Black Friday 2017 is on Friday 24 November 2017 – and it could be the biggest shopping day of the year. Shops along the high street and online are set to cut prices and you could get some real bargains.

Originally an American shopping day, Black Friday has grown in popularity in the UK over recent years. It marks the start of the Christmas shopping season, with some deals only available on the day.

If you don’t know what Black Friday is or you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry. We’ve put together some handy hints for saving money and staying safe on Black Friday 2017. But remember, if you don’t need it it’s not a bargain!

What is Black Friday 2017?

Taking place the Friday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday has traditionally been the day in the US to start Christmas shopping. Because of this, a lot of stores offer big savings on this day.

And since 2014, UK stores have started getting on board with Black Friday and its online version, Cyber Monday. In fact, sales now often span the weekend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, both online and in-store.

Whether you’re looking for cheap fashion or bargain technology, Black Friday 2017 could be the day to get them.

How you can save money

If you’re on a tight budget, make sure you don’t use Black Friday 2017 to buy things you don’t need. Instead, start your Christmas shopping by getting what you were already planning to buy for less.

Here are some tips to make sure you get the most for your money this Black Friday.

  • Stay indoors: Most Black Friday deals now appear online and in-store. There’s no need to head into the busy shops if you don’t have to. And if you go into the physical shops, you might be more tempted to make impulse buys.
  • Do your research: Make sure you know who is going to have a Black Friday 2017 sale. Stores will announce this in advance – Argos and Amazon have already said they’re taking part. You can bookmark the pages of your chosen stores so you can get on them quickly.
  • Get up early: The best bargains will sell out quickly, often within minutes. Make sure to set an alarm if you don’t want to miss out. You should also look when your chosen sale starts so you know to be ready when the time comes.

What to look out for

The deals on Black Friday 2017 might look good but it’s important to have your wits about you. If you don’t, you could end up out of pocket.

  • Check original prices: Before Black Friday, look up the prices of what you’re looking to buy on the day. Some stores will often increase the price of some items just before Black Friday so deals look better.
  • Beware shipping costs: Just because something seems like a bargain, take time to stop and think. It’s possible that some shops will put up the cost of their shipping on Black Friday. And if this happens, you could end up not saving as much as you might think.
  • Look for the padlock: When you’re buying anything online, check that the payment page is secure. The URL in the address bar should start with ‘https://’ and you should see a padlock symbol to the left. This lets you know the page is safe and you can type in your banking information securely. This is a good tip when you’re shopping online generally, not just on Black Friday.