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Tips to conquer Cyber Monday

 Posted: 2:00 AM November 26, 2012

Tips to conquer Cyber Monday

You survived Black Friday. Or maybe you just avoided it altogether. Either way, get ready to take your shopping spree online today.

If you haven't already done so, here are a few things you may need to do to get ready:

  • Membership has advantages: Join the loyalty programs for any stores where you plan to shop. Also sign up for their email alerts, follow them on Twitter and Pinterest, and "like" them on Facebook for additional deals.
  • Divide and conquer: Create a dedicated email account for your online shopping so you don't have to sift through personal emails to get the deals. This also is a good place to send e-receipts from brick-and-mortar stores.
  • The early bird gets it: Shop early. Retailers ran online deals all last week, and you still can take advantage of them. Check your targeted websites in advance to make sure you are ready for new deals when they go up early this morning.
  • Be safe: Instead of paying with debit cards, use credit cards, which have better fraud protection. Don't save your information at retailers' websites; enter it manually each time. Shop from home. Your home connection is more secure than public networks or Wi-Fi, even at work. And if you are at work, remember to heed your company's policy for surfing the Web.

— The Associated Press

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