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Sunday, November 30, 2014

U.S. Cellular Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday right around the corner it makes one wonder how to find the best deals. After all, Black Friday is no longer Black Friday when most deals now start on Thanksgiving. Not only that, but most deals can now also be found online on Black Friday, making one wonder why there is even a Cyber Monday at all (which also seems to start on the weekend beforehand)!

So where does one start to maximize the savings potential? Are Black Friday deals the lowest of the low or are those found on Cyber Monday?

I've found, personally, that Cyber Monday tends to have better deals. The reason being that what didn't sell on Black Friday is now reduced in price. Stores start to get desperate to unload these items and out price other stores, resulting in some pretty good sales for us consumers. This wouldn't apply to those big ticket items (large screen television for $198, anyone?!) but often the stores only have one or two of those in stock anyhow, meaning you just waited in a mile long line for nothing.

Your smartphone can actually assist you in finding the best price for an item. When out and about you can check the app Slickdeals to find the best deals, voted on by consumers around the country who found the items featured to be the bottom line best deal.

 ShopKick will help will help you find the best deals at a particular store right when you walk in. With stores such as Target and Old Navy, you will receive more points the more that you frequent these stores. And your ShopKick points can be redeemed for gift cards and more.

For those with a keyring full of store discount/reward cards you can save time, and money, by using the app Key Ring, which will scan and store all your store cards at the tip of your fingertips.

For those shopping from home, Amazon Mobile can help you locate the best deals online and help you find exactly what you are looking for.

And don't forget that during this season of Thanksgiving and celebration, it's important to keep our kids safe and smart with their usage of a smartphone. Be sure to download the parent/child agreement to learn ways to speak to your child about the rules of cellphone use.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade but all opinions are my own.    

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