SHOPPERS eyeing up a bargain this Black Friday can now get a little help planning their purchases.
Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website has a deals predictor which could help you find the best day to buy.
Black Friday takes place on November 26 this year, but many shops start the sale early.
MSE's deals predictor looks at the dates for sales for previous years at top retailers.
It uses that information to then predict this year's sale dates, with accuracy of 81%, guessing the exact day, or being "marginally out".
But the experts do say an unpredictable year and shortages mean shoppers should "take a slightly bigger pinch of salt".
Gap could launch it's sale on Tuesday, November 23 giving shoppers up to 50% off full price items as it's offered this discount for the last two years.
You'll now only be able to shop at Gap online as it's closed all its stores in the UK.
Sainsbury's Black Friday sale is also expected on the same day with up to 25% of its Tu clothing range offered over the past three years.
You can also get Tu clothing from Argos, as it's owned by the same company. But Argos itself may not offer any deals as it didn't in 2019 or 2020, MSE say.
Marks and Spencer is expected to kick off its Black Friday sales on the same day.
The exact deals on offer are not quite so easy to predict though, as last year it offered a wider range than previous years, across beauty, home and fashion, with up to 50%.
Nike usually offers a code to get money off full price and sale items, and MSE say this is likely to come around November 23 as well.
Clothes shops ASOS, H&M and Matalan are expected to launch their Black Friday deals a day before on Thursday, November 25.
And expected on Black Friday itself, is Disney, Urban Outfitters and Apple.
Don't forget that if you're shopping online that you might have to pay extra for delivery on top of what you buy.
Of course, just because something is on offer, or is part of a sale, it doesn't mean it's always a good deal.
And if you didn't plan to buy it anyway, you're not really saving money.
How to get the best Black Friday deals
There are plenty of comparison websites out there that'll check prices for you – so don't be left paying more than you have to.
Google Shopping is a tool that lets users search for and compare prices for products across the web. Simply type in keywords, or a product number, to bring up search results.
Price Spy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, including Argos, Amazon, eBay and the supermarkets. Once you select an individual product you can quickly compare which stores have the best price and which have it in stock.
Idealo is another website that lets you compare prices between retailers. All shoppers need to do is search for the item they need and the website will rank them from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
CamelCamelCamel only works on goods being sold on Amazon. To use it, type in the URL of the product you want to check the price of.
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