Black Friday may still reign as king when it comes to scoring the best shopping deals, but Cyber Monday, which lands on November 28 this year, rivals its savings every time.
From the comfort of your couch, you can do all of your holiday shopping while eating a leftover turkey sandwich and avoiding an elbow to the ribs from an over-zealous Black Friday shopper. And who doesn’t love that idea?
While most Cyber Monday deals won’t be announced until we get a little closer, here are a few items you’ll want to put on your savings radar in preparation.
Cyber Monday could be the perfect day for you to book trips for 2017. However, you should proceed with caution.
Sometimes the deals are actually pretty average when you’re looking for those all-inclusive vacations, like a cruise. The low-season for a lot of travel occurs in January to March, so you may be able to get a better flash deal at a different time.
If you aren’t willing to wait, then go ahead and book on Cyber Monday. You may even be eligible for a sweepstakes – and win! Before you scoff, I actually did win a ski trip to Aspen from a Black Friday sweepstakes two years ago! It can happen!
DVDs and Blu-ray discs
Streaming capabilities significantly reduced the number of people who buy movies on DVD or Blu-ray.
But, if you have someone on your shopping list who loves to own the physical copy of a movie, then Cyber Monday is the perfect time to snag a deal on individual or bundles of films.
Products that didn’t sell on Black Friday
This tip is a little vague, but if a retailer overstocked a product in anticipation of Black Friday and not all of it flew off the shelves, then you can expect to see it offered as a hot deal on Cyber Monday.
Clothing and makeup also tend to have good deals as stores try to eliminate out-of-season styles and trends.
DIY tax software – like TaxAct!
With 2016 quickly coming to a close, you know the time is coming to make sure Uncle Sam is properly paid.
Tax time comes the same time every year, but why wait to purchase the software at full price if you can get it at a discount?
Keep your eyes peeled for emails with discount codes offering significant savings.
Insider tip: there’s a good chance you may be able to take advantage of those offers before Cyber Monday even starts!
And the best part? DIY tax software is the gift that keeps on giving! Not only will you save money on the price upfront, but you’ll save even more by filing your return on your own rather than paying someone else to do it for you.
One year my sister jokingly said she wished she could find a t-shirt that said, “I’m not trying to flirt with you, I think your dog is cute.” I wrote it down and months later had the shirt custom made. The gift was a big hit!
Sites like Zazzle and Custom Ink help you create these perfect, and hilarious, gift-giving moments. If you have an idea for a custom job, then Cyber Monday may be the perfect day as many sites offer flash sales and deep discounts.
Don’t forget small and local business owners
Small businesses have their own day on November 26 which is Small Business Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the owners stop offering deals once they close up shop.
If you have a favorite boutique or local merchant with an online presence, be sure to check out their website on Cyber Monday.
You can also use sites like Etsy, which help facilitate interaction between you and independent sellers.
Final tip: Stay informed
Many of the Cyber Monday offers have not been released yet, but certain companies will send out teasers or give sneak peeks at what’s being offered well ahead of time.
If you’re lucky, you may be able to get an early bird deal and ditch the angst of clicking refresh in an attempt to purchase an item in limited quantity.
Some companies tease deals or exclusive offers on their social media sites, via newsletters or in daily emails. The best way for you to find those deals is to subscribe to your favorite company’s newsletters or mailing lists and hit follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.