Don't Miss Out on Cyber Monday Savings!
Some people just love to join the chaotic crowds snatching up bargains on Black Friday. Others prefer to avoid such madness, but this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the deals. If you can stand to wait a few more days, trend-watchers are predicting that Cyber Monday savings will be even higher this year than on Black Friday. And the best part is, you never have to leave home to get them. Just like shopping in-store, though, there is some strategy involved in finding the best deals. Follow these tips to prepare yourself for Monday’s cyber rush.
Do Your Research
Many retailers will “leak” their Cyber Monday ads ahead of time. Browse the ads early to find out which items are going to be on sale. Make a list of the things you want and who will be offering the lowest price on them. Use comparison shopping sites to find out if the sale price is really a great deal, or if it can be found elsewhere for even less.
Don’t forget to consider all of the factors involved in ordering online. One of the best ways to save on Cyber Monday is to take advantage of the plentiful free shipping promotions. If a minimum purchase amount is required, you may save more by buying multiple things on one site, even if one or two items are priced slightly lower at a competitor.
It’s always a good idea to use coupon codes for extra savings when you shop online. Gather available codes for the retailers you plan to shop a day or so ahead of time so you don’t have to search for them at the last minute. Be aware that the fine print on Cyber Monday sales may exclude some sales or certain items from additional discounts. But it never hurts to try.
Items which are offered at special extremely low holiday sale prices tend to be in limited quantities and often sell out early. If you are dead-set on getting that HDTV for only $199, then you’d better be at the computer ready to check out when the sale begins. Again, check ahead of time to find out when that will be. Many retailers will start their cyber sales at midnight on the East coast, but hours may differ.
If there are particular in-demand items that you must have, it’s a good idea to add these to your cart and check out right away. You don’t want them to sell out while you’re browsing the site just to see what else you may want.
What to Expect
Appliance and electronic deals from the big discount retailers tend to hit their biggest markdowns for limited-stock items on Black Friday. However, if you’re shopping for clothing, shoes and accessories, it pays to wait for Cyber Monday, when the discounts are often higher.
Don’t overlook nontraditional shopping sites like Groupon in your search for bargains. Last year, Groupon slashed its deals up to 90% off for Cyber Monday.
Many sites may also include special gifts with purchase, especially during peak shopping times. Look for extra incentives at 12:01 a.m. EST, 12:01 a.m. PST, and from 11-12:30 p.m. local time when lunch break shopping occurs.
If you know you’re going to shop at a particular site, be sure to set up your account there ahead of time to ensure a quick and easy checkout on the big day. If you don’t wish to store your credit card information, make sure you have it easily accessible, along with any coupon codes you plan to use. If you are shipping gift items, store the recipients’ addresses ahead of time, too.
Whether you plan to start shopping in the wee hours or first thing in the morning, be sure to set an alarm in case you doze off. This is not the day to sleep in! When settling in for a marathon shopping session, wear your comfiest clothes (or just stay in your pj’s) and have plenty of coffee ready to keep you alert, because it’s going to be a long night (or day).
It’s a good idea to have a few snacks at the ready, too, so you don’t have to waste time on trips to the kitchen. This is the perfect time to enjoy those Thanksgiving leftovers. Ready? On your mark…get set…shop!