The Ultimate Buying Guide for 2021

You can find savings every single day if you know where to look!
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You can find savings every single day if you know where to look. Whether you're using a senior discount, nabbing a birthday freebie, or just shopping a great seasonal sale, you should never have to pay full price.

With this shoppers guide, you can access in-depth info that can help you get the best deals and save on absolutely everything in 2021.

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The 144 Best Birthday Freebies in 2021

Birthday freebies are perks that anyone can enjoy, but don't count on just waltzing into a store and claiming your goodies. More often than not, you'll need to join a rewards program, sign up for an email list, or download an app. We recommend signing up for those clubs as soon as possible. Then, when your birthday rolls around, you'll be well prepared for all the free gifts and discounts.

Check out our full list of the best birthday freebies. Here's just a sample of what you can get:

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The 58 Best Senior Discounts to Use in 2021

Senior discounts are one of the few truly great perks that come with growing older. You can even start collecting senior discounts at age 50. Just remember that some discounts vary by location; brands may let individual franchisees decide whether to provide the perk. So before heading out to shop or eat, be sure to do your research and check with your local store.

Check out our full list of the best senior discounts.

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The 164 Best Military Discounts in 2021

Military discounts usually apply to active-duty service members, veterans, reservists, and even their immediate families. In many cases, you'll be required to verify your status through a third-party program, such as or SheerID. Other times, you'll just need to present your military ID to get the perks.

Check out our full list of the best military discounts.

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All the Best Student Discounts and Freebies in 2021

Redeeming student discounts depends on where and how you shop. For some retailers, a recent student ID will do; other companies require you to sign up with a .edu email address. Still others make you verify your status through a third-party service such as UNiDAYS, Student Beans, or SheerID.

Check out our full list of the best college student discounts.

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The 45 Best Customer Rewards Programs in 2021

A lot of stores offer amazing customer rewards. But even the best rewards program is only as valuable as you make it, and not all store rewards programs are worth your time or cash. That being said, programs that are for a store you frequent — whether that's every day, week, or month — can be well worth looking into.

Check out the best customer rewards programs from a variety of retailers, including:

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Your Guide to Every Holiday Sale in 2021

Most major holidays are already fun to celebrate. When you add in excellent sales, they're even better! You'd be hard-pressed to find a holiday that doesn't have at least a few sales associated with it. With our in-depth guides full of buying tips, you can save on flowers for Valentine's Day, outdoor gear for Father's Day, treats for Halloween, and a whole lot more!

Check out all our holiday discount guides. Here are just a few deals you can expect:
  • Get up to 85% off jewelry around Valentine's Day

  • Score laptops and desktops at up to 70% off for Presidents' Day

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What to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2021

Although holidays bring on tons of sales, savvy consumers know that savings can be had at any time — as long as you know what to buy when. You can get great deals on different products every month, even if that means searching for spring clothing during the summer or buying grills in the fall.

Check out our cheat sheets for what to buy every month of the year.

Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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