1. Look for the right times to shop online. Often the stores that you frequent will have online sales that follow a time pattern. Many, for instance, schedule sales for the beginning of the month or at the end. When you see there's a pattern, hold off on buying anything until the upcoming sales period begins.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some kind of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Determine if there is a deal associated with subscribing to the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.
3. Be wary of any emails you receive, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a link that directs you to a site other than usually the one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter the web site you need to go to. It really is much safer that way.
4. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is no website that needs this number for you to make a purchase. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you may be on a scam website. Leave this site and find one that has a better reputation.
5. If you find a fantastic product on the favorite site, search for it in an internet 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.