In my opinion, the best thing the Internet brought to the cyber user is Cyber Monday. However, if we are not careful this gift can turn into the biggest nightmare when balancing our budgets. One reason is that it happens right after Black Friday, but the main danger against our pockets is the convenience of it all. During Black Friday there is a physical limit of the number of stores you can visit. This limit disappears when shopping online, so many of us end up visiting stores and buying items we never intended to pursue in the first place! Here are some tips to make the best of your cyber shopping experience and stay in line with your budget.
· Strategizing is the best tool for everything, including shopping from home. I know I have an obsession with making lists, but the fact of the matter is that they work for everything! So the first tip of strategizing begins with making a wish list of items. Not having an idea of what we need or want before going into searching the Internet is never a good idea, as it makes us vulnerable to every store’s agenda.
· Once we know what we want, we need to have an idea where to look for it. So yes, we need to make a list of online stores we want to check for our items. Not doing this is like getting in the car without a destination. I like to limit the places I visit to 3 per item I am looking for in order to keep track of prices per item, as I think it is safe to assume the offers will not be that different everywhere else.
· Compare prices of the items, but also compare shipping, and reviews of the store. Sometimes the lowest price isn’t enough. It is necessary to consider also the store’s reputation to guarantee receipt of item as well as the item’s quality.
· Stay focused on what items are really needed and prioritize by purchasing the most needed first, or the less expensive first to make sure you don’t go over your budget.
Cyber Monday should be enjoyable and convenient, so make a plan and have a happy shopping day at home! For more information about Reader Views visit www.readerviews.com