1. Be wary of the emails you obtain, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a website other than usually the one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than simply clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter the web site you want to go to. It is much safer that way.
2. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful using the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or greater than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
3. Before you make a purchase, compare prices on several websites. Look for special coupons and offers on these websites to ensure that you are getting the best bargain possible. Also look into exactly what it will cost for that shipping on your items and if there are free shipping options available to you.
4. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a price reduction or some kind of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
5. Make it a habit to register 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 your price you prefer. And if you've recently purchased at full price, it is possible to ask for a price adjustment to fulfill the new deal.