Have a ‘Game Plan’ For Cyber Monday

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.


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