Are you counting down the days to Christmas for the sole reason that you simply love the thrill of Black Friday shopping and Cyber Monday sales? You’re not alone. Our entire team here at iROCKER loves these two days almost more than every other day of the year.
Not because we love to shop, though. We love Black Friday and Cyber Monday because we love to SUP!
In case you haven’t noticed, these two days shortly before the holidays deliver wide open waterways because non-SUPers are shopping instead of SUPing.
If you’re like us and you’d rather be paddle boarding instead of jockeying for parking at your local shopping mall, then read on for our tips for really winning at Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.
Spoiler alert: We love shopping bonuses like free shipping, holiday sales and — drum roll, please –– interest-free payment plans!
In this post, we’re going to give you the iROCKER team’s top tips for:
How to Win at Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Unless you want to spend your Black Friday sitting in traffic, breathing in the stench of exhaust fumes and jockeying for position in parking lots and register queues, then you’ll want to master these strategies for winning at Black Friday shopping.
First and foremost, you want to plan ahead. The days are getting shorter, after all, and this means less time for SUP unless you’re geared up for night SUP. (We totally love night SUP, by the way, especially with big groups to see holiday lights.)
This is why our top tip for winning at Black Friday is this: start your shopping at midnight and save the daytime for paddle boarding.
Make it extra fun and special by planning a holiday-themed group SUP adventure!
Message your SUP buddies and schedule a time to hit the water early Friday when everyone else in town is driving to the mall. Check the weather so everyone brings the right gear and enough energy drinks to keep you warm if it’s chilly out.
Tip: If you’re buying holiday gifts for your buds, make a mental note of who’s missing some critical gear and put it on your Cyber Monday list.
Finish your holiday SUP outing with an ugly sweater contest at your fave watering hole.
Doesn’t this kind of Black Friday sound so much better than standing in lines at the mall? We think so!
Organizing Your Gift List for Maximum Black Friday Benefit
Of course, the only way to totally skip the malls on Black Friday without missing out on must-find gifts or Black Friday sales is good organization.
To be truly organized for midnight online shopping on Black Friday, you have to get your shopping list ready well before the turkey hits your Thanksgiving table.
Fortunately, our smart devices, Alexa and Google Home make list making a snap. The key is getting it done early and thoroughly.
This is why our second tip for winning at Black Friday and Cyber Monday is to look online before you buy.
Look up all the gifts you plan to buy. Do some cost comparisons ahead of time and determine where the sales are going to be. Drop the links into your list so when the clock strikes midnight on Black Friday, you’re ready to point, click and ship.
Speaking of shipping, be sure to include shipping costs in your cost comparison research. Not everyone offers free shipping like iROCKER!
Getting Ahead of Cyber Monday Sales
Many online retailers will announce sale dates early. Take note of these. If an item on your list will go on sale on Cyber Monday, then save that purchase ‘til then.
Also, some of the items on your list might sell out on Black Friday.
This is why our third fave Black Friday and Cyber Monday tip is this: have a backup plan.
Be prepared to get the best deal at the best site by having at least two different sources for each gift on your list. If one doesn’t work for midnight Black Friday shopping, then the other might or you can try again on Cyber Monday.
Here’s a cool source for a running list of 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. You’re welcome.
Dropping Hints for Your Own Holiday Wish List
Since you’re going to be investing in a fair bit of online research to find the best deals on the coolest gifts, you might as well think of your own wish list. After all, the people you love are going to be shopping for you, right?
This is why our final fave tip for winning at Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping is this: make shopping simple for your loved ones by doing the advance work for them.
Seriously, this is a great way to help out your friends and family. Why let them wonder what you want when you already know? And by taking the time to find the best prices, free shipping and even interest-free payment plans, you’re making life so much easier for the people you love.
Start Now to Win at 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Since you’re taking the time to read this (and we’re so glad you did), why not take a few extra minutes to get started on your 2019 holiday gift list?
Once you’re finished, share your great finds with us using the fields below. Or talk to us on our social to get the word out about your holiday wish list. Maybe your friends and family will get the hint.