1. Be cautious which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are around the up and up and which are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. In addition, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some kind of deal when you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.
3. Be sure that you're entering your payment details on a safe and secure site. Search for "https://" in the URL in the site that you're attempting to buy something from. If you don't see that or no indication of any website security, then it's probably a wise idea not to trust those people with your account information.
4. After you have found the items you desire, check to see if there are any coupons offered. There are many websites that offer coupons. These coupons can be a certain percent off, a certain dollar amount off or free shipping. Many times several coupons are available. If this is the situation, choose one that will save you as much as possible.
5. Before buying a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any information regarding shipping costs, contact the vendor to find out if there are additional charges for shipping. If there are several shipping options, choose an affordable and reliable option to make sure you receive your product quickly.