Today is Cyber Monday and Pack has your back! Check out our top 5 pro tips and get the skinny on how to divide and conquer online deals that fit your needs, all while staying safe on the web.
01 Buyer Beware
With such a prime time for online deals, online criminals are looking to hit the jackpot too. As you’re looking through those oh so wonderful coupons and online offers sent to your email, make sure to be wary of malicious links slipped into the email. Still keep the golden rule of, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
02 Health for the Win!
Cyber Monday is well known for its electronic deals. If you’re in the market for a blood pressure monitor, check out Moca Care. Perhaps you’re in the market for a Fitbit? Never fear! Amazon, the Cyber Monday Titan is loaded with deals on Fitbits and other devices. Lastly, whether you’re looking to finally snag a stationary bike or just update your home-gym, Overstock has a plethora of sales for fitness products. To support our friends at NeedyMeds, visit their Amazon Smile link for your shopping, at no additional cost to you!
03 Browser Extensions
Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the advertised deals on a big name website like Amazon or Bestbuy. To help you dig through some of those major websites, it’s always a great idea to use a browser extension like Honey. This add-on will dig through the deals on a specific website and pull them out in a small window for you to scroll through. Never miss out on savings again! It’s simple to add to your google chrome browser, simply go to their website (click here) and click the install tab and presto!
04 Tactical Shopper 101
The best way to know if you’ve found a great deal is if you can compare the price to what it was before sales begin. Also, keep in mind that even though the item might be on-sale, not every retailer or website will offer free shipping. Make sure to double check the cost of shipping before you finish checking out, and factor that in when you’re comparing costs from one site to another.
- Did you initially subscribe to receive the offer? If not, this is a red flag.
- Does the subject line seem out of character considering the sender and does the text inside the email contain spelling or grammatical errors?
- Is there a file attached to the online offer? If so, delete the email immediately! Genuine sales events and offers are generally informational and have no reason to include attachments. Always check hidden links if you are urged to unlock an exciting offer, view your account, etc. by clicking a hyperlink. To do this,
Scroll your mouse (without clicking) over the hyperlink to reveal its real address if you see something strange or unexpected (think a lot of random numbers, letters, a strange domain you’ve never heard of, etc.), delete the email right away.
05 Have a Blast!
The greatest advantage of online shopping is that you don’t have to wait in line, you don’t need to dig a door-buster bin to find deals, and you can shop while drinking your favorite tea or coffee and spending time with loved ones. At the end of the day, what matters is your personal joy and happiness. If Cyber Monday is stressing you out, it may be helpful to scale back.
PROTIP: Try setting goals for what you want to get, how much you’re willing to pay, and how much time you want to spend online today. These guidelines will help you stay on track and make the most of Cyber Monday deals!