Essential Online
Shopping Tips

The internet is a fabulous shopping tool. You can shop without the pressure from salespeople, compare prices from several retailers, and purchase products from the comfort of your own home.

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Shop online for clothes

Shopping for clothing online

You may think that it's impossible to shop for clothes online and be assured of the right size. However, it's actually quite simple.


Know your measurements

This is the key to finding clothing that fits. Use a tape measure and write down all your measurements before shopping online. What is a size 10 one store is not a size 10 in another. Therefore, be sure to check the sizing charts and compare your measurements to find the correct size. If you are in between sizes, go for the larger size. You can always have it altered. It's easy to make a garment a little smaller but almost impossible to add fabric to make it larger.


Shoe shoppingTo know your accurate shoe size when shopping for shoes, you can print out a shoe sizer from Measure your feet in the afternoon, when they are at their largest.


Sort by size first

Many websites allow you to filter your selections by brand, color, size and other specifications. The logical thing to do is sort by size first. This way you won't find yourself disappointed when you realize the "perfect" sandals aren't available in your size.


Check the return policy

This is key when shopping for clothing. Look for retailers that offer free returns and a money back guarantee. Steer clear from those who will only offer store credit. Print out your receipt after ordering and have a copy of the receipt sent to your email address. This will insure you have the proper documentation if you do need to make a return.


Head to your closet

Find pieces of clothing that flatter your body type or those that you like the shape. This will give you an idea of which type of garments to look for when shopping online.


Check out the best online sites

SheKnows has compiled a list of the  some of the best online shopping sites for women. These sites are reputable and offer terrific selections.


Tips for shopping securely online

This video provides additional tips on how to shop securely online. Though they talk about Christmas shopping in the video, the tips apply to shopping any time of the year.

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Comments on "Online shopping tips and tricks"

Lisa February 20, 2014 | 7:11 PM

I like compare prices among big department stores like amazon, walmart to buy based on my shopping list. Then locate a proper store, and find coupons on RTM, AnyCodes etc that are valid. Though time consuming, the process is rewarding.

Shopping Mom November 19, 2008 | 4:21 PM

I have had good luck with www.extrabux, which offers coupons and cash back rebates. Lots of well known stores and it's highly rated by Comparerewards (a great site that reviews shopping sites.)

Taniesha August 22, 2008 | 7:02 AM

Hello Mrs Ellis I love you article because myself and my boyfriend love to shop online. We purchase everything online if we can from the big chains (eg. Macys, target and s) to using craiglist and ebay.

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