Ben HaywardNovember 5th

What started off as a tradition with our buddies over in America has now become a fixture in the calendars of British bargain hunters.

Whether you're hammering the high street or shopping online with your feet up and a nice brew, there are some mega savings to be had. Laptops, games consoles and clothes can all be picked up for a fraction of their normal price, which is ideal for a spot of early (and cheap) Christmas shopping.

It's best to be as prepared as possible when Black Friday does roll around, so we've put toegtether a handy guide of everything you need to know.

From the start date, to how to find the best deals,to how to be safe when shopping online, and with a few predictions thrown in for good measure, on your marks, get set...

What is Black Friday?

Originating in the US, Black Friday sees retailers cut prices on a huge range of items the day after Thanksgiving. But recently, the UK has well and truly been bitten by the Black Friday bug, with Black Friday fast becoming a key date in the retail calendar.

In 2014, Black Friday was the peak pre-Christmas online sales day. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, increasing numbers of retailers launched sales in the days leading up to Black Friday - extending the peak period further still. 

As a result you can expect major UK retailers from Amazon, to Argos to Tesco to slash prices on loads of products

When is Black Friday 2019?

This year Black Friday falls on November 29th. Expect to see both shops and online retailers competing to bring shoppers the very best deals on everything from big-budget electrical items and beauty gift sets, to kitchen equipment, clothes and even toys.

It’s best to set those alarms nice and early if you’re planning to hit the high streets this Black Friday, as some UK stores opened as early as 6am last year, and believe you me, people were there waiting!

What deals can we expect?

It's still too early to know what the specific deals for Black Friday 2019 will be, but we can always look at what the trends were last year to give ourselves a bit of an insight...

In 2018 Amazon, Currys PC World and John Lewis all cut prices on electricals, while Boots, Mankind and other beauty retailers also offered some hefty discounts.

TOTUM members can sign up for an awesome six month Amazon Prime subscription for absolutely FREE, so it's definitely worth doing before Black Friday in order to really take advantage of those deals and get free next-day delivery too!

On top of that, Amazon gives Prime members exclusive discounts and early access to 'lightening deals' (you know, the ones that sell out in seconds) a full 30 minutes before the rest of the internet.

If last year is anything to go by, the most popular sellers will be consumer electronics. In 2018 best-sellers included the Sony Playstation 4, the Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling headphones, the Huawei P20 and the Dell Inspirion 13 laptop.

Electrical home devices were also popular - with the Google Home smart speaker, Amazon Fire TV stick and Amazon Echo Dot smart device all selling in big numbers.

It's still too early to tell exactly which deals to expect this year, but we can predict there'll be discounts on some of 2019's most popular products. Things like wireless headphones (think Apple Airpods), tablets, and of course smartphones - so keep an eye out for deals on the Google Pixel 3A and OnePlus 7 Pro this year.

TOTUM's Best Black Friday student deals

If you're on the lookout for a bargain tech or home product this year, we've got you covered.

Some of the best deals that were available last year so you can get an idea of what might be on offer in 2019.

We'll keep this page updated with deals as we uncover them in the run-up to Black Friday 2019.

Currys PC World - things have now kicked off at Currys PC World. There offer is - buy now, and if it ends up being cheaper on Black Friday then they will refund the difference.

Boots - have already kicked off their black Friday offerings with a bunch of great deals on everything from perfumes and makeup to gifts and gadgets.

Google are going live with a bunch of their Black Friday deals on Friday November 22nd. Ones to watch for here are £70 savings on Pixel 4 and 4XL smartphones, £80 off Nest Hello doorbells and a whopping £300 off Pixel Slate tablets - as well as a Pixel Slate keyboard thrown in for free!

TOTUM Lite is here to bring you the tastiest selection of some of the very best deals and student discounts for you to enjoy and best of all, it’s 100% FREE for students.

To get exclusive access to a range of our specially selected free student discounts, join TOTUM Lite today and start saving right now - that’s right, it won’t cost you a penny!

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