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Your Ultimate Discount Store Shopping Cheat Sheet

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Discount stores like Ross, T.J.Maxx, etc. are all about the thrill of the hunt.

But what if you don’t have time to hunt? Or you know exactly what you want?

Easy. Use this discount store shopping cheat sheet to get in and out of these stores with confidence that you’re getting the best deal possible on these six items.


1. Buy kitchen cookware and gadgets at T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods.

T.J.Maxx is the place to get high-end kitchen cookware for up to 50% less. I’m talking LeCreuset, All-Clad, Calphalon, KitchenAid, Cuisinart and more. Look:

LeCreuset bakeware

All-Clad 10-piece cookware set

Chef’n onion peeler:

  • T.J.Maxx: $1.99
  • Amazon: $13.72


2. Buy brand-name shoes at Ross.

If you stopped by Ross every week just to pick over the shoe rack, you’d never waste a trip. In fact, you may find a brand-name jackpot.

Nike Air Jordans

  • Ross: $69.99
  • Nike: $147.97


TOMS loafers

  • Ross: $36.99
  • 6pm: $59.50


3. Buy furniture at Big Lots.

Check Big Lots before you go anywhere else if you’re furniture shopping. Not only do they have everything from sectionals to recliners, but they have a furniture loyalty program where you can earn $10 for every $200 you spend on furniture.

Mid Century Sofa

Reclining Sofa



4. Buy video games at Family Dollar.

You can find pre-owned XBOX ONE games at Family Dollar for up to $7 cheaper than prices on GameStop pre-owned games. Find out how to save every time you shop Family Dollar.


  • Family Dollar: $13.00
  • GameStop: $17.99

Ghostbusters for XBOX ONE

  • Family Dollar: $13.00
  • GameStop: $19.99


5. Buy formal wear at Burlington.

You may not always need a suit or a cocktail dress, but when you do need one, it’s nice to avoid spending hundreds of dollars. Always check Burlington before you go to a department store!

Men’s two-piece suit

Women’s sheath dress


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6. Buy name-brand medication at Dollar Tree.

You can get brands like Excedrin, Triaminic, Vicks, Alka-Seltzer and more for free when you have a $1.00 off coupon for those brands.

Here’s where to check for coupons:


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