It is that time of the year! Everyone is ready for Thanksgiving and thinking about Christmas. With Christmas on the mind, the debate surrounding Black Friday Vs Cyber Monday seems to rage on. You see, some people prefer going to the stores and some think it is better to shop online. The real question is, is one better than the other? Will you get better deals one day as opposed to the other? While that can be up for debate, I personally do think that one of these days reigns supreme when it comes to Christmas shopping.
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Black Friday Vs Cyber Monday
While this time of the year is all about family and thankfulness, it is also a HUGE time of the year for the retail industry. This is when we all buy most of our Christmas gifts, but you know everyone wants a deal. I mean, who wants to pay full price? We need to save some money here! One way that we save money on gifts is by shopping sales, and coming up are two of the biggest sales days of the year; Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, you can save some serious bank shopping either day, but some people like to think one is “better” than the other… and honestly, I tend to agree. So if you want to save the most money and get the most bang for your buck, just check out what I have to say below.
So, Black Friday is the OG of super savings days. The day after Thanksgiving has always been a retail heaven with extremely discounted prices for “one day only”. There are always tons of great sales on Black Friday, and you can save a ton of money for everyone on your list…BUT…
Oh yes, there is a but. Over the years it seems like Black Friday has been steadily creeping into Thanksgiving. Stores are opening earlier and earlier, forcing a lot of retail workers to basically forego Thanksgiving with their own families. Now, as someone who has worked on Thanksgiving before, I will tell you it sucks.
With the stores opening earlier and earlier, that means in order to get the best deals, shoppers are going to need to be at the stores by about 3 pm on Thanksgiving if not earlier. To me, that is insane. I don’t need any gift badly enough to leave Thanksgiving dinner with my family and try to fight the crowds.
Speaking of the crowds, your girl is not a fan! One of the main reasons I am not a Black Friday shopper is because I don’t feel like fighting with some other woman over the last limited edition My Little Pony on the shelf. To me, the savings aren’t worth it. I know a lot of people love Black Friday, and enjoy the thrill of it but if you ask me, in the battle of Black Friday Vs Cyber Monday, I will choose Cyber Monday every time.
Since we have discussed why I am not really a fan of Black Friday, it is time we acknowledge my love of Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is my jam. I get to get amazing deals all from the comfort of my own home, sign me up! The deals are typically the same as they are on Black Friday, so really I am not missing out on any sales. If I am being totally honest, I am much more drawn to online shopping than I am to traditional shopping anyways. With that in mind, there are a few reasons I think Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday.
Shop In Comfrot
So I am a huge advocate for yoga pants and tank tops. These are basically my every day attire, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I like to be comfortable, and ladies you know that when you are at home that bra comes right off. For me, one of the better things about Cyber Monday is that I can be comfortable while browsing through all of the online ads. Sweat pants, hot coffee, no bra, sounds like heaven right?
You Don’t Have To Worry About The Kids
If I were to go out shopping on Black Friday, I would have to find someone to watch the kids. Most likely my husband would watch them, but if he can’t then I would need a sitter. II wouldn’t be able to bring them with me because most of the gifts would be for them.
When it comes to Cyber Monday, I don’t need anyone to watch the kids. I can sit on my couch while they play and shop on my laptop. It is really the perfect alternative to Black Friday for parents. Another bonus is that the boxes are typically non descriptive shipping boxes so there is no real need to worry about hiding the gifts. Just don’t open the shipping boxes until the kids are asleep.
Even More Savings
Honestly, I save WAY more money on Cyber Monday than I would on Black Friday. While the deals may be about the same, you can make use of online cash back sites with Cyber Monday.
In short though, during the year, Ebates will offer special deals that give users double or more cash back at certain stores. While these deals are awesome, they don’t compare to the amazing cash back deals they do for Cyber Monday. Last year I believe I saw 10% cash back at Walmart ( which is normally 1%), and up to 20% cash back at some other stores. So if you combine the cash back with the sales prices, you are getting one heck of a steal! Right now you can sign up for Ebates and get a $10 bonus when you make your first purchase! It is easy, free, and saves you hundreds!
Another site that is offering cash back now is Ibotta. They have recently braced out into online shopping and you can get cash back here as well. Ibotta is awesome for shopping in store as well and getting cash back that way! I am sure they will be having some Cyber Monday specials as well, so be on the look out. You can sign up for Ibotta here and get another $10 bonus!
My final reason for believing Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday, is the ability to easily compare prices. When you shop online, you can easily search multiple stores for a single item in order to find the best deal. I love to have a few tabs open, mainly Amazon, Walmart, and Target. I can search an item at all of the stores, see who has the best deal, and purchase from there!
The Choice Is Yours
Now you see why I personally prefer Cyber Monday over Black Friday. No lines, no fighting, extra cash back savings, and easy price comparisons. Some people love the tradition of Black Friday, and that is great, I just can’t do it.
So, What will you be doing this year? Shopping in person or online?