Black Friday is traditionally a holiday in North America, where retailers put absolutely ridiculous discounts on products to clear their shelves in time for Christmas stock to be stacked out on their shelves. South Africa has recently adopted the frantic occasion too, and if you’re looking to optimise your spending-power this Black Friday, we’ve got some tips to help you get the best bang for your buck!

Slap a budget together

Before you start imagining illustrious plans of buying a prohibitively expensive UHD television for only about R25,000, set up a maximum budget that you’re working according to. Sales are great and all, but just because something is on sale, it doesn’t suddenly mean you should overspend just because an already-expensive product has a discount attached. By putting together a budget, it’ll help you set up some parameters for your spending so you don’t get too carried away with crazy sales.

Don’t only think about things you want

Also, think about stuff you need. The great thing about Black Friday is pretty much everything you can think of goes on sale, so you should consider necessities as well as fun things to buy. If you need practical (*cough* boring *cough*) things like paint for your house or hardware supplies, chances are you’ll find that with slashed prices too – so don’t just think about whacky enjoyable things; cast a wider net and you could tick a few things off your to-do list at a fraction of the price.

Jot down a wishlist

Building on the first point, you’re going to want to put a list of things you need together first, followed by a list of things you want. This will help keep you focused. It might sound boring, but it’s better to buy four or five things you absolutely know you’ll use, rather than losing your mind when you see those seductive red sale banners and buying twenty things that are going to make you feel satisfied for a day… and then rot in your garage.

Scope out the online retailers

Wading into the frantic brick-and-mortar stores certainly provides a specific thrill, but you’re obviously limited to what’s available in your local market only. Black Friday is a fast-growing retail event that’s catching on like wildfire, chances are many global online retailers will be following suit. Scanning online retailers for things you’d like but that may not be locally available is a viable plan of action.

Let Postbox Courier bring your international purchases to you

Once you’ve spotted that massive bargain and you’re ready to click checkout, you notice that the site you’re on doesn’t ship to SA. Mission failed? Nope. Postbox Courier can help you out with their international shipping solutions by coordinating overseas orders from retailers that may have limited shipping destinations (and signing up is FREE). They’ll even combine several orders for you if you’ve got shipments coming in from different locations. Got orders coming from Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and New York? Postbox Courier will combine them all and get you your goods in one combined shipment.

So don’t let tempting sale items slip through your fingers just because they’re in some remote location several thousand kilometres from you— it’s 2017 and Postbox Courier makes borders irrelevant, just don’t max out those credit cards!

And even better news: with the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, Postbox Courier has decided to offer WomenStuff readers a 15% discount shipping voucher from the US. The voucher will be active from now and will expire on midnight on 4th December, giving enough time for any purchases to arrive at our New York depot.

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To take advantage of this discount, subscribers need to be registered with Postbox Courier (click here if you haven’t yet registered). On request for payment, the voucher can then be inserted.

Please note that this discount voucher is towards the shipping charges only which are calculated at time of despatch from Postbox Courier’s depot, and not for any purchases of items from vendors. It also does not cover any  local customs duties that may be incurred from the importation of the item.

Want more information on costs? Email customersupport@postbox-courier.com with a link to your wishlist and they can calculate how much you will have to pay in import charges.

To find out more about PostBox-Courier and just how easy the service is to use, read our full review here or visit the PostBox Courier website here.