Do you like using coupons to save money? Do you check flyers each week? Do you hunt for deals much like to brag about your shopping savvy to friends and family? Are you aware that you can apply these skills when shopping online? All you need is a little time, the right information and a strong will.
Before you being to shop on the Internet, make sure that you’ve got up-to-date antivirus software. Online shopping provides a haven for suspect websites. There are even those who offer deals that are too good to be true just so they can spread malware to your computer. Be very careful when shopping online, whether you think they are safe or not.
Don’t give any information and trust. Verisign and Cybertrust both have security signs that you know who to trust.
Check the URL of any website before you submit personal information. If it starts with “https” it is okay to proceed as this means the website is protected and it is safe to submit information. If the website does not use this, you are exposing yourself to potential fraud if you continue entering your information.
Use online retailer search sites to help narrow your search.
Look around on auction and discount ones prior to buying an item from a big retailer’s site. Sites like Amazon and eBay tend to have better deals than traditional retailers.You can really save a lot without giving up much. Do be careful to review the return policies that are in place. This can vary quite a bit depending on which site you are shopping on.
Review your entire shopping cart to be certain you are ordering exactly what you will be getting.
If you frequently shop online, try signing up for services that let you get free shipping from certain stores. Test a couple of these services to determine which one is the best for your situation.
Check for coupon code before buying. There are a lot of sites out there (one is Retail Me Not) that catalogs these coupon codes for many big websites. If you are unable to find a coupon code for the website you have in mind, search for the site name with the keywords “coupon code” added. You might be in the end.