1. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some form of deal when you sign up for their newsletter. Determine if there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.
2. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are in the up and up 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. In addition, if a variety of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
3. Always remember your financial budget and credit limits while shopping online. The virtual world of online shopping has gotten a lot of people in serious debt. You need to look at online shopping in a similar manner you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.
4. Do more research around the online store you are considering before ordering a product from their store. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will probably find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stay with online stores with the excellent reputation.
5. Turn it into a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know whenever a product has dropped to some price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to fulfill the new deal.