Do YETI coolers ever go on sale? How do I avoid paying a thousand bucks for a box to keep my beer and lunch meat cold for a week?!
It’s no secret that YETI coolers are expensive. Sure, YETI devotees swear the money is well spent…but still.
For the rest of us who want to own a YETI cooler but don’t want to pay full price, here are a few tips.
1. Set a deal alert inside the KCL app and we’ll tell you when there’s a YETI deal.
Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app, tap the “hamburger” icon (the three lines in the upper right corner), then tap “Notifications.”
Next, tap the gear icon on the upper right side of the screen and turn on notifications for YETI.
This way, our team of deal hunters can notify you the minute we see a YETI cooler on sale, especially crucial as Black Friday and holiday shopping approaches.
For example, last year DICK’s Sporting Goods offered 20% off YETI for five days during the second week in December.
2. Watch for eBay YETI coupons and get an additional 15% off.
For example, last summer when you used coupon code PLAYFUL15, you’d receive 15% off any tech or fashion item, including YETI coolers.
3. Aim for 20-30% savings on YETI.
Finding YETI coolers on sale can be just as hard as finding an actual Yeti in the wild.
This is because YETI is picky about who gets to sell their products. They hold to their wholesale pricing tightly, not allowing dealers to offer big discounts.
But, it’s not impossible to find certain YETI models — like the Hopper — for up to 30% off. When you see anything between 20-30% off, buy it.
Deals on the Hopper pop up most often at a website called Woot.com, owned by Amazon.
TIP: Amazon Prime members get free shipping at Woot.com.
4. The best time to get YETI coolers on sale is June and July at DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Deals on YETI coolers show up about three to four times a month from May through December at YETI authorized dealers like DICK’S Sporting Goods, Academy Sports, or REI.
You’ll see the most frequent sales on YETI happening at DICK’S Sporting Goods during the summer months.
TIP: Use DICK’s Sporting Goods Scorecard points toward a YETI purchase. With Scorecard, you’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend and when you reach 300 points, you’ll receive a $10 Reward Certificate to spend like cash. For the best deal, wait until you have 600 points and use your $20 reward toward a YETI cooler.
5. Price match at DICK’S Sporting Goods.
If you see a great deal on YETI from Amazon, but you’re not sure the seller is an authorized dealer, DICK’S Sporting Goods, an authorized YETI dealer, will price match Amazon’s price.
Here are a few other stores that offer price matching.
6. Get the largest YETI cooler possible for the most bang for your buck.
If you want to get the most value, you should buy the biggest possible YETI cooler.
The number after each model name is the cooler’s size in quarts. See how the price per quart gets lower as the cooler gets larger?
- YETI Roadie 20: $9.99/qt.
- YETI Hopper Two 30: $9.99/qt.
- YETI Tundra 35: $7.14/qt.
- YETI Tundra 50: $6.59/qt.
- YETI Tundra 75: $5.99/qt.
- YETI Tundra 125: $4.39/qt.
7. Get a 20% off military discount if you’re shopping the YETI store online.
If you’re active-duty military or a veteran, you can get 20% off your YETI cooler when you order from the YETI website.
Or get 20% off when you’re shopping inside YETI’s only storefront — the flagship store in Austin, TX.
8. Shop YETI at REI in May to save up to 25% during the Anniversary Sale.
While the more popular Hopper and Tundra see discounts at DSG and Amazon periodically, if you want an REI YETI cooler on sale, shop REI’s Anniversary Sale in May when YETI is 25% off, across the board.
REI carries Tundra, Rambler, Hopper, Panga, Roadie, Daytrip, Sidekick, Loadout and Camino.
Take advantage of the perks to being an REI shopper.
TIP: Aim to be one of the first people at the REI Garage sale and see if you can find and score a YETI cooler!
9. Shop YETI on Amazon during Prime Day.
Especially if you’re pining after a Hopper model. For the past few years we’ve seen shoppers save up to 30% on Hopper on Amazon Prime Day. Prime Day 2020 will probably happen in September this year.
