1. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some type of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
2. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider applying for a separate credit card to use only for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions should they be the only items listed about this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
3. Turn it into a habit to register for price alerts. It goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know whenever a product has dropped to your price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you are able to ask for a price adjustment to fulfill the new deal.
4. When shopping online, always try to keep in mind the buying price of shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on orders over a specific amount. In the event that you do have to pay shipping, make sure that it is going to match your budget after you've added everything for your cart. Having a full cart only to find out you cannot afford the shipping is never an enjoyable experience.
5. To protect yourself use a credit card when you shop online. The government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the buyer is responsible for is actually a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance may be withdrawn by internet hackers.