While understanding the importance of shopping locally, we all love a bargain and not every item on our holiday lists will be available locally. That said, here’s how to get the best of the “big deals” on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Retailers tend to offer deep discounts on select categories on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday, which means it’s worth your while to strategize a bit. Instead of buying the latest and greatest electronics, pajama sets, and must-have toys on the same day, you’ll want to plan ahead.
Electronics, TVs, tablets, laptops and smartphones typically have the deepest discounts on Black Friday. Just be sure that you are getting the top model you want, because sometimes retailers consider Black Friday the perfect time to sell off-brand and older merchandise at sharp discounts. Look for markdowns on home goods, especially countertop kitchen appliances like coffeemakers, toasters, crockpots, stand mixers and sandwich makers. You’ll also see low prices on container sets, dishes and other kitchen goods, as well as specially marked home improvement gifts like drill sets and power tools. If you’re in the market for a new home appliance like a dishwasher or a washing machine, you’re in luck: these are typically among the very best deals on Black Friday.
If apparel is what you’re after, you’ll want to shop on Cyber Monday. Some websites offer as much as 60 percent off clothing and shoes, coupled with any other coupons and discounts that may be sent to your home or inbox. So be sure to check your email – and the fine print of any offers or coupons – before proceeding to checkout. Retailers also often offer free shipping, since products like clothes and shoes cost less to ship than many other holiday items. Beyond clothing and shoes on Cyber Monday, you’ll also see bargains for toys, games and holiday photos – giving you an extra incentive to get that family holiday card finished early.
Whether you decide to partake in Black Friday or Cyber Monday, remember that just because an item is marked down doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good deal. One study found that nearly 20 percent of items on sale for Black Friday were actually more expensive than they were the week before. So it pays to do a little browsing ahead of time.