1. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as early as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many internet retailers have moved their sales days up by several days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
2. Be cautious which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are around the up and up and which can be not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
3. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
4. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with you, learn what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an online search and learn what others think of the business. It is best to accomplish this so you may not find out the hard way and lose your cash.
5. When you're shopping online you need to be sure you are aware who you're buying from. If you're buying upon an online auction site, only buy from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see when they are a reputable company by trying to find reviews to them online.