1. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some type of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
2. If you are going to become doing some online shopping, make sure you be aware of the liability for every credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built in while others offer it for any minimal fee. You do not need to get stuck with purchases made on your card in the event the number is stolen.
3. If you are going to be shopping on the web, make sure that you practice it from a computer connection you already know is secure, like one that you have in the home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places while they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
4. Although it might appear tedious, make sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase with a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have an issue with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly to ensure that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to come back items.
5. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider trying to get a separate credit card to use just for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed with 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.