Yankee Candle, the company with "a passion for fragrance" is always my number-one pick for home scents. Not only do I enjoy the variety of fragrance choices, but I love the number of products they produce—I can find something for my kitchen, bathroom, office and car. But I have to be careful not to go overboard, as their prices are certainly higher than grocery store home fragrance lines like Glade and Airwick.
I may not be able to buy Yankee Candle for grocery-store prices, but I've learned to come remarkably close! Here's how I get the best deals on the brand I love:
1. Shop the Sale Scenter
Yankee Candle online offers a sale area with an incredibly fun name where buyers can search for all kinds of deals. Some include Buy More, Save More deals (like 2 room sprays for $12); Buy One, Get One deals (like buy one jar candle, get one 50 percent off); and last-chance savings (where closeouts and seasonal merchandise can be marked down as much as 80 percent).
Purchases can be made at all price points. Here's a sampling of recent Sale Scenter deals:
- $1 Christmas-scented votives
- $8 Ocean tealight set
- $17.50 Carrot Cake and Maple Pancakes medium jar gift set
2. Buy from alternative locations
Yankee Candle products are sold in a variety of locations, so try pairing store coupons and sales at gift stores like Hallmark or even closeout stores like T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and Ross to get big savings. My local Hallmark Gold Crown store just had an anniversary sale (20 percent off anything in the store), along with sidewalk-sale items. I got a medium jar candle in last year's Yankee Candle Halloween scent (scrumptious Candy Corn!) at 75 percent off. Many closeout stores sell medium and large-sized jar Yankee Candles for around $10, which is over half off their retail price.
3. Check KCL
We love showering our readers with high-value printable coupons, like this one for $15 off a $45 purchase, valid through Sept. 2. Additionally, readers can stay up to date (and see what other coupons Yankee Candle is prone to releasing) by viewing the KCL database page devoted exclusively to tracking Yankee Candle coupons.
4. Shop the Semi-Annual Sale
The Yankee Candle twice-a-year sale (June and December/January) allows me to stock up on fragrances I love and stash away some deals I'll give to friends, family, teachers and neighbors throughout the year. Many items in the semi-annual sale are 75 percent off. I love getting 49-cent votives and tarts, along with $15 large jar candles. And $3 air fresheners and car scents can't be beat!
5. Visit an outlet
Wish those semi-annual sale prices could last year-round? Go where they do! Yankee Candle has dozens of outlet stores nationwide where bargain-basement prices are just waiting to be snagged. Many are connected with Tanger Outlet Center and Premium Outlet stores, which means you can visit lots of other manufacturer outlet stores to possibly get more great retail deals.
6. Follow on Facebook
The Yankee Candle Facebook page is a great resource for learning about sweepstakes, fan appreciation events in-store, coupons, special events and more. And just in case you forget to mark the semi-annual sale on your calendar, this page will remind you!
7. Think alternately
Think you can only use dedicated wax melt blocks in a Yankee Candle wax melt warmer? Think again! There are lots of techniques for saving money on pricey wax melts, including using tarts and votives scored for 49 cents to $1 at Yankee Candle semi-annual sales. Break them up into appropriate sizes for your warmer, and enjoy the melted aroma over and over again.
8. Buy with confidence
Did you know Yankee Candle offers a full guarantee on all their products? I took advantage of this last year when I bought a multi-pack of scented-oil candles that, though advertised to burn completely, didn't follow through on the promise. I was disappointed with the $7.99 I spent to have a collection of a half dozen semi-burned candles. I called the company, and the representative took some product and store information. Then, I was asked to send one candle and the packaging to them so they could investigate the problem. Two weeks later, I received a $10 Yankee Candle gift card in the mail—more than my purchase price! I love that this and other companies guarantee their products so I can shop with confidence.
I'm glad that a fragrance brand I love doesn't have to be cost prohibitive. Using these techniques for buying at heavy discounts, I'm able to enjoy Yankee Candle products in my home, car and office the whole year through.