1. Turn it into a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you want. And if you've recently purchased at full price, it is possible to ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
2. In case you have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function in the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You are able to chat immediately with a customer support representative to fix any issues or answer any questions prior to buying. That can give you a lot of reassurance.
3. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the credit card statement comes in the mail. If you notice any charges that you simply did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
4. When you are searching for a spot to buy a specific thing and no results seem to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not in the market to take your cash.
5. When you shop online, you have to be extra careful if you are using your cellphone to get online. Utilizing a public Wi-Fi can leave your personal vulnerable to hackers. Try to only use your secured network when shopping online using a cellphone and never make use of a public Wi-Fi hot spot to shop.