For Affordable Shopping, Buy Online

For consumers living on tight budgets, online shopping is the best way to shop. All you need is a computer and a browser. Online vendors include such retail giants as Walmart and Target, down to small, specialty shops.


First, look up whatever item you are interested in on Google. The results page will display a list of retailers, with links to their websites. The page will also display websites that serve as portals to other shopping websites, like Nextel.

An advantage of online shopping is the ability to comparison shop right from your desktop or laptop. As you browse different websites, check for secure urls, the https that precede the rest of the domain name. You want to see https, not http, because it indicates a secure communication connection. Whatever transpires between you and the server is encrypted to avoid hacking.

Once you have chosen an item and begin the checkout process, ensure you are on a secure server. Do this by looking down at the right-hand corner of your screen for a gold padlock. Or the site will indicate it uses VeriSign, an encryption system for your protection.

During shopping, check shipping costs, delivery times, and any special offers that give free shipping or ship-to-store, which will save shipping costs. Use wish lists and gift registries to organize you're shopping and remember your favorites.

Whatever item you need can be found online. Just exercise caution as you browse websites and make sure they are secure

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