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The Truth About Holiday Deals

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Do you know the real difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday Deals Week

Though Black Friday has been around longer, Cyber Monday has also emerged as one of the biggest shopping days of the year. However, you may not be sure what the difference is between the two. Knowing what deals are worth pursuing on Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday can help you stick to your holiday shopping budget.

The biggest difference is that Cyber Monday takes place exclusively online.4 Additionally, while Black Friday deals are leaked as early as October, Cyber Monday deals are largely unknown until that week.

The other big difference between the days: which products have the best sales.5 Black Friday sales usually center around expensive tech items. This includes smartphones, TVs, laptops, headphones, and speakers. The best Cyber Monday deals tend to be for smaller appliances such as vacuums, stand mixers and espresso machines.


How to Budget for Holiday Spending

Want to shop during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or any other holiday events? It's important to start planning now so you don't end up in the red at the end of the year.

First, review your budget early on and decide how much you can afford to spend during the holidays. Then start setting aside some money each month leading up to the shopping season. You can even open a separate savings account just for your holiday funds so there's less temptation to spend it on other expenses.

Next, do some research to be sure a sale you're considering is really a good deal. You can use a price tracking tool6 to find out if a price is truly discounted compared to the rest of the year. These tools can also let you know if a better price can be found elsewhere. Want to be notified if the price drops in the future? These tools will let you do that too.

The deep discounts on Black Friday may be few and far between compared to the earlier years, but that doesn't mean you can't still score good deals. By planning and saving ahead of time — and weighing your options — you can stick to your budget, save money on your holiday gifts, and make sure no one gets cut from the list.

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  1. Lauren Thomas and Melissa Repko, "Black Friday is over: Here's why retailers are touting weeks of deals this year," CNBC, published October 2, 2020, accessed August 9, 2021. Back
  2. Hayley Peterson, “Black Friday has been dethroned — there's a new biggest shopping day of the year," Business Insider, published, October 6, 2016, accessed July 30, 2021. Back
  3. Suzanne Kapner, “Black Friday's Inside Secret: Same Deals Every Year," The Wall Street Journal, published November 1, 2016, accessed July 30, 2021. Back
  4. Casey Bond, “Black Friday Vs. Cyber Monday: Here's The Real Difference," HuffPost, published November 28, 2019, accessed July 30, 2021. Back
  5. Olivia Tambini and Michael Hicks, “Black Friday vs Cyber Monday: what's the difference?" Tech Radar, published November 28, 2020, accessed July 30, 2021. Back
  6. Alan Henry and Lisa Rowan, "The Five Best Price Tracking Tools," Lifehacker, published September 18, 2019, accessed July 30, 2021. Back