1. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Search for "https://" inside the URL in the site that you're trying to buy something from. If you don't see that or no indication of any website security, then it's probably a great idea not to trust those people with your account information.
2. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to describe the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their handling and shipping fees are. Use this all information to choose if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, along with your area prior to placing an order.
3. Make it a habit to sign up for price alerts. It goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know each time a product has dropped to a price you want. And if you've recently purchased at full price, it is possible to ask for a price adjustment to fulfill the new deal.
4. Be wary of any emails you receive, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a link that directs you to a site other than usually the one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than simply clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter the web site you want to go to. It is much safer that way.
5. Sign up for your preferred online stores' newsletters. Often online stores will be sending out daily, weekly or monthly newsletters with special sales, discounts and deals. If you like to save money, you could possibly score some great deals on items you were going to purchase anyway.