photo: Darrren Hester
It’s Cyber Monday — and you know what you’re doing.
The holiday shopping season officially began with Black Friday last week, the busiest shopping day of the year for traditional retailers who operate brick-and-mortar stores. If you braved the long lines and crowded malls on Friday, you were part of the crowd that helped to boost sales more than 15.9% compared with 2009.
If you weren’t able to take advantage of the tremendous Black Friday deals, you still have a chance to cash in by shopping Cyber Monday 2010. Unless you’re already doing it, that is. Right Now.
What is Cyber Monday?
Black Friday is geared toward shoppers who prefer to spend their money in-store and don’t mind crowded parking lots or busy shops. Cyber Monday, on the other hand, is an online event that caters toward those who would rather do their shopping behind their monitor.
According to the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org division, almost 41% of all retailers are participating in Cyber Monday 2010. From flat screen TVs to iPods and winter coats, you’ll have the chance to rake in savings and some great holiday gifts by taking advantage of the deals being offered.
How to find the best Cyber Monday deals
Cyber Monday deals extend not only to your favorite electronics retailers, but also to your most loved clothing stores and craft shops. What started as an event for technically savvy shoppers to save a few dollars on electronic and computer equipment has now grown to include more traditional retailers. Lands’ End, for example, is offering free shipping and up to $50 off the purchase price on winter apparel when you shop their Cyber Monday sale.
You’ll save the most time and money this year by knowing how to find the best Cyber Monday deals.
Google: It’s a great way to find exactly what you’re looking for. Type in the item you’d like to purchase and let Google find the bargains for you.
Visit stores online. Many of your favorite retailers will be participating in Cyber Monday. To see what each has to offer this year, take a quick trip to their online web store.
Let the deals come to you. Retailers are happy to keep you up-to-date on their latest sale items. Sign up for newsletters with your most used online shops and they’ll deliver weekly coupons and specials to your inbox.
Use Twitter. For up-to-the minute deals, Twitter can’t be beat. Walmart tweets specials regularly, as do many other stores. A simple search for Cyber Monday will yield hundreds of money-savings results.
Visit specialty websites. Stores like CyberMonday.com were built to keep you abreast of the best bargains of the day. Updated in real time, CyberMonday.com has the latest deals as they happen.
Visit Coupon Sites: Online coupon sites such as Retailmenot, CouponCabin and SaveBrite.com, offer plenty of last-minute coupon codes that can be clipped and entered at checkout.
Cyber Monday is all about saving money and scoring free shipping. To get the best deals going, look for ways to combine coupons and coupon codes. While most of the action will be happening online on Monday, many brick and mortar stores will also feature in-store sales or in-store pickup options.
Cyber Monday 2010: How and Where to Save Money Online provided by SaveBrite.com.