Cyber Monday tips and tricks

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Black Friday may be over for 2016, but that doesn't mean the deals have ended.

While Cyber Monday is an opportunity to get some high-priced items for much cheaper, and online shopping tends to be more convenient for shoppers seeing as there's no need to travel to the store, there are some things you need to keep in mind.

Most deals hit brick and mortar stores already. By the time Cyber Monday rolls around, most retailers have already been doling out the deals. That being said, some sales are reserved specifically for Cyber Monday. Make sure you compare so you know that you're getting the best deal.

Your virtual cart costs real money. Loading up your shopping cart online may be fun right now, but remember, it's still costing money to pay for the items you buy. It's easy to get lost in the shuffle - rather, the swipe - since cash seems to have more of an effect on the brain in terms of registering that something costs money. You have to pay back credit card debt; debit cards are pulling directly from your bank account.

Make a list and check it twice. With the above being said, keep in mind that it can help to make a list. What do you really need? What do you really want? How much do you want to spend? How much can you afford to spend?

Read the fine print. So you bought one dress in three different sizes, huh? Maybe you didn't measure to see if that television fit on the stand you bought on Black Friday. Make sure you're reading the fine print: Some sales are valid only under the condition that no returns are allowed.

And now that you're ready for battle, here are a few tips for scoring steals via online retailers.

Follow the money. Try following your favorite retailers on social media. Twitter and Facebook page handlers often post deals that are only advertised via social media. Instagram is good for this, too.

Sign up for store emails.It may be a bit annoying after a few weeks, but many retailers offer instant discount codes for signing up for their newsletters. Fifteen to twenty-five percent off your first order for signing up isn't uncommon.

Online coupons are a thing. Think Extreme Couponing Online Edition 2016. RetailMeNot has a whole section of Cyber Monday deals. CyberMonday.com offers discount listings year-round, but amps it up for Cyber Monday.