10 Ways to Score Deals on Cyber Monday
Are you planning on clicking your way to big savings on Cyber Monday? Just donâ€™t let your boss see! And follow these tips to get the best possible deals (and get over the ones that get away). Happy shopping, mamas!
Log In Early
Donâ€™t waste precious time at check out creating an account. Set one up ahead of time and save your credit card info to it. Make sure you are logged in and ready to go when itâ€™s time to buy. Now is not the time for multiple password attempts and account resets, ladies!
Check Deals Website
Register for Emails
Some retailers try to generate excitement for Cyber Monday shopping by giving insiders a sneak peek of what to expect or by offering special discounts. Sign up to receive emails or special Cyber Monday communications and find out what sales to expect.
Set a Strict Budget
Itâ€™s easy to get sucked into deals, especially when youâ€™re shopping online. Retailers use all kinds of tricks to get you to buy more than you intended. But all of your Cyber Monday savings (plus some!) will be lost if youâ€™re loading the purchases onto a credit card that wonâ€™t be paid off in full. So donâ€™t fill your cart with things your wallet canâ€™t afford!
Gather Promo Codes
Check websites likeÂ ,Â , andÂ to see if they have any discount codes available for your preferred retailers. Thereâ€™s no guarantee that the codes will work on already-discounted merchandise, but itâ€™s worth a shot!
Know the Return Policies
Itâ€™s not a deal if you end up stuck with something in the wrong size or that you just donâ€™t like! Make sure you know the return policy for each retailer. It might be worth taking a risk on a product if you can return it to a store in your neighborhood. But something that needs to be returned by mail, at cost to you, could be more hassle (and money) than itâ€™s worth.
Use Multiple Devices
If there is a deal you are absolutely set on landing, recruit your partner or a friend to try for it on their computer or mobile device as well. There is a risk that youâ€™ll inadvertently purchase multiple products though!
Look for Free Shipping
You donâ€™t want to pay for shipping on Cyber Monday. If there is a minimum spend to receive free delivery, and your items donâ€™t meet it, you might end of losing all your savings to the price of shipping. Adding small items you donâ€™t really want to meet the free shipping minimum is no deal either. Consider combining orders with a friend or using the often-free â€śship to storeâ€ť option.
Know What You Want
Amazon and other retailers offer daily or even hourly deals on Cyber Monday and throughout the holidays. If youâ€™re not sure what youâ€™re looking for, itâ€™s easy to get sucked into products being offered at seemingly great prices (a tablet at 56% off? That must be a steal, right?!). Make a list and do your research ahead of time so you know which deals to jump on and which are just a waste of time and money.
Have a Back-Up Plan
Think about what you want to do should an item youâ€™re seeking sell out. Will an alternate color or size work just as well? Or will you be more disappointed in having your second choice than if you just didnâ€™t get it at all? Losing a deal isnâ€™t going to ruin your holidays, unless you let it.
Katie Quirk Dunyon is a mom of two, a boy and a girl. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.