Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and — for the budget-conscious student — it’s a time for some major savings. But if you were too full to fight through the crowds on Black Friday, there’s still time to get some of the season’s best savings from the comfort of your bed. With just a little research and a good WiFi connection, you can save big on everything on your wish list on Cyber Monday.
If you’re looking to save on quality pieces, the best clothing deals you’ll find online won’t be from retailers like Forever 21 and H&M, whose prices are already low year-round. While both retailers have heavily discounted their prices for the occasion, this is the time to focus on the big players.
Try exploring online-only clothing retailers like ASOS and Net-a-Porter. While you’ll spend a little more than $1.99 for a tank, these sites, among others, are offering deep discounts on quality designer clothing. You may not want to splurge on a $1,000 Dolce & Gabanna jacket, but for women, Net-a-Porter has many designer finds for an extra 50 percent off for the holidays. If you are looking for a wider variety of items, ASOS offers men’s and plus-size clothing, as well as discounts on already reasonably priced options from designers, as well as their in-house brand.
Another way to get great deals is by going directly to the source. If you’re dying for a new pair of Adidas Sambas, check out their holiday sale before looking at other sources. While Target may be offering 15 percent off site-wide for knock-offs, designer brands like Adidas and Kate Spade are giving deep discounts that make the prices comparable. Still, some items will be more expensive, but investing in quality pieces that will last will save you more in the long run.
For those more electronically minded, Cyber Monday is one of the best times to save on televisions, computers and other tech gadgets you’ve been dying for. If your laptop is on the brink of a total hard drive meltdown, Dell is offering discounts of hundreds of dollars on many of their most-popular models. Online-only retailers like eBay and Amazon are also offering deals on cameras, speakers and televisions. The GoPro HERO4 has been marked down $150 on eBay, while Amazon is offering an LG 43-inch Smart LED TV for half off its original $1,099.99 price tag on the site.
When shopping for electronics, make sure to compare prices between stores, the manufacturer and online retailers, as some places — like Best Buy — will match the best price you find.
Whether you’re looking to pick up a new computer or a whole new wardrobe, checking out Cyber Monday deals are a great way to save big bucks. Make sure to get online early, since the best deals will sell out quickly. If you can’t get exactly what you want, however, don’t worry — the holiday sales are just beginning.