1. When shopping online, always try to keep in mind the buying price of shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount. In the event that you do have to pay shipping, make sure that it is going to squeeze into your budget after you've added everything in your cart. Using a full cart only to find out you can not afford the shipping is never an enjoyable experience.
2. For those who have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function in the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You can chat immediately with a customer support representative to fix any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can provide you with a lot of peace of mind.
3. If you like a web-based store, subscribe to their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals inside your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to keep up to date with great deals and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free shipping or discounts on certain products.
4. To protect yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the buyer is responsible for is actually a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.
5. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a safe and secure site. Look for "https://" within the URL from the site that you're trying 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 with your account information.