For fashion editors (aka online shopping aficionados), Cyber Monday is sort of our Super Bowl, where everyone who has a good strategy comes out a winner. While many e-tailers also celebrate Black Friday with special deals, it's the Monday that follows (November 28 this year) that holds the best deals on the internet. In fact, Forbes said last week that Cyber Monday 2016 is poised to be the biggest shopping day in history, as consumers are more comfortable than ever with shopping online. Forbes remarked, "The upcoming holiday season will be the largest online shopping affair yet, with expectations of 11% biggest growth year over year."
If Forbes's prediction incites a mild sense of panic in you, we get it and can relate. And that's exactly why you need a plan of attack going into the day. Whether you're checking items off of your gift list or seeking to add a few things to your own wardrobe (or both!), we've compiled for you, dear reader, the tips and tricks that fashion editors use to navigate Cyber Monday.
Keep scrolling to start your Cyber Monday shopping game plan, and shop pieces that are part of upcoming standout Cyber Monday sales while you're at it.
START SHOPPING THE NIGHT BEFORE
Depending on the time zone that e-tailers are in, many start their Cyber Monday sales at midnight (or earlier) the night before. Shop early before stock gets picked over and shipping gets backed up.
Nasty Gal Cyber Monday deal: 20& off site-wide
SIGN UP FOR EMAIL NEWSLETTERS
Sites will often have special offers for their email subscribers or will open up sales to them before everyone else, so start signing up now.
MAKE A THOROUGH LIST
It goes without saying that an unfocused strategy will lead to overspending or missing out on significant deals. Start planning gift ideas and researching specific items you'd like to add to your closet now, and stick to that list on November 28.
ASOS Cyber Monday deal: 30% off everything
Make a folder in your inbox for all of your order confirmations and shipment notices so you can keep track of what you've bought and when to expect your packages. We also advise making a list of the expected delivery dates of each shipment as they are dispatched.
RESIST IMPULSE PURCHASES
While the lure of the incredible deals to be had can be strong, purchasing things you don't need on a whim can easily blow through your budget and lead to regret and the hassle of making returns later. Stick to your list.
STACK PROMO CODES
Some e-tailers (especially big ones) allow you to use multiple discount codes on a single order, so give it a try and you just might sweeten the deal even more.
HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
Avoid panicking if an item you had your heart set on ends up selling out by keeping a list of alternate gift ideas to turn to if needed.
Shopbop Cyber Monday deal: Spend $200, get 15% off; spend $500, get 20% off; spend $800, get 25% off.
PAY ATTENTION TO SHIPPING COSTS
Oftentimes after tax and shipping are tacked on, you're not getting much of a deal, so try to shop e-tailers that offer free or low-cost shipping.
WATCH SOCIAL MEDIA
E-tailers regularly make special sale announcements (including flash sales) on their social media channels. We suspect that'll be the case more than ever this year.
GET UP EARLY
Cyber Monday isn't an open invitation to shop while you're on the clock, so set your alarm early and finish your shopping before your workday starts.