1. Turn it into a habit to register for price alerts. It goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know whenever a product has dropped to some price you want. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to satisfy the new deal.
2. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to learn which are on the up or higher and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense 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.
3. Sign-up for any id theft protection your credit card company offers, especially if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you are able to protect your details, it's never one hundred percent guaranteed. Take full advantage of automatic ID protection and know you will have back-up, should the worst occur.
4. Prior to making a purchase, compare costs on several websites. Search for special coupons and offers on these websites to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. Also look into what it really will cost for your shipping on the items and if there are free delivery options open to you.
5. When shopping online, choose the best shipping policy. Many times companies offer expedited shipping. However, often getting the product one day earlier can cost you as much as twice the normal shipping price. Therefore, if you can wait on the product to arrive using normal shipping instead of expedited shipping, choose standard shipping to save money.