7 Tips For Cyber Monday Shopping

How to Save With Online and In-Store Sales

7 Tips For Cyber Monday Shopping
November 27, 2020

Do you like the idea of good deals but not the idea of standing outside the mall in a three-point stance waiting for the doors to open for pre-dawn Black Friday savings? Then Cyber Monday, which will be held on November 30th, 2020 — the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday — is for you.

Cyber Monday was coined to characterize the large amount of online shopping that took place on the first workday after Thanksgiving, when people had access to their presumably faster work computers. It has grown since its origin in 2005 to generate an estimated $9.4 billion in sales in 2019, up 19.7% from 2018, according to Adobe Systems. While bosses across America fret, their employees take advantage of great Internet deals.

What are some of the best ways to take advantage of Cyber Monday?

1. Plan Your Shopping Early – Put together a shopping list well before Cyber Monday. This gives you time to research the typical prices online, so you can differentiate a truly good deal from advertising hype. A shopping list will also keep you focused and less likely to be drawn off-track by good deals on things that you do not really need.

It is fine to explore for good deals outside of your shopping list, but take care of your shopping list first – and avoid the temptation to spend your Cyber Monday savings and then some.

2. Search for Promotions – Cyber Monday has become a large enough phenomenon that there are websites devoted to it. These sites collect ads from multiple vendors and act as a clearinghouse for deals. You can find similar sites that allow for comparison-shopping or setting alerts with various retailers when the price of an item is at or below your desired target.

If there are individual stores that you prefer, check out their Cyber Monday offerings and special promotional codes. Most are available on the websites, but it pays to check out the store's social media sites as well.

3. Don't Forget Brick-and-Mortar Stores – Retailers sometimes attempt to counter Cyber Monday with in-store specials of their own that are valid for that day only – especially if their Black Friday sales were disappointing. Keep an eye out for any good deals that may fly under the radar amid the online activity.

4. Go Mobile – Try out some of the mobile apps for Cyber Monday before the day arrives. You may be able to do a quick comparison while you are at a physical store checking out the merchandise in question.

5. Check Timing – Cyber Monday deals may be for a limited time window or have a limited supply. In previous years, the steepest discounts were earned by early morning shoppers. Make sure you understand the rules of the site and when offers are valid before you embark on your shopping.

6. Check Your Internet Speed – Is your Internet reliability questionable on a high-volume day like Cyber Monday? Do not lose out on a bargain because the Internet speed (or lack thereof) prevented you from placing an order.

Find a location with sufficient Internet capability if you have to, but remember that there are many other people doing the same thing – and Internet shopping in public comes with security risks. If you would like to prevent identity theft, join MoneyTips.

7. Beware of Hidden Costs – Make sure that extravagant shipping costs, unusual taxes, or other hidden fees don't turn your bargain into a bust.

Consider Cyber Monday shopping to rack up significant savings – but do not make your boss mad in the process by wasting work time and resources to do it. It will be hard to pay for all those online bargains if you end up on the unemployment line.

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Steffanie | 11.24.15 @ 17:01
I love shopping on Cyber Monday and these are some really great tips for the day.
Carla | 11.24.15 @ 17:01
I have my lists ready and hope to wrap my shopping up Cyber Monday.
Erin | 11.24.15 @ 17:02
Great tips! I don't know how much shopping I will be doing that day, but I will be keeping these in mind. Thanks!
Sarah | 11.24.15 @ 17:02
Cyber Monday is so much more my speed when it comes to shopping. I love it. I generally only buy smaller items due to finances but it's nice to get them cheaper. Love the toy and video deals I've found the past couple years.
Daniel | 11.24.15 @ 17:02
One of several good days to take the time to check deals on items you are looking for . Can really be a money saver.
Britt | 11.24.15 @ 17:03
This is awesome. I am a huge online shopper and I cannot wait until black friday and cyber monday
Kailie | 11.24.15 @ 17:05
Great tips, I am so ready for cyber monday.
Meredith L | 11.24.15 @ 17:06
I think the major key to online shopping and saving is keeping a list and sticking to it otherwise these amazing sales will prompt us to spend more than we intended.
Kyle | 11.24.15 @ 17:06
Cyber monday deals are my favorite. I am looking forward to getting a good portion of my shopping done .
Kbrawdy | 11.24.15 @ 17:08
Yes! I love cyber Monday. It's honestly the best thing ever for people who hate the crowded stores.
trish | 11.24.15 @ 17:10
Great plans. I do a lot of my shopping one cyber monday! Also have been known to set alarms for 5 mins before a sale starts on certain sites!
Nancy | 11.24.15 @ 17:11
I like these ideas. I tend to do more online shopping at this time of year. Sometimes the deals go so fast that you just have to cross your fingers though.
Victor | 11.24.15 @ 17:45
I want a tv for Cyber monday great advice.
JIM | 11.24.15 @ 18:17
compare with Blackfriday options, certain retailers will have free shipping Th/Fr of this week but not next, if you're getting something like a TV, might be better to buy on friday
ecommprovider | 11.22.16 @ 20:40
Lots of the best offers are saved for Cyber Monday, best day for shopping,
danielaespinal78734 | 11.27.16 @ 01:03
I prefer Cyber Monday for shopping over Black Friday
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