1. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And when you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
2. If you are going to be doing some shopping on the web, make sure you understand the liability for every credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built in while others offer it for any minimal fee. You do not want to get stuck with purchases made on your card in the event the number is stolen.
3. 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 guard 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, depending on which browser you use.
4. If you are looking at purchasing from a seller for the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. As a general rule this will provide you with an approximate idea of which kind of goods and services you ought to expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again needs to be given a wide swerve.
5. When shopping online, choose the best shipping policy. Many times companies offer expedited shipping. However, often times 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.