Don’t expect much work to get done at the office Monday.
Your co-workers -- and, let’s be honest here, probably you, too -- will no doubt be surfing the web in search of Cyber Monday shopping deals.
Cyber Monday is when a variety of retailers trot out some of the season’s best online bargains.
While there was more of a tech focus in its early days, that’s no longer the case. Hop online this Cyber Monday and you’ll see just about anything you can imagine – clothes, computers, toys and even vacations – marked down to must-have prices.
1. Shop early: Many deals involve products that are only available in limited quantities. That means no rain checks. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Experienced online shoppers tend to stake out the store’s website days in advance, adding the items they want to their carts. That way, they’re ready to pounce early on Monday, before stock is depleted.
2. What’s popular: Of the consumers surveyed by BlackFriday.com and Offers.com, 22 percent said clothing topped their shopping lists this Cyber Monday. Tablets, laptops, PCs and TVs were next, coming in at 21 percent, followed by smart-home devices (17 percent), gift cards (15 percent), toys (14 percent) and travel (11 percent).
3. Best deals: WalletHub.com says Kohl’s has the steepest discounts, with prices marked down by 66.32 percent, on average. JCPenney is in hot pursuit, according to the site, with discounts averaging 66.3 percent. Other retailers on the list with a Central Texas presence include Sears (52.78 percent) and Macy’s (45.58 percent).
4. Stack coupons: More coupons, more savings. Many chains allow shoppers to use multiple coupons or promo codes on the same transaction, a practice known as “stacking.” Kohl’s, for instance, lets shoppers use up to four promo codes in a single online transaction.
5. In-store pickup: If your purchase isn’t big enough to qualify for free shipping, consider same-day in-store pickup. It’s free, and Best Buy and other merchants often have online orders ready for in-store pickup in as little as an hour or two (although it might take a little longer during the busy holiday season). If your item isn’t available for same-day in-store pickup, see if there’s a ship-to-store option. Walmart and others don’t typically charge for this service. They’ll send an email or text when your purchase arrives from the central warehouse.
Black Friday is notorious for crowded shopping malls, long lines and total madness. But if the adrenaline rush of the post-Thanksgiving shopping day doesn’t appeal to you, Cyber Monday is another (almost) stress-free option for anyone looking to save big bucks on holiday gifts this year.
To get the best deals this Monday — and during Cyber Week — you’ll need quick fingers and a proper guide to the best discounts.
After scouring ads from multiple retailers across a variety of categories, we picked some deals you just can’t miss this Cyber Monday.
The Cloister at Sea Island on the southern coast of Georgia is offering a Cyber Monday special for guests who book two or more nights between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28, 2018. In honor of their 90th birthday in 2018, the resort is giving guests 90 percent off their third night. Rates are typically $395 per night.
Guests at The Cloister will also receive 10 percent off all activities, free breakfast and complimentary wine tastings in January and February. (Forbes)
Intrepid Travel is also offering 15 percent off more than 1,000 trips in 120 countries for solo, family and culinary travel groups. Popular adventure tour group destinations include Vietnam, Machu Picchu, Morocco, India’s Golden Triangle and the Northern Lights.
The Intrepid Travel cyber sale launched Monday and will continue through Nov. 30 for travel between Feb. 1 and Sept. 30 of 2018. (Forbes)
Liberty Travel is holding a cyber sale beginning Friday through Monday with more than 500 deals with savings up to 66 percent off tours, cruises and several destinations.
Google Home: Priced at $79 in Google’s online store from 12:01 a.m. EST Thanksgiving Day to 11:59 p.m. PST on Cyber Monday. Regular price: $129
Dell 15.6” Inspiron 15 3000 laptop with Intel Celeron: $199.99. Regular price: $299.99. Dell will have hourly doorbusters on Cyber Monday, and if you order online at Dell.com, you’ll receive free shipping on any order.
Costco’s popular deals on laptops, TVs and more end Monday, Nov. 27, so catch them before they go. Save up to $250 on laptops from HP and Asus, up to $300 on 40- and 70-inch TVs from Vizio and enjoy bundle deals on the Playstation 4 and Xbox.
Apparel and accessories deals
Ann Taylor’s Cyber Monday sale begins Sunday at 5 p.m. EST and ends Monday at 11:59 p.m. You’ll get 50 percent off your entire purchase and free shipping.
Banana Republic is also offering 50 percent off everything online on Cyber Monday.
H&M customers will receive 30 percent off online Monday.
