With that being said I love getting a good deal. Here are a few more of my tips and tricks for saving where I can.
1)When I go the the Salvation Army or Goodwill I try (try, doesn't always mean do mind you :p ) to go on Wednesday's. Why Wednesday's? Because each town, city and state has their own markdown day and here in NOVA, our's is on Wednesday! 25% OFF of an already great deal?!?! I'll take it!
2)Always ask for a better price or a coupon. If I don't have a coupon with me, I simply ask if they have an extra. Surprisingly it works 50% of the time. Michaels is a great store to do this at. I love to do arts and crafts and Michaels is the Mecca of all things crafty. They also have cute seasonal and home decor items. They always have a 40% off ( full price items only) coupon in the paper and if you forget it or can't pull it up on your phone they are more thna happy to honor it for you. Also look out for additional coupons for sale items.
3)Take advantage of savings programs!!! With my health insurance I can ONLY pick up my prescriptions from CVS pharmacy. However, everytime I go in I make sure to show my CVS card to earn points. I end up with coupons and "CVS bucks" for free stuff all of the time.
4)Magazines. I have a slight obsession with US weekly. Instead of paying the $4.00 off the newstand every week I invest in a yearly subscription.
5)End caps and clearance sections are one of my favorite places to shop. End caps are the "shelf" at the end of an aisle and are basically loaded with overflow of clearance items. My local Marshall's has THE BEST clearance aisle in their home decor section. It's definitely a hit or miss, but oh when it's a hit!
6) Know your markdown days! These vary by store obviously, but for the most part go as follows:
Target:Mondays- Kid's clothes, electronics
Tuesdays-Women's,Lawn & Garden,
Wednesday-Men's, Toys, Decor, Movies, Music and Books
Thursday-Shoes and Housewares
7)Two things I love are MAC makeup and recycling. Put them together and you get the back to MAC program. For every 6 empty containers you bring back to a MAC store or mall location you get a free MAC lipstick!!!