After the hustle-and-bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday and running around stores on Black Friday, you can sit back, relax and shop from home tomorrow, Cyber Monday. But are you really ready to check off the rest of your gift list and get the best deals? We have Cyber Monday shopping tips to get you revved up to shop your heart out tomorrow.
Get comfortable: You can’t shop smart if you’re uncomfortable. Pick your cozy spot, gather supplies like water and pen & paper, and select a comfy outfit. Cyber Monday is a great day for a leisure bra since you’ll be lounging and shopping Cyber Monday deals all day.
Make a List: Wandering aimlessly onto the internet without a list can be a disaster for your budget. Instead, make a list – hand-written, a formal spreadsheet or anything in-between – and stick to it. This will help make sure everyone on your gift list is covered for the holidays.
Know a good buy: On your list, jot down the regular price or a reasonable price range for the items you want to buy. This way you’ll know if you’re getting a good sale price on Cyber Monday.
Price Shop: Also, don’t rely on one store’s price. Look around at several stores for the same or similar items to find the very best price for the items you want. Keep track of where you find deals so you know where to ultimately make your purchases.
Know the best deal categories: Cyber Monday is known for fantastic online savings from many retailers. But the most popular deals and best savings tend to be on appliances, electronics, toys and clothes. If you’re unsure of prices on other categories, you may want to wait for other sales during the holiday season.
Shop the sales window: Just like brick-and-mortar stores, online retailers offer bigger savings at certain times of the day. For instance, some retailers have early bird specials or may even begin their sales the night before Cyber Monday. Know the best time to shop for the biggest savings, especially if your items are in limited supply.
Use coupons: For extra savings, pair Cyber Monday sales with coupons. If you don’t have any in hand, do a quick search online for coupons before each purchase. Sometimes a code for free shipping can save you a ton of money as well.
Buy discount gift cards: Discount gift card retailers can help you save additional percentages off your holiday items. Be sure you’re buying from a reputable site and if you’re hoping to make your purchases on Cyber Monday, only look for gift cards with online codes, not ones that will be mailed to your house.
Watch out for cyber theft: As always, protect your private information online by following internet safety protocol. Major retailers are generally safe but if you’re buying from unknown sources or person-to-person transactions, be careful.
Understand return policies and save receipts: When you’re on a roll securing Cyber Monday deals, sometimes you forget to think about the fine print. Know the stores’ return policies and keep your receipts in case you do need to return items. Also request gift receipts if you want the recipient to be able to return the item if necessary.
Have a blast shopping on Cyber Monday! We hope you shop smart, save big and everyone on your list enjoys their gifts!