Hate the Black Friday stampedes? On Cyber Monday the hot holiday bargains will sizzle online! Check out some of the best Cyber Monday deals from our favorite DIY-friendly stores.
Cyber Monday marks the official start of the online holiday shopping season. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
'Tis the season to shop, and the National Retail Federation forecasts Americans will spend $447.1 billion this year during the holidays
. And in the age of the Internet -- where you can shop for everything under the sun from the comfort of your sofa -- a huge chunk of that money will be dished out online.
Much of the online shopping will be done on Cyber Monday
, the first Monday after Thanksgiving that provides the thrilling chase for discount-hungry shoppers -- without the actual physical chase. Come Cyber Monday, known as the official kickoff of the online holiday shopping season, web surfers can find huge savings, free shipping and a wide-range of bargains and special gifts. Unlike Black Friday
, there's no need to elbow fellow shoppers or wait in long lines because these fantastic deals can only be found online.
Many of our favorite DIY-friendly stores are participating in this bargain-hunting extravaganza, including Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart. So if crowded malls aren't your thing, take a peek at these great Cyber Monday deals.
: Find standout deals on electronics and home appliances
, including free shipping.
: From kitchen appliances to toys and electronics, sign up with Target
to receive deal alerts
, exclusive Cyber Monday steals and a preview off the sales
. Plus, get free shipping when you spend $50 or more.
: Among their listed online sales
are a Garmin Nuvi GPS for $109 and a Hamilton Beach slow cooker for just $24. Can't wait until Cyber Monday? You can find some electronics on sale
- Ace Hardware:
Get 10% off any online purchase of $100 or more, as well as 10% off your entire online purchase at Ace Superstores
- Best Buy
: Look for deep discounts on laptops, televisions and other electronics, plus free shipping on orders $25 and up. Keep in mind that not all Cyber Monday deals
last all day. Best Buy will offer huge deals
-- but some may only last for a few hours.
Expect the online giant to offer bargain-basement prices, some of which have already kicked off. Amazon is now offering special deals
online, and will be posting new deals every 30 minutes a full week before Cyber Monday.
: Get free shipping on many items with a purchase of $99 or more. Plus 20-50 percent off savings
site-wide, including on many home items
like a KitchenAid stand mixer for $299 (regularly $399).
: You can actually find 400 early bird specials
now, including a Hoover Steam Vac
for $80 (regularly $140).
: Also started rolling in deals early with $1-shipping on orders
(some exclusions). Join the retailer's exclusive Facebook event
and shop Cyber Monday deals before anyone else.
: Save up to 50 percent
on select TVs, monitors, cameras, GPS devices and more.
- JC Penney
: Find special offers during JC Penney's "Biggest Cyber Monday Sale Ever," which will actually begin on Sunday with over 40,000 deals available exclusively on jcp.com
. Plus, get free shipping on orders $25 and up now through Nov. 30.
- Home Depot
: Big appliance savings
at this big-box store with special free-delivery options.
- Lowe's: Special savings
on Dewalt tools and many big deals on appliances, along with free shipping.
Cyber Monday Shopping Tips
+ Log on Early:
Some sites will offer doorbuster-style deals that will last only for a few hours online. Many other retailers will post specials on their sites as early as midnight on Thanksgiving day
and continue through Cyber Monday. (That's a total of five days of online shopping!) Both JC Penney
and Radio Shack
will start their Cyber Monday sales early on Thanksgiving.
+ Shop Safely
: Make sure you're shopping on secured sites. Check for a padlock icon or that the website begins with "https://" -- both signs that the site is encrypted and safe. Also, avoid following links that are included in an email, as doing this will risk being linked to a fake Web page. Instead, type the URL of the store directly into a new window.
+ Skip the Shipping Fees
: The one downside of shopping online (versus shopping at the mall) are the shipping fees. But the good news is many retailers offer free shipping deals on Cyber Monday. If you don't find free shipping deals on a retailer's site, check a competitor's. Also, some sites offering free shipping deals require a promotional code, so check up on bargain-hunting sites like RetailMeNot.com
. Or you can simply do a Google search for the name of the retailer you're buying from plus the words "promotion code."
+ Shop Smart
: Price comparison sites, like pricegrabber.com
, are extra helpful when you're shopping online to ensure you're getting the best price for a particular item.