Black Friday is upon Mzansi and things are expected to get wild in the nation's shopping centres. Briefly.co.za has compiled a guide on how to survive the crowds with your wallet intact.
The silly season is here and with Black Friday just a few short hours away, the excitement is building.
Top South African retailers are gearing up to make bank, with hordes expected to make the most of bargains on offer.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at how you can make the most of the situation:
1. Go in with a game plan
Don't let the flash advertising get the better of you! Make sure you have an idea of what you are determined to get. This will eliminate the risk of walking out with scores of things you bought just for the sake of buying.
2. Have an idea of prices beforehand
Research the average prices of the items you are keen on before the time to avoid getting suckered into buying something that isn't a good deal.
3. Travel light
Expect your local shopping complex to be bursting with customers eager to get their hands on the best deals. If possible, leave handbags behind and stash your cash in your pocket to help navigate the crowds.
4. Be safe
Let people know where you plan to shop or take someone with you. Avoid entering the throngs battling over specials, it's just not worth getting injured for R10 off cornflakes.
5. Resist the urge to overspend
January is 90 days long. Christmas is just around the corner and with the festivities already kicking off, it's easy to overspend thinking you will make it up another time. Think long and hard if you truly need the item before you commit.
6. Explore online vendors
You could opt to skip the drama entirely and do your shopping from the comfort of the couch. From furniture to TVs, the options are endless and you get to take your time deciding.
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