I get rock-bottom prices on almost everything I buy.
My secret? I buy with a coupon during a sale (the same strategy I use couponing). And I buy at little-known places for killer deals. If you’ve ever wondered where the best place to buy clothes, appliances, makeup and more is? Look no further!
1. Buy kids’ clothes at The Children’s Place.
Shop The Children’s Place online, not in-store for the best deals. Kids’ jeans can hit Walmart prices at $6.99 per pair, and when you compare the quality of TCP clothes, it’s a no-brainer. The best times to shop are when you can earn or redeem TCP cash. Shipping is usually free, so if it’s not free the day you shop, consider waiting a day or two. Make sure to sign up for emails, because you’ll get a $10 off $40 coupon!
2. Buy hand soap at Bath & Body Works.
You can get hand soap for $2.25 each or less when you combine coupons with sales at Bath & Body Works. Sign up for mailing lists to get coupons that are attached to each other. As long as the coupons stay attached, you can stack them in one transaction. Best time to stock up on hand soap is the twice a year Semi-Annual sales in January and July. [BBW Hacks]
3. Buy candles at Yankee Candle.
Yankee’s buy one, get one (BOGO) candle deals rock. About once a month they have a deal like this — sometimes it’s a buy two, get two, and sometimes it’s a buy three, get three. Either way it’s easy to stock up. You can buy your candles in-store or online, but if you buy in-store, you’ll avoid paying shipping.
4. Buy gift cards at Raise.com.
Browse gift cards selling for 3-30% less than their value. Redeem them instantly via electronic code online or in stores. Learn more about how to use Raise.com.
5. Buy small kitchen appliances at Kohl’s.
Stack up to four coupons per order, plus save 5% when you sign up for the free loyalty program, plus earn 20% back in Kohl’s Cash (store credit) AND submit a Kohl’s-exclusive rebate on brands like KitchenAid and Nutribullet. Follow thekrazycouponlady on Facebook for deal alerts. Twice last month we told our readers how to get a KitchenAid mixer for less than $100 at Kohls.com!
6. Buy makeup at Sephora.
Get discounted JCPenney gift cards at Raise.com and spend them at Sephora locations inside JCPenney. You’ll save 12-15% off the top just by using a discounted gift card, and then you can become a Beauty Insider and take advantage of Sephora’s awesome loyalty program. Get free samples of items you want to try out before committing to. Get the rest of our Sephora Hacks.
7. Buy men & women’s casual wear at Gap.
Shop Gap when they do their 40% off sale prices markdown events. These sales last a few days and run about every 6-8 weeks, generally coinciding with holidays. This is the only time I shop the Gap, so I stock up when this sale shows up. I get tops for 5.99-9.99 and jeans for under $20, easily.
8. Buy outerwear at Nordstrom Rack.
The best place for name brands like Columbia, Under Armor and The North Face, Nordstrom Rack carries name brand outwear all year. Average savings is 30-40%.
9. Buy kids’ shoes at 6pm.com.
The discounted little sister to Zappos.com hosts name brand shoes for 30-70% off. Sort by % off to find the biggest savings. Shipping is always free.
10. Buy Toilet paper at Costco.
Toilet paper companies go to great lengths to limit your ability to compare prices by varying roll sizes and ply thickness, but when our team compared over 15 store and name brands, we found that Kirkland toilet paper at Costco sells for $0.01 per square foot, a third of the price of the name brand stuff. And Consumer Reports rates the quality next to Charmin.
11. Buy rugs at Overstock.
Recently I got a 4×6 rug for $60. The quality of my rug is great, it doesn’t shed, and it lays perfectly.
The secret to finding a great deal and a great quality rug on Overstock is buying when rugs are 70% off or more, combined with looking through all the options and reading buyer reviews.
Rule of thumb: if buyers tend to be unhappy with a rug, skip it. Even if the price is right and you love the rug.
If you follow the reviews and spend time looking, you won’t be disappointed.
12. Buy holiday decor at Hobby Lobby.
Hobby Lobby starts marking down their holiday decor in July. Markdowns start at 40% off and steadily increase as Christmas approaches. Two weeks before Christmas, you’ll see 50% off, then 60% off. This continues until after Christmas when all leftover decor is marked down to 90% off. If you’re not picky (selection is limited after Christmas), this is a great time to stock up on decor for next year.
