Black Friday is upon us already, and Cyber Monday along with it! While I haven't posted a ton of flyers and tips as I did last year, I did think it would be great to share these insider tips I got from DealScience - an awesome site that can help you shop smartly and predict deals before they happen!
According to them, there are going to be some pretty amazing things to watch for in the comnig week, so be ready to get in line on Friday (or Thursday if you dare!) and get those clicking fingers ready for Monday!
The DealScience500 Index
According to the DealSciece500, consumers can expect to save big this November and December – and a few of the top predictions include:
· Tilly’s is the Tops: Tilly’s tops the list as the retailer with potentially one of the largest discounts on the Web this season. DealScience.com predicts Tilly’s may release a promo code that could exceed 50 percent off (and potentially up to 75 percent off) any one item – and may supplement that with an offer of 20-40 percent off each additional item.
· Department Store Savings: Expect Kohl’s Department Store to offer a special 25-30 percent off site wide code in late November to early December – JCPenney is likely to release a 30 percent off everything code in the same time frame. While Macy’s will likely release 10-20 percent off promo codes and a rare 25 percent off deal around Cyber Monday. Sears shoppers can expect a site wide 10 percent off coupon code for the majority of November and a potential $50 off of $300 in the later half of November
· Clothes the Deal: Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lane Bryant shoppers should expect a massive 50 percent off site wide deal at some point during late November and early December. Meanwhile, The Gap will likely offer promo codes ranging from 20-40 percent off during November and Banana Republic will release site wide promos for 35-45 percent off during the same timeframe.
· Cyber Monday Sales: Keep an eye out for the following site wide deals around December 1, as they may only be available for 24-72 hours:
o 50 percent off at The Gap, SnapFish, Carter’s and OshKosh B'gosh - and 50 percent off any one item at JoAnn’s
o 40 percent off at Michaels and Art.com
o 30 percent off at REI, Lands’ End, Jewelery.com, Sierra Trading Post, Express.com and Folica.com
o 25 percent off at Fujitsu, Dr. Jays and Derm Store
Top Tips for Holiday Savings
DealScience.com has also compiled a list of the top tips for saving this season, based on research from a team of retail experts.
- Make the Most of Price-Matching: Good news for shoppers – thanks to the prevalence and competitive edge of sites like Amazon, a growing number of retailers are offering price-match guarantees. That said, it's up to the shopper to find the price difference. DealScience.com found that over 25 percent of big-box retailers offer a price-match guarantee, including Target, Toys "R" Us, and Best Buy. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe's will even give the customer an extra 10 percent back.
- Product Promos: Many retailers will offer the deepest holiday discounts to specific categories of products. This year, electronics, apparel and toys top the list. Shoppers should pay particular attention to deals on laptops (especially those with Intel Core processors, which may dip as low as $200), tablets (Windows may offer the most sales), and 4K televisions. As always, DealScience.com anticipates substantial discounts on toys and current-season apparel around Black Friday.
- Shipping Savings: While free shipping deals are common for apparel stores (over 60 percent offer ongoing free delivery for orders over $50+), home goods retailers and e-commerce giants, like Amazon and eBay, may be lowering their shipping rates as well. Many of these marketplaces deliver through the USPS, which has recently reduced shipping costs for businesses, consequently; these sites pass along some savings to consumers.
- Mobile Payment Promotions: With the release of Google Wallet and Apple Pay in late October, some stores that are equipped to process mobile payments (such as the Apple-Pay-accepting Bloomingdales, Macy's, and the Disney Store) may start to offer promotions in November to incentivize payment via smartphone.
- The Negotiator: For in-store purchases, negotiating can be a useful tactic for supplemental savings. Understand what the store’s competitors are offering and try to use it to get the best deal. And remember, a flawed item can be a sale item. It always pays to ask.
For more on the DealScience500 Index and to explore the coupon climate, visit http://www.dealscience.com/climate
DealScience.com helps consumers shop more intelligently by predicting where and when the best deals are likely to happen. Using historical data and cutting-edge shopping intel, DealScience.com delivers the best insight about current and future offers to help consumers make better purchase decisions today and know how to save more tomorrow.