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Happy Cyber Monday!

Since there are SO many online deals to be had today, I shortened Dion s Daily Deals and wanted to include MY personal top 3 tips for shopping smart today.

1. Use rebate sites like www.ebates.com. Sites like these (there are others out there) work with online retailers to offer you anywhere between .5 percent to 20 percent or more in a cash rebate for your purchase. Stores make an agreement with the site. The site then promotes the business and drives customers in, so in return they get something similar to a commission, which gets passed on to you. After using the site for years, I ve gotten over $900 back in rebates, instantly! Just keep in mind, they send checks/Paypal payment every few months, so be prepared to wait a bit.

2. Never pay for shipping! I always use www.retailmenot.com or a do a quick Google search before making an online purchase. This way you can get free shipping codes, or bonus codes.

3. Comparison Shop: Often the same item is available at different retailers. But besides comparison shopping and seeing which store has the biggest discount code and rebate percentage, don t forget the sales tax. If an online retailer doesn t have a physical location in your state, you ll likely avoid paying sales tax. Bonus!

Now on to Dion s Daily Deals:

Christmas Masterpiece Music: Just in time for the holiday season, check out this latest offer from Amazon. This is a free Christmas Masterpieces album download! The four songs include Jingle Bells, the Nutcracker Suite, Gloria and Silent Night.

Cardstore Cheap Cards: While I usually tell you about free personalized card deals all year long, the offers are usually for one or two free cards. If you have a LOT of people on your list, Cardstrore has a deal right now for Cyber Monday where you can get cards for 39 cents each! Considering one card at the store can be about $4, you can get ten at that price!

As always, these deals go quickly, so act fast and understand they re subject to change at any time.

Have fun and if you miss out, trust me, there will be plenty more in the future. Cheers and see you on TV!

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