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27 November 2015

How To Get The Best Cyber Monday Deals

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In my opinion, there is nothing more stressful in this world than Black Friday. My vibe as a shopper is not one of hustle or panic. When I go shopping, it's a leisurely event for me. I like to look at every last thing on the rack, one-by-one. I'll place my hand on each individual hanger, touch the material, pull the sleeve out to see if it's long or short, admire the back of the garment... then move that piece out of the way, and repeat the process all over again with the same speed and care.

Leisurely is how I prefer to shop, and this is exactly why I'm more of a Cyber Monday kind of girl. 

You COULD.... Get out of bed at 3am in the frigid November temperatures and fight off most of Dallas Fort Worth in an attempt to get your hands on that limited quantity 4K television you've been eyeing since they announced the sales November 1st only to find out that they're sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.......


You could stay cozy in your dreamy bed with a cup of coffee, the scent of a Fresh Apple American Home candle wafts through the air, a cozy blanket draped over your feet and the warmth of the laptop on your legs as you kiss on your puppies while surfing those exact same deals in the privacy of your own home. 

"I choose option B, Sarah!"

I thought you'd say that! 

American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand candles are a great way to stay calm and set the mood while you're shopping for Cyber Monday deals. Candles can be super pricey, but the one's that I got -- Fresh Apple, Fresh Balsam Fir and Winter Morning Fragrence -- are an awesome value at just around $14 for a 19oz two wick candle and are conveniently sold on!

As you can see on my computer screen above, I was able to shop for the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand collection of fragrances and candles at!

American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand actually has a limited time Holiday 2-Pack offer exclusively for Cyber Monday. Beginning November 30th, their 2-Pack is just $22 and includes a 19oz. large jar Fresh Balsam Fir and a 19oz. large jar Sparkling Cinnamon Spice. There will be a limited quantity released, and this deal only applies while supplies last.

You'd never do black Friday shopping by yourself would you? No way. Now that you've got the mood set for a day of cozy shopping, I've enlisted some of my girlfriends to give their tips for the most effective way to shop Cyber Monday, because no one should go holiday deal shopping alone! 

1. Follow What Your Favorite Fashion Bloggers Are Linking To
Here is my personal tip: Although I might not be a fashion blogger myself (a girl can dream right??!) I still follow a ton of them via Instagram and Facebook. Some of my favorites who will definitely have the hookups on the best deals and certainly the best gift ideas are: Gal Meets Glam, Bows and Sequins, Modaprints, Lonestar Southern, Lemon Stripes, Lake Shore Lady, Penny Pincher Fashion, A Southern Drawl and McKenna Belu

2. Make a List and Plan Your Attack Ahead of Time 
This tip is from my bestie, Magen. She said she is buying almost all of her Christmas presents online this year because it is the easiest way to knock everything out. She's already made a list for Cyber Monday and knows exactly what she is getting, and from where. Some of her favorite online shops have already announced what sale they'll be having, and has written down every "stop" she wants to make so she won't forget anything! 

3. Stick to a Budget
My friend Larissa supplied this tip. She said, "Stick to a Budget!" Larissa said she sets a budget for each person she knows she has to buy for well before she spends her first penny on gifts. Doing so keeps her from overspending during the time of year that is the most brutal on our wallets. 

4. Search For Codes
This is another tip from me! I do this tip year round, not just on Cyber Monday. Anytime I'm about to checkout and up pops a "coupon code" box, I'll do a google search for that retailer to see if they are offering any coupons like free shipping or an extra 25% off. I almost always find an extra discount by doing htis. 

5. Don't Forget the Thrill Of The Hunt
This tip is from my Mom! The best part about Black Friday is bragging to your friends about the amazing deals you got. Just because you're in your pajamas doesn't mean you can't still brag to your friends or family. Tell a friend about the deals you got and give yourself a big pat on the back and have some fun with this whole "Cyber Monday" thing. 

6. Leave Items You're Unsure of in Your Cart, You Might Get an Extra Discount
This tip is  from me! Just yesterday I left an item in my "cart," but left the site without actually making a purchase. I was emailed about 2 hours later encouraging me to come back to complete my purchase, and given an extra 25% off to do so. It was an unexpected surprise and I did end up buying that itme. 

7. Get Social
Here is one last tip, and it's a final one from me! Share everything on social media. Ok, well maybe not everything, but keep an eye out for companies that reward you for referrals and generating sales. I have one online home store boutique that I shop on, for example, that gives me $15 in store credit anytime I refer a friend that makes a purchase. If you see an item you think a friend might like, pin it on pinterest, share it via twitter or send it directly to them in an email using your refer-a-friend code!

What's your plan of attack this Cyber Monday?
Any deals you've found that are MUST HAVES?

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  1. The last few years I have been all about Cyber Monday- even the Black Friday online deals. IT is so fun and convenient to shop online from the comfort of your home and score great deals! #client

  2. Thanks for the tips

  3. great tips and thanks for introducing me to some new fashion bloggers.

  4. I seriously am sad i missed cyber monday. these tips are on point!! seriously, fashion bloggers do all the work for you on the deals!


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