1. If you like an internet store, join their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals within your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to stay up to date with good deals and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free shipping or discounts on certain products.
2. Be skeptical of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend when you are shopping online. You start to rationalize that you can spend more money for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten in the event you went to the mall, for example. Give yourself a restriction and follow it.
3. If you are going to get doing some shopping online, make sure you understand the liability for every credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built-in while others offer it for a minimal fee. You do not want to get stuck with purchases made on your own card if the number is stolen.
4. Look for the right times to shop online. Often the stores that you frequent will have online sales that follow a time pattern. Many, for instance, schedule sales for the beginning of the month or at the end. When you see there's a pattern, hold off on buying anything until the upcoming sales period begins.
5. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply check out at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" as opposed to an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your charge card information. However, if there is no "s" within the address, proceed to a different site to be around the safe side.