Do you plan ahead for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales?

For beauty, I don’t indulge very much as I’ve always purchased most things by that (since I am reviewing them),but in general, I try to think about what I’ve been “needing” or “wanting” ahead of time so I can look for deals in November. This is particularly true with larger purchases (say a TV or vacuum).

— Christine
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Leave a Reply

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

I wish I did plan better! I’m either buying a refill that I need RIGHT NOW, or I’m impulsively buying something that caught my eye and I have to have it RIGHT NOW.

I always plan to make Black Friday / Cyber Monday purchases to re-stock all the skincare and bodycare I’ll probably finish/need by December-January, and the makeup and haircare I will need in the first quarter of the next year. That way I get good prices on products I already know I will buy.
Off course, I also check the prices on clothes and household items I want to buy.
I always keep a running list of things I need to buy short-medium term.

In the past several years, I most definitely have. But I likely won’t this year. Did all the spendy needs in those previous years, ie; black leather jacket, Doc Marten boots, Roku TV, microwave oven, etc. Right now, I’m only concentrating on the Sephora Rouge sale and after that, saving to move back to NJ. If that doesn’t come together, then at least back over to Scottsdale/Southeast Phoenix where I have a strong network of friends, plus excellent public transportation and things to do.

I’ve been trying to plan ahead as much as possible for beauty purchases! I plan to get some Pat McGrath but also trying out more indie brands during Black Friday (I made a list). In terms of non-beauty, I’ve been more casual in just making mental notes about things I actually need ( a few kitchen soft goods) and nice to haves (home decor items).

I look forward to searching for the best Black Friday deals. I plan ahead by previewing sale details as they’re released & taking note of the sale start times.

I’ve had bad luck waiting for Black Friday…everything I wanted was gone. I’m not a huge buyer of makeup but what I love much be popular or I’ve just been unlucky. I just get what I need as I go along. Sometimes there are sales, others not. It is fun looking at the holiday packaging … all sparkly. I need sparkle !

No, other than emotionally steeling myself for the excessive consumption—which I will hopefully not be subjected to now that I have escaped working in retail.

Not really. The concept is still quite new here.
I do try to buy more expensive things, like home appliances on sale, but don’t need anything this year.
I will check out stores for favourite skincare, and maybe for some makeup, we’ll see.

I try to stop buying things that might go on sale during Black Friday around August/October. I keep track on a list of things that I want, and think about my priorities. Then I have sort of a lackadaisical approach where I will buy things that were already on my lists if I see a good discount, otherwise, I can often tell myself “well if I could wait this long… [I might not need to get it at all].”

A while ago, when you or Muse could give us sneak peeks, yes. But, I’m surprised how easy it was to disengage from the purchase process, while still following the content. Genevieve was somewhat of a role model. She was getting only products that truly suited her, were holes in her stash, and enhanced not only her looks, but her preexisting stash choices. Thanks, G.

In Portugal the good beauty stuff is hardly ever on sale, I’d be lucky to get 20% off! In Spain the prices are always better and they also have a lot more promotions year round. e.g right now/same shop, price of the Naked 3: 54,09 euros (Portugal) and 52,50 down to 36,75 in Spain. So I just keep an eye on what’s going on across the border if I want a good deal.
As for big appliances they usually never time going kaput with a good deal going on! haha! I keep an eye on gadgets and electronics though if I need anything. Tbh these are fairly new concepts in Portugal but while the marketing is the same, the prices are far from what you see as the norm in North America or in the UK for Boxing Day, so I wouldn’t lose my sleep over any of it here.

I used to but not so much now. I give myself a little budget ($100 CDN or so) to have some retail fun, but I stick to it. I did time my last couple of cell phone contract renewals to Black Friday as the deals are the best in Canada then.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!