1. Be wary of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend when you find yourself shopping online. You start to rationalize that you can spend more for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten if you went to the mall, for instance. Give yourself a restriction and stick to it.
2. Learn more about the payment methods offered by 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 only if the store features a secure server. If you do not see any information about safety, it is advisable to go through another store.
3. Call the web company before making a purchase. If you have some kind of trouble with your purchase, you want to be able to know that one could reach customer care easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you allow them to have your charge card information. Should you can't get anyone on the telephone, steer clear.
4. When you're shopping online you should be sure you know who you're buying from. If you're buying upon an online auction site, only order from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see if they are a reputable company by searching for reviews on them online.
5. Look for the right times to shop online. Often the stores that you frequent will have online sales that follow a time pattern. Many, for instance, schedule sales for the beginning of the month or at the end. If you see there's a pattern, hold off on buying anything until the upcoming sales period begins.