1. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider applying for a separate bank card to use simply for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed about this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
2. After you have found the items you would like, 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 freight. Many times several coupons are available. If this is the case, choose the one that will save you the most money.
3. For those who have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function in the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You are able to chat immediately with a customer support representative to repair any issues or answer any questions before buying. That can provide you with a lot of peace of mind.
4. Be wary for any emails you get, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a link that directs you to a website other than usually the one you shopped on. Should you, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter in the web site you would like to go to. It is much safer that way.
5. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a price reduction or some type of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.