How To Life Money

How to Black Friday

Whether Black Friday, New Years or other, online sales are booming business and can easily suck the innocent consumer into buying things they never wanted in the first place. But, shop well, and you can end up with a genuine bargain.

I’m quite an organised chap and, I think, I’m quite good at negotiating myself around the average online sale. So, consider this my recommendations and general guide on getting the best out of any online opportunity.

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Book buying bargains

I buy a lot of book – if not for myself, as presents. And I do like a physical book (although I’m not a stranger to Kindle). Equally, I like a bargain.

Here’s how I save money on all of this…

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Support Your Local Game Store

And, by this title, I mean the bricks-and-mortar Game stores in the UK.

I used to get all my games from Amazon. However, order a game for delivery on the day of release and you’re reliant on whatever time the postman turns up – worst still, if you use Amazon Prime, they use a courier. When I pre-ordered Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare (with, let’s not forget bonus features on the first day only) it was delivered, by courier, at 8:30pm. I’d been at home all day (not to do with the game, I should add).

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Sainsbury’s doesn’t want my money

After signing up with BT I was sent £50 worth of Sainsbury’s vouchers. We rarely shop at them and to be honest I wanted to use them as a treat for myself, rather than simply buying toilet rolls and Fruit and Fibre.

Looking on their website, they sell Google Nexus 7 tablets – something I’ve had my eye on for a while. With £50 off it’s an even better bargain than it was already. Sadly, and like many other “bricks and mortar” retailers, you can’t use their gift cards online. But, they do have a “click and collect” service. Brilliant – I can order it online, have it sent to a shop and part buy it with my cards. Erm, no. They expect you to pay on the site.

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Quidco – save money when shopping online!

There are quite a few sites around that offer money off vouchers and coupons for online retailers. Quidco, however, not only does that but, if you visit the retailer via them, you can earn money back as well. Indeed, it’s this last operation that Quidco was originally set up to provide – vouchers and coupons is only a recent addition.

Simply sign up – it’s incredibly easy to do – and then search for an online retailer. Click on the link and you’re taken to the relevant website. Buy your item and you’ll find Quidco “tracks” a certain amount of cashback – this is listed on the site under your profile details, where you can also see payments (which occur regularly direct to your bank account).  The amount of cashback is dependant on retailer and is listed along with the retailers link.