Safe shopping on Cyber Monday plus ways to earn money back on your purchase

CLEVELAND - Are you tired of shopping yet? If you didn't shop 'til you dropped this weekend, there are still big savings to grab. Cyber Monday is here, and it's a day to grab great online discounts.

While it's called Cyber Monday, the online savings started before Thanksgiving. Many stores rebranded their sales to Cyber Monday deals this weekend. Some offers will last all week, others just for the day, while some sales go through Tuesday. Check your favorite store for the length of their sale.

Also, look for promotional codes for added savings like 10-20 percent. Many of the codes are listed on the sites Cyber Monday page, but you can also find them all year round on  Retailmennot

Before you click buy, check the price history of the item you are interested in to see if it's as good a deal as advertised.  Google Product Search  and  PriceSpider  are helpful tools.

Also, look for promotional codes for added savings like 10-20 percent. Many of the codes are listed on the sites Cyber Monday page, but you can also find them all year round on  Retailmennot .

Before you click buy, check the price history of the item you are interested in to see if it's as good a deal as advertised.  Google Product Search  and  PriceSpider  are helpful tools.

Think outside the box 

Look beyond traditional retailers, and consider stores like  TigerDirect,   Abt   Electronics,   Dell,  and Newegg  if you're shopping for electronics.

TigerDirect  has two of the five top HDTV deals listed by  Dealnews  offering savings of $185 and $190.

Best Buy has four of the five top laptop deals listed on  Dealnews  with three offering savings over $100.

Look for bundles on gaming systems, laptops and smartphones.

Dealnews  said the best laptop discounts are the Dell  Inspiron  Intel Core  i5  2.5 GHz 15.6 LEDBacklit  Laptop for $399.99 plus a $25 Best Buy gift card. That's a savings of $105.

While much of the hype is usually about televisions, try to hold out if you can. I saw so many people grabbing these on Black Friday, but the best deals are in January right before the Super Bowl and when new inventory is released.

Clothing and toy deals

If you are tired of all the electronics deals, you can save on clothing on Cyber Monday. Many retailers are slashing prices online and offering free shipping. Cashmere sweaters seem to be a big promotional item with some sites offering buy one get one free deals. The savings are significant at some stores with New York and Company offering 50-70 percent off.

If you are thinking about buying toys, the longer you wait the more you will save. If you want to buy now, try  YoYo. The site is offering 40 percent off one toy.

Earn cash while shopping

To earn even more cash, purchase your product through  Ebates  or  Fat Wallet.  The site teams with retailers to offer you money back on your purchase. When I find something I want to buy, before I purchase it I check out  Ebates  to see if the retailer offers cash back on my purchase. During the holidays, the cash back rewards are sweetened so it's possible to earn 10 percent back on your purchase.

To qualify for the cash back, you have to link to the retailer through  Ebates. Of course, your purchase is tracked, but some people don't care since they're making money too. Every quarter, a check arrives in the mail with your cash back reward.

Get tips on how to safe this Cyber Monday here .

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