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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you want to get the most bang for your buck, you might want to stop shopping on the weekends.

Style and retail expert Brittney Levine told CBS 2’s Emily Smith that Mondays or Tuesdays are hands down shoppers’ best bets for discounts at almost every store.

“It’s always the start of the week,” Levine said. “They want you to get in the stores, find your deals and shop all that you can.”

A CVS manager told Levine most of the pharmacy chain’s stores start the discount process on Sundays, revealing the best deals on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Meanwhile, there’s a little-known secret at The Gap — if the price ends in “.97,” it’s likely at its best bargain price.

“If something is $9.97, that’s the lowest it’s going to go,” Levine said. “You’re not going to see any additional sales on that going forward.”

The Gap also starts its new sales programs every two weeks on Monday.

If you shop at Target, Tuesdays are the best days to buy women’s clothing on sale, and Wednesdays are the best for saving on men’s clothes.

Not every store has a weekly sale, though. Century 21 only has two sales a year. The next big one starts right after July 4, lasting a month.

“It’s very to sometimes figure out what discounts and when,” Levine said. “Sometimes you have to do a little bit of digging. Other times you’re going to get that nice sales associate that would tell you this is the time to shop, these are the times to look for the deals.”

While Mondays and Tuesdays are generally the best days to find sales, it’s not foolproof. Stores such as JC Penney hold sales on Fridays, for example.

Another tip: Buy your spring and summer clothes in July for the best sales and selection.

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