Even if you’ve never set foot inside a Macy’s store, chances are good that you are a fan.
What American kid hasn’t marveled at the magnificent floats and balloons 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 tips.
1. Sign up for a Macy’s credit card
Sign up for a Macy’s credit card, and you will be enrolled in the Star Rewards program.
For example, you’ll get these benefits based on your annual spending:
- Spend up to $499: Earn points toward Star Money; save 25 percent on any day you choose with Star Passes; get a birthday surprise
- Spend $500 to $1,199: Free shipping plus the benefits above
- Spend $1,200 or more: 5 percent back in rewards, travel benefits plus the benefits above
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 a holiday special that gave shoppers an extra 10 percent off when they shopped at Macy’s online, and 2 percent off in the store.
Read more about how to use Ebates in “3 Websites That Pay You for Shopping.”
3. Grab discounted gift cards
Buying gift cards at a discount can save you cash on all your Macy’s purchases. For example, we’ve seen Cardpool list Macy’s gift cards that were discounted up to 1.6 percent. Raise recently listed Macy’s gift cards for up to 3 percent off.
A comparison website called Gift Card Granny will tell you which marketplace is selling a specific retailer’s gift cards for the lowest price. So, always visit Gift Card Granny before buying a discounted gift card.
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 on its website. Recent examples of coupons on this page include:
- An extra 30, 25, 15 or 10 percent off select items
- Free shipping at $25
- 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 25 percent off your next purchase. 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 online order.
Rules vary for some items, so make sure to check out the adjustment webpage.
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