1. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are accessible to be shipped to you.
2. Be sure that you're entering your payment details on a safe and secure site. Search for "https://" within the URL of the site that you're seeking 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 along with your account information.
3. When a company features a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, deals and coupon codes to people on the mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only sign up for a company's newsletter should you really like their goods and would use a promotion code.
4. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with all the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or bigger than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
5. When shopping for a specific item, check several different online retailers. Many times with a little searching, you can save as much as 25 %. Look at many different websites to make sure you are getting the best offer. When figuring each website's price, make sure you include shipping costs in your calculations.