Black Friday is done, but like all other gimmicks Cyber Monday is upon us. There's also Small Business Saturday, but at this juncture there's just too many commercialized bandwagons to jump on. Now, I don't necessarily knock those who clammer at store-fronts by 3am Friday after Thanksgiving, but I do love myself a great online deal without all the hassle.
A little history lesson for you: Cyber Monday was invented in 2005 according to Forbes.com. It was created as nothing more than marketing hype by shop.org a.k.a. The National Retail Federation. Back then and for some years after, Cyber Monday wasn't actually the biggest online shopping day of the year, but now it is! Cyber Monday is a very real steal and it's now retail tradition.
Needless to say, I'm a huge fan of Cyber Monday and all its glory. In fact, Cyber Monday is now a weekend-long event. So much so I spent the weekend after thanksgiving (and before Cyber Monday) completing all of my holiday shopping. Yes, ALL OF IT! I purchased 36 unique gifts and it wasn't at all dreadful or costly.
My sites of choice include Walmart.com, Amazon.com (love Amazon Prime deals) and Target.com. Other weekend-long Cyber Monday deals that were worth a peek included Khol's, JCPenny and Best Buy.
This is great time of year to get holiday shopping done. Plus, there's great sites like those we've blogged about years passed that offer points and perks for shopping online (e.g. ebates.com) not to mention standard perks that are hard to pass up such as free shipping and instant markdowns (Walmart lists their markdowns using the category "rollbacks" or "clearance").
Cyber Monday is the real deal, so knock yourself out and get to shopping. Then when it's all said and done don't forget to do a little more than just shop. Donate, too! After all, what follows Cyber Monday? GIVING TUESDAY and here's one GREAT CAUSE worth donating to this holiday season!