WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- It's getting to the final countdown to the holidays. And, a National Retail Federation survey says this is the week to snap up steals and deals.
Scott Silverman, Executive Director of the National Retail Federation's Shop.org shares tells you how to take advantage of online shopping special sales, final offers, free shipping and more.
He says the free online shipping deals end Friday, December 18. Shop.org's cybermonday.com has a free shipping section with a list of retailers still offering popular promotions for delivery by Christmas.
Sign up to receive email alerts on deals from your favorite retailer. Also, Web sites like pricegrabber.com and shopzilla.com are great ways to comparison shop.
Retailers have jumped into the social network world by creating Facebook and Twitter pages. American Eagle, Best Buy and JC Penney are just a few of the retailers where you can find specials, sales and discounts on merchandise.
Protect yourself online when you shop. It's important to look for the "s" at the end of the https:// web address. This means the Web site is secure to shop on.
Update your anti-virus software.
Most importantly, use common sense. If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is a deal you should avoid.
Also, check out comcast.net security for tips on how to protect yourself when shopping online.