1. Be cautious where you submit your credit card information. When you are shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to safeguard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
2. Turn it into a habit to sign up 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 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.
3. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, discover what the store's reputation is similar to. You can usually do a web-based search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do that so you may not find out the difficult way and lose your money.
4. Try to find coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores also have some promotional offers going on. If you do not find any information about current offers on the site from the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their online coupons on discussion boards or couponning blogs.
5. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or larger 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.