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Top Black Friday Shopping Tips to Avoid a Financial Hangover

Black Friday has become an unstoppable retail phenomenon in the last few years, with approximately £2bn spent in shops and online in just 24 hours last year. TV and radio, adverts, mailshots and newspaper inserts are encouraging us to embark on the practice of shopping until we drop. However, we lose sight of the financial shock that follows the spending spree, when we check our bank account or the credit card bill hits our doormats just before Christmas.

Do not despair. It is possible to show restraint and become a more rational shopper. Whether you are planning to head to the high street today for Black Friday, or fire up your laptop on Cyber Monday, all you have to do is remember these 5 basic rules.

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  • Identify the Real Need

Don’t waste your money buying what you don’t need. For example, if your PC is old or slow and you are thinking of buying a brand new one, why don’t you upgrade your existing PC by replacing its hard drive with an SSD? You can also add more RAM to speed things up – this will give your current machine a lease of life and save you a considerable amount of cash.

  • Be open to ‘Non-Branded’ Items

Branded product becomes famous by second-hand advertising, and non-branded products are often of equal quality as the branded ones. Check out the reviews of such Non-Branded items and you will be surprised how good (or Bad) they are.

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  • Explore Outlet Deals

When it comes to shopping, few can match an outlet shopping centre. Amazing sales, massive discounts, and significant savings all around in one place. The London Designer Outlet, for example, is based right next to 360 GSP premises. Sony, Samsung, Vodafone and other tech companies are based there, providing exciting promotions. So, save your money and go to #LDOBlackFriday.

  • Services May Offer Better Value

Rethink Black Friday. Don’t shop large retailers unless you are buying exactly what you need. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also here to give you other deals which offer better value and are more productive. For instance, if you are ready for a pre-Christmas tone-up session, or if you are just looking to score some discounts on workout classes, you have plenty of options to choose from, such as the 75% joining off promoted by Better Gym across the UK. If you are interested in tech or IT, you may also get a good discounted year’s subscription to Microsoft One Drive or a CCNA: Routing & Switching online training course at 360 GSP.

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  • Invest in your Career

Black Friday can also be an opportunity to enhance your career, diversifying your skill set through some industry-focused training. Check deals and promotions across the web and get enrolled for a professional training combined with academic learning, so you will be able to acquire the hands-on practical experience you need to work in a professional real-world enterprise environment. If you would like to pursue a career in IT, 360 GSP has released few can’t-miss promotions! Make an enquiry today because seats are limited and it’s First Come First Served!

This article sets out the main elements of products and services for information purposes. We do not take any responsibility and we are not liable for any damage caused through use of products or services mentioned in this article. 

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