JCPenney kicks off its Cyber Monday sale on Saturday, Nov. 25 and it doesn’t end until Wednesday, Nov. 29. The retailer is offering 25 percent off Nike shoes and apparel, 45-65 percent off fine jewelry and 60 percent off women’s sweaters. JCPenney cardholders will receive additional discounts.
Nordstrom is offering an additional 20 percent off select sale items beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST on Cyber Monday until 11:59 p.m. PST.
Old Navy is offering 50 percent off everything online exclusively on Cyber Monday. The retailer is kicking off its 72-hour cyber sale on Saturday, Nov. 25. On Saturday and Sunday, you’ll receive 40 percent off everything at oldnavy.com.
Saks Off 5th is giving online customers 50 percent off select apparel and accessories, and an additional 60 percent off cold-weather items.
Home and lifestyle deals
AncestryDNA is offering its kit for $59 from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Regular price: $99.
HelloFresh: Enjoy 40 percent off your first HelloFresh box using code MONDAY40.
Crate & Barrel: Enjoy 15 percent off full price items using code SAVE15 and enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase.
Be sure to check other retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target and Kohl’s for ongoing online deals through next week.
Are you ready for the biggest shopping day of the year?
This Black Friday on Nov. 24, retailers are bringing out some major door-buster deals.
Personal finance site WalletHub surveyed nearly 10,000 deals from the 35 biggest U.S. retailers’ Black Friday ad scans to identify stores offering the deepest cuts in a variety of product categories, including apparel/accessories, electronics and computers/phones.
- Kohl’s (66.3 percent)
- JCPenney (66.3 percent)
- Belk (62.8 percent)
- Stage (60.8 percent)
- Shopko (55.9 percent)
- Bealls Florida (52.8 percent)
- Sears (50.1 percent)
- Macy’s (45.6 percent)
- Fred Meyer (43. 9 percent)
- Army and Air Force Exchange Service (37.3 percent)
To find out how much of a discount other popular stores are offering this Black Friday, visit wallethub.com.
The best retailers for each product category, based on Black Friday discounts:
Apparel and accessories
Computers and phones
Consumer packaged goods
It’s a first for Target: The red-themed retailer recently unveiled its first “next-gen” store in Richmond, Texas, near Houston.
“With our next generation of store design, we’re investing to take the Target shopping experience to the next level by offering more elevated product presentations and a number of time-saving features,” Target’s chairman and CEO Brian Cornell said earlier this year. “The new design for this Houston store will provide the vision for the 500 reimagined stores planned for 2018 and 2019, with the goal of taking a customized approach to creating an enhanced shopping experience.”
One of the differences shoppers may notice between the new Target design and other locations is how the “next-gen” store is two concepts within one.
According to Target spokespersons, for the convenience of the on-the-go-shopper, one side of the store comes with grocery items and pick-up for those who prefer to order online.
The other side of the Target store is similar to a virtual department store, according to Target representatives. Shoppers can find items from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new “Hearth & Hand” collection in that section of the store.
“We wanted to tailor the experience to what shoppers are looking for,” store manager Shannon Wolford said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The in-store Starbucks is even next-gen, complete with patio seating.
Oprah Winfrey has released her 2017 favorite things just in time for those early bird shoppers and it’s her longest inventory ever, complete with a gratitude jar, genetics test and pizza oven.
According to the magazine’s creative director Adam Glassman, he and editor-at-large Gayle King spent the year scouting items for the favorites list and made sure to include something for everyone — men, women, pets and kids. Winfrey made the final decisions.
“What Oprah always challenges us to do is to find some new brands, some indie brands, mom-and-pop kind of brands. We always have a fabulous mix of tried and true, and big people, but we also like to infiltrate new brands and also brands made in the USA,” Glassman told the Associated Press.
This year’s gift guide also features a variety of price points, including a $2,000, 55-inch Samsung “The Frame” TV that literally “transforms your TV into a work of art” and a $199 double hammock.
But you’ll also find $8 earbud cases, free downloads of her Super Soul Conversations podcast and more affordable gifts.
The 102 items on Oprah’s list are currently at Amazon.com/Oprah and on their company websites. Some items are already sold out on Amazon, but check back again for restocks.
Black Friday has arrived early with the release of several Dell ads for a variety of products including gaming, Alienware PCs, monitors and other accessories.
The company announced the news this week in a press release, revealing that sales began Wednesday as a part of 48-hour early access promotion that ends Friday.
"This year, we are excited more than ever for Black Friday and Cyber Monday," said David Bent, senior vice president, Dell Consumer and Small Business Group. "Our valued customers' technology needs range from person to person and business to business, so we are offering the biggest deals on the most comprehensive selection of innovative products ever."
