The holiday shopping season has started. You might have been one of the millions of shoppers out looking for savings on Black Friday, but modern shoppers save up for another big shopping day: Cyber Monday!
Sales on Cyber Monday in 2016 smashed records, bringing in $3.25 billion and a 155% traffic boom to become the biggest day in the history of U.S. ecommerce. Not only were online sales up significantly up year over year, but mobile devices also accounted for a larger percentage of that traffic than ever before.
So how do you make the most efficient use of your time and money on the world’s biggest online shopping day? It’s always a good idea to start tracking deals early. Retailers listed their ads weeks ago, and if you’ve signed up for store e-newsletters or follow your favorite brands on social media, you’re already ahead of the game when it comes to the best promotions and coupons.
But if you’re not fully prepared, here are the tips and tricks to help you snag the best deals on the hottest products this season, without ever leaving the comfort of your home.
Let bloggers and other online writers do the work for you. The internet is full of bargain hunters, and there are a ton of websites devoted to shopping deals, sales and must-haves. So before you start throwing things into your virtual shopping cart, scour the Web for the latest info on pricing, promo codes and unadvertised offers.
Compare prices and find coupons. Sometimes, it’s easy to get excited about finding the exact item you want, and you forget to check to make sure it’s the best priced item before you place your order. A quick search will link you to other sites selling the same product, or use a price comparison website to make sure you’re getting the best deal out there. Do the math to compare discounts from coupons and promo codes. Also, don’t forget to factor in shipping costs. Many stores will offer free shipping on Cyber Monday, but if not, that added cost could lead to a higher overall price.
Pre-load your cart and have your online accounts ready. With many sites, you can put the items you want to purchase in your cart before the sale begins. Then refresh the cart, and the sales prices will be reflected. Also, every second counts when you’re trying to get great deals. If you’re planning to have gifts shipped directly to the recipients, have those addresses ready to go. If you’ve found a deal with a site you’ve never shopped at before, create a customer account now will all your shipping information on file so you can maximize your time when placing your order. And don’t forget to see if you can sign up for a rewards programs.
Get your phone ready to shop. Businesses have improved their digital platforms, and it’s now easier than ever to buy from a company’s mobile app or website. And in some cases, you can add items to your cart directly from a social media platform like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. So make sure your phone is updated and fully charged. Enable push notifications and one-click checkout from your favorite shopping apps.
So take a deep breath, and don’t get overwhelmed or stress too much. Plan ahead and enjoy the experience. There will be a steady stream of promotions, countdowns, and deals until the final days before Christmas, so there’s plenty of time to capitalize on the some great deals.