Budget Busting: How To Make The Most Out Of Cyber Monday

Are you one of the sane people who didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving and the day after waiting in hour-long lines just to get a great deal? Well, if you’re wondering if you still can snag some good deals for some of the items on your wish list, you still have a chance thanks to Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday was made for you if you are too lazy to get out of your pajamas after stuffing yourself with turkey the day before. But you still have to prepare in order to maximize your savings, so here are some tips to help you accomplish your holiday shopping goals:

1. Research 
Start researching now, and check out different websites that help you find the deals and steals, such as cybermonday.com. This website provides the best deals from various stores with clickable links to each store's website. Thus, making the process even quicker.

2. Start shopping ahead of time.
Look at the store websites you plan on buying from, and decide which items you are hoping to buy. By knowing what kind of deals your favorite store is going to have, you’ll already know what you will and won’t be buying, and you’ll be less likely to go over your budget. To make the shopping go by even faster, add the items into the shopping cart the night before so you won’t have to bother looking for them later. The discounted price should show up come Monday.

3. Keep your credit card nearby.
Unless you have your credit card information memorized, keep it next to you the entire time for a speedy checkout. You could also copy the number using those nifty keyboard shortcuts, so you can easily paste it into the box during each checkout.

4. Compare prices.
Before you buy certain items, such as electronics, compare the prices at various stores. Just because one store has a nice discount doesn’t mean that there won’t be another store with an even lower price.

5. Stick to websites that offer free shipping.
I’m sure most stores offer this discount on Cyber Monday, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t spend too much on delivery alone.

6. Take advantage of all the low prices, and consider buying your holiday presents now.
You’ll avoid last minute shopping and stress over high prices!

7. Start your shopping at midnight.
Don’t wait until you wake up at noon Monday or you might find everything sold out.

These are just some tricks to help you get through Cyber Monday quickly and successfully. By shopping this way, you’ll avoid long lines, having to go to five different malls, and even risking your safety because of the crazy (and sometimes even violent) shoppers. The best part about Cyber Monday is that you don’t even have to get out of bed! Be organized and prepared, but most importantly, stick to your budget. Happy shopping, collegiettes