The unofficial start of the shopping season is upon us and it's time for some of the BIGGEST deals around! Of course I'm referring to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the most popular shopping days of the year. Everyone loves taking home an amazing deal, and today I'd love to share some of my tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.
First up is Black Friday. Whether you are looking for some great in-store buys after your turkey day dinner (or regular Thursday evening dinner for us here in Canada) as you do every year, or if you are new to the world of Black Friday shopping, check out my top 5 Black Friday shopping tips:
1) Do Some Research:
Find out if the store or mall you want to visit first has any special hours of business for Black Friday. If they are open earlier than usual, or are offering any of their specials on the day before, you want to be sure you are there early to have the best chance to shop the deals. Review flyers and online postings to discover which deals you are most interested in.
2) Be Prepared
This may sound silly, but it is very important to Black Friday shopping success. First of all, be well rested, get a good, restful sleep before the big day. Make sure you are well hydrated and have had a good meal, and bring some water and snacks with you, since this can potentially be a long day of waiting in lines. Granola bars are perfect shopping snacks, since they fit in your pocket! Lastly, make a list of the deals you are most interested in for quick and easy reference, and shop with a small group of friends or family, this way you can all shop from one consolidated list, and you all have an increased chance of getting the deals that may be offered for a limited time or in limited quantities.
Not always easy to do when you're excited for huge savings and in the middle of a big sale, I know. Take a deep breath and know that even if you can not cross off everything on your list this Black Friday, ther are SO many deals out there that you will be able to go home happy with an exceptional deal or two or three (or four). :)
4) Sign Up and Get Social
If you have a favourite place to shop, sign-up for their email updates, and follow them on social media. This way you will be the first to know as soon as the deals are available, and exactly what is on sale. This is a good shopping tip for all year round, and really helps when you're shopping for Birthday gifts or anything else throughout the year. To sign up for our eUpdates click here (http://www.mastermindtoys.com/promo/eupdates.html?topic=Help+Welcome), and to follow us on social media, find us (@mastermindtoys) on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
5) Look Beyond Friday
Although the majority of the hype is centered around Black Friday itself, most retailers extend their special deals on other days as well. If you are not one for lining up to enter a store, waking up super early, finding a babysitter etc, then you can shop the days following and still get some awesome "Black Friday" deals.
Next up are my top 5 Cyber Monday shopping tips! If you are not familiar with Cyber Monday, think of it as "Black Friday but online". I LOVE Cyber Monday shopping because I can do it from home while drinking hot chocolate in my PJ's, haha! :) This is THE biggest day to shop online with great shipping offers and tons of deals that you can only get on this day.
1) Focus and Checkout
This is the one day of the year that EVERYONE is shopping online. Even if what you are shopping for online this Cyber Monday is not being advertised as available for a limited time or in limited quantities, you want to be super quick to have the most success. Try and pick one or two key "must have" Cyber Monday items and be ready to put them in your cart and checkout ASAP. Unlike when you are physically in a "brick and mortar" store, when you are shopping on a website you have no way of knowing how many thousands (maybe millions!) of other people may be trying to buy the same items at the same time. So stay focused and checkout as quick as you can, you can always browse further after you've completed your first successful order.
2) Shop for Gifts
Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday is the best, make a list and cross things off! A perk of shopping online deals is that you can choose different billing and shipping addresses, so Cyber Monday is a great day to snag some amazing gifts for your "out of town" friends and family. Many websites (like ours: mastermindtoys.com!) also offer shipping deals, along with gift tags and gift wrapping, so your Cyber Monday deals will arrive to their recipients all prettied up and ready to go under the tree!
3) Sign Up and Get Social
This bears repeating! This is particurlarly helpful in the case of Cyber Monday shopping since, aside from visiting your favourite websites, email updates or social media may be the only ways to find out about some of the extra special deals that are happening only online!
4) Monday's the Day
Unlike Black Friday deals that are often extended at stores throughout the weekend, Cyber Monday online deals tend to be ONE DAY ONLY. So log on and checkout to your heart's content on this particular day to take advantage of all of the Cyber Monday deals.
5) Stick to Your Budget
Create a Cyber Monday budget and stick to it. This is my favourite Cyber Monday shopping tip, it is important to set a personal guideline, to stay within your budget so that you can successfully manage your holiday shopping. Cyber Monday shopping online is all about checking out "virtually", so if we make an effort to keep a budget in mind we'll sail through the remainder of the holiday season with no worries... right? :)
Thanks so much for reading my Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping tips! Happy shopping everyone!
- Auntie M