We both picked up several items and still our total was only $61 with a savings of $145 over the original retail price! There are three parts to our strategy for maximum savings.
Years ago I used to have a credit card for every department store. They’re all gone except for one which sends monthly discount coupons. The discount ranges from 15-30% and I try to hold off buying needed items until I get the maximum discount.
Occasionally this store also distributes coupons in the newspaper that can be used with the discount. I had one for $10 off of a $30 purchase but it was not valid in Kansas where I was visiting.
Another way to save that I didn’t do this trip was buy a discount gift card beforehand.
It’s important to buy items that are already on sale for maximum savings. Department stores regularly mark down clothing anywhere from 20-50% and that’s before it’s on the clearance racks.
The biggest discounts are generally the furthest away from the aisle and against the back walls. You could just walk about the store at the back wall for the best deals.
Shop Before You Need It
Two of the items I bought were holiday-themed shirts for my grandson. Each one was originally priced at $12 and after markdowns and the coupon the price ended up at $1.92. So, it made it worthwhile for me to guess what size he’ll need next Thanksgiving.
There were also good prices on winter coats as the stores move them out for spring fashions. Buying out of season can save you a lot of money versus waiting until you need the item.
We had one more trick up our sleeves to save more money. The store had a promotion where shoppers get $10 off your purchase coupons for a future date range for every $50 spent. Neither one of us spent that amount so we combined our purchases at the register to get one voucher.
It was a good shopping expedition as we spent time together and saved money at the same time. What are your tips for department store shopping?