1. Turn it into a habit to sign up 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 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. Be careful in regard to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the web store is poorly designed, packed with misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's preferable to be safe than sorry.
3. Be wary of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend if you are shopping online. You start to rationalize that you can spend more for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten in the event you went to the mall, as an example. Give yourself a limit and follow it.
4. Discover more about the payment methods offered by the online store you are interested in. Most stores provide you with the option to pay with a charge card or with PayPal. A charge card is a safe option only when the store includes a secure server. If you do not see any details about safety, it is recommended to go through a different store.
5. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. As an example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are accessible to be shipped to you.