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50 Insider Secrets to Help You Save at All Your Favorite Stores

A $5 or $10 savings here and there can add up. Here's how to get them everywhere from Costco and Target to Macy’s and Nordstrom Rack.

Milan, Italy - August 10, 2017: Macy's website homepage. It is a department store owned by Macy's, Inc. Macy's logo visible.Casimiro PT/Shutterstock

Macy’s: Try this free-shipping hack

No one wants to pay for shipping. But for Macys.com orders that total less than $99, you'll have to fork over a whopping $10.95 for it—unless you're buying beauty products, which ship for free. The hack: Add a cheap beauty product (one you'll actually use that costs less than $10.95) to your shopping bag and enjoy that sweet free shipping on everything else. Learn the 8 things Macy's employees wish you knew.

A shopper carries a bag as she walks in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Hialeah, Fla. Macy's Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017AP/REX/Shutterstock

Macy’s: Know when to go

Looking for the perfect date for your seasonal shopping spree? Remember that Macy’s Semi-Annual sales (aka, 20-75 percent off anything you could possibly need) occur in July and January. Their Friends and Family sales happen in April or May and December. The store’s One Day sales typically take place on the third Saturday of the month, writes thekrazycouponlady.com.

Tashalee Rodriguez, of Boston, uses her smartphone while shopping at Macy's in downtown Boston. Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday seasonMichael Dwyer/Shutterstock

Macy’s: Get 25 percent off

Download the Macy’s app and get 25 percent off your first app order. Or create a free Macy’s profile and get a 25 percent off coupon emailed to you.

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Macy’s: Compare prices

Scan in-store barcodes on the Macy’s app to make sure the in-store price is cheaper than the online price. If it’s not, show the cashier. You’ll be able to get the discounted online price at the register. The app also allows you to read reviews and receive weekly catalogs and exclusive deals, to make sure you’re never leaving money on the table.

Shoppers browse through clearance handbags at Macy's flagship 34th Street store on the day after Christmas in New York, . Some retail stores, including Macy's offered even deeper discounts to shoppers who showed up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon on MondayKathy Willens/Shutterstock

Macy’s: Buy yellow

A yellow clearance tag means an item is on its final markdown. That means it’ll never get any cheaper than the price you see on that yellow tag. A blue clearance tag means the item will be discounted one more time (to a yellow tag). After your shopping trip, try these 12 ways to save at restaurants.

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IKEA: Get special discounts

Join IKEA’s free family rewards program to get special members-only prices in a different department (say, artwork or office accessories) each month. You’ll also get special deals at the food court (two free kids’ meals with one adult entrée, anyone?) and get updates on promotions and sales.

The woman shopping with Big yellow shopping bags in IKEA Store. IKEA is the world's largest furniture retailer, founded in Sweden in 1943thebigland/Shutterstock

IKEA: Hit the “as-is” section

The “as-is” section is IKEA’s answer to a clearance department. There, you’ll find returned, damaged, and previously displayed items at steep discounts. Go on Monday mornings to get the first shot at items customers returned over the weekend.

Costco Wholesale recently reported that their earnings per share growth will be 12.90% over the next five years.Michael Gordon/Shutterstock

Costco: Start in the back

The farther you walk into the store, the better deals you’re going to find. Start your shopping trip in the back, suggests Lifehacker. And avoid the front of the store at all costs. It’s been dubbed “action alley” because it gets the most foot traffic—and because of that, it’s got some of the least budget-friendly deals. These Costco shopping secrets will save you major money.

Costco A Costco butcher spreads out roasted chicken at Costco in Mountain View, Calif., . Monthly sales reports issued Thursday were better than expected, but still pointed to a consumer contending with rising gas prices, sagging home values and worries about jobs. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. were among the top performers last month, while most mall-based apparel stores struggledPaul Sakuma/Shutterstock

Costco: Buy that chicken

Costco’s famous $4.99 rotisserie chickens sound too good to be true. But it turns out they’re totally worth it. Costco’s chickens can weigh twice as much as its competitors, for a fraction of the price. Plus, they’re perfectly seasoned and have no preservatives, MSG, or artificial colors and flavors. Learn more secrets about Costco’s $4.99 rotisserie chicken.

Costco wholesale warehouse shopping aisle for coupons and discounted gift cards, a members only club.Cassiohabib/Shutterstock

Costco: Get free money for other stores

A $50 gift card costs $50, right? Not at Costco. The store sells gift cards to restaurants, movie theaters, and other retailers for less than their face value. For example, get two $50 gift cards for just $79.99. That's $20 savings on money you were going to spend anyway.

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