1. Be careful in regard to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the online store is poorly designed, full of misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's safer to be safe than sorry.
2. 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 request a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.
3. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Take this into account when you are choosing a site to purchase from. If you don't feel relaxed providing the company with your charge card information, look for another site. Try to find a site that offers a good page when you're adding your bank card information.
4. When a company includes a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, deals and coupon codes to people on their own mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter should you really like their products and services and would use a discount code.
5. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply check out at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" within the address, start working on a different site to be around the safe side.