23 April 2020

Embrace the possibilities of online shopping and keep your money safe with these five strategies from ME.

Australians aren’t wasting a minute grabbing bargains and one-of-a-kind buys, with millions of Australians shopping online*.

Not only convenient, online shopping is generally very safe, especially if you stick to secure sites where the web address starts with ‘https’. Only two out of three of us check if a site is secure** so make this a priority. 

With so much choice available, the big risk can be the temptation to overspend. This makes it worth introducing a few personal safeguards to ensure online shopping doesn’t leave you strapped for cash or weighed down by debt. 

1. Try the 60-minute rule

Take a 60-minute breather before committing to a purchase. You could find that must-have buy isn’t so essential after all.

2. Read the refund policy – carefully

Always check the fine print on refunds. What timeframe are you given to claim a refund and who pays the freight on goods returned – you or the e-tailer?

3. Check out reviews

If you’re unsure about the quality of merchandise, check for product reviews by trusted authorities (like consumer group Choice). It can help you avoid a dud buy.

4. Keep temptation at bay

Creating a separate email account for online shopping avoids junk mail clogging up your regular inbox and helps you resist the urge to buy stuff you really don’t need.

5. Save smart

Although e-coupons can shave a few dollars off a purchase, don’t let coupons restrict you to a handful of online stores. Shopping around is always the key to a genuine bargain.

* Australia Post and StarTrack research, Inside Australian Online Shopping, 2017

** Veda, Hackers get serious about causing mischief as identity takeovers rise 59% in two years, 7 October 2015

This article is brought to you by ME. For more information, please visit www.mebank.com.au. Members Equity Bank Limited ABN 56 070 887 679 and Australian Credit Licence 229500.

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