1. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as early as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many internet retailers have moved their sales days up by several days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
2. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider applying for a separate credit card to use simply for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions should they be the only items listed on this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
3. Find out more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores supply you with the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. A charge card is a safe option only if the store features a secure server. If you do not see any details about safety, it is best to go through another store.
4. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. As an example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store close to you, you can look on the store's website and discover if they are available to be shipped to you.
5. If you want to buy books online, you'll get a better deal if you get them used. Depending on the condition you get them in, you may just end up paying a few cents plus shipping. Make sure you read through the description of the book to see if you can find any damages you should be aware of.