It’s Cyber Monday, Black Friday’s warmer, friendlier, more comfy, less chaotic counterpart. While you don’t have to compete with crowds for parking or for your spot in the line around the store, you still need a little strategy before braving the cyber version of Black Friday.
1. Know what you want. Don’t get distracted by apparent good deals that you don’t need. Check prices on the item and/or items you’re hoping to get at several sites before making your purchase.
2. Don’t forget shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on Cyber Monday. However, sometimes there’s a minimum purchase to qualify for the free shipping. So, be sure to account for that. This is one of the reasons it’s important to know beforehand what items you’re looking for and the price they are each being sold for at several sites/stores. (It may be worth keeping a little chart. That’s what I like to do.) If the prices are comparable at more than one location, it may be worth it to go with a slightly higher price if it means you can get free shipping. Also, don’t forget that there are a lot of stores that offer free shipping to one of their local stores. Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and Home Depot are just a few stores which offer free shipping on any amount to the store.
3. Don’t forget to go to Ebates and Shop At Home first! The BEST way to shop is to get the best price and get cash back. Don’t miss the chance to get cash back on all your purchases. And, if you checked one of your favorite stores a few months back, check again. I had checked if Amazon was on either of those sites about a year ago; it wasn’t. I hadn’t checked again since then. I just discovered–one year later!–that I could have been getting cash back (through Ebates) on some of my Amazon purchases all year because Amazon joined Ebates last December!
As we approach the holidays, it’s easy to begin to feel the crunch on our budgets as they are stretched a bit further at this time of the year. It’s fun to attend parties, buy gifts, prepare food for parties and dinners. But that all costs. One easy way to save money and even make money is by shopping online.
Stores and sites have increasingly offered some of their best deals online, even before Black Friday. Amazon started its daily “Lightning Deals” right after Halloween. If you have your eye on something in particular, then do what I do. Place it on your Amazon Wish List or in your online Cart and keep on eye on its price. I keep some of my favorite items in my Amazon cart throughout the year in order to be able to see the latest price every time I go over to Amazon.
Other sites and stores also offer great deals online. My favorite part is that you can comparison shop, make your purchase, and have it delivered to your door. That’s my kind of shopping.
The other thing I love about shopping online is the chance to make some money at the same time. I have an account with ShopAtHome.com and Ebates.com. Since I do so much shopping (even for groceries) online, I simply go to Ebates, choose my store, and start shopping. I’ve gotten anywhere from one percent to nine percent cash back. As a matter of fact, I just got my check for this last shopping period in the mail. You could always sign up with both companies and check their percentages before making your purchase.
Shopping, saving money, and making a little bit of extra money has never been so easy.
How do you save money at this time of the year?
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Before you make a purchase, ANY purchase online, first log-in to Ebates (you can register for free HERE). Type in the store’s name (ie: Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc.) then click on “Shop Now.”
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