No one likes to overpay when they’re shopping, or paying for anything for that matter. Therefore, it’s essential to have smart shopping strategies. We’re going to look at how you can become a savvy shopper using coupon codes. While many believe these codes are solely for online shopping, you’re missing the boat on savings opportunities.

For example, did you know you could turn your child’s old car seat in at Target and receive a 20% off code toward a new one? Make sure you read the fine print, though, because this offer is only good during select times of the year. Let’s see where else you can experience savings!

Put Your Phone to Work 

There are a plethora of savings apps that not only show you where the savings are, but they also store coupons and codes for you. For example, you can use Walmart’s Saving’s Catch App to scan the receipt and determine if you can get a lower price. If the app finds a lower price, you’ll receive a refund. Ibotta is another where you scan the receipt, and they’ll give you money based on coupon codes you’ve preloaded. Target has a popular app called Cartwheel that contains scannable coupons and, if you use this one correctly, you can stack the coupons with manufacturer coupons for deeper discounts.

Use Brower Extensions 

Shopping online is a savvy way to hit great deals because, in addition to saving time and gas money, you can also find great coupon codes. For example, if you keep Ebates as a browser extension, it will automatically tell you when you can earn cash back on your shopping trips. Plus, when you’re ready to check out, it will load any applicable codes for you. The same holds true for Honey. If you keep this one loaded on your toolbar, it will automatically apply coupons to your cart during checkout.

Sign up for Newsletters 

Often, you can receive a percent off code, free shipping, or some other deal when signing up for a retailer’s newsletter. Look for what the deal is, and if it works for your shopping trip, sign up for the newsletter. Some of the newsletters will also offer future incentives, as well, to keep their buyers either in the store or purchasing online. If you’re unsure, ask what they’re going to offer.

Don’t Forget to Ask 

Many retailers offer coupons and codes to their patrons upon request. However, their sales associates often forget to hand them out or don’t hand them out readily for one reason or another. For example, you can receive a code for free ice skate sharpening at Dick’s Sporting Goods when you purchase skates, but you have to ask. Another example is you can receive free tailoring at Nordstrom’s, but this is another coupon you have to request. When you’re out shopping, don’t be afraid to ask if there are any coupons or codes you’re eligible for or what you can do to receive deals.