1. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Lots of the big retailers often have promotions running that are not advertised on their own home page. Doing a quick hunt for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
2. Before you start your online shopping, make sure that you've got up-to-date antivirus software. Online shopping is a hotbed for suspect websites. Many people build stores with the goal to infect your computer with malware. It's best that you take precautions prior to visiting any stores, no matter how reputable you feel these are.
3. In case you have questions while shopping, look for a live chat function on the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer care representative to fix any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can provide you with a lot of reassurance.
4. Before buying from a new online retailer, do your homework on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the way it handles things like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also check the BBB to find out if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions regarding its business before you buy anything.
5. If you are intending to be online shopping, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you already know is secure, like one that you have in the home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places while they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.