November 27 has been circled in many diaries for months and months.

Black Friday can't come soon enough for bargain-lovers as the search for super-cheap deals is about to begin.

The annual flash sale is a must for millions across the world ahead of Christmas – so all tips come in handy.

It's often a case of fastest finger first, and in a year where online sales are the main way for many to take part, you need to know where to look.

Staying ahead of the chaos could land you some mega bargains.

So here's some ways you can stay ahead of the game on one of the most frantic shopping days of the year.

Online will be where the bargains are this year but how can you be prepared?

It's all about the research

Know what you are buying to save some important time.

It's not much use grabbing a bargain when the pressure is on if the product is not actually what you want. So, do your homework.

Also, research your product's price history – it may not be the deal you actually think it is!

Write that wishlist!

Black Friday pros know it's all about organisation.

Some websites even let you set up a list for all the things you want to buy.

Avoid trawling – precision lands you the bargains so make sure you are on the ball and ready to buy!

Black Friday bargains are there to be found - but it needs planning

Focus on the price

It's not just about the saving – remember that.

The experts at Which say: "Don't assume a deal is worth it just because it claims to offer a big saving.

"Offers such as ‘was £100, now £50’ often exaggerate the discount you're actually getting.

"We found 13 per cent of sale shoppers in 2017 didn't research the prices of their products at other retailers before buying."

Check the returns policy

Just because it's Black Friday, don't take risks you don't need to.

Often, buying online gives you more rights – but you need to know if and how you can return something you don't want.

One bad buy can wreck a good day of bargain hunting.

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Don't buy what you can't afford - and make sure you stick to a spending limit

Stick to your budget

This tip couldn't be clearer, but it is hard when tempting offers are put in front of you.

Have a figure in mind and don't budge from it.

Do your best to resist impulse buying, especially if you’re not totally sure how good a deal is.

Make social media work for you

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter comes in really handy on days like this.

Retailers know it's a great way to promote exclusive deals and promotions.

They will often reward customers who like or follow them with special alerts.