10 Ways to Score Deals on Cyber Monday
Are you planning on clicking your way to big savings on Cyber Monday? Just don’t let your boss see! For the best Cyber Monday deals (and to save throughout the holidays), a little preparation goes a long way. Spend some time downloading deals apps, adding money-saving extensions to your browser, and signing up for retailers’ emails, and you can save even more off those already awesome holiday deals.
Follow these tips to get the best possible prices on Cyber Monday and anytime, really. Happy shopping, mamas!
Review Deals Websites and Make a Plan
Head to a website like Hip2Save to preview a complete list of major retailers’ holiday ads and scheduled deals. Use those ads for gifting inspiration and to help you stay focused on what you really want to buy.
Register for Emails
Sign up to receive emails from retailers you’re interested in and find out what sales to expect. You might get early access to deals or receive a unique promo code that can help you save even more.
Install Browser Extensions
If you’re planning on shopping from your desktop or laptop, install a deal-finding browser extension like Honey or WikiBuy. These extensions search the web to find the best deal on whatever you’re shopping for, so you can be confident that you’re getting the lowest price. They also automatically find and apply promo codes to your order for additional savings.
Use Cash-Back Apps
A fun way to save when shopping on your phone is through cash-back apps like Ibotta, Rakuten, and BeFrugal. When you access a retailer through one of these apps, you receive a small percentage of your purchase as cash back. Once you’ve earn a specific amount back ($20 on Ibotta, for example), you can cash out and transfer the cash to a gift card or your bank account. If you were already planning on making the purchase from the retailer giving you cash back, you’re basically getting money for nothing!
Get the Store Card
If you’re a credit card person, you might want to consider signing up for store-specific credit cards at the time of major purchases like those Cyber Monday TV and electronics doorbusters you’re eyeing! Retailers extend high-value one-time offers to consumers who are approved for their credit card, which can amount to big savings if you’re buying a big-ticket item. Some retailers like Target and Amazon also offer 5% off every purchase when you use their card. That 5% savings can really add up over time!
Log In Early
If it’s a limited-quantity Cyber Monday deal you’re after, you want to be ready to go when it’s time to buy. Don’t waste precious time at check out creating an account. Set one up ahead of time and save your credit card info to it. And make sure you are logged in before the deal goes live. Now is not the time for multiple password attempts and account resets, ladies!
Know the Return Policies
It’s not a deal if you end up stuck with something in the wrong size or that you just don’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 it’s worth.
Use Multiple Devices
If there is a limited-quantitiy 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 you’ll inadvertently purchase multiple products though!
Look for Free Shipping
You don’t want to pay for shipping on Cyber Monday. If there is a minimum spend to receive free delivery, and your items don’t meet it, you might end of losing all your savings to the price of shipping. Adding small items you don’t really want to meet the free shipping minimum is no deal either. Consider combining orders with a friend or using the often free “ship to store” option.
Set a Strict Budget
It’s easy to get sucked into deals, especially when you’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 you’re loading the purchases onto a credit card that won’t be paid off in full. So don’t fill your cart with things your wallet can’t afford!
Katie Quirk is a mom of two, a boy and a girl. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.