15 Top Tips for Cyber Monday
The DealQueens shop online all the time. I have even started having groceries sent to my house. It saves me so much time and money! For those of you who don’t want to fight the crowds at the malls give online shopping a try for most of your holiday needs!
Here are 15 tips to help you get what you want for the best price.
Use search engines to your advantage! If you find what you want, copy the name and type it into a search engine. I use Yahoo, but you can also use Google or Bing. You will see all sorts of places that sell that product. It’s an easy way to price check and make sure you are getting the best price!
Set up a free email account just for deals. Set up a free email account on Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail or any other free offering and sign up for emails at all your favorite stores. You will get coupon codes sent to you for deals, additional savings, and free shipping!
Get store credit cards. Target offers an additional 5% and free shipping on all purchases made on their Red Card. Other stores offer similar deals.
Don’t expect to get everything in one store online. The internet allows you to shop the world all from the comfort of your home or office, however, keep shipping in mind. Add that in to the prices to make sure you get the best deal.
Make a list. You may not be able to get everything on your list, but at least making one will help you know where to search online for the best deals. Also have your family use Wishlists on sites like Amazon. Another idea is to create a Pinterest board and pin gift ideas to it. You can even make it private and allow only certain people to see it.
Sign up for newsletters from your favorite stores and retailers. They will often send out sneak peaks or hints of what will be on sale come Cyber Monday.
Search for coupon codes. Many retailers will release coupons up for grabs for additional savings or free shipping through Cyber Monday.
Get Social. “Like” and follow your favorite retail stores on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You will get additional deals this way. Many retailers give special coupon codes this way as well.
Check your credit cards and their rewards. Some cards offer special rewards for shopping at partnered online retailers. Also, now is the time to start racking up bonus bucks on your favorite store’s loyalty programs so you can spend them on exclusive deals.
Shop through Ebates to get cash back on your online purchases. These sites help shoppers make sure they are getting the best deals in cyberspace plus show you who is offering deals as well.
Shop independent and small businesses. This year eBay is allowing boutiques and private sellers to offer their own deals for shoppers on Cyber Monday.
Search Independent dealers for Avon, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, etc. These groups are also now offering deals online during the holiday season.
Check the return policy – check out the refund and exchange policy before you buy.
Shop quickly – cheap items are often gone quickly so purchase those deals quickly.
Check prices before Cyber Monday – some bargains are not that cheap so have an idea of what an item should cost before you buy.
Use social media – it is a great idea to “Like” all your favorite stores on Facebook and also follow them on Twitter to get deals. Occasionally stores offer secret deals to their followers on social media sites.
Cyber Monday Shopping Websites
Retailmenot.com: This innovator in collaborative coupon and deal hunting and sharing rates and orders every coupon on the site by usefulness. Additionally, every store featured is categorized and ordered by its popularity within that category.
BFads.net: The Deal Queens like this site for Black Friday deals and it also does a great job with Cyber Monday promotions.
CyberMonday.com: This site gives Cyber Monday deals all year but it is a fantastic source for Cyber Monday deals with over 700 retailers.