With the holidays right around the corner, everyone’s already thinking about stocking up on gifts and merchandise over Thanksgiving weekend. Cyber Monday and Black Friday can be chaotic, but with the right amount of planning, you can get some really great deals out of the best shopping days of the year. Here are some common mistakes that you definitely don’t want to make.
1. Accidentally Overpaying
Yes, Cyber Monday deals will be everywhere. But sometimes, you can get an even better deal if you have an active coupon code. That’s where Honey comes in. If you don’t already know, Honey is a free browser app that automatically scans the Internet for every working coupon code while you’re shopping online. Then at checkout, it magically applies the best deal to your cart!
Here’s how it works: First, add Honey to your browser for free. You’ll see a little “h” button appear in your toolbar. When you’re about to buy something online, you literally just click that button and the total price instantly drops if Honey finds a deal for you. It’s really that easy.
2. Not Making A List
If you don’t know what you’re looking for during the Cyber Monday chaos, you’re only hurting yourself. To make sure you’re getting the best deals, first figure out who you want to shop for and what you want to buy. Having an organized list not only helps you navigate the Cyber Monday sales, but also helps you resist the temptation of adding last minute doodads to your cart. Don’t forget to do a little browsing beforehand so you’re prepared to get the best deals on the big day.
3. Not Using A Rewards Credit Card
Let’s be real: as giving as we are during the holidays, we want a little something for ourselves too. If you plan to purchase gifts for family and friends, you might as well use a rewards credit card to give you cash back on purchases. Many cards give you anywhere from 1% to 5% back, and this can really add up during the holiday spending season. If you couple this with coupon codes, you can achieve double-savings status. Who doesn’t love that?
4. Failing to Sign Up For Price-Drop Alerts
There are plenty of free apps and services that have been developed to help shoppers, so there’s no excuse to miss out on a massive price drop. If you already have your eye on certain items, make sure you add it to your wishlist – many retailers will send you an email when your wishlisted items go on sale. You can also sign up for price alerts through third-party services. The Honey app mentioned earlier also offers this service for free – if you add items to your “Droplist”, Honey will email you as soon as the price drops, and will even show you the item’s entire price history if it’s on Amazon. Easy, right?