50 Insider Secrets to Help You Save at All Your Favorite Stores
A $5 or $10 savings here and there can add up. Here's how to get them everywhere from Costco and Target to Macy’s and Nordstrom Rack.
Macy’s: Try this free-shipping hack
No one wants to pay for shipping. But for Macys.com orders that total less than $99, you'll have to fork over a whopping $10.95 for it—unless you're buying beauty products, which ship for free. The hack: Add a cheap beauty product (one you'll actually use that costs less than $10.95) to your shopping bag and enjoy that sweet free shipping on everything else. Learn the 8 things Macy's employees wish you knew.
Macy’s: Know when to go
Looking for the perfect date for your seasonal shopping spree? Remember that Macy’s Semi-Annual sales (aka, 20-75 percent off anything you could possibly need) occur in July and January. Their Friends and Family sales happen in April or May and December. The store’s One Day sales typically take place on the third Saturday of the month, writes thekrazycouponlady.com.
Macy’s: Get 25 percent off
Download the Macy’s app and get 25 percent off your first app order. Or create a free Macy’s profile and get a 25 percent off coupon emailed to you.
Macy’s: Compare prices
Scan in-store barcodes on the Macy’s app to make sure the in-store price is cheaper than the online price. If it’s not, show the cashier. You’ll be able to get the discounted online price at the register. The app also allows you to read reviews and receive weekly catalogs and exclusive deals, to make sure you’re never leaving money on the table.
Macy’s: Buy yellow
A yellow clearance tag means an item is on its final markdown. That means it’ll never get any cheaper than the price you see on that yellow tag. A blue clearance tag means the item will be discounted one more time (to a yellow tag). After your shopping trip, try these 12 ways to save at restaurants.
IKEA: Get special discounts
Join IKEA’s free family rewards program to get special members-only prices in a different department (say, artwork or office accessories) each month. You’ll also get special deals at the food court (two free kids’ meals with one adult entrée, anyone?) and get updates on promotions and sales.
IKEA: Hit the “as-is” section
The “as-is” section is IKEA’s answer to a clearance department. There, you’ll find returned, damaged, and previously displayed items at steep discounts. Go on Monday mornings to get the first shot at items customers returned over the weekend.
Costco: Start in the back
The farther you walk into the store, the better deals you’re going to find. Start your shopping trip in the back, suggests Lifehacker. And avoid the front of the store at all costs. It’s been dubbed “action alley” because it gets the most foot traffic—and because of that, it’s got some of the least budget-friendly deals. These Costco shopping secrets will save you major money.
Costco: Buy that chicken
Costco’s famous $4.99 rotisserie chickens sound too good to be true. But it turns out they’re totally worth it. Costco’s chickens can weigh twice as much as its competitors, for a fraction of the price. Plus, they’re perfectly seasoned and have no preservatives, MSG, or artificial colors and flavors. Learn more secrets about Costco’s $4.99 rotisserie chicken.
Costco: Get free money for other stores
A $50 gift card costs $50, right? Not at Costco. The store sells gift cards to restaurants, movie theaters, and other retailers for less than their face value. For example, get two $50 gift cards for just $79.99. That's $20 savings on money you were going to spend anyway.