1. Make it a habit to sign up for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know each time a product has dropped to some price you prefer. And if you've recently purchased at full price, it is possible to ask for a price adjustment to satisfy the new deal.
2. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores always have some promotional offers taking place. If you do not find any information regarding current offers on the site from the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their discount codes on message boards or couponning blogs.
3. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as early as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many internet retailers have moved their sales days up by several days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
4. Sign up for your preferred online stores' newsletters. Often online stores will be sending out daily, weekly or monthly newsletters with special sales, discounts and deals. If you like to save cash, you might be able to score some terrific deals on items you were going to purchase anyway.
5. Find out more about the payment methods offered by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a charge card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option as long as the store includes a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is advisable to go through a different store.