Do you like to save money? Check out these shopping hacks to help you get the best deals when shopping at your favorite off-price store!
10. Keep an Eye Out for Color-Coded Tags
Did you know that the price tags at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx have a color scheme that tells you what type of deal you’re getting? For example, a red tag is placed on items that are marked for clearance. A purple tag at T.J. Maxx indicates designer items. Yellow price tags at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx indicate final clearance prices. Blue tags let you know the item has a matching piece (e.g., a matching skirt and blouse). Last but not least, white tags with no sticker represent regular-priced items.
9. Shop in the Checkout Line
According to an article published by HGTV, you can find some pretty cool stuff in the checkout line at off-price stores. Of course, you can find the usual stuff there, such as snacks, beverages, magazines and such. At HomeGoods, you can also find beach towels, picture frames and melamine plates. You may even find colorful ceramic doorknobs! At HomeSense, a Canadian chain of discount home furnishing stores, you’ll find even more home decor in the checkout lines (don’t worry–they have locations in the U.S. too).
8. Wait for Big Clearance Events
Yes, off-price stores mark items for clearance all the time. But, these stores also hold big clearance events every year. In fact, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls hold them twice a year.
“Check out the summer and winter clearance events for some big markdowns as these retailers look to sweep away the old and bring in the new,” MoneyWise.com wrote in an article.
Also, “keep an eye out after the Fourth of July and Christmas, as there’s bound to be plenty of seasonal items that have overstayed their welcome.”
7. Get Designer Brands for Less
If you want designer brands without paying designer prices, check out T.J. Maxx’s “The Runway” section.
The Runway is “our most exclusive department overflowing with European, contemporary and couture fashion,” according to TJMaxx.com. It carries high-end brands like Rag and Bone and Cèline for up to 70 percent off the normal price!
Unfortunately, not every T.J.Maxx location has a Runway department. Stores in metro neighborhoods typically do have them. To find out if your local T.J. Maxx store has one, you can use the online T.J.Maxx store locator and look for the purple “R” in a box near the store name. If there isn’t a store with a Runway department near you, you can always purchase items from the department on TJMaxx.com.
6. Shop on Tuesdays if You’re Over 55
Here’s a neat little savings hack for Ross that I know you’re going to love. Even if you’re a regular customer, chances are you don’t even know about it because this deal isn’t advertised on the store’s website.
Anyway, here’s how you can save money at Ross: shop there on Tuesdays. Yep, it’s as simple as that — well, if you’re over 55 years old, that is. Seniors who shop at Ross on Tuesdays get 10% off all purchases, all day! All you have to do to get your discount is to provide a valid ID that shows proof of your age. Then, you can shop ’til you drop!
5. Shop Weekday Mornings
There are quite a few good reasons to go shopping at off-price stores on weekday mornings. For starters, it’ll help you avoid the weekend traffic. But, there is perhaps an even better reason to shop on weekday mornings.
The stores receive their shipments overnight, so mornings are a great time to get first dibs on the goods, Christine Lee of the HomeGoods Obsessed fan page told Good Housekeeping magazine.
Some weekday mornings are better than others. “Mondays are usually catch-up days from the busy weekend, so Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday are your best bet,” Lee added.
4. Use Your TJX Stores Gift Cards Interchangeably
Did you know that TJX Companies, Inc. is not only the parent company of T.J. Maxx, but it’s also the parent company of Marshalls, Home Goods, Homesense and Sierra Trading Post? Yep, it’s true. So, what does that mean for you?
Well, it means that you can use any gift cards for any of these stores interchangeably. In other words, you can use your Marshall’s gift card at Homesense and vice versa. You can also use merchandise credit from any of these stores at T.J.Maxx stores.
3. Sign Up for the Email List
Signing up for the email list at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or Sierra Trading Post can help you save money when shopping. For example, customers who sign up for these email lists will get free shipping on their first online order. But that’s not all they get. They will also receive notifications about new arrivals and exclusive offers. In addition to these perks, customers can also use their T.J. Maxx or Marshalls accounts to keep track of their order history for the past six months.
2. Take Advantage of the Extended Holiday Return Policy
T.J. Maxx normally offers a 30-day return window, but its extended holiday return policy gives you until late January of the following year to return items purchased between mid-October and Christmas Eve of the current year.
Keep in mind; you’ll need a receipt to get a full refund. If you’re the type to misplace important things, simply give the cashier your email address and ask him or her to send the receipt to your inbox. That way, you’ll have a digital copy on hand in case you lose the printed copy.
1. Go Shopping in the Big City
If you live in the suburbs or a rural area, you might want to bypass your local T.J.Maxx, Marshalls or Ross and head for one in a major urban center instead. That’s because those store locations are typically cheaper than average.
Kendal Perez, a former savings expert at Coupon Sherpa who buys clothing from both Ross and T.J.Maxx, told GOBankingRates that she likes to “shop these stores in big cities, where popular designers are more apt to have inventory compared to smaller cities and towns.”