1. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, find out what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do a web-based search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to accomplish this so you may not find out the hard way and lose your cash.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some type of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Determine if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.
3. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it also should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an up-to-date copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
4. Read customer testimonials before you buy anything. People are more than pleased to complain about bad service online, so search for sites and testimonials that are terrible so that you know what you're getting into. You ought to take bad reviews using a grain of salt, but if you see many, you know there is a problem.
5. If you are going to be shopping online, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you already know is secure, like one that you have at home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.