1. Do not forget to comparison shop when you are looking for things online. People usually do this when shopping in physical stores, but they don't think about it on the web. If you opt for the first sale you see, there exists a chance you will miss out on an improved deal elsewhere.
2. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And when you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the brand new deal.
3. When you enjoy the comfort of frequent online shopping, it's very important to keep changing the passwords you use for each account. Every couple of weeks roughly, make up a whole new password for the bank as well as the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for the strongest passwords.
4. Discover more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores provide you with the option to pay with a charge card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option only when the store includes a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is advisable to go through an alternative store.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.