Don’t want to brave the Black Friday crowds? We totally get it – we wouldn’t either! That’s why Cyber Monday is the perfect opportunity to browse any imaginable retailer and to shop ‘til you drop at low, guilt-free prices from the comfort of your own home. What could be better? So get ready – Cyber Monday is the pinnacle of online shopping, and it’s coming up in less than a week! Read on for our tips on how to save the most during this event, and know that Cyber Monday is the perfect day to make use of our free app Slice – we’ll take care of all the nitty-gritty package tracking, price drop, and product recall details so all you have to do is enjoy spending that hard-earned money!
Get an early start. Keep an eye out for Cyber Monday…on Friday. Many retailers, like Wal-Mart and Kmart, offer some of their best online prices the day after Thanksgiving. Amazon is already doing flash sales (a new sale every 10 minutes)! So if there’s a specific item you’re looking for, your best bet is to buy it as early as possible before it sells out.
Act quickly! And if you can, wake up early. It’s easy to forget that quantities are limited in the convenience of shopping from home. But online retailers will run out of the items you want almost as quickly as will physical stores, which can end in disappointment. Early to rise makes the shopper wise! You might also set aside a couple of hours on Monday devoted solely to online shopping so your entire day doesn’t go to waste. This way you will also curb browsing-to-buying temptation and save!
Stick to a budget. We all know how hard it can be to keep track of how much you’re spending when items are heavily discounted. And with the holidays coming up, you’ll want to use Cyber Monday’s savings to buy gifts for friends and family (and indulge in yourself a little, too!). To shop the smartest, make a list of who you plan to buy things for and how much you’re willing to spend (or, better yet, over the weekend decide what items you want to purchase so you can just head straight to those on Monday). A little browsing is fine, but capping the amount you spend on these impulse buys will lead to a happier wallet (and a happier you).
Know in advance some of the deals being offered. While many of the coupons and discounts will only be revealed closer to the date, some merchants have already released information about the price drops they will implement. CNET has put together a list of the best tech deals, and the Wall Street Journal has made a list of smartphone deals. Looking for a getaway? There are Cyber Monday deals for travelers too – Budget Travel’s list features the best discounts. For a broader range of items, head on over to the New York Post or to The Huffington Post’s list of the 10 best stores to visit this Monday.
Stay safe. The best way to shop is with a calm conscience. Read the Los Angeles Times’ tips for safe shopping during the holidays and keep your financial information secure so you can shop confidently.