5 tips to save big on Cyber Monday - HMS National, Inc.

5 tips to save big on Cyber Monday

November 12, 2014

Before the turkey is even digested, the post-Thanksgiving sales hit in full force. If you're not a fan of the lines and hectic atmosphere on Black Friday, skip the mall and do your shopping online this year. Cyber Monday is the perfect time to score great deals on holiday gifts without ever leaving the comfort of your home. Here are five ways that you can make the most of this online holiday and optimize your savings.

1. Get the scoop on deals
A week or so before the big shopping day, take some time to create accounts on the sites you're planning to shop on. Good Housekeeping magazine explained that when you register for a retailer's newsletter, they will often send you advanced notice of sales and sometimes exclusive discounts. If you're a new customer, chances are they'll give you a coupon for free shipping or another promotion to encourage your purchase.

2. Check your list twice
Don't go into Cyber Monday blind! You should be prepared with a list of items you're looking for and what stores carry them. Popular products will sell out fast when they're on sale, so you don't want to waste time searching through pages for a good gift.

3. Shop discount sites
If you're shopping for big-ticket or name-brand items, you'll want to visit some discount websites. Grandparents magazine explained that sites like Overstock.com and SmartBargains.com often carry high-end merchandise for lower prices. You'll be able to get amazing gifts for a fraction of the price.

4. Read reviews in advance
To play it safe, it's a good idea to read reviews of products that you've never seen in person. Those savings won't amount to much if you have to return the item. Fabrics sometimes are a different color in person, electronics might be glitchy or accessories could be poorly made. Take a few minutes to research the items you're planning to purchase to ensure that they'll live up to your expectations.

5. Ask for price matches
If you buy something on Cyber Monday, then see it marked down even further, don't be afraid to ask for a refund. Many stores will pay you the difference if you have your receipt. Some retailers will even give you a price match if you find the same product for a lower price at a different retailer. It never hurts to ask!

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