1. Sign up for your chosen online stores' newsletters. Often online stores sends out daily, weekly or monthly newsletters with special sales, discounts and deals. If you like to save money, you might be able to score some good deals on items you were going to purchase anyway.
2. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know each time a product has dropped to some price you prefer. And if you've recently purchased at full price, it is possible to ask for a price adjustment to fulfill the new deal.
3. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Look for "https://" in the URL in the site that you're attempting to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a great idea not to trust those people along with your account information.
4. A reputable online seller must have a history that is recorded with the Better Business Bureau. Check with the BBB prior to deciding to part with your hard earned money to find out if there have been any major or continual complaints lodged against them. You don't desire to be spending your cash with a company that fails to deliver.
5. If you frequently shop online, ensure your antimalware is always high quality and up to date. Major shopping sites are usually targeted by hackers as well as other shady types who try to steal your personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software offers you about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.