Cyber Monday is a shopping holiday that takes place Dec, this year after Black Friday has ended. It was initially marketed as an online alternative to Black Friday by retailers. Cyber Monday, which is now more online than Black Friday, is an additional reason to shop.
It’s a great excuse with many deals that match or rival Black Friday’s prices. Cyber Monday sales will not be announced by major retailers until after Thanksgiving.
When is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the Monday following Thanksgiving, in this year’s calendar. However, deals could start appearing even earlier.
Cyber Monday: What to Buy
These are the top tips to save big on Cyber Monday.
- You might be able to find Black Friday deals that you didn’t see.
- Buy laptops and computers.
- Get your wardrobe ready.
- Find deals on educational software.
- Avoid shipping costs.
- Find Cyber savings opportunities early.
- Order food online
Continue reading to learn how you can get the most out of Cyber Monday.
Have a second look at any Black Friday deals you missed
It is the next opportunity to grab Black Friday deals. Amazon has a reputation for repeating its smart-home deals. Other retailers like Walmart and Best Buy will also offer similar prices on selected during their Cyber Monday sales.
Find Deals on Educational Software
It is rooted in tech and online retail. Participants include many online-only retailers like Lynda (now known as LinkedIn Learning), Udemy, and other language-learning programs. Udemy offers courses starting at a few dollars each on Cyber Monday. Rosetta Stone is known for offering significant discounts on its software, which can be quite expensive.
It is a popular day for online subscriptions. Humble Bundle is a service that gives you access to hundreds of video games for a monthly charge. Audible also offers an e-book store.
Avoid Shipping Costs
Your savings strategy does not include paying less for a product. Shipping costs shouldn’t be overlooked. Many retailers offer free shipping for orders above a certain amount. To ensure you reach the minimum, consolidate your shopping at a few stores if possible.
Or if you’re shopping with a retailer that has physical locations, take advantage of its buy-online-pick-up-in-store options. You can save shipping costs by stopping by a store in a matter of minutes and still get Cyber Monday promo codes.
Compare original prices
Black Friday sales may make you believe you are getting big savings. To make holiday deals seem better, some retailers may inflate the price.
Stacy Caprio (founder and blogger at DealsScoop.com) says, “Select a few products that you would like to purchase at several sites in advance of Black Friday. Take note of the prices at each store and if they were on sale.” This will help you avoid being tempted by a false deal on Black Friday.
Trae Bodge is a smart shopping expert at TrueTrae.com and suggests that you use RankTracer.com for pricing data on thousands of Amazon products. This will give you a better idea about the lowest selling price of an item and allow you to compare it with the Black Friday offer.
Purchase discount gift cards. You can save money on Black Friday by buying discount gift cards before you go. Offers gift cards at a fraction of the face value and up to 25% off for popular stores like Macy’s Target, Kohl’s, Target, and Kohl’s. She says this is a great way to save money at stores that don’t accept coupons and on-doorbuster offers. You can save 10 percent if you purchase a discount gift card.
Physical gift cards can take up to 7 days to arrive by mail so order them at least one week in advance.
Cyber Savings: Start Searching Early
It is often a day ahead of Black Friday. Cyber Weekend events are those when retailers launch their deals as early as Saturday morning.
Order Food Online
You can order your dinner online or through the restaurant’s website after a long day of shopping. Cyber Monday is a great day to order online. Many restaurants offer Cyber Monday deals to encourage diners to use their apps and online ordering features. Some meal-delivery services, such as Grubhub Favor or DoorDash, may offer discounts and free shipping. Or at the very least, offer special deals for restaurants and other freebies.