Last week, I offered 17 shopping tips for this holiday season. If you haven’t looked at that post yet, there is a lot of money-saving advice there.
Now, I’d like to offer one more tip: Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday do offer some very good deals, but ONLY for the few items that are offered at a deep discount. So, if you are looking for an expensive consumer electronics item and it is one of the “door buster” deals, then buy it!! 🙂 BUT!!!!!!!!! don’t buy items that are not on sale. The reason that retailers offer a few deep discounts is to get you to do more shopping while you’re getting your bargain. However, the other items are mostly not discounted. Why do you think that retailers offer “door buster” sales? It’s to lure you in — and not because they want you to save money on a few items.
So guard your wallet. If there’s a deal you like, buy. Then, then GET OUT OF THE STORE or EXIT THE WEB SITE. There will be better deals later on. It’s really a game of chicken. Who will blink first — the shopper or the retailer? Since it’s still a tough retailing environment, the stores will blink first IF YOU LET THEM. Be smart.
And remember, save your receipts and check the post-purchase ads. I just saved $300 by seeing a Best Buy ad for something that we recently bought at Best Buy.
Image by Jillian Tohber Leslie