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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 11/25/2011

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Your comprehensive shopping guide


Don’t like crowds? Go online to score a deal. (Daniel Acker - BLOOMBERG)
Black Friday shoppers headed out to the stores earlier than ever this year, with some stores offering their first deals while the clock still said it was Thursday.

But if you weren’t among the night owls who scored pre-midnight deals, fear not. Check out these tips to find the perfect gift online and save a bundle while you’re at it.

Cyber Monday advice comes in handy a few days early.

No matter the day, pay attention to Erin Williams’s tips for Cyber Monday shoppers. They include: To stay organized and within your budget, make a list and stick to it, and remember to search for coupon codes. Read through the full list of tips here.

Check out daily deal sites.

Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are advertising Black Friday deals, too. The Post’s Danielle Douglas has the full story for which sites are offering steep discounts.

Shop like a geek.

If you’re in the market for a tablet, camera or some other gadget, check out technology columnist Joshua Topolsky’s tips for what to buy and what to avoid and a gallery of top tech gifts this holiday season.

Stumped on what to buy your loved one? Find gift ideas.

We asked The Post’s arts critics for their gift recommendations, and they delivered: Here are ideas for what to buy for film buffs, music lovers, dance aficionados, theater patrons and even fans of classic TV.

Protect yourself from holiday fraud schemes.

Don’t let your quest for a great deal lead to identity theft. The Post’s Hayley Tsukayama has tips for avoiding online fraud traps, like beware deals in pop-up ads and look for “https” in the address bar when submitting your payment information.

For more tips, check out our Holiday Guide and Black Friday Shopping Guide.

By Emily Ingram  |  10:37 AM ET, 11/25/2011

 
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