When you’re trying to save on holiday gift shopping, there are a lot of deals to be had on Cyber Monday. I l love online shopping, but there is also a ton of frenzy involved which can easily lead to blowing your budget. Online shopping is one of the easiest way to shop and over the years I have developed tips to shopping Cyber Monday effectively. These tips will help you save money without completely losing track of your budget and gift ideas.
Beware of Available Stock
In the past there have been issues with both Cyber Monday and Black Friday online purchases where customers did not receive their orders in time for their celebrations. This can easily happen any time you are purchasing gifts online, especially when you use the free shipping option.
Think About Shipping
When you are ordering online, don’t forget to account for shipping. A lot of stores have a minimum purchase requirement of $50-$100 or more to be eligible for free shipping. As mentioned above, this also doesn’t guarantee you will receive your items on time. If you don’t qualify for free then those shipping charges can start adding up fast resulting in hundreds of extra dollars spent.
When sitting down with you coffee on this Cyber Monday you should be prepared with what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend, this will help you stick to you budget and be more efficient. Don’t forget to have everyone’s sizing on hand, when you find the deal you are looking for(if it’s clothing) you will need the sizing so BE PREPARED!
Sign Up For Personalized Accounts
As a avid online shopper I definitely have a few favorite places to shop so I have made a personalized account there that way when its time to check out it streamlines the process as all my personal information is already entered in. You will also receive a email with all the cyber Monday deals they have so you can check out what appeals to you before hand.
Be Conscious of Packaging
You don’t want to ruin the surprise on Christmas morning, some packaging makes it clear and obvious what is inside, In addition it also exposed you to theft since anyone going by my house could clearly see what items had been delivered. Always keep this in mind when ordering anything online, especially larger items less likely to be grouped inside another box.
Know You’re Getting the Best Deal
Before purchasing an item that you don’t already know is an amazing deal, do a quick Google search. It can be easy to get caught up in the frenzy of all the deals. Luckily, it is so easy to do research when shopping online. Simply copy the name of the item and paste it into your search engine. Shopping results are always one of the first snippets listed and you can quickly compare prices.
Don’t Be Afraid to Let and Item Go
One of the most important tips to remember is to let an item go. It may be an incredible deal but if it’s not on your list or simply not in the budget this year, let the item go. Don’t give in to the pressure to “buy now”. Don’t let the illusion that if you don’t get it now, you’ll never be able to find another deal on it persuade you to blow your budget.
These tips will help you conquer Cyber Monday even if you’re completely new to shopping online. Be sure to also check out my helpful post about tips on shopping online.
Make it an enjoyable experience instead of a chore you feel compelled to do in order to save money. Ultimately, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed and that includes the shopping.