1. Ensure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Search for "https://" within the URL from the site that you're trying to buy something from. If you don't see that or no indication of any website security, then it's probably a great idea not to trust those people with your account information.
2. A reputable online seller needs to have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB before you decide to part with your hard earned money to see if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't desire to be spending your cash with a company that fails to provide.
3. When you are creating any purchases online and you are required to produce a user account, never make use of the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not make use of e-mail or banking password to make an account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If someone was able to check this out password, they could have access to more than just your profile on the retailer's store.
4. When shopping online, choose the best shipping policy. Often times companies offer expedited shipping. However, many times getting the product one day earlier can cost you as much as twice the normal shipping price. Therefore, if you can wait on the product to arrive using normal shipping instead of expedited shipping, choose standard shipping to save money.
5. After you have found the items you want, check to see if there are any coupons offered. There are many websites that offer coupons. These coupons can be a certain percent off, a certain dollar amount off or free shipping. Many times several coupons are given. If this is the case, choose the one that will save you the most money.