1. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores usually have some promotional offers happening. If you do not find any information regarding current offers on the site of the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their online coupons on message boards or couponning blogs.
2. If 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 join a company's newsletter should you really like their products and would use a coupon code.
3. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider trying to get a separate charge card to use just for these transactions. It is simpler to track all transactions when they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry concerning your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted an order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. Whenever you enjoy the convenience of frequent online shopping, it's essential to keep changing the passwords you use for every account. Every couple of weeks roughly, make up a whole new password for your bank and the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for that strongest passwords.