1. If you're considering buying a product online, check out the reviews. The reviews from other people that have used the product will be able to give you a good idea about the product. You might be able to find out the caliber of the product, if it worked as described, and if you should have the purchase.
2. When you are making a purchase online, ensure that you use a charge card to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and are only liable for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far concerning wave the $50 for you, which means you will not be out of pocket.
3. Ensure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Look for "https://" in the URL from the site that you're attempting to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a wise idea not to trust those people with your account information.
4. If a company includes a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and coupon codes to people on their own mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter should you really like their products and services and would use a coupon code.
5. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores always have some promotional offers taking place. If you do not find any details about current offers on the site from the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their online coupons on message boards or couponning blogs.