13. Buy men’s dress wear at Macy’s.
Three words: One. Day. Sale. You can get $52 dress shirts at Macy’s for around $15.99 each. Macy’s One Day Sale shows up about once a month. Download the Macy’s app and you’ll get 25% off on the first purchase you make in-app.
14. Buy towels at JCPenney.
Deals on bath towels at JCPenney range in price from free to $3.99. Wait for a sale, and then use coupons like $20 off a $20 purchase, $10 off a $25 purchase, etc. When you see these coupons and a sale on towels, stock up!
15. Buy pet food at Target.
Once a quarter Target gives you a $5 Target gift card for every few bags of dog food you buy. Print coupons from TheKrazyCouponLady.com and download the Target app to save up to 30% more with the scan of your phone at checkout.
16. Buy movie tickets at Groupon.
Groupon offers all sorts of deals on movie tickets through Fandango. I’ve found $5 movie tickets to certain theaters, or $2 off your next purchase with Fandango. These are free when you copy and paste the code.
RELATED: 10 Ways to Save on Movie Tickets
17. Buy “As Seen on TV” items at Hollar, the online dollar store.
In its first year of business Hollar has become a valuable resource for dollar-store-esque products (the kind of stuff you take to kids’ birthday parties), and their selection of As Seen on TV products is often 80% off retail price.
18. Buy large appliances at Lowe’s.
Lowe’s store credit card offers 0% interest for 6 months on purchases of $250 or more. So if you are remodeling your home or you need a new dishwasher and can’t pay cash, take advantage of the credit card option.
Just remember you’re only saving money if you pay off the card before the 6 month period is up!
Check out our list of best store credit cards.
19. Buy home decor at Target.
When you combine a sale price with a Circle deal, you can save a lot of money on home decor! Recently, we saw a sale on floor lamps and a Circle offer for 20% off Threshold brand home decor. When we combined the two, Target’s tripod floor lamp with a drum shade rang up for $64!
20. Buy school supplies at Staples.
Shop the loss leaders! Stores like Staples advertise a few sale items with prices so low, they actually lose money (or barely break even) on every sale. I make multiple trips so I can only shop the loss leaders. Staples offers $0.25 deals, penny deals, and a higher limit of 5 for each loss leader item.
21. Buy diapers on Amazon.
Our team has compared diaper prices across major brands and a dozen online and brick & mortar retailers, and Amazon is the standout leader. How? The secret is automatic reordering. By subscribing to the diapers, you’ll get up to 15% off (when you subscribe to 5 or more items per month). And you don’t have to be Prime to get free shipping. However, join Amazon Family and get a free 3 months of Prime and 20% off all diaper subscriptions.
22. Buy eyeglasses at GlassesUSA.
You can find name-brand glasses for half the price of the optometrist’s office, or buy high-quality frames made by GlassesUSA and get an entire pair for as low as $20 — seriously. Select from 1500 frames. Get free prescription lenses with every pair. Find out more sneaky ways your doctor is overcharging you for glasses.
23. Buy curtains at Wayfair.
Shop the 70% off “closeout” curtains at Wayfair.com to get the steepest discount. You can select “curtains” then sort by price to see the lowest prices. Combine the sale price with a 10% off discount for signing up to receive Wayfair emails, and you can find curtains for as low as $3.50 per panel. I’m not kidding.
24. Buy women’s underwear at Victoria’s Secret.
You can stack up to three coupons in one purchase at Victoria’s Secret. Wait for the semi-annual sales in January and May to use your coupons. Also you shouldn’t pay for underwear because you can use the Angel Reward points you accrue during semi-annual sales to buy them.
25. Buy toothpaste, body wash and deodorant at drugstores.
Not just for prescriptions, drugstore loyalty programs are so aggressive at getting shoppers in stores that each week they advertise products that are free after instant rebate. Pay $4 for mouthwash, get $4 off your next purchase. And if that’s not exciting enough, add a coupon and it’s like getting paid to shop. Download the free Krazy Coupon Lady app for deals.
26. Buy baking supplies/spices at local ethnic markets.
Spices in particular are cheaper at ethnic markets than at the grocery store. Often produce is the same way. And most people have never gone.