The Best Tips For Deal Shopping On Cyber Monday
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There are only 24 hours to make the most of Cyber Monday.
It’s truly never too early to start planning for Cyber Monday. Get yourself ready by brushing up on these shopping tips to score big on the second biggest shopping day (only just behind Black Friday)!
Check out last year’s deals for an idea of what to expect.
Give the 2018 ads a glance to see if any of the products featured align with your desired shopping list. Make note of the price and any details, so you can compare when the 2019 Cyber Monday ad scans leak.
Here are a few of the most popular Cyber Monday deals we posted in 2018:
- Instant Pot
- Rare Extra 15% off select toys, home, electronics & more at Target
- So many Amazon one-day sales on toys, games, electronics and more
Look for discounted eGift cards.
Once you have a list of retailers you’ll likely be shopping, look for discounted gift cards from Raise. Note that all gift cards do not work the same, and only shop the cards you can use online (some cards are for in-store purchases only). You may also find some deals on cards during Black Friday sales prior to Cyber Monday!
Learn which sites offer free shipping & free returns.
Even though many retailers offer free shipping or lower minimums during major sales, it’s helpful to know the shipping standard in the off chance free shipping isn’t an option.
You’ll also want to know what the return policy entails, so you don’t wind up losing money by returning a purchase you no longer want.
Keep your payment information secure to protect against hackers.
You love shopping Cyber Monday, and scammers love it, too. Here are some simple ways to keep your billing information safe.
- Only shop from sites you are familiar with rather than unknown retailers, no matter how good the advertised deal.
- If shopping from a phone, make your purchases through the retailer’s specific app instead of a web browser.
- For website purchases, only enter your information on sites that start with https rather than just http (no s), as those sites are more secure.
- Make sure you are using a private computer (not a public or shared PC) on a password-protected WiFi network (again, not public).
Check your billing statements for a month after your purchase.
Just to be safe, monitor your transactions for several weeks after your Cyber Monday purchase in case your credit or debit card information does get compromised. Alert your bank or credit card provider immediately if you notice any activity that was not authorized by you.
Avoid pop-ups and suspicious emails.
Typically, if a deal is WAY too good to be true, it is. You’ll likely see pop-ups or an influx of spammy emails promoting insane discounts without a trustworthy source. Do yourself (and all your secure information) a favor, and do not click on them.
We cover all the best, legit, Cyber Monday deals right here on Hip2Save, anyway!
Create a schedule and get alerted when deals go live.
Your calendar can be your personal shopping assistant. Just add deal information as a calendar event for the advertised time they launch on a retailer’s website. Make sure you include a notification alert, so you’ll receive a reminder when the deal is live.
Hip Tip: Sign up for our texting alerts to be notified of the hottest deals! It’s simple, just follow these steps:
- Text “Hip2Save” to 41411.
- That’s it! You will now be alerted via text whenever a Hot deal is posted.
- To stop receiving text messages, simply text “STOP” to 41411.
- Note that standard text messaging rates will apply.
Turn down upsells and add-ons.
You know when you’re about to check out, and the “Spend $20 more to add product XYZ to your purchase!” prompt pops up to tempt you to spend more? Look away! You can easily end up spending more than intended on products you don’t actually need.
Use a rewards credit card to capitalize on points.
If you’re going to make the purchase, you may as well get a little added incentive for it. Many rewards credit cards offer anywhere from 1-5% cashback on everyday purchases, though some can have percentages even higher when used on certain websites or in specific product categories! There are also other benefits, like extended return times in the case of the Target Red Card.
It’s important to note you should make sure you can pay off your balance in FULL each month and never spend beyond your limits. Credit card interest fees are so destructive to a budget!