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Who doesn’t love a bargain? There are plenty to be found during the pandemic if you know where to look. Georganne recently shared where to find the best deals with Tricia Kean of KTNV 13 Action News Las Vegas. Here are even more easy ways to save money during the pandemic and beyond:
Shop when the entire store is on sale:
These days it’s crazy to pay full price when so many stores are running sales. There isn’t a day that we do not receive a percentage off email from stores like The Gap, Old Navy, Ann Taylor, Loft, and Banana Republic – this week some even offered take an extra 70% off of clearance! Sign up for your favorite retailers emails so you don’t miss a chance to save.
Sign up for loyalty programs:
Loyalty members score added perks like free shipping, extra discounts, and early access to sales and events that are not available to non-members. Signing up for retail, restaurant, casino, hotel, and airlines loyalty programs gives you an extra leg up on savings.
Shop out of season:
Right now retailers are hung with product they couldn’t sell because their stores were closed due to COVID-19. Summer clothing and home decor for past holidays are still around. Those goods will ultimately end up in off-price stores like TJ Maxx. Visit your favorite stores frequently for the best selection.
Begin at the back:
New merchandise is always featured at the front of the store, so start at the back where you will find the clearance racks. There’s a reason milk and eggs are housed at the back of the store – retailers want you to have to have to walk through new and promotional items first.
Christmas sales will start in October:
Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – generally is the kick-off to holiday shopping. Not this year! The pandemic has changed everything and holiday deals will started even earlier. Amazon Prime Day happens on October 13 and 14 with two days of epic deals on top brands exclusively for Prime members. But don’t write off Black Friday and Cyber Monday because the deals will be strong on these days, too.
Don’t take a shopping cart:
We stop shopping once our hands are full, that’s why shopping carts are now the size of economy cars. So if you don’t want to overspend, skip the cart and carry the items you wish to purchase.
Discounts for teachers:
Apple, Home Depot, Walmart, Target, JoAnns, and Michaels, along with most other chain retailers, offer teachers some sort of discount on school related items. Loft and Ann Taylor give teachers an everyday 15% discount on clothing, plus coupons and other offers throughout the year. Some retailers have extended teacher discount to homeschoolers – check with your favorite retailers to see if you qualify.
Download store apps for coupons and deals:
If a retailer you like has an app, download it. Here you will find unannounced sales, plus bonuses for using the app. Some apps have GPS and will send you an offer if you are near one of their locations or shopping at a competitors’ store. In addition, apps like Retail Me Not offer additional savings at a variety of retailers.
Independent retailers are killing it on Facebook Live. Follow your favorite indies and you will find daily/weekly live presentations of cool and unique merchandise, plus great deals. Plus, it’s a lot more fun to shop live than it is to scroll through a website.
QVC and HSN sell top of the line branded items and they hold clearance sales, too. I recently bought a $75 sweater by Lisa Rinna on QVC for $10. The items are inexpensive and no one has worn or tried them on.
Shop consignment stores:
So much of the merchandise in consignment stores is brand new or in excellent condition. Many consignment stores list upcoming markdowns right on the price tags – each tag shows the starting price and the dates that markdowns will occur. Bonus: You can sell what you don’t wear and get cash when it sells or receive credit to spend in-store.
Kohl’s Cash is like getting paid to shop. Shop in-store or online during a Kohl’s Cash earn period and get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend. The Gap offers GapCash days from time to time, and Old Navy has Super Cash. During the Old Navy promotion you will earn $10 Super Cash for every $25 you spend that can be redeemed at a later date.
Sneaky way to save shopping online:
Many retailers hate it when potential customers abandon their online shopping carts, so put the items you want in the cart and then walk away. There is a good chance you will receive a coupon in your email or as a pop-up good for a percentage off of the item you left abandoned in your cart.
Save on shopping and/or handling charges with BOPIS: Buy Online Pick Up In Store. Place your order online then drive to your local store to pick it up. BOPIS retailers also offer curbservice: Park in a designated space up front, call the store and an associate will bring out your purchases and load it in your car. It’s touchless and super easy.
Have you found additional ways to save money during the pandemic? Tell us how you save in the comments!