1. Find out more about the payment methods available from the online store you are interested in. Most stores provide you with the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option as long as the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is recommended to go through another store.
2. Be suspicious of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend when you are shopping online. You start out to rationalize that you can spend more money for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten should you went to the mall, as an example. Give yourself a restriction and stick to it.
3. If you are making a purchase online, ensure that you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Charge card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they are only accountable for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far as to wave the $50 for you, meaning that you will not be out of pocket.
4. If you like an internet store, sign up for their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals inside your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to keep up to date with discounted prices and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free freight or discounts on certain products.
5. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider obtaining a separate credit card to use simply for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed on this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.