This time of the year I like to remind my readers that the holiday deals will be going on throughout the holiday season (and into New Years – where the deals are very good). Choose the holiday first, choose to socialize or just relax with family and friends. If you want to shop, realize that there are both deals at the stores and online. Here are TechMama’s Tips for shopping this holiday season:
- FIND THE BEST PRICING, WHICH MAY NOT BE THIS WEEKEND: When you do go shopping use shopping pricing services, websites and apps to help determine if the holiday pricing is good or to wait. Cool Mom tech last year had their online shopping helper recommendations, including sites like Decide and PriceBlink. This year Cool Mom Tech recommended a great Black Friday shopping app and reminded us of the shopping apps including “Shopkick for accruing store rewards, TGI Black Friday for ad-free Black Friday deals and Savvy to get alerts on price drops“. Also consider shopping at sites such as eBay or Etsy. Mashable also posted with shopping apps discussing an iOS app called Snip Snap and another app (that is also a website) called RetailMeNot.
Last year I tracked the pricing and realized that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not the only days to get deals – I found the best deals around New Years and beyond. For holiday gifts I wrote an “IOU” for a gaming entertainment center, which allowed me to wait until I found the right price without rushing to get it before the holiday.
- FIRST FIGURE OUT WHAT TECH YOU NEED: In my book “My Parent Plan” I talk about using professional project planning techniques for making a plan for your family. One area I mention in this book is the process of defining your families needs. This is very important when it comes to technology shopping. So DON’T just buy the cheapest computer, TV, tablet or other tech devices – buy what you need and fits your workflow. For example, If you are looking for a smartphone, don’t just buy one that all your friends have – buy one that has the features you need and that you find easy to use on the go. If you are buying a TV, realize that you will probably want to connect to the internet so consider getting a smart TV. If you want to get your child a tablet and see one on sale – it is important to first decide what features you need in a tablet not only this year but moving forward. If they are young, then children’s tablets are a great fit for the parental controls and child friendly apps that are included. But my 9 year olds are beyond using a tablet as a toy, they need one that they can read eBooks, listen to audio books and do other things that standard tablets offer. If you see a computer on sale, check to make sure it has the features you not only need now – but one that you can use for a few years. At the same time, don’t be enticed by what is the “coolest gadget” when really you just need a more functional device.
- Inspire your kids to learn the meaning of giving by putting some of that holiday money into charities such as Red Cross. Or look towards the future and give the gift of investing in a college fund for your children (and tell family to do that as well). I found more ideas in a Mashable post about 12 Holiday Gifts that Give Back (such as Blanket America).
- If you really do want to shop for tech, here are some great shopping guides: Cult of Mac Guide for Apple Fans, CNET Black Friday Guide, Digital Trends Best Black Friday Deals. LaptopMag Top Black Friday Deals and more to come! I am curating my own Shopping Guide at SkinnyScoop: TechMamas Holiday Tech Shopping Guide
I will be posting with the same “holiday sale” image throughout the weekend (in tech shopping) with some of the press releases I received with holiday tech deals. So check back to this post for a summary after the weekend is over.
Are you Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping or socializing this Thanksgiving weekend?
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. It is just my personal advice to hopefully inspire people to choose a shopping strategy that allows them to enjoy the weekend as well!