My favorite holiday is coming up, Thanksgiving which then means cyber Monday soon follows.  Although you think you’re saving money because it was a great buy, did you really? Here’s how to shop smarter online.

Shopping on cyber Monday? Here are a few tips so you can shop smarter online.

1. Make a list of needs and a contrasting lists of wants

95% of the purchases we make aren’t really necessities. Okay that’s probably not the exact statistic (I know I read the right one somewhere), but it’s pretty close. Really want to save money? Cut out that Starbucks coffee that you “need” everyday.

2. Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good buy

I remember learning this when I was younger and thinking ‘shopping can be hard.” Well it’s true. Just because it’s like 80% off doesn’t mean you have to buy it.

3. Browse ahead of time

Window shopping can be beneficial, especially if you’re on a site that has so. many. sections. (overwhelm, much?). I see shopping as a recreational activity, but it can be stressful. Browsing ahead of time and already knowing what you want won’t overwhelm you. Then…

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4. Leave what you want in your cart and come back later

Sometimes this doesn’t work, but sometimes a site gives a discount if you have items in your cart and you didn’t finish checking out. ~*Bonus*~ if you really love the company- sign up to their email list, they offer discounts galore! I know this site offers a discount if you leave stuff in your cart.

5. Do your research

When bloggers, celebrities or even brands post something that they recommend or is favorite I really take it to heart. I also I looove reading reviews! I like to see what the product is like in your day to day life before I bite the bullet and get it. 

6. Write out a budget

I used to think that having a budget while you’re shopping is like going to a buffet when you’re on a diet. Now I’m not saying blow your entire paycheck when you shop, but I’m not saying be a scrooge either. So what am I saying? Sit down and write out what you want to spend.

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Remember these questions also:

Do I really need this?
Will I use/wear this in a few months?
Why am I buying this?

How are you shopping smarter online?

P.S. you can also beat overwhelm by shopping these posts here, here and here.

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Melissa Chee

    Wonderful tips, especially helpful for this time of year!

  • Miss ALK

    I made a detailed Black Friday/Cyber Monday list for this year so that I don’t overspend! I’m hoping to do well and stick to it!!

    xoxo A

    • Haha that’s always the hardest part.

  • These are some great tips, Alix!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • These are such great tips! I use some sites so I can get a cashback!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • these are great tips! it’s always important to shop smart

  • Amanda K

    Great tips! I will be doing most of my Black Friday shopping in store!

    Amanda ||

    • Haha I’m not brave enough to face the crowds.

  • This is definitely important! I’m balling on a budget this year so all of my purchases will be perfectly crafted.

  • Great tips! They’re especially handy with a college student budget. 🙂

  • Sara Nichols

    These are great tips! Will definitely follow these!

  • I usually do all of my shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and having a list and budget is so important! Scoping out deal ahead of time helps too, but so many places keep it a secret until the day of. So I’ll go through and fill up my cart ahead of time, then check what’s on sale and make adjustments as I need!

  • McKennableu

    These are all perfect tips. I have my list ready.

  • Whitney H

    I definitely need to get my list together for shopping! I feel like my shopping gets out of control this time of year, so these are great tips!

  • I am definitely guilty of buying something because i’ts on sale. However, I’m more cautious about my online spending than my in store spending. I tend to leave stuff in my cart for months before I actually purchase.

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Having a budget is so important! It’s so different when you shop online compared to the days when we only had a certain amount of cash to spend at the stores.

  • I love this! It’s a great guide to practicing intentionalism in shopping. It can be hard not to get caught up in the rush of the holiday shopping season.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • I am too!

  • These are great tips! I’ll have to keep these in mind during Cyber Monday sales!

  • Budgeting is probably the highest priority for me. I’m such a bad shopper in general because I have buyers remorse all the time. If I gave myself a certain amount to spend then I wouldn’t feel guilty either way.

  • Brittany Daoud

    These are all great tips! I always like to leave things in my cart and come back to them, that way I can filter out what I really want vs impulse decisions! xo, Brittany |

  • Adriana

    Having a budget is soo important! It really does help!

  • Paige Rankin

    Great tips! Such a great reminder with all of the crazy sales currently going on.

    xoxo, Paige

    • I know! So many things that I want and probably don’t need haha.