Thanksgiving, or as I like to call it, “the good meal before SHOPPING” day, is upon is. I’m sure you’re already able to navigate your hometown mall on black friday with ease—maybe you even have a ritual or a shopping buddy that always tags along. But perhaps the best part of the holiday shopping frenzy is the online-only sales day known as Cyber Monday. Your family is gone, you’re back at school, and you’re a little bummed out as finals loom ahead; what better to do than fill up some virtual carts? Scroll down for some deals we’re hitting up, and some of our personal picks to match!


Amazon kicked of the season with their “Black Friday deals week,” offering great deals all week long, and we can expect this to continue on Cyber Monday. You can find just about anything on Amazon and get it within two days if you have a Prime account, but even if you don’t, the site’s free 30-day trial of Prime covers almost anything they’ll have a sale on. Technology is something to look out for—there will most definitely be deals on Amazon’s echo devices, for example. I use mine all the time and would definitely recommend it!


Enter everyone’s favorite fast fashion retailer! Last year, Zara offered 30% off everything on Black Friday, and then brought it up to 40% off on select items for Cyber Monday. Check out their website for this year’s deals, which will most likely be very similar, and be sure to act fast: your cart could quickly vanish. We’re hoping to score a deal on these sneakers!


Sephora is always a great option for Cyber Monday, specifically because they offer value sets. They’re a perfect way to try out new products while also restocking on some familiar ones, all while saving a lot of money. They also work as great gifts! And if you want to save even more, consider signing up to participate in their beauty insider rewards program. Members save an additional 15% on any purchases and might get early access to deals. We’re coveting the Milk Makeup Bestsellers Set, which lets us save a minimum of $69 dollars from normal prices!

Whole Foods

Even grocery stores are in on the sales—perfect for stocking up on finals fuel and pretending you’re still eating good food at home. Yes, this means actually buying things in real life, but you’re able to check what sales the local store has through the store locator online. And if you happened to sign up for Amazon PRIME deals, you can expect extra deals at Whole Foods as well based on your membership and overall better dorm food, like hot chocolate! Yum.

Ultimately, pretty much every major retailer will participate in Cyber Monday, even in a small way. Our tips are to shop smart by planning ahead of time what you’d like, and to shop quickly to make sure nothing sells out. Happy shopping!


About Lily Siegel

Lily Siegel is a History and SLAMM major from Houston. This freshman loves writing, listening to music, and yoga.

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Lily Siegel is a History and SLAMM major from Houston. This freshman loves writing, listening to music, and yoga.