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Your ultimate uni student guide to Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Your ultimate uni student guide to Black Friday & Cyber Monday


Attention sale lovers, mark the dates: November 24 and 27 in your diaries. Black Friday & Cyber Monday are coming up, follow Emma’s guide for the best deals for your studying needs.

Written by Emma Schumer-Caldwell

With 6 Fridays until Christmas, end of session exam stress, plus the social calendar well and truly full of silly season festivities, the urge for retail therapy is increasing by the second.

Which is perfect timing for the annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on the November 24 and 27 this year. 

Black Friday.

We all know it’s actually a necessity to have a new outfit for every occasion.

If you’re looking for a one stop shop to get some Chrissy shopping done and sneak a few treats in for yourself for being the good Samaritan that you are, head over to The Iconic.

Stocking your favourite brands from Cotton On to Calvin Klein and the tools and accessories to complete the look like Nike‘s Gamma Force sneakers and beauty products such as MAC and Clinique reducing more than 30%. 

If you’re finally deciding to start that online business this summer, build that blog or if you and your Netflix Pal are due for an upgraded cinematic experience, checkout Amazon for up to 22% off Apple MacBook’s, or Harvey Norman for up to $700 off tech from Lenovo. 

Black Friday laptop deals.

Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re with your mates, you’ve got Dom’s satay chicken pizza, steaming garlic bread that you’ve cooked in the Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer Oven you got 46% off from Amazon and some cold beverages to keep you fuelled as you battle out who is THE GOAT of the group, with classics like Mario Party Superstars, Gang Beasts, and some bowling on Nintendo sports.

All available at JB Hi-Fi who never fail to provide insane deals.

What is Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Traditionally, Black Friday signifies the start of the Christmas spending period, falling the week after the American holiday, Thanksgiving (Friday November 24).

However, over the years retailers around the globe have jumped on board the sales extravaganza, and almost exceeding the Boxing Day sales that retailers have marked in their calendar as the biggest shopping day of the year. 

This year Cyber Monday falls on Monday November 27. Cyber Monday bookends the weekend of enormous sales following Black Friday.

Cyber Monday began in in 2005 as an online version of Black Friday, but as online shopping has become the norm, the sales have covered both platforms over the entire weekend.

Basically retailers and shoppers agreed 1 day of sales just wasn’t enough and decided to stretch that into a four day MONEY SAVING MARATHON from Friday to Monday in stores and online.

Keep an eye on sales on Monday at STAX (up to 80% off popular items), The Iconic and Ozsale advertising Birkenstocks from just $99!

Oh the things you could do with all those extra savings.

With so many options to spend money in store and online, the competitiveness between businesses makes for hefty price reductions and extremely happy shoppers.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Why the funky names?

There’s a few stories behind the origin of the name of Black Friday.

Some say its name represents how retailers revenue moves out of the red and back into the black or profit zone.

Get ahead

So you’re not caught up in the bright shiny lights of the fast-paced mayhem over this weekend, get ahead of the curve by compiling a list of what you need and want or at least an idea of the genre of gift you’re after (clothes, beauty, tech, sentimental pieces, homeware) so you can narrow down the time and energy you spend window shopping.

Next have a look at the stores you’re most interested in and get on any mailing lists they offer, keep your eyes peeled for discount codes and see if you need to sign up to a membership to be eligible for the deals advertised.

Then in the meantime, get into spring cleaning mode by chucking on a podcast or some upbeat tunes and clear out your wardrobe and old products that you know you’re not going to use again or that deserve an upgrade.

This will make space for your new goodies and tell you what you might need to top off that capsule wardrobe.

Black Friday wish list.

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