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Nov 27 2013
3 years ago
11:24 AM MST

Cyber Monday: Top 9 Shopping Tips

Nov 27, 2013 @ 11:24 AM MST
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Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

As most of you know, I absolutely love to snag deals from the comfort of my own home (preferably in my pajamas with a large cup of coffee!). For this reason, Cyber Monday is hands-down one of my favorite days to shop since you can snag some amazing deals online – sometimes even better deals than you can snag on Black Friday. Here are my favorite Cyber Monday shopping tips:

1) First and foremost, download the FREE Hip2Save App, sign up for Hip2Save Hot Text alerts, follow Hip2Save on Facebook and plan to follow Hip2Save.com regularly throughout the day on Cyber Monday. I will be up super early posting all the best deals so be sure to refresh the site often.

2) If you are planning to shop a specific site on Cyber Monday, sign up for the newsletter and/or consider following the company on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest. Often times, newsletter subscribers and Facebook fans snag exclusive coupon codes or are notified in advance of hot deals.

3) To save time when checking out, create an account with your favorite companies in advance so that your shipping/billing address is already in their system.

4) If you are worried about checking out online with your credit card, consider purchasing a prepaid card to use specifically on Cyber Monday. Many sites also offer the option to check out with Paypal.

5) Since the cost of shipping can often times “kill” a great deal, look for FREE Shipping offers and/or FREE Store Pick-up offers. You may also want to consider signing up for a program like ShopRunner which offers up FREE two-day shipping and free returns across a growing network of nearly 80 retailers including Toys R Us, FAO Schwartz, and Claire’s (in fact, all American Express cardholders can head on over here to score a FREE ShopRunner membership; check out this post for more information).

6) If you are purchasing an item for a friend/family member, consider having the item shipped directly to the gift recipient (this will save you from having to incur additional shipping costs once you receive the item).

7) Look for shipping guarantees. If you are purchasing items for Christmas, take some time to read the shipping policy to ensure your items do indeed arrive in time for Christmas.

8) Search for coupon codes before you buy! Before you hit the purchase button, take some time to search for coupon codes on sites like RetailMeNot.com. Also, consider joining a cash back site like ShopAtHome.com or Ebates.com to earn cash back on online purchases.

9) Read the return/exchange policies for each retailer. Some retailers will not refund/exchange items purchased on Cyber Monday so be sure to keep this in mind.

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What is the HIP List?

Have you ever had moments when you're either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a "Hip" deal or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? Or what do you do when an outstanding, but pricey, deal is posted and you want to save it for discussion with your significant other? Well, now you're in luck! No more searching through pages of posts to find the coupon or the deal. Simply add the post to your HIP List and access it at your convenience.

How Does the HIP List Work?

It's easy! To use this feature, you first must head on over here and register and log into your Hip2Save.com account. Whenever you find a great deal that you want to come back later to, just click on the HIP List icon located on each post (see images below) and the information will be saved in your account.

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When logged into your account, you will then see your HIP List on every page.

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If you're wanting to print a certain deal, article, or the Weekly Store Matchups from your HIP list, click on the small blue printer icon in the upper right corner of the HIP list. That will allow you to customize the information that you want or don't want to include in your HIP list so you're only printing the information that's most important to you!

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If there are deals that you are not interested in keeping on your list, just click on the minus button to remove it.

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Now, just print your customized HIP list whenever you're ready to go shopping and snag some "Hip" deals!