Take a look at a sampling of the savings below:
Dell gaming and Alienware PC deals
Dell consumer PC and monitor deals
Electronics & accessories deals
Black Friday has arrived early with the leak of a pair of Costco ads.
BestBlackFriday.com released the deals Thursday, revealing that sales at the members-only warehouse begin as early as Nov. 17 and run until Nov. 27. Online discounts begin Thanksgiving Day and run through Nov. 27.
The store is offering deals on a variety of items including laptops, televisions and gaming systems.
Here’s a snapshot:
Laptops from HP and Asus will be available for up to $250 less than the retail price. Bundle deals for the Playstation 4 and Xbox will also be up for grabs for up to $100 off, and the prices for 40- and 70-inch TVs from Vizio will be knocked down by up to $300.
The leak is earlier than usual, so there will likely be more to come. In the meantime, here are some of the in-store and online discounts.
Saving money often involves finding a way to pay less for something that you want or need. But sometimes the old adage about being "penny wise, pound foolish" applies, as the cheaper way out can end up costing you.
For certain purchases, spending more money up front can help you save in the long run.
Trying to save a few dollars per lightbulb doesn't pay off, according to The Simple Dollar. When comparing incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, the site found that the approximate cost for each bulb was $1 for incandescents, $2 for CFLs and $8 for LEDs.
Though unlikely, it’s possible for an LED bulb to last for 23 years. The savings for just one bulb over a 23-year period can be more than $150 if you switch to CFLs or LEDs. Multiplied by the number of bulbs in your home, this total becomes even more significant.
If you're starting a home painting project, you may be tempted to pick up the cheapest paint you can find in a shade you like. According to Consumer Reports, that's a big mistake.
Its tests found that economy grades of both interior and exterior paints don't perform as well as their more expensive counterparts. Cheap interior paints often require more coats than pricier paints and don't hold up as well over time. Economy exterior paints also don't weather as well as more expensive paints made by the same brand.
You spend six to eight hours a day lying in bed, so buying the cheapest model you can find isn't a good idea, according to Money.
Money recommends identifying what you don't like about your current mattress, trying many different types in stores by lying on each for a minute or two and being prepared to invest in one that suits your needs and preferences.
A laptop is a purchase that's worth saving up for whenever possible, according to Business Insider. Otherwise, the site says, you're walking into "the tech equivalent of a minefield."
Inexpensive Windows laptops often aren't as fast as their more expensive counterparts, and they're usually bulky. You may also find a short battery life, clunky keyboard and lots of useless preinstalled programs that make your computer function even more poorly.
5. Car insurance
Car insurance is one of those expenses that you pay for again and again without a payoff for months or even years. While you should shop around to get a good deal, Consumer Reports warns against skimping on liability coverage.
This pays for bodily injury and property damage that you cause. If you buy only enough coverage to meet your state's mandated minimum requirements, you leave yourself open to extremely costly claims that could jeopardize your life's savings.
Luxury purse, accessories and clothing retailer Coach (Coach Inc.) no longer wishes to go by its long-familiar name.
Coach, which purchased luxury shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade earlier this year, will re-image itself under the name Tapestry (Tapestry Inc.) in an effort to unify the three brands under one umbrella.
According to The Associated Press, Coach purchased the Weitzman brand in a deal that cost as much as $574 million. It purchased Kate Spade in May for approximately $2.4 billion.
“We are now at a defining moment in our corporate reinvention, having evolved from a mono-brand specialty retailer to a true house of emotional, desirable brands,” Coach CEO Victor Luis said Wednesday in a company release.
Many, including former Nordstrom executive Andrea Wasserman, reacted negatively to the name change on social media.
Luis responded to the criticism, telling Reuters, “At the end of the day, some of the social media reaction is misplaced because people think we are changing the name of the Coach brand, which we are not doing. It’s really about creating a new corporate identity for Coach as a house of brands.”
The name change will go in effect Oct. 31, Reuters reported. The stock market ticker symbol for the company will change from “COH” to “TPR.”
Walmart is testing a new grocery delivery service -- one where you don’t have to be home to receive your order.
Delivery drivers would be given a one-time passcode that provides access to the customer’s house if no one is there. Customers would receive an alert notification via the August Home app when a delivery person enters their home and would be able to watch the delivery person through the app.
The service will be tested in Silicon Valley with a small number of August Home users.
“These tests are a natural evolution of what Walmart is all about -- an obsession in saving our customers not just money but also time,” Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s vice president of eCommerce strategy & business operations, wrote in a blog post. “This may not be for everyone -- and certainly not right away -- but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future.”
Would you use it?
Read more here.
Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.
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