1. After you have found the items you desire, 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 freight. Many times several coupons are offered. If this is the case, choose the one which will save you the most money.
2. Be cautious where you submit your credit card information. If you are shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS as opposed to the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
3. Although it may look tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase at a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly to ensure that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
4. Learn the online store's return policy. If you are considering making a purchase on an item that you might like to return, ensure you find out if returning the item is surely an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items cannot be returned and you do not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
5. For those who have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function around 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 repair any issues or answer any questions prior to buying. That can give you a lot of peace of mind.