Make Black Friday and Cyber Monday Work For You

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The morning after is never easy. We feel bloated, lethargic, and maybe even a little under the weather. The fact is, we ate too much on Thanksgiving and even though it was everything we could have hoped for, and probably more, our bodies are thanking us in their own sadistic ways.

Well, what better way to beat the Thanksgiving hangover than with some Black Friday and Cyber Monday – henceforth known as “Blyber Fronday” - shopping? Today, right from the comfort of your very own bed, I am going to help you have the most productive Blyber Fronday you’ve ever had.

DEALS ARE IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER

I know Blyber Fronday inhibits every rational millimeter of your brain with the magic of discounted goods, but if you don’t need something, don’t buy it. Just because it’s cheaper than usual, doesn’t mean it isn’t still a waste of money.

Instead of looking for the best deal on a new TV to replace your one-year-old TV, or a deal on whatever this year’s version of the hoverboard is, why not use that money for something you need?

For example, my apartment is in dire need of some new kitchen utensils and accoutrements. We could use a new pan, maybe some oven trays, or hell, even a new pair of oven mitts. These are things you don’t usually think about on Blyber Fronday but I bet there will be sales out the wazoo for them and I plan on taking full advantage.

My advice to you is to make a list of things you need, not things you want, and buy those things. Think of it like a reverse Santa list. I mean, it is Blyber Fronday, so someone is probably buying you a holiday gift right now, anyway. Let them deal with the want. You go deal with the need.

WATCH THAT WALLET

I’m not going to say you can’t buy some of the things you want, that’s crazy. We all have a wish list and this is as good a time as any to start checking things off that list. What I will say though, is to budget yourself so you don’t find yourself spending all of your disposable income before even thinking about the things you need.

Let’s say, for the sake of numbers, that you’ve given yourself a budget of $200 to spend this Blyber Fronday, allocate at least half of that to things you need. You don’t want to find yourself paying full price for something you could have gotten at a 60 percent discount because you found a good sale on a second Dutch Oven.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

This is the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and lucky for you, we have a great group of tools that are built to help you maximize your shopping experience.

SLICE

Let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to any brick and mortar stores this Blyber Fronday. You, like the rest of us, are going to be doing your shopping from your computer while sitting in your pajamas and eating leftovers. This is perfect because Slice works its magic on online purchases. It’ll help you track your purchases, keep you updated of any recalls, help you easily access any receipts, and even notify you if something you bought dropped in price, allowing you to submit a refund for the price difference.

All this in one convenient app? Makes you wonder how you ever shopped online without it…

SLICE WATCH

Not everything is going to be discounted as much as you might like, and that’s annoying. But luckily, our good ol’ friends over at Slice have done it again with their Slice Watch Chrome Extension.

This is Slice’s version of Santa’s wish list and it allows you to keep an eye on certain items that you want to buy, but that are too expensive for your tastes at the moment. As soon as that item drops in price, Slice Watch will let you know and pretty soon you’ll be rocking that new [insert desired item here] with the best of ‘em.

Until next time – happy shopping.

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Arye

When Arye isn't helping optimize your time, he is doing his part to ensure life is full of shenanigans.