I’m pretty sceptical about a lot of ‘deals’ and over the years I’ve honed my shopping, comparing and bargain-hunting skills to make sure I’m getting the best prices. With Black Friday, it pays to think about what you may want, need or use, or what could make a good gift for Christmas and any upcoming birthdays. Don’t buy just because it’s cheap. And don’t assume a cheaper price than the supposed ‘RRP’ is a good deal. Shop around, be savvy, and invest your pennies wisely.
With that in mind, I’ve rounded up a few decent deals worth checking out. * Post updated 29/11/19 for Black Friday *
Amazon Black Friday Deals
Amazon’s Black Friday deals run all week until Midnight Friday 29th November. There’s something in every category, and I’ve found these to be easier to filter & sort than the usual ‘lightning deals’. Check out what’s on offer on Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Amazon Pets – Up to 50% Off (US)
Did you know Amazon US have a pet store? There’s up to 50% off on first subscribe and save orders and plenty of discounts on regular purchases. I’ve done subscription-based orders on Amazon before and have found you can cancel after the first item is received usually so there’s no pressure if you don’t want to continue.
Amazon Prime – Exclusive Deals & Free Trials
It’s always worth checking whether you may be eligible for a free Prime trial if you’re not currently a Prime member, too.
US – Some of you may qualify for a Free Amazon Prime 30 day trial. Check your eligibility here.
This is the time of year when I always sign up for Prime because I know I’m going to get good use out of it, not just for the deals but for free next day delivery for Christmas present purchases (especially if ordering at the last minute!) and Amazon video to keep me occupied (and save on paying for a Netflix subscription for a month).
Amazon Music Unlimited
I wrote about this in my earlier Mini Me Update as it’s an offer I bought myself and have been very happy with.
At the moment you can get 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just 99p / 99c. It’s usually £9.99 p/month (making it £39.96 for 4 months) or £7.99 p/month with Prime, so it’s a brilliant discount. Valid for new subscribers. You don’t have to be a Prime member for it either.
Just remember to cancel within this time if you don’t want to continue the subscription. It’s a limited time offer but I’m not sure how long for.
You get unlimited access to 50 million+ songs with no ads, and you can either stream or download to listen to it offline. It’s very versatile as I’ve used it on my laptop through the browser, but you can download on the app to use on your phone/tablet to stream whatever tracks you’d like. If you have an Alexa device you can also play it hands-free via that.
eBay Discounts : 40% Off
There are also some ‘flash sales’ throughout this week. On Black Friday itself, 29th November, there’s also 40% off most items in various Brand Outlet stores on eBay. There are heaps of stores, including Deichmann, Crocs, Fiorelli, Get The Label, Adidas, JD Williams, Mountain Warehouse, New Look, Office, Rocket Dog, Superdry, Simply Be, and more.
As far as I’m aware, there are further deals going through the weekend to Cyber Monday. For instance, up to 50% off Coats, jackets and boots at the likes of Jigsaw Clothing and Dune on Saturday, then an extra 20% off everything in the Brand Outlet on Monday. It seems like Friday 29th may offer the best discounts, so check back on this link on Friday to see the Brand Outlet sale.
Buy A Gift (UK)
Buy A Gift – who sell various experiences, from haircuts and spa days to afternoon teas & short breaks, currently have some great Black Friday deals. What’s more, you can get 26% off full price & discounted orders today! Use this link and the code VC26BLACK at the checkout.
Frugal Seeds eBook
A fellow blogging friend, Wendi, has released a new book for the holiday period to help you find activities and ways to enjoy the season while keeping costs low : Frugal Seeds: Christmas Edition: 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget.
It’s the last 25% off at TU in Sainsbury’s now until Christmas. Running from Tuesday 26th to the end of next Monday 2nd December. Online & in store. Includes clothing, lingerie, nightwear, accessories for men, women and kids.
The Works (UK)
The Works are very reasonably priced and they have a huge range of goodies. I often get books from here as you can often find them a lot cheaper than elsewhere. It’s free click & collect to store.
For a limited time only, there’s a possible £5 off £15 discount code (won’t work on items exempt from codes, such as some multibuy offers) – use this link and enter the code TWSAVE5 at the checkout.
If that doesn’t work, or you don’t want to spend £15, try the code FF25 (between 5-25% off depending on the item) or FD10 for possible free home delivery on any spend. On Black Friday itself, try code BLACK25 for 25% off (exclusions apply) a £10+ spend.
They have specific Black Friday Mega Deals running at the moment. They’re also offering 3 for £12 on gifts for Black Friday. The items are usually £7 each, so three would cost £21. The regular deal is 2 for £10.
This is where I buy a lot of books and various other bits and pieces. I recently picked up a few books and a very funky 2020 diary for £2, all for around £10. It’s also where I picked up the Happy Jackson mug I use for my morning cuppa. They have other cool Happy Jackson stuff too, like notebooks, water bottles & lunch boxes.
You probably already know I’m a big Converse lover. I bought two pairs the last time they had a big sale with discount codes, it’s hard to resist when they’re so comfy and always get plenty of use!
Use this link and the code PARTY40 for 40% off a range of styles until the end of 28th November. Add it to the basket when you checkout to ensure it works on the item(s) you’ve selected. If that doesn’t work, try EXTRA20 for 20% off. There’s also a decent range already on offer in their sale with up to 50% off. Delivery is free over £50, and returns are free.
UPDATED: For Cyber Monday, try the code ALL30 for 30% off everything (excluding limited edition & custom orders).
Curry’s are currently running their Black Friday deals, and there are a few gems to be found, depending on what you’re looking for. The advertising for the Fitbit Inspire with a Google Nest Mini for £74.99 seems to be particularly popular online. There’s lots to be found, from laptops and tablets, to games consoles and home appliances. It’s free click & collect to store, too.
I’ve previously reviewed & recommended Medichecks for their home blood tests after I tried their thyroid test kit. To help save a little more money, you can use this link for 10% off, and just enter the code INVISME10 at the checkout. They’ll also be running some special deals for Black Friday.
Updated: Medichecks 25% off Everything for the Black Friday sale from Friday 29th November! Sale ends midnight Monday. Don’t miss out – take control of your health & check out the home blood tests here.
Have you found any decent deals this week? Or is there anything you’re currently bargain hunting for?