1. Be skeptical of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend when you find yourself shopping online. You start to rationalize that you can spend more for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten if you went to the mall, for example. Give yourself a limit and stay with it.
2. Once you enjoy the comfort of frequent shopping online, it's very important to keep changing the passwords you use for every account. Every few weeks or so, make up a whole new password for your bank as well as the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for the strongest passwords.
3. Before investing in a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any details about shipping costs, contact the vendor to find out if there are additional charges for shipping. If there are several shipping options, choose an affordable and reliable option to make sure you receive your product quickly.
4. In case you have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function on the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You can chat immediately with a customer support representative to fix any issues or answer any questions before buying. That can give you a lot of reassurance.
5. If you are looking at purchasing from a seller the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. Typically this will give you an approximate idea of what sort of goods and services you need to expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again should be given a large swerve.