As the newest addition to shopping holidays, Green Monday is expected to bring in a few billion dollars in online sales leading up to Christmas this year. Green Monday sales totaled $1.621 billion last year, according to The Balance, while sales for Cyber Monday skyrocketed to $6.6 billion this year, according to Forbes.
If you have any more Christmas shopping to do, this might be a great chance to scour the web for deals! Here are five ways to save the most money on Green Monday.
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How to get the best deals on Green Monday 2017
1. Comparison shop
Whether you’re finishing up your Christmas list or just getting started, one of your best friends when it comes to shopping is checking the price on a site like Price Grabber or Google Shopping. InvisibleHand is a browser extension that also lets you know when an item is a lower price elsewhere. Just taking the time to double check prices on sites like these can save you a few dollars now and hundreds over time!
2. Use the store pick-up option
Due to the rush of holiday shipping and UPS’s struggle to deliver on time, Clark recommends finishing your online shopping by December 10 to ensure delivery by Christmas without paying for expedited shipping. Other stores are promising Christmas delivery for orders placed as late as December 23! However, to save the most, don’t procrastinate and end up paying extra for faster shipping options.
Generally, orders placed by December 15 should get to their destination on time, but if you want to be sure, select in-store pick up at stores like Target, Walmart and Best Buy on Green Monday and dodge the expedited shipping fees.
3. Check the reviews of items you plan to buy
Sometimes online reviews aren’t what they seem to be. Luckily, sites like FakeSpot.com can help you spot fake reviews before buying something you might regret! Always check reviews on items before purchase, and read through the reviews to see what people are saying about an item. If the reviews are too good to be true, they’re probably fake!
4. Check the price history
If you’re wondering if an item really is the best deal on Green Monday, sites like Camel Camel Camel or Keepa can show you the price history of items on Amazon. In addition, use a browser extension like Honey to check to see if there are any coupons at checkout to make the savings even sweeter!
5. Stay within budget
As always, don’t go beyond your means to give. Christmas isn’t about the gift, it’s about showing those you love you care. If you’re over-budget, consider making some homemade gifts instead. Remember, it’s not all about the gifts we buy: Spending quality time with friends and family is the most meaningful gift you could give your loved ones during the holidays!