I heart JCPenney. I always seem to find what I'm looking for there, whether it’s for me, my husband or my kids. Because I tend to get a little overzealous when I shop (which usually means an overwhelming bill at the end of the shopping day) I had to find ways to reduce my costs at my favorite department store. Fortunately, I was able to add these money-savings strategies to my shopping bag of tricks:

1. Snag a coupon booklet

Check the front of your local JCPenney store for coupon booklets. JCPenney puts out coupon books throughout the year filled with tons of coupons that can be used on both in-store and online purchases. I was able to save $25 on my sister's Christmas present using a coupon from the latest coupon booklet.

2. Enroll in the Rewards Program

Sign up for JCPenney Rewards to help stretch your dollar. The program is absolutely free to join and you'll earn one point for every single dollar you spend at JCPenney. You'll also get bonus points for shopping on certain days and access to members-only savings and deals. Once you accrue at least 250 points, you'll get a $10 voucher to use on any purchase.

3. Browse the clearance section online

We all know that you can score some serious deals when you shop the clearance section at your local JCPenney store. But be sure to also check out the Clearance section on JCPenney's website to save up to 60% on your purchase! The selection online is bigger than your local store, and the prices are typically marked down more. In fact, I was able to score a $90 dress for under $60!

4. Take a survey

Don't throw away your receipt! Take a closer look at the bottom of it the next time you shop at JCPenney. You'll usually find an invitation to take one of their online customer satisfaction surveys. After completing the survey, you'll be able to print a coupon—mine are usually 15% off—to use on your next purchase.

5. Use coupons

You can find coupons for JCPenney in your local newspaper, especially around holidays. You can also print exclusive coupons from their website. I was able to get $25 off my order using a coupon I found on the store's website.

6. Watch for promo codes

I love to use promo codes to score free shipping or to get a percentage off my order. Search for promotional codes online before you check out at JCPenney.com. You can simply use Google to search, or find promo codes on websites like Dealio.com or DealCatcher.com.