First. there were the Black Friday sales. Then we had Cyber Monday and pre-Black Friday sales, and somewhere along the way Green Monday got added to the mix. Did you know there’s even a Travel Tuesday (the Tuesday after Cyber Monday)?
Green Monday is just like Cyber Monday, but is the second Monday in December and falls about two weeks before Christmas. This is definitely an online shopping day created to help shoppers catch up on deals they missed out on in November or didn’t have the budget for at the time. Major retailers also participate in this day, so it has become a legitimized shopping event.
According to the International Business Times, Green Monday, “is just 10 years old and began when online retail giant eBay coined the term in 2007.” It was due to the giant sales generated in-store and online on that second Monday in December of 2007.
What to Watch For
There are a couple of ways to spot deals for the upcoming Green Monday shopping event. You can do a search in your email specifically for “Green Monday” or “Cyber Monday 2.” Another thing you can do is pre-select items and add them to your cart.
When you add items to carts from certain online retailers and do not check out, you may receive emails that they noticed you haven’t completed the transaction yet and here’s a coupon or they may send an email with similar verbiage but letting you know there was a price change. As for Green Monday, having your shopping cart filled and ready to check out could make your purchasing time faster on that Monday, but there’s no guarantee that will work. So you definitely need to make sure your prices are correct!
Price tracking websites are also super helpful during the holiday shopping season. Sites like Retail Me Not offer discount codes, Ebates offers discounts and a percentage of your sale back by allowing the site to track your shopping activity while making the purchase with their link.
New sites like Honey allow you to go on certain online retailer websites and run as many discount / promo codes as the site contains all in one shot. This alleviates the need for you to manually input the codes in one-by-one. Also, the site has a price tracker tool that can let you know if the price of an item you’re looking at has gone up or down recently. Another site called CamelCamelCamel does a similar thing and allows for you to track pricing and set up price alerts.
Did you know that certain credit cards offer a price guarantee option? During this time of year, shopping for electronics isn’t an unfamiliar thing. Certain credit cards have a price guarantee offering that will track prices across the internet for a qualifying item. If the tracker finds a discounted price for the purchase you selected to track, they will refund the difference. How awesome is that?
With a little under two weeks to go, it’s time to get your shopping list together — Happy Green Monday shopping!