1. In case a company includes a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, deals and coupon codes to people on their 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 join a company's newsletter should you really like their goods and would use a coupon code.
2. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. It goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to some price you prefer. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
3. Make sure that when you buy something online, you are aware of when the site is secure or not. You do not want your information being compromised in nowadays. Identity theft is very common, and you must protect your information at all cost so that you wish to keep making purchases online.
4. If you frequently shop online, make sure your antimalware is always top-notch and up to date. Major shopping sites are usually targeted by hackers as well as other shady types who make an effort to steal your individual identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software provides you with about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
5. Read customer testimonials before you buy anything. People are more than happy to complain about bad service online, so search for sites and testimonials which are terrible so you know what you're getting into. You should take bad reviews with a grain of salt, but if you see many, you know there is a problem.