1. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Many of the big retailers often have promotions running that are not advertised on the home page. Carrying out a quick search for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
2. Sign up for your favorite online stores' newsletters. Often online stores sends out daily, weekly or monthly newsletters with special sales, discounts and deals. If you like to save money, you might be able to score some good deals on items you were going to purchase anyway.
3. If you are making a purchase online, make sure that you use a credit card to pay for the transaction. Bank card users are protected against fraud by federal law and therefore 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.
4. Be wary for any emails you receive, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a web site other than the main one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking on an email hyperlink, just go as much as your browser and enter the web site you would like to go to. It really is much safer that way.
5. Although it might appear tedious, be 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 a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly to ensure that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.