1. Discover the online store's return policy. In case you are considering building a purchase on an item that you may want to return, ensure you find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items can not be returned and you may not want to be tied to an unwanted item.
2. When shopping online, use a credit card as opposed to a debit card. This is because credit cards are based on your credit, not the amount of money within your bank account. If a internet hacker gets your banking information, they can completely ruin you within a matter of hours.
3. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Lots of the big retailers often have promotions running which are not advertised on their home page. Doing a quick search for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
4. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL and it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer too. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
5. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful using the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or greater than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.