• Target 11's online shopping guide

    By: Robin Taylor


    Cyber Monday may be over but the deals are still out there. Target 11 found some websites that help you navigate through all those savings.

    Consumer Reporter Robin Taylor put together this guide to getting the best bargains.

    If you're like me, your inbox is filled with offers from retailers all promising good deals, but how do you make sense of it all? Well, there are free websites that can help.

    Before you fill your shopping cart, make a list and try to stick to it. Then, go to a price-comparison site to make sure you're getting the best deal.

    My favorite is PriceGrabber. http://www.pricegrabber.com/
    Let's say you're shopping for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 7-inch tablet. A quick search shows it's discounted and is available for as little as $179 at Amazon and shipping is free.

    Nextag http://www.nextag.com/ is another site that compares retail offers, and will notify you if the price drops.

    If you're buying from a merchant you're unfamiliar with, make sure their website is secure, and use a credit card or PayPal.

    "If it says https, that lets you know that you're shopping securely," said Trae Bodge, of the website RetailMeNot. http://www.retailmenot.com/

    Another good tool is Google Shopping, http://www.google.com/shopping?hl=en&tab=wf especially if you're not sure what to buy. The site has recommended products and will also do price comparisons.

    Hot toys often go up in price as demand rises. Take Furby for example. The retail price is $54, but I found the toy selling for double that.

    If you're determined to put Furby under the tree, but don't want to overpay, you can use a website like Clipix. http://www.clipix.com/default.aspx?logout=1 Just clip the item and you'll get an alert when the price drops.

    Just in case your favorite niece gets two Furbys, make sure you can get a refund.

    "It is important when you're doing your online shopping to take a look at the return policy. See how easy or difficult it will be to return something," said Bodge.

    You can also save money by friending a retailer on Facebook or by following them on Twitter. You'll get alerts about special deals along with promo codes that can save you even more money.

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