It’s that time again, the holiday season. Yes, there’s sure to be turkey dinner (Yes, even from your RV!) and sappy movies and festive decorations – but there will also be shopping, lots and lots of shopping. It is time to gear up for the biggest shopping day of the year – Cyber Monday.
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You thought I was going to say Black Friday, didn’t you? Well, there was a time when it did hold the crown. However, in 2015, Black Friday sales totaled a record-breaking $2.74 billion BUT Cyber Monday sales whizzed right on past that figure breaking a record of its own at $3.07 billion in merchandise sold.
So, if you want awesome deals just in time for the holidays, you’re going to want to get on board with this whole Cyber Monday thing. Make sure you mark the Monday after Thanksgiving on your calendar. There are definitely deals to be had – and you can shop anywhere.
Best Buy and many other big name store start advertising their Cyber Monday deals early and making it pretty easy for gift shopping. Pick up a great camera, a sleek cell phone, or any number of techy gadgets.
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And King of Everything, Amazon, is already well into the deals giving spirit with daily deals leading up to Cyber Monday. There are tons of RV friendly deals that I’ve already seen and I’m sure there will be more to come.
I don’t like shopping; hate it actually. I don’t like the crowds, the business, the noise, nope, nothing about it appeals to me. Online shopping? LOVE!
So here are my tips for getting the most out of Cyber Monday.
Sign up for Ebates. If you don’t use this site yet, sign up today! When you go through their site and make purchases at Walmart.com, Target.com, and about a gazillion other online stores, you get back a percentage of what you spend. I always use this when I send flowers, buy online, even upgrade my website. Everybody who is anybody is on there so you will have plenty of well-known sites to shop.
Sign up for Wikibuy. This site looks at what you are viewing and scours the internet for better deals. I am still fairly new to this site, but it has saved me a few bucks. It is only available on iPhone and Chrome though.
Do a little recon. Check out your favorite stores early to see what teasers they are putting out.
Many sites will start their sales on Black Friday so start looking early. In fact, it is a good idea to start checking out your favorite retailers the week leading up to Black Friday (i.e. Amazon’s Cyber Week).
Know the return policies for your favorite stores. Real Simple Magazine did an excellent Black Friday return policy by store. Bookmark it.
Don’t take too long to ponder your potential purchases lest someone snatch up the last one. Yes, that is a frequent occurrence on Cyber Monday, just like Black Friday but without the fist fights and hair pulling.
Watch your shipping dates and make sure that your purchase will arrive when you need it.
Start following your favorite retailers’ social media accounts – today. Do it today, time’s a wastin’. They will start posting on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, letting their loyal customers (like you) know what deals they are offering. Some even offer special deals to their social media followers.
Watch the times. Many of the Cyber Monday deals will be timed, meaning they will only be available for a certain amount of time. Find out when those times are and be the first in line – virtually speaking of course.
Don’t lose your head. It is exciting to see all those dropping prices and shiny new neat stuff – even online - but don’t get so caught up in the excitement that you blow your budget. Decide how much you will spend and stick to it.
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So, who’s ready for Cyber Monday? How about Black Friday? Anyone brave enough to venture out into that chaos?
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