1. When you are searching for a spot to buy an item and no results appear to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your details. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not to take your cash.
2. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with 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 an item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
3. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider applying for a separate credit card to use simply 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 concerning your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some type of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.
5. If you like an online store, join their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals inside your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to keep up to date with discounted prices and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free delivery or discounts on certain products.