Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. They are your best bet to find the best deals on items that you have had your eye on all year long. There are pros and cons to utilizing these retail holidays depending on your shopping goals.
Black Friday provides a bit of a thrill and a competitive nature that some shoppers love to experience year after year. The downfall of Black Friday being that stores often run out of the most popular items and the crowds can be intimidating. Cyber Monday allows for you to compare prices from the comfort of your home while nursing your aching belly after a successful Thanksgiving dinner. Besides those well known differences, there are other matters to consider when doing to your holiday shopping.
Shipping Dates and Costs
Weighing the options of whether you want to stay at home and sleep off your Thanksgiving meal or brave the rest of the retail-thirsty Americans who are busting down doors across the country may be as simple as the delivery date. Cyber Monday allows you to shop from the comfort of your own home with endless sites to choose from but the shipping costs may set you back in your goal of saving some money. Large ticket items, such as a flat screen TV, may end up costing you a pretty penny to ship to your home. You could save the shipping costs by braving the crowds in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday. Often times, shipping dates get backed up on Cyber Monday as well. If you are wanting to give your purchased items as holiday gifts, it is wise to check delivery dates as soon as you are able.
Following Your Brands
To find the best deals, follow your favorite brands on social media for up-to-date information. Most companies will post what deals they will be having on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help you decide which to utilize to your advantage. If you're lucky enough to have a Samsung Galaxy S7, you can utilize the big screen and long battery life to collect discount codes from the comfort of your bed on Cyber Monday (and maybe get one for a friend). Some brands will post special codes to use to get an even steeper discount at checkout as well. It truly pays off to some research before the big shopping days arrive. Due to the large amount of people that flood the stores on Black Friday, you want to know what you are after before taking the plunge into the chaos. Know which store is having the best sale on your items and try to make it a single stop.
Dealing with a Budget
Beware of being caught up in the madness that can ensue on these deal days. It is easy to break out the credit card in attempt to not miss out on the incredible savings but make sure that you only buy what you need. Keep a running list of items that you are interested in getting for yourself and as gifts for others throughout the year. Take a look at your budget and realize what is realistic for you to spend as you get closer to these deal days. When the time comes to make your purchases, stick with your plan. The idea of making purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is to save money, not to deplete all of your hard earned funds.