But if you're already at the checkout and don't have a coupon, Woroch recommends asking the cashier if there are any applicable coupons. "I recently did that when buying shoes, and the clerk was able to give 15 percent off," she says. "It never hurts to ask."
5. Watch for price drops. Retailers' policies on price adjustments vary, but some will refund you the difference if the price on an item you've purchased drops within seven, 14 or 30 days. To help keep track of pricing changes, Woroch recommends adding items you've bought to Hukkster.com, which will email or text you when the item goes on sale.
See states offering back-to-school tax holidays below: