Personally, I have been on a roll lately with finding more deals than ever before. Some of these are for my own personal closet while a lot of them are being used for resell as part of my growing business venture (check it out here). So for this week’s A Social Gal’s Top 5: Savvy Shopping Tips, I wanted to let you in on my best hacks for finding good deals at retail stores. I DO NOT pay full price and here is how I do it.
1. Email Marketing
I know we all hate getting those 8 million emails from retailers about their latest sale. But y’all that’s where the good info is! So if you are immediately unsubscribing to those, you are missing out. Here’s a trick, create a free gmail account just for these purposes. Use it when signing up for coupons, discounts, and when ordering items from your favorite stores online. Yes, you will be inundated by emails from them but it will all be in one easy to filter out email box. Plus you will not miss out when your favorite stores are having a big sale or offering special discounts for email subscribers.
Hands down, email is one of the best ways to learn about sales that retailers are doing. 9 chances out of 10, the email will go out early in the morning allowing those who see it sooner rather than later to get first access to the deals before anyone else. If you are trying to be thrifty like me, I advise checking your email as soon as you wake up and seeing what your favorite retailers are doing sales-wise.
Similar to the hack above, many of the good deals I find come from subscribing to various coupons. For example, when on a “new to you” retailer’s website, you will often be greeted by “subscribe for 10% off your first order”. SUBSCRIBE to those! Take the 10%, 15%, or 20% off your first order and enter that email address you created above.
Other retailers may encourage you to download an app or subscribe via text which I always do! You can delete the app or unsubscribe via text very easily after you have saved a few dollars.
My other advice for being coupon savvy is to know what deals are happening at the store. New York & Company is my example of this. They send daily coupons via email which can sometimes be confusing. They include so many dollars off if you spend “x” number of dollars. These often come with stipulations so it is best to know what you have to spend to save. It is also good to know what is and is not included so you do not get stuck with items that do not count. The same goes for when Nordstrom Rack does their extra 25% off red tags. Be sure you know what is in your cart that has an additional discount. That way you can be sure you get the additional savings when being rung up at the register.
3. The TJ Maxx Hack
Another big one on A Social Gal’s Top 5: Savvy Shopping Tips is how to find designer items amongst the many, many racks at TJ Maxx. Of course, much of what they have are from “designer” brands. But their true designer items and I am talking high dollar from the larger more prominent department stores have one easy give away. They typically have a purple tag. Now, this may not always be the case but for the most part, the higher dollar designer items in TJ Maxx have a purple tag rather than the white or sometimes blue ones you see. I cannot even begin to tell you why. However, I can tell you I have tested this hack over and over again. It is true.
I recently found many high-value designer items at TJ Maxx. Almost all of them had a purple tag that I was able to easily spot. This hack helps me tremendously if I am looking for items to resell at a higher price point. Often times these items are overlooked and marked down drastically because they are not selling. There is typically only one of each of these items to be found in-store. And they are often squeezed in among the other items so they can be easy to miss. Take my advice if you are looking for these types of items, start looking for purple tags.
4. Discount Stores
If it wasn’t apparent enough in my TJ Maxx hack above, I love the discount stores. TJ, Marshall’s, Ross, Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew Mercantile, and the outlets just to name some of them. These stores all have one thing in common. Amazing brands can be found at fantastic price points. The fun of all of these stores is that you never know what you may find. If you are looking for a specific item, these may not be the best places to shop. However, if you are looking for killer deals on a wide range of styles then look no further than all of the above.
Added savvy shopping tip: hit up these stores when they are doing even further sales. For example, the Nordstrom Rack red tag sale, J.Crew clearance sale, as well as hit the clearance racks at Marshall’s and Ross. Discounts upon discounts = more money in your wallet.
5. Poshmark, etc.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t include one of my own endeavors on A Social Gal’s Top 5: Savvy Shopping Tips. Poshmark, Mercari, Ebay, Curtsy, and the such have all become popular ways to get everything from clothing to shoes, handbags, and home decor for a fraction of the price. These massive online selling platforms offer shoppers ways to find something that is sold out in stores, current styles for fractions of the price, and/or items previously used but with a lot of life left.
It is super easy to be savvy on these platforms as a shopper because there are so many options. Say for example that you love wearing Madewell jeans but you don’t love the $100+ price point. First, type in the style of your favorite jean and filter by your size. You can then see every pair being sold on the platform. You can easily sort by items that are used or new with the tags as well as by price point. In many cases, you can get a pair that is still selling at the retailer for much less than the retail price. Case and point, I have a pair sitting in my Poshmark closet for a fraction of the $128 price they are currently selling for.
One additional tip to go along with this is to type the item you are looking for in google. You can then see the platforms and retailers that it is selling at and see where you can find the best deal!
If you are interested, you can shop or browse my own Poshmark closet right here.
In conclusion, that was way more than 5 tips but I couldn’t help myself. I love to spill the tea and let ya’ll know about my savvy shopping ways! As I mentioned, I do not pay the full price for fashion. Why would I when I can do everything listed above and get amazing items at price points that do not break the bank!