Twinkling lights, nicely wrapped gifts and the glowing faces of your grandchildren enjoying the holidays to their fullest is a pretty grand image isn’t it? Unfortunately to get to that happy moment there’s often a great deal of stress and inconvenience as you drive all over town careening from store to store to pick up that gift that is just right. Although the best deals are often believed to be in stores during Black Friday, there are plenty of ways you can shop online and still get good deals.

Some of the best deals this year will be found just three days after Black Friday during Cyber Monday. This term was first used during the 2005 holiday shopping season and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Of course, all this shopping happens online which means you never have to leave the comfort of your own home to get some of the best deals of the season. Retailers have taken note of shoppers need for an easier, more convenient shopping option and have begun offering more and more discounts specially designed for this day so you’ll have many offers to choose from.

Although some of the best deals for electronics are typically found during the madness of Black Friday, if you want to skip the shoving and crowds you can still find some discounts on Cyber Monday particularly for TV’s. In 2011 both apparel and home and garden shopping categories saw a big increase in discount deals for those shoppers who waited until the Monday after Thanksgiving to shop.

During Cyber Monday retailers often offer their best discounts for their loyal customers so be sure to add your name to their email list so you can receive those offers directly to your inbox. If you have a number of different items you want to purchase try a store like or where you can purchase from multiple categories and often receive free shipping for many items. If you happen not to be near your computer on Cyber Monday don’t fear as you can often make purchases through your smart phone or tablet. Be sure to check to see if your favorite store gives you the ability to shop on your mobile device well before Monday so you can plan accordingly. As always, take precautions to keep your personal information secure while shopping online.

Here’s to a convenient, affordable and stress-free holiday season!