10. Watch for Academy Sports “gift card with a YETI purchase” deals.
Sure, you might not have an Academy Sports in your area, but you can still shop online.
During the summer, Academy Sports offers a gift card with a purchase deal that’ll save you up to 20% on YETI.
For example, get a $25 gift card with a YETI purchase of $100-$249.99 or get a $50 gift card when you spend $250 or more.
To get the best value, aim for the lowest spend possible ($100). One idea is to buy three $34.99 tumblers, resulting in a $25 gift card and 23% savings.
Shipping is free when you spend at least $25.
11. Convince your grandma to use the D&B Supply senior discount and save 10% on YETI.
OK, I get that you might not have a grandma you can tap to run this play for you. But every Tuesday D&B Supply offers a 10% senior discount to anyone 60 years and older.
And D&B Supply rarely offers discounts on YETI (read: basically never), so if you have a parent or a grandparent or kindly neighbor who is at least 60 years young, hand them some cash and send them into D&B Supply on a Tuesday to buy a YETI cooler for you.
If Grandma is game, send her to these other retailers who offer a senior discount too.
12. Register your YETI at YETI.com and get a free sticker.
Who doesn’t love a little freebie?
13. YETI offers customization of coolers, but you’ll pay for it.
To get your team or company logo printed on your YETI, you have to submit your information, including uploading a picture of your logo to YETI to receive a quote.
Ever noticed how anytime someone has to quote something, it’s not cheap? Yeah.
Instead, consider buying a YETI Rambler with your team’s logo from DICK’S Sporting Goods.
You’ll pay $10 extra for the tumbler with your logo, but hey, at least you get to represent without breaking the bank.
14. Still can’t afford YETI? Walmart’s Ozark Trail offers a great knockoff.
With a price tag that’s significantly lower, it’s nice to know that Walmart gets those of us who can’t spend half a $K on a cooler.
Walmart’s Ozark Trail YETI knockoffs get great reviews, with the biggest complaint being that they’re not YETIs (obvs, right?).
Meaning, the YETI knockoff may only keep your ice cold for five days and not a full week. And the YETI knockoff doesn’t come in as many colors as the real thing. .
So if you’re going on an extended trip where you won’t have access to ice, Walmart’s YETI knockoff may not cut it, but for families on a budget who can hit the local gas station for more ice if needed, it may be a good option.
YETI Tundra 75: $449.99 ($5.99/qt.)
Ozark Trail 73-quart: $184 ($2.52/qt.)
BONUS YETI HACKS AND TIPS
15. Learn to spot a fake YETI.
YETI Ramblers might be the most frequently faked items of the YETI collection. Be wary of random internet sites you’ve never heard of that are selling YETI.
Look for these telltale signs of a YETI Rambler fake (the first two tips will help you spot a fake YETI cooler as well).
- Problems with font. The “3” and the “R” should be squared, but they’re rounded on a fake.
- Weight difference. The 30-oz. YETI Rambler should weigh 13.9 oz. The fake weighs 12.7 oz.
- Problems with tint on clear lids. The real thing has a clear lid that’s perfectly clear; the fake has a bluish tint to it.
Fakes are a real problem even for the smartest shoppers. Learn how to spot a fake at popular stores.
16. To avoid a fake, buy from a YETI authorized dealer.
The only way to be certain you’re not buying a fake is to buy from a YETI authorized dealer.
To find out if the YETI you’re considering is an authorized dealer, enter your location on the YETI site.
Authorized local shops are abundant, but I can tell you larger chains like REI, DICK’S Sporting Goods, D&B Supply, Academy Sports and Sportsman’s Warehouse are also authorized dealers.
17. Amazon and eBay are YETI authorized dealers…kinda.
When you’re shopping Amazon, if you see a YETI cooler sold by “YETI Authorized,” you can trust that it’s an authentic YETI.
But, any third-party Amazon sellers without this name are not authorized.
As for eBay, make sure you’re shopping YETI’s authorized storefront and you can rest easy.
Anything sold on either platform that doesn’t fit these criteria might not be an authentic YETI.