After Cyber Monday: 6 Tips for Sneaky-Good Deals
December 11, 2019
You missed ‘em! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all those once-a-year deals are in the books. Now what? Full price?
In 2019, there are only 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, compared to a typical year that may have 30 or more. That means every day counts for online and brick-and-mortar stores, not just a certain Friday in November or Monday in December.
Be smart. Do your research. You might just snag the same (or better!) deals as if you waited in line at 3 a.m., groggy from the tryptophan in your turkey.
1. Shop on Free Shipping Day.
It happens every year: You finish up your shopping list online with a few days to spare. Then, you get to the shipping portion of your checkout and find out that the rush charges needed to get your gift delivered on time are almost as much as the gift itself.
Or this: You buy last-minute stocking stuffers and other small add-ons, and your total doesn’t add up to the minimum amount needed to qualify for free shipping.
On Free Shipping Day – this year, it’s Saturday, December 14 – online shoppers can buy from hundreds of participating retailers and not pay a penny to have it sent wherever it needs to go.
2. Abandon your shopping cart.
When you’re shopping online and not finding any discounts, it may help to close out of your browser without buying anything and wait a few hours. In other words, abandon your cart.
In an hour, two hours, or sometimes 24 hours, you may get an email from the store with a subject line like: “We noticed you left a few things in your cart. Here’s a 10% off coupon on us to help you check out.” Keep in mind that you need to be logged in for this to work.
Of course, be sure to keep track of when a promotion ends. If you haven’t received any additional coupons via email and the sale is about to end, you may want to move forward with the sale price you already have.
3. Stretch your wallet with gift cards.
They not only make great stocking stuffers. Gift cards can make your money go farther, too. That’s because many companies offer bonus amounts on gift card purchases; the higher the gift card’s value, the more bonus dollars you receive.
A good example is Supercharged Entertainment, one of New England’s newest and largest entertainment venues. In addition to boasting the world’s largest multi-level indoor go kart track, Supercharged has a first of its kinda Ninja Wipeout Course, Trampoline Zone, gaming lounge and much more.
Bottom line: There’s something for everyone! So gift card recipients are sure to enjoy every dollar’s worth – including the bonus dollars that come with every card. For example:
Buy a $100 Supercharged Gift Card, get $120.
Buy an $85 Supercharged Gift Card, get $100.
Buy a $45 Supercharged Gift Card, get $50.
Supercharged’s holiday gift card offer expires December 31, 2019.
4. Follow your favorite brands on social media
Retailers know that online followers are often their best, most loyal customers, and they want to keep it that way.
That’s why, on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, many will share special sales, friends and family codes, and pop-up events, like 30% off if you shop between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
5. Download deal-finding apps and browser extensions.
Want to automate your holiday bargains? Download apps for your smartphone that alert you to cheaper prices and deals. Flipp, for example, can save you some time sorting through all those holiday ads. The app has every American weekly ad and coupon, so you can browse from your smartphone. And you can double-check the advertised prices against what you’re seeing in-store. With Shopsavvy, you can find the best deals locally and online. Scan the product’s bar code in store and it automatically compares the price to other local stores and online retailers.
If you’re planning to shop at a specific store, you may want to download its app, as retailers like Target post app-specific discounts and promo codes. You can also install browser extensions, like Honey, which automatically finds and tests all available coupon codes.
6. Shop after the sale days end.
Pattern, a company that monitors e-commerce trends, found that, in 2018, the lowest prices on products sold by Amazon occurred in December and were usually just as good as Black Friday prices.
Truth is, you can often find better deals on certain items after Black Friday and Cyber Monday – and even after the holidays. For example, waiting to buy fitness equipment and linens until January will usually snag you the best deals.