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Show off your shopping skills by getting the heads-up on Black Friday bargains before the day by signing up to your favourite brands' email newsletters and Facebook page. You’ll get an alert when their sales are starting, and some brands will even give you a sneak preview into all the best deals, allowing you to get ready to grab that coat, handbag or widescreen TV that you really want. 

Make a list

With so many goodies at such amazing prices, it’s very easy to get carried away on Black Friday, which is why making a list of the things you most need or want to treat yourself to can help keep you focused. Black Friday remains an excellent day to snap up a tech bargain on a new TV or laptop but there is even more on offer than ever before, from clothes to homeware. So if you’re after that faux fur winter coat, the perfect Christmas dress or a rug refresh, do a bit of shopping homework online before the big day so you won’t be dazzled by deals and will come away feeling happy with your haul.

Set a budget

And on that note, set yourself a budget, breaking it down into priorities. If a fridge is top of your list, don’t get sidetracked by a pair of glittery heels - and you’ll still get that kick from a brilliant bargain.

Christmas countdown

Hot on the heels of Black Friday is, of course, Christmas. While Black Friday is the perfect excuse to treat yourself, it is also a chance to impress with your gift for giving the perfect gift. Make a note of any present ideas and look for deals on them. And avoid the manic pre-Christmas supermarket shop, by stocking up on non-perishable and freezable essentials at Sainsbury's - you can always use the Nectar points you earn to redeem against a treat for yourself.

Want even more from Nectar this Black Friday? Check out these handy hacks on how to grab bargains from your fave brands while scoring plenty of Nectar points along the way. [link to BF hacks article]