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Ask An Expert: Tips For Shopping On Cyber Monday

November 12, 2013 6:00 AM

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Holiday shopping is right around the corner and a comprehensive strategy will make your holiday gift-buying a true success A Love Affair With Fashion and Fearless Fashionista blogger Natalie Caez is an expert in personal shopping, style consultation and wardrobe editing. Her guide to navigating Cyber Monday will help you get the most out of your post-Turkey shopping, all with a simple point and click.Natalie Caez
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Be Prepared: It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of Cyber Monday and some people forget to prepare themselves. This can sometimes lead to impulse buys. Create a list of what you really need to get and bookmark different sites so when it’s time to shop, you are all set. Some sites require you to create an account in order to make a purchase, so make sure to do it prior to Cyber Monday. This saves time.

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Be Safe: Online shopping can definitely have its risks, especially on a day where thousands of people are submitting their credit card information all at once. Make sure you have the most recent update of your anti-virus software and pay close attention to the websites that you visit.
Compare: A great bargain is hard to pass up, so before placing an order, make sure you do a little comparison to ensure that you are in fact getting the best deal possible. You can easily compare prices on sites like www.pricegrabber.com.
Free Shipping: You can quickly go from getting a great deal to not really saving much at all because expensive shipping and handling fees. If you are making multiple purchases from different sites, it definitely adds up. Look for deals and promo codes so you can take full advantage of free shipping offers.
Newsletters & Social Media: If you have an idea of the retailers that you will be making purchases from, sign up for their newsletters. This will give you a heads up on all of the special deals. You should also follow these retailers on their social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, where stores give frequent updates about their promotions prior to Cyber Monday. Remember, some deals are exclusive to retailer or brand followers only.Related: LA Stylists Offer Suit Shopping Tips

Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.