6 Ways to Save More at JCPenney

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JCPenney is one of the nation’s biggest apparel and home furnishings stores, and one of the oldest. Founded in 1902, the retailer had fallen on hard times in recent years, only to execute what the Motley Fool characterized as “the retail turnaround of the century.”

Through good times and bad, one thing has remained consistent: You can always find great deals at JCPenney. But a smart shopper can take these discounts to the next level.

Following are six smart ways to save at JCPenney.

1. Sign up for JCPenney Rewards

With the JCPenney Rewards program, you will earn one point for every dollar you spend. Accumulate 100 points and you will earn a $10 coupon to spend in the store.

You also receive bonus opportunities to earn points, exclusive savings offers and a reward on your birthday.

2. Use the price-match policy

If you find an item for less at a local competitor, JCPenney will match the price. The store defines an eligible competitor as a “brick and mortar retail store located in the same market area or within a reasonable distance of a jcp store.”

The retailer also will give you a price break if you notice a lower price after purchasing an item at JCPenney. According to the store:

If a similar local competitor’s price is still valid, present the qualifying competitor’s ad with the JCPenney customer receipt within 7 days of purchase and JCPenney will reimburse the difference.

Restrictions apply, so check out the policy before shopping.

3. Fill out a customer service survey

The next time you shop at JCPenney, take a close look at the receipt. Chances are, you will find a customer service satisfaction access code waiting for you.

Go to the JCPenney website and complete the survey there. You will then receive a coupon good for 10 percent off your next purchase. The access code is good for seven days, so don’t delay!

4. Look for the Friday coupon

JCPenney typically offers weekend discount coupons, so keep an eye out for these every Friday.

For example, over the weekend that just ended, the retailer offered an extra 15 percent off your purchase either online or in the store. If you spent at least $100 online, you could score an extra 25 percent off.

Sometimes — especially around the holidays — JCPenney will send out a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $10 or more. Yes, that means if you find something in the store that costs $10, you essentially can get it for free.

5. Shop through a cash-back site such as Ebates

Shopping through a cash-back site almost always makes sense. After all, even if you just get a few percentage points off your purchase, it is money in your pocket.

But sometimes the deals are especially good. For example, Ebates recently had a back-to-school promotion that doubled the amount of cash back on a JCPenney purchase, which rose from 3 percent to 6 percent.

Just make sure to sign up for Ebates first, then shop through the site so your purchase is properly credited.

6. Buy discounted gift cards

One of the easiest ways to trim your bill is to buy a discounted gift card at a website that specializes in selling such cards.

For example, Cardpool recently had JCPenney gift cards at a discount of 15 percent, while Raise was selling them for a price break of up to 9.2 percent.

Do you have other tips for saving at JCPenney? Share them by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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