1. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are on the up and up and which are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. Furthermore, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. If you find a fantastic product on the favorite site, search for it in a search engine before you buy it. Make note of the model number or brand, and do a quick search to make sure you can't have it cheaper from somewhere else. You might be able to save a few dollars like that.
3. If a company includes a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, special deals and online coupons to people on the mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter should you really like their products and would use a promotion code.
4. Although it may seem tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase with a website. These documents have valuable information on what you can and cannot do when you have a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly in order that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.