Nov 19, 2018It’s finally here, Black Friday 2018 and many cash-strapped South Africans are hoping to use Black Friday as an opportunity to do their Christmas shopping. But with so many Black Friday Specials lined up for 2018, how do you prepare?We offer some tips to everyone hoping to score some Black Friday Specials 2018.Some tips on preparing for Black Friday shoppingGet comfortableIf you want to beat other eager shoppers in the race for in-store Black Friday deals, better be comfortable. So, on the day, wear your most comfortable shoes and clothing – remembering that you may have to stand on your feet, in a long queue for hours.Shop on the WednesdaySome shops like Makro are offering 5-day Black Friday shopping starting on Wednesday. While many people will try to do their shopping on Friday, because it’s Black ‘Friday’, you can beat the madness by actually doing your shopping on Wednesday.Bring a friendIt goes without saying, teamwork is best. So, bring alone a friend to assist you in your Black Friday shopping – they can help in spotting deals as well as provide company as you stand in the long queues.Shop onlineThis is an obvious one. If you cannot take time off work to go and join the long Black Friday queues in the shops, probably look for deals online. There are many online shops offering Black Friday deals in South Africa and abroad. However, note there are some deals that will be available in-store only just as some deals will only be available online only.Rise up earlyMany shops and retailers are promising to open their doors early for Black Friday shoppers. The early bird oftern gets the worm, so remember to rise up early to avoid the disappointment of hearing your shop has run out of stock.Leave your kids at home if possibleIt’s good to bring your kids so that they can experience the Black Friday frenzy. However, they might end up becoming your source of frustration when they get tired of standing in line and wanting to go home.Plan it like a military operationThis again is important. Choose a location for your Black Friday shopping – remembering that it might be your only location on the day and learn its map. Knowing the shop’s layout can help you go straight to the aisle with the Black Friday deals that you are after and helps you save time.Plan your purchases and use cashBecause it’s Black Friday, it does not mean money management goes out the window. Know what you want and prioritise those purchases. For example, you may want to go for household appliances or groceries – everything else that is not part of your priority list should not take away your attention. Use cash to ensure your don’t abuse your card.REMEMBER – Not everything is a bargainThis is similar with the point above. It might be Black Friday, but not everything will actually be a bargain. Compare price tags and see if the original price and the Black Friday deal actually warrant a purchase. Often times, items are 30% off on Black Friday and get to 40% off towards Christmas.Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook.