The anticipation of Black Friday
runs deep through shoppers who have waited in long lines or even camp for days to ensure they don't miss out on the best prices before Christmas. But for some, it's not worth the wait or weight, according how you size it up.
Enter Cyber Monday
. In the comfort of your own home, you can easily check off that Christmas list while still lounging in your pajamas.
Cyber Monday has steadily grown in popularity over the years since it was first conceived by Shop.org
during the 2005 holiday season. Since then, more shoppers have took advantage of the online shopping experience each year.
According to a survey
from the National Retail Federation
, 51.8 percent of holiday shoppers will do their purchases online. That's up 5 percent from 2011 and marks the first time the annual survey shows online shoppers as the majority.
Other advantages online shoppers gain is free shipping, the ease to compare prices and coupon codes.
Most online retailers offer free shipping when ordering a certain amount of merchandise while some offer free shipping altogether. Not all retailers offer free shipping, but odds are if you search around, you can find the exact same product elsewhere who does.
The ability to search numerous retailers online gives you the edge on finding the product you want at the absolute lowest price. Most retailers offer their products online at a lower rate than on their store shelf.
Coupon codes can give you even more savings. They can be for things like free shipping on sites that are not offering it. They can be for free merchandise on select items or if you spend a certain amount. They can be a certain percentage off if you spend over a certain amount. Just search the web to find various coupon code websites.
Probably the most substantial advantages of online Christmas shopping is avoiding the inconvenience of spending unnecessary time in holiday traffic and battling many other people for popular and discounted items, not to mention avoiding the long checkout lines typically associated with the holiday season. Don't forget the fuel cost and the struggle to find a parking spot within reasonable distance to the store which is usually impossible.
So if you don't want to deal with the hustle and bustle of conventional holiday gift shopping, grab a cup of hot cocoa, get comfortable in front of your computer and start clicking that mouse button. And don't forget, clothing is optional.