1. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Many of the big retailers often have promotions running that are not advertised on the home page. Performing a quick search for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
2. Always remember your financial budget and credit limits while shopping online. The virtual realm of online shopping has gotten a lot of people in serious debt. You need to take a look at online shopping in the same manner you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.
3. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
4. Be wary of any emails you get, even if they appear to be coming from a retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a web site other than the main one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go as much as your browser and enter in the web site you want to go to. It is much safer that way.
5. While shopping online, use a credit card rather than a debit card. This is because credit cards are based on your credit, not the amount of money inside your bank account. If a internet hacker gets your banking information, they can completely ruin you within a matter of hours.