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14 Surprising Items You Can Buy at Unrelated Stores

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How can I save more money on items I want or on items that are already on my list?

I ask myself this question a lot, so I’m always pushing myself to the limit, looking for even better prices on items I want to buy.

You’re probably shopping these stores already — but not for these items!


1. Shop Amazon for Williams Sonoma items.

Most people don’t realize that Amazon sells the exact items you can find at Williams Sonoma, but for cheaper.

You can even find Williams Sonoma brand items like these:

Pantry towels (set of 8):

Salad of the Day cookbook


2. Shop Walgreens for groceries.

Shopping for groceries at a drugstore like Walgreens is a total game-changer, because there are a few items you can’t find cheaper anywhere else.

Cereal, K-Cups and flour are good examples. You can get all of these for stock-up prices at Walgreens or CVS, because drugstores have amazing rewards programs (Balance Rewards for Walgreens and ExtraCare for CVS).

When you spend money, you can earn points that translate to store cash you can spend on a future purchase.

Find out what other essential items you should be buying at Walgreens.


3. Look through cosmetics at T.J.Maxx for Sephora items.

While inventory comes and goes, you can usually find Sephora items sold at T.J.Maxx — and at a much lower price. Check it out:

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

  • Sephora: $20.00
  • T.J.Maxx: $7.99

Philosophy Shower and Bath Gel

  • Sephora: $18.00
  • T.J.Maxx: $11.99


  • Sephora: $19.99
  • T.J.Maxx: $9.99

It’s worth looking at T.J.Maxx before you shell out the money for brands sold at Sephora.


4. Visit for designer brands.

If you want the ultimate retail shopping hack, it definitely includes shopping for designer brands like COACH, Joe’s Jeans, Hunter boots and The North Face.

For example, you can find a COACH purse for $79.99 (regularly $195.00) and Joe’s Jeans for $50.99 (regularly $168.00).

In fact, we found 43 name brands that are up to 80% cheaper at

If you’re unfamiliar with, learn our best hacks to save money shopping One little secret is to filter by the brand name you’re interested in and then sort by “% off” to see the items with the best value or biggest savings margin.



5. Hit up Ross for Nike.

Not kidding, Ross can honestly be worth the time it takes to hunt through the racks for a deal.

Your mileage may vary based on each store’s inventory, but I’ve seen Nike Air Jordans for $69.99 (compared to retail price of $110).

There are tons of brands Ross sells for dirt cheap. Nike is just one of them!


6. Shop Walmart for The Pioneer Woman items.

And I mean, definitely don’t bother buying Pioneer Woman items from The Pioneer Woman store. Nope, nope, nope!

Instead, give yourself a 25% discount when you shop Walmart for items sold on The Pioneer Woman website.

For example, a popular bread box retails on the website for $40.00, but the identical item is only $29.95 at Walmart.

There are a few tricks to saving money on The Pioneer Woman merch. This is just one of them!


7. Shop Wayfair for Pottery Barn-style lighting.

Sure, you’re not going to get Pottery Barn brand items on Wayfair, but you can come pretty dang close to a Pottery Barn lighting look for much cheaper.

Check out this geometric pendant that PB sells for $179.00. Get it on Wayfair for only $86.24.

You can expect to save 50-75% on lighting at Wayfair compared to Pottery Barn’s prices.


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8. Stop by the dollar store to shop for your Disney trip.

How the heck do you save money on a Disney trip?

First step, never buy anything at full price inside the park when you can get items at the dollar store before your Disney trip.

Load up on everything from hand sanitizer to Disney-themed bubbles for kids to play with while waiting in line.


9. Shop Costco for American Girl dolls and accessories.

Every fall around October, Costco sells American Girl dolls and accessories, and you can easily save up to 20% compared to prices in the American Girl store.

Only bummer is that you have to shop in the fall, because Costco doesn’t carry American Girl other than during the holiday season.


10. Check out Gift Card Granny or Raise for store gift cards.

This is the No. 1 easiest way to save money on top of coupons and discounts — and nobody has to know you’re doing it, so it’s a little sneaky, too. There are tons of gift card hacks — this is just one of them.

People sell unwanted gift cards to sites like Gift Card Granny and Raise for a loss. This means they lose money, but people do it because they know they’re not going to spend the gift card.

So, Gift Card Granny might sell a $25 gift card to Macy’s for $23.50, which is only 6% savings, but since you can use coupons and discounts too, the savings can really add up.



11. Shop Kohl’s for Carter’s baby clothes.

It’s a little-known secret that the Carter’s store isn’t really the best place to buy Carter’s-brand clothing and shoes.

Overall, I’d say it’s Kohl’s. Although, there are a few other stores that offer great deals on Carter’s brand.

Every January and February, Kohl’s runs a Baby Sale, and you can save up to 60% on Carter’s clothing when you stack a few promo codes, or coupons with sale prices.

Baby bodysuits reach as low as $1.09, so mark your calendar and stock your gift closet for baby showers!


12. Get Yankee Candles at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Normally, the Yankee Candle store is a decent place to buy Yankee Candles if you can time it right so you score a Buy One Get One free deal.

Otherwise, use your 20% off coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond on Yankee Candles, and you’ll instantly get them for a couple dollars. Especially if you buy clearance candles!

There are tons of ways to save when you shop at Bed Bath and Beyond — beyond the 20% off coupon, too!


13. Shop Pottery Barn for Target’s price on baby gear.

Pottery Barn Kids offers price matching with stores like Amazon and Target on hundreds of items from popular brands like Nuna, Halo, Medela, Boppy and Owlet.

This is certainly a convenience play, because if you’re already inside Pottery Barn, you could show them Target’s price on an item and save yourself a trip.

Find out more tips for saving money on baby gear.


14. Hit up Sam’s Club for movie tickets.

Sam’s Club offers movie ticket packages that might make going to the movies fun again. Especially if you’re saving enough money to afford popcorn, too!

You can save up to 20.4% when you buy AMC tickets from Sam’s Club. Sometimes Costco offers deals on Regal Tickets that are similar to the Sam’s Club AMC deal!

Find out more about saving money at the movie theater.


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