NEW JERSEY - Ready, set, shop! Yes, the time of year is here. Chestnuts are roasting on the fire. Holiday decorations are coming out, the Thanksgiving leftovers are finished and there's even a hint of snow in the air. All of the holiday hustle and bustle means one thing. Cyber Monday is tomorrow. Cyber Monday became a thing back in 2005 as online retailers wanted to get a slice of the shopping pie traditionally left to brick and mortar retailers on Black Friday.

Shopping for the holidays online is convenient and can be done anytime or anywhere on any device. All that is needed is an internet connection, but like traditional shopping on Black Friday, a strategy is helpful to make Cyber Monday 2019 a slam dunk. Take a look at these Cyber Monday shopping tips that make scoring deals simple before going online at midnight.

  • Before heading off to click on the deals flooding the inbox, take the time to make  list. Creating a shopping list for Cyber Monday keeps shopping focused and helps to avoid expensive impulse purchases.
  • Savvy shoppers already follow their favorite retailers on social media, but for those that haven't hop on the band wagon and follow top shops on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be kept in the loop on the best deals.
  • Many online retailers offer free shipping on Cyber Monday and free shipping is extremely enticing to shoppers. However, it is always a good idea to research beforehand to find out if there are size, weight or amount restrictions that may impact the free shipping.
  • The same is true about return policies. Shipping fees on returns as well as restocking chargers can quickly take away money earmarked for gift-buying. Avoid the issues altogether by taking a few minutes to research shipping fees and return policies before tomorrow.
  • Using a price comparison app can ensure shoppers are receiving the best prices. ShopSavvy, ScanLife, BuyVia and QuickScan are a few of the top rated price comparison apps.
  • Bookmark the target sites beforehand and remember to avoid sites with questionable security. This will help lower the risk of identity theft.
  • Just like with any other shopping, set a budget for Cyber Monday and stick to it. Budgets work to avoid the post holiday blues when all of the costly credit card bills roll in,