Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not designed for casual shoppers like me. There will never be any camping involved in any purchase I make, ever, but as a frugalista who understands the value of a great deal, I can see why others do it. That's why I use these five helpful tracking tools to get a good deal on these shopping holidays.
Here are five ways to get the best tech deals this weekend:
1. Fat Wallet
Fat Wallet is great year round for tech deals, because it posts the best deals of the day, combined with any coupon codes or cash back offers, but it's going to be especially helpful on Friday and Monday when every retailer is competing. Check it out several times on Saturday and Sunday too, for potentially less hectic offerings.
2. The Tracktor Extension
Ever wonder if you're really getting a crazy good deal or not on Amazon? The Tracktor adds real time price information on all product pages once it's installed, so you can compare past prices to the current holiday sale.
3. Invisible Hand Browser Extension
This extension sort of follows you around while you shop, and if it finds a better deal on another site for an item you're looking at, it alerts you at the top of the browser.
4. Follow @shopcybermonday on Twitter
The site cybermonday.com has lots of planned deals already posted, but for the most up to date deals, it's all about Twitter and checking back for more updates. Oftentimes, the best flash deals on Monday will sell out before any site can get them posted.
5. Set up a Google Alert
Lots of bloggers and forums will be tracking and posting specific products over the course of the weekend. Set up a Google Alert like this: in the Search Query Line, write the name of the exact product you want with the term Black Friday or Cyber Monday. For example, "Samsung Galaxy Tab s4" AND "Black Friday". Then, select to receive alerts as they happen.
(Image credits: Alexis Buryk; The Tracktor; Google)