Top tips for budgeting and getting a bang for your hard-earned buck

By Opinion Nov 25, 2020

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It is nearly that point of the 12 months once more when frenzied customers and discount hunters descend upon shops and purchasing websites trying for deeply discounted objects. Black Friday, the final Friday of November, marks the beginning of the vacation purchasing season.

While the Black Friday custom began within the USA, it has grow to be a world phenomenon and a large hit amongst South African spenders. According to BankServ1, Black Friday 2019 noticed a whole of simply over 7 million transactions in South Africa – a rise of just about 35% when in comparison with 2018’s figures. The whole quantity spent by South Africans on Black Friday greater than doubled – from R2.9 billion in 2018, to R6 billion in 2019.

“With the Covid-19 pandemic and extremely tough economic conditions for consumers, it is more important than ever to plan for your Black Friday shopping spree,” says Johann Rossouw, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER at Fiscal, a wealth administration firm.

While Black Friday could be an exhilarating expertise for some, it could possibly have extreme monetary implications for others. Below Rossouw presents high tips on survive the craziness that’s Black Friday.

Plan forward

Make a checklist of the objects you’ve gotten your eye on and perform a little research on what these merchandise would usually price. This will mean you can see whether or not the objects are literally on sale. Rossouw explains, “There have been numerous reports in the past that retailers inflate the prices of their goods in the weeks leading up to Black Friday to make deals look more attractive than what they actually are. Plan ahead and try to look past clever marketing gimmicks.”

Avoid bank cards and debt

When it involves Black Friday purchasing, money is king. In these powerful financial instances, nevertheless, many shoppers won’t have entry to massive sums of money mendacity round and will subsequently flip to bank cards to fund their purchasing sprees.

“A credit card can be a handy transactional tool and help you build up a credit record. However, credit cards can also lead to great financial difficulty if not managed carefully. Some view a credit cards as ‘free money’, but the reality is that interest rates on credit cards are often exorbitant. Be clever with swiping because potentially the interest you pay on the price will wipe out any discount you may have secured.”

Rossouw provides an instance: “Peter Poor decides to treat himself to a brand new 75inch TV on Black Friday for R20 000. Peter has been eyeing this TV for months and knows the normal retail price is around R22 000. A 10% discount on something he has been looking to buy for a while seems like a good deal to him. While he does not have any cash savings available, he chooses to use his credit card and repay the “loan” over a interval of 12 months. Using a compensation interval of 12 months and an curiosity rate of 15%, his month-to-month compensation will probably be round R1 805. Over a 12-month interval, this quantities to R21 662 – virtually utterly wiping out the preliminary saving of R2 000.”

Should you resolve to utilize a bank card to buy a big-ticket merchandise, Rossouw’s recommendation (a) ideally repay the debt earlier than curiosity will get charged – most bank card corporations present a set variety of days curiosity free; and (b) know what the curiosity rate is, and calculate your whole debt earlier than making the buying determination.

Online Shopping

Predictions are that as a result of Covid-19, Black Friday will transfer principally on-line. “The good thing about online shopping,” provides Rossouw “is that it allows you to compare prices at a click of a button. This should hopefully guide you in making rational purchasing decisions.”

When shopping for from a world website, shoppers also needs to keep in mind that import duties apply, as do worldwide bank card transaction charges. Consumers ought to fastidiously contemplate the related prices when buying items from a world vendor and importing to South Africa.

To conclude Rossouw provides, “Black Friday sales are infamous for shoppers getting aggressive as they tug of war over a discounted item. A website tracks how many people have sustained injuries or lost their lives whilst out searching for Black Friday deals! Stay safe and shop smart.”



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