These Insider Tips Will Save You a Ton of Money at Target, Costco, and 10 Other Favorite Stores
Bargain shoppers have to always stay on the lookout for great finds, and have we got some awesome tips for you! Stores like Target, Costco, Walmart, and many others have fantastic sales, but you have to know where to look. We rounded up the best ways to save — as well as one tip you also need no matter where you shop (page 20).
1. Macy’s: Look for a yellow tag
At Macy’s, a yellow clearance tag means an item will never get discounted any lower. A blue clearance tag means the item will get discounted one more time, to a yellow tag. For the absolute best way to save, look for these two signifiers. Don’t forget to hit up Macy’s seasonal sales, where you can really rake it in.
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2. Join the family at Ikea
Join Ikea’s free family rewards program to access members-only prices in a different department each month. The card also gets you special deals at the food court, like free coffee with breakfast. You can even get email updates on promotions and member sales. Save big by joining the fam.
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3. Work backward at Costco
Costco can feel overwhelming, especially since they move items around. Start your shopping trip in the back where the better deals live, suggests Lifehacker. The front of the store, dubbed “action alley” gets the most foot traffic. For that reason, it has some of the worst deals, so avert your eyes from that area.
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4. Get the chicken at Costco
On your next Costco run, definitely grab a $4.99 rotisserie chicken. Their chickens can weigh twice as much as the competitors’, and you can’t beat that price. They also have no preservatives, MSG, or artificial colors or flavors. Talk about a bargain!
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5. Try a 1-day pass at BJ’s Wholesale Club
Yes, you do need a shopper’s club card to shop at BJ’s Wholesale Club. But if you don’t have one, you can try a free one-day pass to try it out. The pass only works for a single day, but you can also use it throughout that period. Go ahead, shop those warehouse bargains ’til you drop.
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6. Get a loyalty card to CVS
Sign up for a loyalty card at CVS, where a membership can tack on savings to sales. Make sure you also add your email address to your account. You’ll get notifications about sales and coupons, so you can plan your trips around them. While many of us stop in to the drugstore whenever we need something, planning ahead to buy these items when they go on sale can really pile up in savings.
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7. Go to Bed Bath & Beyond on Mondays
Pro tip: Bed Bath & Beyond restocks their sale sections on Mondays. Hit the store during the beginning of the week to get the best variety. You can also chat up the sales associates to find out when deep discounts will happen quarterly or seasonally.
Next: Hold onto the mailer for this store, too.
8. Never toss that Bed Bath & Beyond coupon
Those 20% off coupons for Bed Bath & Beyond probably come in your mail all the time. Don’t throw it away! They never expire. Even if you don’t need any new home goods right now, you probably will in the future. Hold onto that coupon, to snag some snazzy deals later.
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9. Shop markdown day to cash in at Target
Former Target team leader Chris O’Neil told RD.com that certain sections mark items down on pre-planned days. If you know you need something specific, find out when that day falls. Ask an employee at your local Target if they can share their markdown schedule. If they won’t tell you, O’Neil recommends showing up early and watching where employees put the red markdown stickers. In a non-creepy way, of course.
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10. Know your Target discount codes
At Target, you can find the percentage of each markdown right on the tag. At the top right corner of each price tag, you’ll find a small number that reveals the discount. “Most of the time, items will be 30, 50, 70, which means it’s 30, 50, or 70% clearance,” former Target executive team leader Lynda Peralta told RD.com. “You rarely see something go for 90.” So snap up those 70’s, shoppers.
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11. Go ahead, combine those coupons at Target
If you fantasize about shopping like an extreme couponer, go wild at Target. The store allows you to use Target coupons, manufacturer coupons, as well as Target Cartwheel (the store’s app) coupons, all on the same item. Check out couponmom.com to find manufacturer coupons on the items Target also has on sale. Don’t forget to use Target’s app to get even better deals on items you already plan on buying.
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12. Don’t pay for shipping at Walmart
You can get some great deals on Walmart.com, which also offers a flat shipping rate of $4.97. But that extra money can add up, so don’t pay it. If you have your purchases delivered to your local Walmart instead, you can pick it up there for free. Just make sure you don’t also get roped into shopping for extras while there — just pick up and go!
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13. Seniors, go to Kohl’s on this day
If you’re 55 or older, you can receive a 15% discount every Wednesday, if you shop at a Kohl’s store. Also, don’t forget to sign up for the email list to get an additional 15%. Text SAVE07 to 56457 for another 15% off code.
We all love the clearance section, but it can also get a little overwhelming. Save time by hitting the online selection instead, for savings up to 60% off.
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14. Black thumbs can cash in at Home Depot
If you tend to kill your plants, get them at Home Depot. The retailer promises to take the plants back if they die within a year. Their policy reads, “The Home Depot unconditionally guarantees all tropical, house, and landscape plants (only perennials, trees, and shrubs). A perennial is a plant that is expected to live for more than two years.”
If you return the plant within 90 days, you can also get a refund. After that, you can swap it for a new one or store credit. Don’t forget to save your receipt.
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15. Home Depot will match your price, and then some
Many stores offer a price-match guarantee, with proof of lower prices at competing retailers. But at Home Depot, they will see your price and beat it by 10%. That’s right, the home improvement store will hack 10% off any other price. It pays to shop around, before making big purchases there.
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16. Need paint? Get an ‘oops’ can
Since Home Depot will custom-mix paint colors, each store also has an “oops” rack with deep discounts. The rack contains colors that customers either never picked up, ordered in the wrong color, or just didn’t want. Otherwise, the paint has nothing wrong with it, so you can really get a great deal. If you don’t have a solid color plan in mind, check that area first.
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17. Never pay for shipping at Amazon
Amazon offers free shipping on orders of $25 or more. But if you have everything you need and still come up short, don’t splurge on another top-dollar buy. Instead, check out its “add-on” items, that the company offers just for that reason. It includes things you’ll probably also need at some point, like toothpaste, razors, and household goods. Shipping saved!
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18. Did you know Amazon has an outlet?
You can get the thrill of an outlet mall from the comfort of your own home at the Amazon Outlet. This section sells overstocked items for up to 75% off, just like the warehouse. Similarly, it also has limited stock and only a short time frame for each item. Check back often to get great deals on brand names.
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19. Amazon also caters to coupon clippers
Did you think you had to keep your coupons offline? Think again. Amazon also offers a dedicated coupons page. You can even search it by brand or product, but if you just want those sweet, sweet deals, search by category, too. Combine this method and the outlet, and you can save some serious cash online.
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20. Always know the return policy
You probably already know your favorite stores’ return policy, but it pays to check. If you like to buy multiple items on sale and return those you don’t want, you can waste money if the return period expires before you get around to it. Before you buy, check on return rules. The best sale doesn’t do you any good if you end up with merchandise you can’t use.
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