Q&A Black Friday/Cyber Monday Part 4: Tips for shopping online

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In our last Q&A Part 3, we discussed about Black Friday/Cyber Monday trends.  It seems that online shopping will be more popular this year and people will turn to their computers to do their holiday shopping.  We asked our DealPros to give you some tips on how to make the most out of your online shopping experience.

Q: What is your best (and most unique) tip for scoring Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals online?

Courtney Solstad, My Crazy Savings:
I always check Amazon before heading instore and have found better deals online then instore the last few years

Kelly Whalen, The Centsible Life: Sign up for enewsletters to get deals as soon as they are posted, and be sure to wake up early on sale days to find the best deals.

Christina Brown, Northern Cheapskate: Pay attention to the chatter on Twitter and Facebook. Stores want people to know about their deals, and shoppers love to brag about the awesome bargains they just got.

Erin Huffstetler, My Frugal Home: Use WishPot or ZingSale to create a list of the items that you’re shopping for this holiday season, and they’ll notify you whenever the price drops on any of the items on your list. It’s an easy way to catch Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales as soon as they hit — and extremely valuable since deals sometimes start early.

Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers: I’ve seen Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals sell out in a matter of minutes. So when you see an item offered at a great price, jump on it. Jennie Sanford, Bargain Blessings: Shoppers should be prepared to get in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals long before the clock strikes midnight. Stores are opening earlier than ever before and some of the best online deals can be expected to go live days before these popular shopping holidays.

Zack Reyes, Look Before Spending: My best tip for scoring Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals is to do your research first. Make sure the deal really is worth spending 3 hours in line for or staying up until 3am to get it. Many of the deals found on Black Friday are available earlier in the year or again as Christmas draws closer.

Karen Rodriguez, Saving The Family Money: KNOW your Prices! You won’t know if you are getting a deal unless you’ve already been price watching. If the video game you want is $10 cheaper than you’ve seen it in 2 months, it’s a good time to buy. Also be aware of hot items that my sell out quickly and be hard to find later.

Kelly Snyder, Kansas City Mamas: Do your research. Most retailers start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving evening…know your prices, get free shipping and coupon codes in advance, and make purchases. Often times, stock is limited for these great deals and if you waiver – it might not be available again.

Lynette Rice, Cleverly Simple: If you know what items you’re going to buy online this year, purchase gift cards that are part of a promotion before you shop. For example, this year a local grocery store will be offering fuel perks for gift card purchases.

Since it’s seems that online shopping will get competitive, create your list, do your research and make sure you’re sitting right by the computer to get the deals before they sell out!  Come back tomorrow for our Part 4 in our Black Friday series.

(Source: Savings.com)

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