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With the click of a button, online users now have access to millions of online stores, boutiques and auction platforms. As more consumers try to be frugal with their spending habits, online shopping has made it easy to save both time and money. According to a 2012 Nielsen Global Digital Shopping Report, online shopping for food and beverage has increased by 44% in two years, while other shoppers purchased apparel, shoes, books, travel reservations, entertainment tickets, mobile phones and other online goods. The rapid growth of e-commerce has made it easier than ever to find amazing deals on products you use every day. 
Follow your favs Repeat shopping at your favorite stores can result in significant savings with the help of social media. According to a 2013 poll conducted by Crowdtap, 65% of shoppers use social media to find the perfect gift. Retailers can also be found through social media offering coupons, giveaways and various promotions. Sign up directly on the retailer’s website to receive newsletters and special deals directly to your inbox. 
Compare prices Don’t just buy the product you need from the first site you visit. Comparing prices can help you get the lowest price possible for your purchases. According to a 2013 Shopatron Retailer eCommerce Study, 86% of retailers report that customers use mobile phones to compare prices, get product information, scan QR codes and look at product reviews.  
Stack the deals Stacking not only works in grocery stores, but can also be used online to get amazing savings at checkout. While most online sites have a one-coupon limit, other sources of savings can be piled on to increase your savings. In addition to promotional codes and electronic coupons, reward cards, membership discounts, gift cards and rebates can be used to save as much as 90% on your online purchase. Many online retailers also offer free shipping if your total reaches a minimum amount. 
Ensure it's secure While online shopping has many perks; an estimated $3.4 billion was lost to online fraud in 2011, according to online merchants in a J.P. Morgan 2012 Online Fraud Report. It's more important than ever to keep yourself safe while shopping on the Internet. Defend your computer by using firewall, antispyware and antivirus software. Avoid going to websites from links and instead, type the URL directly into the address box. Look for signs that your information is safe, such as retail sites that use encryption, those accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and sites certified by TRUSTe.

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