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Cyber Monday: Shoppers take advantage of deep discounts

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How much work do you expect to get done today? Here's to hoping your multi-tasking skills are fully charged if you want to take advantage of the deep discounts and be productive this Cyber Monday.

More than half of workers admit they'll shop online while at work on Cyber Monday. According to the RetailMeNot.com, 25% of them spend four hours shopping at work – amounting to $2.5 billion in lost production.

About 21% of workers are caught shopping on a day like this, because the deals are so irresistible. There are some secrets to the trade you may want to employ, since there are so many ways to save nowadays – on your desktop, tablet, mobile device and social media.

Retail-Me-Not reports you'll see discounts ranging from 20-40%. But if you see deals better than that while you're comparing sites, jump on it!

Amazon is offering "lightning deals," which are extreme discounts to be featured every 10 minutes. Cyber promotional codes for all major retailers are also a great way to save.

"Cyber Monday starts now!"

The bold message greeted Macy's customers shopping on the Internet on Sunday - and they're not alone.

"We got some great deals, almost the same deals [as non-online shoppers]. We didn't have to go out and we got free shipping in a lot of cases," Frank Wilson told FOX 32 News.

"Most of the things that I ordered online I've already done over the last couple of weeks, so I feel like I'm already on top of it," Kevin Houldsworth said.

From Gray Thursday to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and to Cyber Monday, the shopping holiday weekend continues into this work week.

"I think it's just to get people on the computer to shop, get people excited to get in on it or you know, otherwise, you're going to miss out," Elaine Burden explained. "I'm actually looking for a GoPro for my son, so I'm looking for something like that."

Burden, like many others, are looking for deep discounts on electronics this Cyber Monday.

Rich Denardis, the founder of Chicago-based Savor.co, a new savings site, says, "You certainly will see deals north of 20% off fairly consistently."

Cyber Week deals were splashed across Walmart's home page as well. The retailer will offer deals beyond Monday, and the same for Best Buy whose website is touting a free savings code up to $50.

But shopper Jim Antonicic says we need to keep the real reason for the season in mind while we take advantage of these sales.

"I try to not make Christmas all about buying things, getting gifts," Antonicic said. "I try to get presents for people if they need them, rather than just because it's the holidays."

Thousands of people will also be taking part in Giving Tuesday. It's a day for people to give back to their communities after a week of holiday shopping. Everyone is encouraged to take part.

All you have to do is find a way for your family, company or organization to come together and give back. Use social media to tell everyone about it with #GivingTuesday.

To find out how you can take part, visit the official Giving Tuesday website.

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