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Cyber Monday Shopping 101

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cyber-monday-shopping-101If you want to skip out on the intense holiday shopping crowds and stay in and shop with your favorite PJs on, Cyber Monday will definitely do the trick. 

Falling on the Monday after Black Friday, Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping holiday of the year, so it’s understandable if you feel a little overwhelmed just thinking about it. While the possibilities seem endless, and there’s no doubt that they are, there’s a surefire way to prepare in advance and organize your adventure and still get everything you need. 

Cyber Monday Tips For Shoppers

Start checking out sites that you know you’ll shop during Cyber Monday now. Create a “wish list” of specific items you’ll be going back for and keep an eye on any promotions that will be in effect that day. Be sure to look at the retail sites in the afternoon of the Sunday before. Here’s another trick: search for sites that offer free shipping! If you’re favorite store doesn’t, it’s competitor might.

holiday-presents-and-giftsSpeaking of competitors, always compare prices, especially for major high-priced items. Several major retailers will often match their competitors’ prices to boost business, especially during this time of year. Check out sites like PriceGrabber to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck!

Don’t wait until Monday! Yes, it’s called Cyber Monday, but think about how early Black Friday deals begin. These days, some launch as early as the Thursday evening before, cutting many Thanksgiving festivities short. It’s no different for Cyber Monday. If you really want to get a handle on the best deals and not feel swamped, start the weekend before!

If you’re part of a rewards group, Cyber Monday is a great time to cash in! Often, retailers will offer an even greater deal on top of your reward when you spend a certain amount of money.

Online shopping does carry a high risk, so be sure to watch out for any potential scams. There are websites that allow you to see the top tricks that perps use during this time of year. Also, avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi networks, be SUPER cautious if you decide to shop from your cell phone and ask your bank about virtual credit cards. It’s a temporary card number your bank will issue so you don’t have to use your real credit card number. Lastly, if something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not. Listen to your intuition and follow any uneasy instincts. 

Now, you’re officially prepared for Cyber Monday! Happy shopping!

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