In my last post I had some “Black Friday ‘Hunting’ Tips”. Today we’re talking about having a game plan for Cyber Monday. Since Cyber Monday debuted 5 years ago, it’s become one of the hottest days to shop. A lot of people don’t like fighting the crowds on the day after Thanksgiving, so they shop online on the Monday after T-day instead. Here are some tips to find those great deals with a click of a mouse.
Several web sites track the latest deals, including cybermonday.com and cybermondayonlinedeals.com. But before you buy, be sure you have a game plan to save money. According to Bankrate.com the strategies include:
- Pay attention to extra costs. Add in the shipping, handling and taxes, and you inexpensive holiday gift may not be such a good deal after all.
- Don’t get sidetracked by things you don’t need. You won’t save money if you buy cheap stuff you’ll never use.
- Use the wisdom of crowds. Check out bargain message boards like Slickdeals.net andFatWallet.com. Sometimes posters will comment that there’s a better deal for a product at another site or how to get an additional 10% off.
Those are just a few Cyber Monday tips. Check out the rest here. By one estimate, online shoppers spent about $900 million on Cyber Monday last year. And there’s no indication it’ll be any less this year. If you’re one of those shoppers, make sure you have a plan of attack to save money.