1. 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 near you, you can look on the store's website and learn if they are accessible to be shipped to you.
2. If you are looking at purchasing from a seller the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. As a general rule this provides you with an approximate idea of what sort of goods and services you ought to expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again ought to be given a broad swerve.
3. 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 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.
4. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply search for at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" as opposed to an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, proceed to a different site to be in the safe side.
5. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider trying to get a separate credit card to use only for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed with 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.