Black Friday is approaching and we’re all prepared to go cray. The good news is, it’s only for one day. Wait – there’s Cyber Monday. *groans*

Our wallets will defo take a hit but here’s a guide to ensure that your money will be well spent.

  1. Bookmark the items you want to buy
    You don’t know if they’ll be on sale, but bookmark them anyway. In this way, you don’t have to search through 300 pages to find it when D-Day comes.
  2. Have the XE app up
    If the website doesn’t allow you to see prices in Singapore dollars, then XE will be your best friend. But here’s the thing – don’t open it in a separate tab because it takes time to load and your item might sell out by the time you do the currency conversion. So, do your work – by that we mean the hard work you’re putting into buying the items – on the desktop or tablet, and use the app on your phone.
  3. Add to cart first, think later
    The awesome thing about shopping online is, you can add to cart first, have the total amount calculated automatically for you, and then decide which ones have to go. It reduces the tendency to buy on impulse. But be quick because having the item in your cart is not a guarantee you’ll get it – it can still be snapped up.
  4. Buy first, think later
    Probably the best and worst advice. If you really want something and it’s on discount, just grab it. If you hate it when it comes, sell it off. You’ve got nothing to lose. OK, maybe a couple of dollars.
  5. Have a good Internet connection
  6. Take it from someone who has survived multiple rounds of buying tickets for concerts that are sold out in a matter of minutes. Your Internet connection matters. This means, the Starbucks Wifi ain’t gonna cut it. Get your own connection, preferably at home if you have a fast connection, instead of using a publicly shared one.
  7. Make sure your computer is working well
    If your computer tends to hang every 15 minutes, don’t even think about using it for Black Friday. I rely on my trusty MacBook, but if you have a computer that you trust to do the job, by all means, use it. But if you know your machine works as well as a computer from the 1970s, I’d say, don’t bet your money on getting the best buys.
  8. Do your research
    Find out which websites are offering the best deals. Read the terms and conditions, and make sure you’re familiar with how shipping works. Don’t spend an hour on the website only to realise that you can’t afford the $100 shipping (true story).
  9. Relax those hands and arms
    The last thing you want is to get cramps while shopping online (yes, for real). Make sure you flex and loosen those muscles before partaking in this mentally and physically draining activity.

Good luck and may you get the best deals.

*For the purpose of this article, we’re assuming you’re shopping online because, well, work beckons.

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