1. Before you make a purchase, compare costs on several websites. Try to find special coupons and offers on these websites to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible. Also look into what it really will cost for your shipping on the items and when there are free shipping options open to you.
2. When shopping online, always try to keep in mind the cost of shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on purchases over a certain quantity. In the event that you do have to pay shipping, make sure that it is going to match your budget after you've added everything for your cart. Using a full cart only to find out you are unable to afford the shipping is never an exciting experience.
3. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
4. When you are making a purchase online, ensure that you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Bank card users are protected against fraud by federal law and therefore 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.
5. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting around Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online retailers have moved their sales days up by a couple of days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.