1. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are just shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. 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 freight. Many times several coupons are given. If this is the case, choose the one which will save you as much as possible.
3. Before buying a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any details about shipping costs, contact the owner 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.
4. Be wary of any emails you receive, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a link that directs you to a website other than usually the one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go as much as your browser and enter the web site you need to go to. It is much safer that way.
5. If you are making a purchase online, make sure that you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Charge card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they are only responsible for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far regarding wave the $50 for you, meaning that you will not be out of pocket.