1. 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 if you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.
2. Be skeptical of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend when you find yourself shopping online. You begin to rationalize that you can spend more money for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten should you went to the mall, as an example. Give yourself a limit and stay with it.
3. Be wary for any emails you get, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a web site other than usually the one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go as much as your browser and enter the web site you want to go to. It really is much safer that way.
4. Prior to making a purchase, compare costs on several websites. Try to find special coupons and offers on these websites to make sure you are getting the best offer possible. Also look into what it will cost for that shipping on the items and if there are free freight options available to you.
5. In case a company has a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and discount codes to people on the 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 coupon code.