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Online Gift Shopping

Minutes after you finish that last piece of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, you might feel the need to … start your holiday shopping!

Perhaps you will buy some gifts online.

Here are a few suggestions for smart online shopping:

  • Buy from reputable companies. If you are not sure about a company’s integrity, do an internet search to read what others have to say about buying from that store.
  • Know the store’s return policy specifics: time limit, shipping cost, etc.
  • Read the reviews, especially the negative ones. Look for mention of specific features you want or don’t want.
  • Look for deals — free shipping with a minimum purchase, discount for volume, etc. — but don’t forget to enter the coupon code when you check out.
  • Double and triple check that you have entered the correct shipping address if you are having your gift(s) delivered directly to your recipient(s).
  • Consider gift wrapping, gift receipt, and personal note options.
  • Opt not to save your credit card information on file with the store; enter the number each time you place an order. What you give up in convenience, you more than make up in security.
  • Save the emailed receipts in a folder you can find easily.
  • Review your credit card statements thoroughly and match them up with your receipts to be sure you are only charged for what you bought.
  • Gift cards make great presents!

In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!