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We love shopping as much as the next person, but it’s tough to snag new pieces when you’re working on a budget.

That’s why we compiled our best tips on how to save money while shopping, so you can feel good about treating yourself.

Become a member
It’s highly likely that every store you shop at has some sort of membership program. For some stores, simply joining their email list gives you access to all the perks like sales and promo codes, while other stores have exclusive benefits for members. Whatever it may be, talk to an associate to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Plus, most membership programs are free!

 Sign up for newsletters
We know it’s a pain when stores flood your inbox with emails, but signing up can actually help you save a few bucks. Stores often offer an introductory discount and keep you up to date on upcoming sales. But if the emails ever get too out of hand, unsubscribing is as easy as clicking a button.

Get cash back
Get the biggest bang for your buck with cashback sites and apps. Swagbucks gives you points for online purchases, and when you collect enough points, you can turn them in for gift cards. Ibotta offers a similar service and sends you rebates on purchases that can be turned in for gift cards or cash.

Do your research
Before you pull out your credit card, do your research to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Check competing stores to see if you can find something similar at a lower price. Sometimes, an item that’s on sale online might not be reflected in-store — show it to an employee and they’ll likely match the sale price.

Download browser extensions
Install Honey onto your browser for personalized deals, trending sales, price drop notifications, and exclusive bonuses. Honey will search the web for any promo codes or coupons for you to use at checkout. Pretty cool, right?

Wait for a holiday
Although Black Friday is a great day for deals, you don’t always need to brave the crazy lines. Stores often have sales during minor holidays as well. Try to drop by your favorite stores on those days to purchase items at a discounted price.

How do you save money while shopping? Leave your tips in the comments below!

xx, The FabFitFun Team