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Money Tips: How to Save Money on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday Shopping tips

Get set for 1st December! The biggest day in the online shopping calendar, Cyber Monday is the perfect opportunity to save money on fantastic Christmas presents. Sales on Cyber Monday are online-only, and you’ll find the best discounts from the smaller-name retailers. There are some particularly impressive deals on tech, so if you want to treat a loved one to a shiny new gadget this festive season without breaking the bank, make sure to put the date in your diary.

Become a savvy sales shopper in time for Cyber Monday with our tips for finding major savings.

Don’t Overspend 

It’s easy to go mad on your mobile when you’ve popped out for a break on Cyber Monday, but there’s no point spending your Christmas bonus before you’ve even got it. Set budgets and avoid using your credit card.

Plan Ahead

Know what you want and where to get it. If you don’t manage to get your chosen item, don’t panic buy. Think before you spend £50 extra on something you didn’t want in the first place. If you don't like the sound of a trip to the high-street you can find some great deals online:

  • Google Play - This will be the one-stop shop for film and music fans on Cyber Monday. Last year they released a huge selection of free MP3s, which proved to be a massive hit. Get in there quickly to secure the best deals for yourself.
  • Amazon - The giant of the online shopping universe is, unsurprisingly, getting in on the Cyber Monday action in a big way. For incredible savings on everything from books and DVDs to cameras and tablets, be sure to check out their site.
  • Groupon - Looking to have a great experience for next to nothing? Groupon offers coupons and big savings on an amazing array of restaurant visits, beauty treatments, fitness classes and more.

Protect Yourself 

Mass cyber spending brings mass cybercrime. Ensure your details are protected, update your anti-virus and change your passwords. Our top tip - always look for the padlock logo in your browser when entering any bank details online.

Check Delivery

It’s not a bargain if you’re paying over and above for postage. Check delivery costs when buying from independent sellers like eBay. Sites like vouchercodes.co.uk also have lots of promotional codes that often include free delivery.

Start Early

Don’t get busted trying to grab a deal at work when everything is hitting the fan. Wake up early and do your shopping from the comfort of your bed before work – that way you’ll get the deals early.

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