Many of us enjoy a bit of retail therapy and the joy of purchasing something can make us feel good. The extra joy of purchasing that new coat or gadget potentially discounted by 50% is even better and incredibly tempting. So if you are heading out for Black Friday make sure you enjoy your bargain hunting and come away happy, not loaded with things you do not need, feeling deflated, battered and bruised.

It’s important to look after yourself and practice some self-care on Black Friday.

Make sure you dress for the occasion, there is nothing worse than being too hot in a crowd of shoppers or wearing uncomfortable shoes as you walk around vast shopping malls.

Plan for the day. What do you want? What do you need? Make a list so you are less tempted to impulse buy. Have a budget. Do your research. Find out when the best time to shop is. Check out         the prices of items – some retailers will bump up the prices of products before Black Friday then reduce them. So check that you are really getting a bargain.

Remember to compare prices across different retailers to check you are getting the best deal. Sites like Money Saving Expert are a good source of info.

Make sure you eat and drink before you tackle the crowds.

If you’d rather not enter into the bustle of Black Friday crowds, remember you can always shop online for similar deals.

If you want to spread a little hope while you shop online this year, then AmazonSmile might be what you’re looking for!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

To date, Amazon has donated a total of:

  • £555.28 to PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
  • £1,967,073.61 to UK charities

An amazing 721 of our supporters have raised over £500 to give young people hope – all through AmazonSmile. Each £5 raised for PAPYRUS can help pay for one call, text, or email to HOPELINE247 – so £555 can potentially help support 111 young people to find hope. If you choose to shop through AmazonSmile, you really can give the gift of hope to a young person this Black Friday. What an amazing way to #GiveBackFriday! If you’d like to give the gift of hope this black Friday, you can support PAPYRUS through AmazonSmile here.

Above all enjoy the day and stay safe.

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