1. 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 your price you prefer. And if you've recently purchased at full price, it is possible to ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
2. If you are making a purchase online, make certain you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they are only liable for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far as to wave the $50 for you, which means that you will not be out of pocket.
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. Should you don't feel relaxed providing the company with your credit card information, try to look for another site. Try to find a web site that offers a safe and secure page when you're adding your charge card information.
4. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some kind of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you need to shop at.
5. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply search for 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 charge card information. However, if there is no "s" inside the address, start working on a different site to be around the safe side.