Last year was the first time I participated in the online shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. Originally an American event, Black Friday is now being enjoyed more and more on our Canadian side and I am gearing up for another day of deals and discounts as I take stock and look at what we need over the next few months.
This year, Black Friday is on November 29 and Cyber Monday falls on December 2. Looking back to the shopping I did a year ago, I found most of the deals actually happened up here in Canada, online, on the Friday. When I checked the same websites on Monday, I found most were sold out of their stock that was extremely marked down and what was left did not have as much of a deal.
Here are some great ideas to look at during this weekend of online consumerism.
Check all of your online travel deal websites. Last year, we were flying home to visit family for the holidays. I was able to get a great deal on a hotel room during our visit and it ended up being about 65% off the original price per night.
Heading into the winter months, I usually have a few items the our girls need to make it through to spring. Tights, pajamas, warm pants, etc can be found at a great discount and if you really think ahead, you can buy some of your kid’s clothes for next summer at clearance prices.
I have been known to buy my own Christmas gift and just tell my husband that it’s on the way. It makes it easier for him and no running around is needed. Last year I was able to pick up a KitchenAid Mixer at 70% off. Grab your Holiday shopping list and start surfing to see if you can buy now to get an even better deal.
Another benefit of shopping during Black Friday is the shipping. Check your stores to see who offers free shipping over the weekend and if there is a minimum charge.
Tips for shopping online during Black Friday or Cyber Monday:
- Know what the original price is so you know if you are getting a deal.
- Shop with a list so you can make sure you get everything you need. Organize your list from most important to least so you don’t get to the end of your list and the most important item is sold out.
- Check the sales on the Friday. If you are happy with the price, buy it. If you wait, you run the risk of it being sold out by Monday.
Will you be shopping on Black Friday? What are you hoping to find?