Who's ready for some retail therapy?!?! With this pandemic putting a damper on everything, everyone is ready for something fun! What could be more fun than BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY!
But to make the most of these fun times, a bit of prep is required. Nothing major, of course, but if you want the most bang for your Canadian buck, there are some quick tips and tricks to make that happen!
The iCASH team put together the top 10 secret tips for the best shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday:
SECRET TIP #1: MAKE YOUR LIST
Black Friday and Cyber Monday can easily get overwhelming. It is way too common to start shopping like a chicken with your head cut off! And the worst part is that, when the dust settles, you didn't even end up getting the items that you wanted to get in the first place! So, the first secret tip is to get a well-organized list going.
Take a minute to think of which items you are most looking to purchase and write them down. Don't forget to also think about planning and adding some Christmas gift ideas to that list! Getting a head start on Christmas shopping, especially when at a hugely discounted price, is always a brilliant tip!
SECRET TIP #2: RESEARCH
Stores across Canada have been pre-planning for these important shopping days since last year. So, to take proper advantage of these amazing deals and sales, it makes sense that we should also get our pre-planning game on.
Shopping experts say that the MOST IMPORTANT Black Friday and Cyber Monday secret tip is the importance of doing proper research and making the right plan.
Many retailers display upcoming deals with countdowns to sale time. If there is a particular item you are looking to purchase, take some time to research and compare prices among the various stores selling it. Some stores may even price match, so if you find your item on sale at one spot, don't hesitate to contact a competing store to inquire if they will have a better deal!
SECRET TIP #3: REGISTER ON MAILING LISTS
Not only do stores begin announcing their sale items way before the official Black Friday and Cyber Monday days, but many of them also send out exclusive sales only to the people on their mailing list.
That being said, one of the best secret tips is to make sure you are on the mailing list for any store that interests you, or that is selling an item that you are looking to purchase. This way, you will be able to compare prices and be prepared even before the sale days hit!
SECRET TIP #4: GET SOCIAL
Updating websites and circulars can be time-consuming for retailers. Often, the quickest way to communicate a hot deal is through their social media pages. And, as we all know, social media moves FAST! Not only are hot deals sometimes shouted out on social media, but exclusive promo codes and contests are also often communicated solely on social pages.
On Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, there are often "Friends and Family" or "VIP" promo codes communicated only to fans of the pages. With this in mind, a major secret tip is to make sure you are following the social media pages of any store at which you are looking to catch some hot deals!
SECRET TIP #5: PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Retailers know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are hot days for consumers to purchase items. But they also know that there are still several weeks of lead-up to Christmas!
This ENTIRE season is the biggest one for retailers, not only Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Stores across the country are going to be competing HARD for the next month and a half. If the item you are most hoping to purchase doesn't go on sale or goes on just a slight sale, don't hesitate to wait.
Wait and watch. Check on the item daily. Or even several times a day, if you have to. There is a pretty good chance that the item will fall on super sale at some point between now and Boxing Day. Don't rush. If the deal doesn't match what you expected, sometimes holding off until closer to Christmas is the best secret tip!
SECRET TIP #6: ABANDON YOUR SHOPPING CART!
This is, in our humble opinion, an amazing secret tip not only for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping but actually throughout the year! Wanna know why? Thanks to online shopping technology, retailers can send out auto-emails to clients who left items in their cart.
As every good retailer knows, one of the best ways to make a sale is to send out razer-focused emails with a promo code designed precisely for the client of an abandoned cart!
One of the most popular auto-emails is the classic email with a subject line of something similar to: "Hey! Looks like you forgot something!" with a promo code for precisely the item(s) you abandoned! What could be better than catching the exact item that you want with additional discounts!
SECRET TIP #7: DON'T DISCOUNT THE DISCOUNT SITES
Retailers aren't the only ones looking for a little Black Friday/Cyber Monday action! Discount sites such as Retailmenot and ShopSavvy work tirelessly all year round to aggregate discounts and promo codes for many of the top retailers.
So why would Black Friday and Cyber Monday be any different? These discount sites will be doing their best to find you the best additional promos and discounts for these hot deal days!
SECRET TIP #8: KEEP IT ONLINE
This pandemic is changing up so many traditions. But, as resilient as we Canadians are, we are finding unique new ways to create new traditions! We are going to have to roll up our sleeves and do the same for these shopping days!
With stores being forced to limit the number of shoppers allowed inside the space at any given moment, line-ups and crowds will be best avoided. This would mean that if you are usually an in-person shopper, a hot tip is to get newly acquainted with your keyboard! Hone up those fast typing skills, and you'll be amazed how quickly you can "shop" through an entire online store! Trying to navigate through the crowds in the stores after waiting in long lines might mean missing out on the sale item you wanted in the first place!
SECRET TIP #9: LOYALTY PAYS
Retailers and discount sites aren't the only ones to keep in mind. Loyalty programs and loyalty companies often offer additional discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Most of the time, they offer promos that double your points if you purchase certain items or additional rebates on specific things or at particular retailers. Before beginning your shopping extravaganza, make sure to check out all loyalty program sites, both ones that you are a member of and ones that you are not, as they might offer cool incentives for new members.
SECRET TIP #10: SET AN ALARM
After secret tip #8, keep it online, then you should be aware that online deals don't start when stores open. Online deals begin at 12:01 am (check the stores for time zones).
As we all know by now, when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, the early bird gets the worm! So, for those classic, incredible "door crasher" deals, you need to be among the first to grab them as the deal is usually "while supplies last"! Secret tip number 10 is most definitely to SET THAT ALARM and make sure you are up, alert, and ready to rock at exactly midnight! Just think, at least, this option is better than camping outside stores in the cold to be the first in line!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are usually "not to be missed" deal days. If you are short on funds and need some quick cash to nab some of these great deals, head over to iCASH! We are open 24/7, including on weekends, so that no matter when you need to grab an instant loan, we are available! Happy shopping!