Cyber Monday reminders to help you shop succesfully

WXYZ - Still have some shopping juice left after Black Friday and Small Business Saturday? Get ready for Cyber Monday, when online retailers unleash massive deals.

Here are some tips for you to make Cyber Monday successful.

Prepare now.

Some stores announced Cyber Monday deals up to a week in advance.

Sign up for email alerts from your favorites, join loyalty clubs and check Facebook and Twitter feeds to access up-to-the-minute sales.

The Find.com app helps shoppers price-compare and alerts you when prices drop. The TGICyberMonday app aggregates deals from major retailers.

Start early.

Research shows that nearly a quarter of shoppers will start before 3 a.m. on Cyber Monday, some retailers stagger promotions throughout the day. Shop.org will list "Deals of the Hour."

Don't pay for shipping.

Many retailers throw it in free. If they don't, wait until Free Shipping Day on Dec. 17, when more than 1,000 retailers guarantee pre-Christmas delivery.

Be careful with your credit card.

Use a credit card to minimize fraud issues.

Enter credit card information manually, instead of saving it on retailers' websites.

Confirm that online purchases are secure by looking for the "https" in the web address box of an Internet browser.

Use a home Internet connection rather than a public network or Wi-Fi to limit security breaches.

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