After indulging in the pleasures of Thanksgiving and the Black Friday sales, falling in an e-commerce rathole first thing Monday morning can feel… unhealthy. Alas, Cyber Monday discounts are famously good. So good American shoppers dropped over $7 billion in 2017—and that number is expected to rise by 17% this year.
Here’s one thought on how to take advantage of the discounts and still get some work done today: narrow yourself down to just one considered purchase. Something that, at 20 to 40 percent off, means you’re saving a good chunk of change, not just a few bucks. Something that no one will ever be kind—or savvy—enough to buy you for the holidays. Something that you actually need.
A really great winter coat is a smart choice. Maybe yours isn’t doing the job anymore. It’s out of style or just run ragged (we’ve all been there). Good winter coats are expensive, but when you throw down on a goodie, every step into the bitter, unforgiving cold feels like a tiny triumph. In other words, this isn’t the type of Cyber Monday purchase you’ll be flipping on eBay in four weeks.