Shopping online can often give you great deals that aren’t available in stores. This holiday season, you can save lots of money if you do the bulk of your holiday shopping online. While it may not be as festive or exciting as going to a busy store, you will probably be more excited by the savings you see in your bank account when your shopping is done than by waiting in long lines for items that may be sold out by the time you get there.

Finding the Best Deals

For holiday shopping, a big place to start is by taking advantage of Cyber Monday, the online shopping equivalent of Black Friday. Many online stores will offer huge sales and discounts on this day, allowing you to save just as much money from your own home as you would have saved a few days before in cold, early morning lines outside stores. To find the best Cyber Monday deals, start researching your purchases in advance. Most stores will advertise their Cyber Monday deals ahead of time, so check their websites a few days in advance. It’s also a good idea to sign up for email notifications from the stores you plan to shop online, as they will notify you in advance of any savings or coupon codes you can use. Remember that, just because you are shopping online, this doesn’t mean that you can shop leisurely. Cyber Monday is a big draw for online shoppers and items are likely to sell out quickly, just as they do in stores on Black Friday. Find out what time that deals start on your favorite sites and be awake and ready to shop.

Save Money on Shipping Costs

One of the biggest drawbacks to shopping online is that most sites require you to pay shipping costs. There are some online stores that always offer free shipping on any order, and you should definitely take advantage of that when you can. If you are shopping a site that does charge for shipping, look for ways to get around shipping costs. Many sites offer promotion codes that you can use during checkout that will waive the shipping fee. Try to find, for example, Macy’s promo code 20% off to use on your purchase. In this case, make sure that you purchase all the items you need from Wal-Mart at the same time, so that you make the most of that shipping coupon. There are also some sites that offer free shipping once you have reached a minimum amount of purchase, so try to time your purchases so that you buy everything you need from an online retailer in one purchase.

Shopping online for holiday gifts can save you a lot of money if you know what to look for and you know how to find the best deals. On Cyber Monday, be ready with your shopping list and open internet browser so you can quickly checkout online and make sure things don’t sell out before you complete your purchase. Be aware of return policies for all your orders and keep your receipts well-organized in case of your gifts need to be returned or exchanged.