to get in and out as swiftly as possible.

Open online accounts with your favourite retailers, pre-enter your payment and shipping details and save them to your account. You can complete purchases quickly once deals are live.

It is also worth signing up for your favourite retailers’ newsletters and following them on social media as this may give you early access to deals.

7. Create a wish list

While shopping and checking the products you like, it is good to create a wish list, and this helps you know which of the product have had a reduction in costs.

Having a pre-created list makes it easier to see when prices drop, which can be especially useful on Black Friday when big websites will be flooded with deals on things you don’t want.

Rather than trawling through every product on sale, you can click into your list to see whether anything you have your eye on is on offer.

8. Get social

The Facebook pages, Instagram posts, and Twitter feeds of your favourite retailers are a great way to find out about exclusive deals and promotions.

Retailers will often reward customers who like or follow them with special alerts to Black Friday discounts and incentives.

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