Looking for ways to cut costs at one of America's favorite retailers? Combine these tips, and you can save a bundle.
Even if you’ve never set foot inside a Macy’s store, chances are good that you are a fan.
After all, what American kid hasn’t marveled at the magnificent floats featured in the retailer’s famous Thanksgiving Day parade?
Still, if you’ve never shopped at Macy’s, you are cheating yourself. The retailer is among the most popular in the U.S., thanks to its wide array of clothing, accessories, home goods and more.
Now, you can save even more at Macy’s just by following these eight tips.
1. Sign up for a Macy’s credit card
Two credit cards offer Macy’s benefits: a store credit card and an American Express card with the Macy’s brand. The more you spend at Macy’s with these cards, the bigger the benefits.
Macy’s will send you “Star Pass” mailings throughout the year based on how much you spend:
- Spend up to $499: Three mailings
- Spend $500 to $1,199: Six mailings
- Spend $1,200 or more: 12 mailings
Macy’s says that when you use these cards, you might also score a “surprise in-store” at the register. Those who spend at least $1,200 will also get exclusive online shipping deals up to four times annually, and priority customer service when calling the retailer.
2. Shop through Ebates
Stop by a cash-back website such as Ebates before shopping at Macy’s, and you will earn a return on your purchases. For example, Ebates recently offered 6 percent off for people who shopped at Macy’s online, and an additional 3 percent off for those shopping in-store.
Read more about how to use Ebates in “How to Earn Cash Back on Every Online Purchase and Get a Free $10 Gift Card.”
3. Grab discounted gift cards
Buying gift cards at a discount can save you cash on all your Macy’s purchases. For example, Cardpool recently listed available Macy’s gift cards that were discounted up to 7 percent. Raise recently listed Macy’s gift cards for up to 3.5 percent off.
Worried about buying “used” gift cards? Some sites, like Raise, guarantee them.
4. Wait for the One Day Sale
Each month, Macy’s typically offers a One Day Sale. Ebates says this sale typically takes place during the third weekend of the month, but the timing can vary. For example, December’s sale occurred in the first week. Ebates says this sale “has the best savings,” and advises:
Clearance items will be marked down further and usually there will be a coupon to stack on top of that. If possible, wait until the One Day Sale each month to get the best savings.
5. Join Thanks for Sharing
Each year between September and December, Macy’s offers its Thanks for Sharing program. Enroll in the program with a Macy’s credit card, and you’ll be charged $25.
Then, begin shopping. All purchases from the day you join to Dec. 31 qualify for 10 percent back in the form of a Macy’s gift card that you’ll receive in February.
Even better: Macy’s will take $10 of your enrollment fee and donate it to a charity such as the American Heart Association, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Make-A-Wish and more.
6. Stop by the Deals and Promotions page
Macy’s advertises its best offers on its Deals and Promotions page. Recent examples of coupons on this page include:
- An extra 30 percent, 25 percent or 10 percent off select items
- Buy two pairs of sunglasses and get $40 off
- Free beauty gifts
Check the page often because you never know what savings may appear!
7. Sign up for emails and texts
To stay up-to-date on the latest Macy’s deals — and one step ahead of your shopping competition — sign up for emails and texts from the retailer. For joining the list, you’ll get 15 percent off your next purchase of $100 or more. Sign up at the Deals and Promotions page.
8. Take advantage of price adjustments
Sometimes, you find what you think is an incredible bargain — only to discover a week later that that the price has fallen again. With Macy’s, that’s no problem. The retailer will adjust the price on sale items within 10 days of your in-store purchase, or within 10 days of your online order.
Rules vary for some items, so make sure to check out the adjustment webpage.
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