Cyber Monday: Deals and tips to get the most out of shopping in your PJs

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Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are checked off the list, leaving Cyber Monday left to round out the first weekend of the holiday shopping season.

In the past, Cyber Monday was typically for electronics, but this year it has expanded to clothes, books and much more, ABC News reports. It's not just one day anymore either; many retailers are offering sales all week, so people won't have to worry about checking for deals on their lunch break, the news station says.

ABC News notes more people tend to shop later in the day and spend more on Cyber Monday compared to Black Friday. WTSP says last year shoppers spent $2.29 billion.

Shoppers spent an estimated $12.29 billion on Thanksgiving and Black Friday this year, with over 27 percent more people visiting stores on Thanksgiving compared to last year, while 5.6 percent fewer shoppers stopped in stores on Black Friday, according to retail analytics company ShopperTrack.

Amazon.com saw a 24 percent increase in sales those two days and expects sales for Cyber Monday to be even bigger, NPR says.

Sales and deals

Target announced its "Cyber Week" deals Sunday afternoon, which includes deals on clothes, household appliances, dolls and toys. Best Buy also announced its two day sales on TVs, laptops, cameras and appliances.

Here's a look at other Cyber Monday deals:

  • Wal-Mart is offering a bundle deal for the PlayStation 4 and selling a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV for $500 less than its normal price, among other deals.
  • Staples is selling a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop for under $200.
  • Amazon is selling its Fire phone unlocked for $199 – it's originally $649. The online retailer is also offering the Fire HD 7 tablet for $30 less. Both these deals end Monday, ABC News says.
  • The websites Cyber MondayCyber Monday 2014 and CNET also list several deals from various clothing and electronic retailers.

 Cyber tips

WCCO has some tips to maximize your Cyber Monday shopping, including creating a list, sticking to your budget, doing research in advance and making sure your anti-virus software is up to date.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has also released 10 tips for online shoppers this holiday season. Among them: Beware of deals that sound too good to be true, confirm your online purchase is secure, use a credit card and check your statements often, and beware of phishing.

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