1. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the web site URL and it should display "https" instead of the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a price reduction or some kind of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.
3. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to learn which are around the up or higher and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
4. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For 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 find out if they are offered to be shipped to you.
5. Always remember your finances and credit limits when shopping online. The virtual arena of online shopping has become a lot of people in serious debt. You need to look at online shopping in a similar manner you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.