Cyber Monday work-arounds retailers are not telling you about

Posted: 6:16 PM, Dec 01, 2014
Updated: 2014-12-01 18:16:06-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) -- It may be the largest online shopping day of the year but don’t be fooled, Cyber Monday is more of a kick-off day to what many have called “Cyber Week.” It’s where deals can be found all week long and in some cases – going on up into the holidays.

You just need the right tools to help you out.

For starters – hit the website where all the best deals on just about anything are aggregated and shared by users.

Several smartphone apps are also making the holiday shopping experience much easier.

Shoppers looking to save some money can try an app like Coupon Sherpa which rounds up hundreds of coupons from retailers so users can download in store.

Raise helps save money in a different way. The app lets shoppers instantly purchase unused gift cards discounted below face value from their smartphone, and present the barcode to the cashier.

No need to run from store to store to find the best deal. Shoppers looking to compare prices on the go can use apps like PriceGrabber   to scan product barcodes to locate the best prices in stores and online.

Red Laser works in a similar fashion, and searches for retailer discounts and coupons too.

Browse gift ideas during downtime with a mobile app like Fancy which curates virtual catalogs, lets users "like" items - and see what others have liked - create wish lists, and make purchases.

To organize - try an app like Santa's Bag, a to-do list with a jolly holiday theme which lets shoppers keep track of what they're buying for friends and family and - most importantly - keep track of a gift budget.

Portions of this article were supplemented by CNN Consumer Watch.