As retail experts will tell you Cyber Monday is not what it used to be. There are still great deals out there but overall they are not as spectacular as they once used to be on this one particular day. Today there is more competition in the market place than ever before, which is great for consumers because competition drives prices down and creates more options to choose from. This has led to the availability of great prices and selection not only on Cyber Monday, or Boxing Day in Canada, but rather all throughout the month of December. What does this mean for us? Well, for one we don’t need to trample each other on Black Friday and loose productivity by either shopping online at work or playing hooky to hit the sales. Sure there are ‘limited time deals’ but those are just marketing gimmicks to urge you to impulse buy quickly before this thing you don’t need disappears!
How to you get the most out of shopping season?
To get the best results make a list of what it is you need or hope to gift and keep an eye out. Attach a price or a value to the items on your list so you have an idea of what you’re going to and are willing to spend this holiday season on each item. When you do see a deal you’ll be able to evaluate it and not fall for the ‘buy today only’ schemes. You may or may not find it on this one day, but if you don’t you still have all month left!
I do hope you find some great deals this holiday season because they are plentiful! But remember to follow my shopping tips all year round to really get the best value from your shopping. For example if you collect optimum points a great time to have taken advantage of the deals at Shoppers Drug Mart was this past weekend – see #3 (Yes, I tweeted about it :P). This past weekend was the Super Spend Your Points Event. If you spent your points you got bonus cash towards your purchase.
Another tip to getting the most out of this season is purging/swapping your unused gift cards. You can go on http://www.cardswap.ca/ and list your unused cards. This is hassle free but you’ll get less for what it’s worth. Or of course you can list your gift cards the old fashioned way on Craigslist or Kijiji. While you’re browsing CardSwap or the classifieds If you can buy a card to a retailer you would normally shop at anyway at a discounted price that’s all the better!
I hope you have a wonderful and affordable holiday season! If you have great shopping tips please do share! Leave a comment or shoot me an email. I love hearing from you!
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