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Image Well it's here! Today is Cyber Monday. In November of 2005 the term "Cyber Monday" was coined by Shop.org, the online division of the National Retail Federation's online division.

If you are curious about the origins and details of this day, here's a breakout piece from today's article in the Victoria Advocate, Victoria's stores are optimistic:

Marketers refer to "Cyber Monday" as the first Monday following Thanksgiving weekend when people return to work and do their holiday shopping online.

The National Retail Federation reported: "This year, according to a BIGresearch survey conducted for Shop.org, 55.8 percent of workers with Internet access, or 72.8 million people, will shop for holiday gifts from work. The trend of employees with Internet access shopping from the office has continued to increase: in 2005, only 44.7 percent said they shopped online from work.

Though slightly more than half of workers will be shopping from the office, some are more likely to make a dent in their wish lists than others. According to the BIGresearch survey, 70.0 percent of young adults 18-34 with Internet access will shop at work. Additionally, men are more likely to shop from work than women (60.3% vs. 51.5%)." Source: National Retail Federation


One of the things I always do before making a purchase online is search for discount codes or online coupons. Many times I've able to save 15 to 20 percent off my purchase or receive free shipping. If you are going to shop online today, here are a few rebate sites you may want to take a look at.

RetailMeNot.com -  Offers coupons for over 2000 stores

FatWallet.com - Online coupons and forums with discussions on shopping deals

Slickdeals.net - Discount codes and online deal alerts

Here are a few Web sites with a rundown of Cyber Monday deals.

CyberMonday.com - Shop.org's list of savings

Gizmodo.com - All the best Cyber Monday deals

CheapTweet.com - scans Twitter for the best deals, coupons and sales that people are tweeting about.


What will you buy today? What discount sites do you use?