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50 Ways to Get Great Deals on Anything

These tips will help you save money on everything from gas to groceries.

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Many stores have secret price codes that tell you when and how much an item will be discounted. At Home Depot, for example, a price ending in .06 means that the hardware will be discounted in six weeks. Snag any hardware with a price that ends in .03, since that is probably the best deal you can get. Check out these insider secrets to help you save at all of your favorite stores.

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To make room for new luggage styles, retailers usually mark down last year's suitcases in March. That makes it the perfect opportunity to swipe an affordable carry-on. But March is not the only time of year to get luggage on the cheap. "In August, another round of price cuts settles in, since people are pretty much finished with their summer travels," Pogue writes.

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Shipping fees

At, you can find free-shipping coupon codes for more than 4,000 stores, including Best Buy, Target, and American Eagle. And the savings don't stop there; the site also alerts you when your favorite brands are having a sale. Read up on these savvy shopping tricks you'll wish you knew all along.

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Hair products

Shop at Discount Beauty Center to get premium hair products on the cheap. You can find everything from shampoo to hair dye to curling irons for just a fraction of the original cost. Fabulous hair doesn't have to break the bank; try these inexpensive beauty tricks only makeup artists know.

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Hand soap

There is no better time to stock up on affordable hand soap than during the Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual sale, according to the Krazy Coupon Lady. Each January and July, Bath and Body Works discounts their hand soap to just $2.25 a pop. Pro tip: You can also combine coupons in one transaction to get the soap for even less.

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Shorts and sandals weather may be behind you, but there is one plus side. Starting in August, you can snag swimsuits at a major discount. There could be another round of sales in October, Pogue says, so take advantage of the slow season before your next spring break trip.

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Donate six empty M.A.C. makeup containers to any M.A.C. store, and they will give you one lipstick of your choice for free. The Back-to-M.A.C. program recycles empty packaging for any of their branded "primary packaging," including Paint Pots, Fix+, Lipglass, and Pigment jars. It's a great way to help the environment—not to mention you get a freebie.

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The furniture industry runs on a biannual basis, according to NerdWallet. That said, you can expect the steepest discounts on furniture right before new styles arrive in retail stores. Watch out for home furniture sales around January/February and August/September to get the best deals. These 12 easy home upgrades add serious value to your home.

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Those holiday mattress sales are no scam. In fact, long weekends like Labor Day and Memorial Day are a great time to invest in a discounted mattress, according to Pogue. "The entire industry blows out last year's models over Memorial Day, so watch for crazy sales in May," he writes.

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Bath towels

Load up on bath towels during a JCPenney sale to save serious cash. When you combine the sale price with coupons for $10 off a $25 purchase or $20 off a $50 purchase, you can get towels for as low as $3.99 each, Krazy Coupon Lady reports.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest