Categories to focus on
- Fall clothes & shoes – “Save up to 70% at H&M and Everlane, while Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and Madewell are offering up to 40% off on clothing and accessories. Expensive Lululemon has a ‘we made too much’ section where you can save a lot of money (within 50% off). Many other clothing brands are offering discounts in the 20-25% range.
- technology – “Tech is one of the strongest categories on Cyber Monday because of the sheer volume of sales. I’m seeing deep discounts – often as deep as 40 – 50% – on laptops, TVs, tablets, smartphones and smartphone accessories. You can even get a phone service deal – Mobile phone is offering new customers three months of free service when you sign up for three months. A great companion gift for smartphones.”
- Small household appliances – “There are great deals in this category – up to 60% – on everything from robotic vacuums, tabletop devices and home security systems/video doorbells.”
- Cosmetics – “This is a good time to shop for beauty gift sets for others and stock up on essentials from our favorite brands. I am seeing discounts in the 25-30% range from Drybar, Goop, ULTA and Urban Decay.”
How to save more
“If you’re not using discount sites, especially during the weekend shopping season, you’re leaving money on the table. It all works a little differently, but during this busy sale, Slickdeals.net loved because they have 12mm deal seekers working together to vote and check all the deals out there, so you know you’re on top of showing off the best deals . Their browser extension will automatically alert you to available coupons and cashback offers. Or, first visit their Homepage for their community-voted top deals. You can also search by retailer or click on ‘clothes and accessories’ for specific fashion related deals.
Pay attention to your credit card
“You can also save more by using the right credit card, as some cards offer exclusive cashback and savings. For example, with the new Bread Cashback American Express Card from Bread Financial, you can get 2% cash back on all purchases, from gifts to groceries. Plus, with this card, you get access to savings opportunities with Amex Deals with brands like GoPro, UNTUCKit, and Ray-Ban. When you spend a certain amount with these brands, you get your money back in the form of statement credits.”
Do your research before you buy
“Before you pay, do a quick Google search to see where an item is on sale and for how much. If you click the “shopping” tab in Google, you’ll find in-depth information, including price history and reviews. They also have a powerful blog with many shopping recommendations. Shopping.yahoo.com is another place to compare prices and track prices.”
After Cyber Monday
“Charity Tuesday comes after Cyber Monday and is a great day to support brands that contribute to causes that matter to you. Heading into December, look for deals on Green Monday (December 12), Free Shipping Day (December 14) and Super Saturday (December 17). You will find that any remaining fall clothing and footwear will have a sale price, while winter clothing, holiday themed clothing and gift sets will be available.”