Is a crowded mall not your thing? Here are a few strategies for finding Black Friday deals from the comfort of your home

The 39 percent of our readers who are online deal seekers prefer to snag Black Friday bargains with the click of a mouse. Based on your habits, here are this year's best tips:

  • Get a head start. Cyber Monday, like Black Friday, is a misnomer, because many e-tailers unveil sales the day before Thanksgiving. Last year, for example, Kohls.com featured sales of up to half off that Wednesday. To keep abreast of deals, register at Hukkster.com and install the "hukk it" bookmark button. Whenever you see an item you like, hit "hukk it" and you'll receive an e-mail alert when it goes on sale.
  • Easily compare prices. According to a survey by marketing research firm Ipsos, 33 percent of shoppers spend more than an hour comparing prices for holiday buys. Speed up the process with Google Chrome's Invisible Hand browser add-on, which can alert you to better prices before you make a purchase.
  • Seek online coupons. They abound during the Cyber Monday sales season, saving shoppers an average of $26.60 per purchase. To find ones that are valid, download the free Couponomatic browser add-on from BeFrugal.com. It fills in the promo-code boxes you see at checkout. They even offer a $5 cash back bonus if the coupon doesn't work.
  • Factor in free shipping. During Black Friday, many websites, such as Best Buy's, offer free shipping as an incentive. So don't click "buy" unless you see shipping is free—if not, consider a competitor. Another option when you buy online is to look for free home delivery from a local store. Last year on Black Friday, Dick's Sporting Goods offered this option on certain treadmills and ellipticals.

 

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