1. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to explain the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their shipping and handling fees are. Use all of this information to decide if these costs and options fit well for you personally, your budget, along with your area before you place an order.
2. In case a company has a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and coupon codes to people on their 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 services and would use a coupon code.
3. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores also have some promotional offers taking place. If you do not find any information regarding current offers on the site from the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their coupon codes on message boards or couponning blogs.
4. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a 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.
5. Be sure that when you buy something online, you are aware of when the site is secure or not. You may not want your information being compromised in this day and age. Identity theft is very common, and you must protect your information whatsoever cost so you wish to keep making purchases online.