1. When you are creating any purchases online and you are required to produce a user account, never use the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not make use of your e-mail or banking password to make a free account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If somebody was able to see this password, they might have access to not only your profile on the retailer's store.
2. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting around Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online retailers have moved their sales days up by several days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
3. Be skeptical of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend when you find yourself shopping online. You start to rationalize that you can spend more for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten if you went to the mall, as an example. Give yourself a restriction and stick to it.
4. If you have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function on the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You are able to chat immediately with a customer service representative to correct any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can provide you with a lot of satisfaction.
5. When searching out the best price for any big ticket item, be sure to check the store reviews to find out if other customers had a good experience with them. It is also a good idea to consult with the Better Business Bureau also. You want to make sure that the business is legitimate and values you as a client.