Make your (shopping) list
Going into Cyber Monday shopping with a plan is the best way to organize your online shopping trip. Plus, knowing what you want to buy gives you the opportunity to compare prices between different online stores to score the best deals. Bookmark the hot items you want so you cut out searching time.
Register for retailer’s mailing lists
Many retailers only release their best coupons and deals to their loyal followers. Sign up to receive emails from your favorite retailers now — doing it on Cyber Monday won’t net you any of the inside information you need to save money. Use social media for the best deals by liking your favorite stores on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Covering all your social media bases will ensure you get the greatest deals.
Check out coupon sites
Coupon websites like Retail Me Not are set up like databases and contain thousands of promo and coupon codes that you can use to piggyback the already-low Cyber Monday prices. Retail Me Not lets you search for a specific store and even show the percentage of shoppers who have reported success from the codes.
Find free shipping
Shopping online for Cyber Monday is great, until you have to pay to send it to your house. Instead, only shop on websites that offer free shipping on Cyber Monday purchases. Many retailers offer this during the holidays to entice shoppers — Walmart and Target are two of the stores offering free shipping this year on thousands of items on their website. Just be sure to check free shipping terms and stipulations before you push “purchase.” If you have a long list of Cyber Monday retailers you’re purchasing from, consider sites like ShopRunner that offers free 2-day shipping and returns on all orders from participating retailers.
Shopping through websites like Ebates can help you earn money back on your Cyber Monday purchases. Sites like these offer a percentage back of your purchase, so if you buy a TV for $400 and get 2 percent cash back, then you can expect $8 back for that purchase. The downside? You won’t get the money right away, but it’s a nice way to get a chunk of change down the line.