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It’s no surprise that bargain retailer Ross Dress For Less has great finds. But when top brands get marked down to just $0.49 — oh, it’s on. You’ll see these prices at the Ross clearance event every December and January. Unofficially known as the “Ross 49 Cent Sale,” it’s the best time to hunt for those hot pink “reduced” stickers at Ross and score some truly unbelievable deals.

I promise the $0.49 items are not myths — you can seriously buy clothes and shoes for less than fifty cents during the Ross clearance sale.

Ross doesn’t really promote the event, since it’s not a traditional sale, so be ready to pounce when the price drops kick in for the Ross 49 Cent Sale 2022.

In the meantime, here’s everything we learned from the Ross clearance event in 2021.


1. The Ross clearance event happens in late December and again in mid-January.

a woman holding a cellphone with the calendar open while shopping at a Ross store

January is the “end of the year” in Ross world, so they discount a wide range of items to make room for a new start. Each Ross store has a different schedule, but some mega-markdowns begin right after Christmas. Other clearance deals will drop about three weeks later in mid-January. Last year, we found clearance deals starting on Dec. 27.

Start popping into Ross stores right after Christmas if you want first dibs on the best deals. It also doesn’t hurt to make friends with a Ross associate and ask what timing they predict for your store.


2. Look for clearance items like shirts, dresses, sneakers, and toys for as low as $0.49.

A graphic tee marked down to $0.49 for the Ross clearance event

Yes, it’s true. You’ll find clothing, holiday items, and kids’ stuff for just $0.49 during the Ross clearance event.

Here are some of the $0.49 items we saw in 2021:

  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Sweatshirts
  • Dresses
  • Graphic tees
  • Holiday accessories
  • Lip glosses
  • Kids’ coloring books
  • Kids’ playsets


3. In December 2021, Ross had Ralph Lauren and Maidenform items for under $1.50.

someone adding polo ralph lauren socks to their Ross cart with a bunch of items in the cart already

Lots of items go on sale for $0.99 – $1.49 between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Ross clearance items in this price range include women’s boots and heels, Maidenform shapewear, Polo socks, baby Ralph Lauren clothes, and more.



4. Look for Under Armour and Nike clothes for $1.99 in the Ross clearance section.

a person holding up an under armour t-shirt with a Ross clearance tag on it

If you’re still pinching yourself, you can stop now. Some of the most popular brands like Nike and Under Armour get deep, deep discounts during the Ross clearance event. We also saw $1.99 Tommy Hilfiger baby sets and women’s Calvin Klein jeans for just $2.99 (at 96% off).


5. Ross also has Kate Spade and other brand-name accessories for under $15.

a kate spade hat and glove set on sale for $11.99 during the Ross clearance event

In December 2021, we were already seeing top brands like Kate Spade, DKNY, and Betsy Johnson go on sale for up to 67% off. This Kate Spade hat and glove set was just $11.99 (regularly $24.99) on Dec. 27 last year.


6. Be the first in line at Ross — shelves clear out fast during the clearance event!

a woman picking up one red sheet set off an otherwise empty shelf at ross

In fact, the shelves tend to be empty after the holidays. Jump on Ross clearance deals as soon as they start, or else all those $0.49 items will be gone.


Want more great clearance deals? Check out our ultimate guide to retailer clearance markdowns.


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