With Black Friday and Cyber Monday less than a week away, it’s time to map out a smart shopping strategy! Forty-two percent of shoppers say price is the most important factor in their buying decisions and since saving money is all about planning ahead, you need to organize your shopping itinerary.
While 49% of consumers plan to shop online for the price comparative advantage, the Web can be just as overwhelming as shopping in-store over the holidays. It’s easy to get lost among the online clutter especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday so here are several tips from Andrea Woroch from surfmyads.com to help you prepare for the big shopping days with tips on how to score the biggest savings.
Here are several smart shopping strategy tips that will help you save big this holiday season!
Do research prices. The most important weapon in your holiday shopping arsenal is to know the real prices of products you want to buy. This way you can recognize how good a deal is when you see it and know much money you will be saving.
Do shop online to find the best deals. The internet makes it easy to compare prices among stores and offers a 24-hour shopping convenience. Online shoppers will cut costs on gas otherwise spent on trips to the mall.
Do use online coupons. If you see a box for a promotional code, don’t skip over it. You are missing out on savings! Sites like PromotionalCodes.com, CouponWinner.com and PromoCodes.com organize thousands of online coupons and free shipping codes for over 10,000 brands like Target, DELL, Macy’s, 1-800 Flowers, Travelocity and more. This sites aggregate Black Friday and Cyber Monday coupons, store sales and special promotions so users don’t miss out on a single offer and can easily browse among to offers for a more streamlined and convenient bargain hunting experience.
Do stack codes to maximize savings. Some retailers allow you to apply more than one coupon or code on the same offer. For instance, use a 25% off coupon along with a free shipping code to get most bang for your buck. Otherwise, apply a coupon on a sale or clearance item to score a deeper discount.
Do stock up or combine shopping to increase savings. Sometimes purchasing more may qualify you for a better value coupon or offer. Consider purchasing multiple gifts from the same retailer to take advantage of special offers and discounts.
Do send gifts directly to recipients. Don’t lug gifts around town or on flights which may lead to added baggage fees.
Do use comparison sites. PriceGrabber.com, myShoes.com a comparison search engine for women’s shoes and CouponWinner.com’s coupon comparison tool, the CouponScout, are just some of the cyber shopping tools available to help you find the best price between brands and stores.
Do shop on Cyber Monday. The Monday following Thanksgiving is one of the best days to shop for hot holiday deals. Online retailers promote heavily discounted prices, from 40 to 60% off, on everything from electronics to apparel, games, travel, home appliances and more. PromotionalCodes.com and CouponWinner.com will feature a Cyber Monday specific category page with all the hottest coupon codes and sale offers so you won’t miss out on a single deal. Even brands like Apple that don’t discount their products will offer special prices on Cyber Monday.
Don’t marry a brand. Going off brand can result in savings. Compare all products, brands and prices to determine the best price and read product reviews for customer satisfaction ratings.
Don’t pay for shipping. Retailers will offer free shipping throughout the season to drive online sales. If the store doesn’t offer it, grab a free shipping copde from FreeShippingCoupons.com which organizes thousands of overnight, two-day and priority free shipping coupons.
Don’t shop for Black Friday in-store. Black Friday sales can now be found online so you don’t have to wait in long store lines or fight with crowds. You can more easily compare prices online to find the best Black Friday deal.
Don’t pay full retail price for anything. Retailers will be offering deals throughout the season and so you should wait for the item to go on sale. To make any in-store purchases before comparing prices online.
Don’t give out personal information. You don’t have to sign up or pay to access money-saving sites or coupons, and never give out your social security number or other information that isn’t necessary for the purchase.