Cyber Monday 101
If you didn’t score enough holiday shopping deals on Black Friday, don’t worry; there’s still time to take advantage of insane sales. Cyber Monday takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving–and unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday only exists online, which means you won’t have to deal with the rush of crowds at stores.
The term “Cyber Monday” was coined back in 2005. Retailers were noticing that for several years online sales were particularly high the Monday following Thanksgiving. This may have been because many consumers were unable to finish all of their shopping over the holiday weekend or maybe people had to shop from home to care for their children. Whatever the reason, retailers certainly took advantage of this, offering special deals and sales.
If you’re planning on hopping your computer on Cyber Monday to get some serious shopping done, here are a few tips to help you get the most of your money:
Create a List
To prevent yourself from being vulnerable to impulse shopping, make a list and stick to it. This way, when you come across a certain item, you can scan your list to see if you were going to buy it for someone. If you didn’t write it down, pass it up and wait for a deal on something you’re specifically looking for.
Visit CyberMonday.com and browse in advance for deals and steals. This way, when the actual shopping holiday rolls around, you can spend less time searching and more time filling up your cart with plenty of sale items. You can also visit major online retailers for lots of information on special offers.
Online shopping can sometimes come with risks. For a secure virtual experience, make sure to shop on sites that use secure HTTP. This tells you the connection is secure and your data is safeguarded. It’s also a good idea to use a credit card when making purchases. This way, if your information is intercepted, there are excellent protections under federal law that limit the liability of unauthorized charges.
Search for Coupon Codes
Chances are, there are coupon codes for whatever you’re looking to buy. Before Cyber Monday rolls around, go through your list and search various sites for coupon codes to really help lower your bill. Similarly, look around for free shipping codes before you buy anything to save a bundle. Some sites will offer you no charge on shipping if you decide to join their mailing list or create a free account on the site.
Make Sure Your Computer is Up-to-Date
In order to prevent a computer meltdown, make sure that your system is up-to-date on the latest applications. Doing so will reduce the risk of your computer crashing just as you’re about to press “check out” with all of your wonderful gifts in your digital cart.
Stay Up Late
If you’re hoping to score a super hot item with an unheard of discount, you may want to hop online right at midnight–a lot of the best sales start at that hour and tend to sell out quickly.