8 Ways to Save Big on Cyber Monday

When Black Friday deals just aren’t enough, there’s always Cyber Monday. Just days away from the most anticipated and chaotic shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday offers consumers another shot at securing the best deals of the season. The perks? Pajamas are standard, if not required, and sitting at the computer is the easiest way to avoid the long lines and scuffles that have come to define Black Friday. Use these tips to find the best Cyber Monday deals, be the first in line, and spend less than the sale price on those must-have holiday gifts.

Finding the hottest deals

Follow favorite retailers on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook for direct offers. CyberMonday.com and Cyber Monday Central link to retailers with site wide discounts and offer free newsletters for daily updates on the hottest deals. For mobile users, download the TGI Cyber Monday app which offers constant updates and a searchable database of over 500,000 Cyber Monday deals.

Weed out the phony sales from the real deals with sites like Price Grabber and Google Shopping to compare prices all across the web. Google Shopping also calculates tax and shipping for the best overall price.

Preparing for the big day

A great deal will get gobbled up fast on Cyber Monday. Find out when the best sales start to avoid missing out.

Beat the rush by creating an online account with the retailer, and save items in the shopping cart ahead of time. When the sale begins, the only work left to do is click “checkout.”

Ways to save even more

Purchase gift cards (or online eCODEs for faster shopping) at a discount with the help of Gift Card Granny. Every penny counts when shopping for the holidays.

Begin Cyber Monday with sites like Ebates that offer cash back of up to 25 percent of the purchase total for using their links to buy from online retailers.

Stack up the savings with coupon codes. RetailMeNot and Coupon Cabin allow users to share the best coupon codes around, and their rating system separates the good deals from the fake and expired ones.

Shipping costs are no longer a drawback of online shopping when using FreeShipping.org. Many retailers now also offer a free in store pick up option to eliminate shipping costs. When buying gifts online for out-of-state relatives, have the gifts delivered directly to the recipient to save time and money.