It’s Presidents Day Weekend, and you know what that means? There’s a sale going on somewhere!
From cars to furniture to clothing, everybody’s slashing prices to entice buyers in their doors. If you’ve recovered from holiday shopping – both physically and financially – you can find some great bargains out there.
Whether it’s in a store or out in the cyber sphere, the deals are in plentiful supply. And if you’re lucky enough to have a three-day weekend, you’ll have enough time to track down items at rock-bottom prices.
Unlike 10 to 15 years ago, you can now do your shopping on the go. Just pick up your smart phone and head out the door. Better yet, you don’t even have to leave your house. If you don’t need to see and touch what you want to buy, you can make your purchases right from your comfy recliner. But before you do, you may want to download a few apps to help track down the bargains.
So what are some of the more prevalent ones? There are the no-brainers like Amazon, eBay, and Groupon. Others that are popular include RetailMeNot, Coupon Sherpa, SlickDeals, Shopular, Ebates, BuyVia, Hafta Have, Gilt, Purchx, ShopSavvy, ScanLife, and Flipp.
Some of those listed (Purchx, BuyVia) are mobile comparison shopping apps, while others feature mobile coupons for various retailers (Coupon Sherpa, Ebates). The majority of them are compatible with both IOS and Android operating systems.
Armed with these apps, you can put your grandmother – and maybe even your mother! – to shame when it comes to hunting down unbelievable Presidents Day steals. And the choice is yours – either buy online or head out to a physical store.
But a word of caution before you go on a mini-spending spree. While you’re in search of penny-pinching bargains, fraudsters are in search of unsuspecting victims. The good news is that these crooks are being deterred by those chip-enabled credit and debit cards that people are using more and more in stores. The cards are designed to make it a lot harder to steal vital information from consumers.
The bad news is that the thieves are turning to a lesser path of resistance – cyber space. Physical chip cards can’t be used to make online purchases, so that opens the door for criminals to access your information in other ways.
You can protect yourself online by buying from retailers you know and trust. And many online companies are using more sophisticated approaches to identifying and authenticating those who are making purchases.
Sometimes these approaches may make the online shopping experience a little more time-consuming or a bit more complicated, but they’re intended to safeguard your identity and other information that crooks are snooping around for.
No matter if you’re hitting the bricks or the computer/smart phone keys this weekend, we hope you get the Presidents Day deals you’re in search of.