In order to score the best deals on Cyber Monday, we’ve come up with five tips to help you get the best deal so that you can finish up your holiday shopping early:

1. Shop Early–I’m sure you’re just like us and when you opened your e-mail box this morning you found dozens of e-mails with big savings offers.  Some expire at noon today so it’s important to act early!

2. Compare Prices— As with any shopping “event” there are some great deals, and some not so great deals. Be sure to compare the prices of Cyber Monday sales with other stores using a tool like PriceGrabber or Google Products.

3. Do Your Research— The best way to tell if an online product is a good deal these days is to look for reviews. We recommend looking at a mix of professional reviews and user reviews. The reviews on the product pages at most stores can be sorted by most favorable, most critical and most helpful. If you read the top three in each category, you should get a good feel for the quality of the product.

4. Shop Safely— Even though you need to move fast when you see a good deal, make sure you don’t end up shopping at a fraudulent website.

5. Grab the Coupons— The best deals on Cyber Monday will be in combination with coupons. RetailMeNot has a huge collection of Cyber Monday coupons you can search for, as does Coupon Sherpa. You can sign up for the Cyber Monday newsletter and get the coupons emailed right to you. Also be sure to look at the newsletters from favorites like Newegg, which is known for emailing exclusive savings only to subscribers.

Finally, be smart about your choices.  While shopping online is a quick and easy way to shop, it can also cause you to make quick, impulse decisions that may not be smart for your pocket book.

Wanting to make more informed, empowered decisions about your financial future?  We at Wealth Management Associates can help.  Please contact our office today at 925.462.6007 or visit us online to learn more.  We look forward to hearing from you.