Is anyone else obsessed with Macy’s? If you aren’t yet then you’re about to be! Macy’s is coupon heaven, if you know how to get the best deals.
I always aim for 60-70% savings when shopping at Macy’s and you totally can, too! I’m going to show you how — how to find the best Macy’s deals, how to find and use Macy’s coupons, and little-known facts about Macy’s clearance, so that you can save the most when shopping Macy’s.
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1. Macy’s stores will price match Macys.com and take a Macy’s coupon.
Macys.com prices are often different from in-store prices.
If you find a lower price online, show it to your cashier and they’ll match the Macys.com price at any register.
If you’re price matching a virtual cart of items that you’ve used a coupon code for, just show your entire cart to the cashier, or let them know the name of the coupon code, and they’ll honor the coupon code in store.
Macy’s does not accept competitor coupons.
PRO TIP: Use the Macy’s app to quickly compare in-store prices to Macys.com and competitors. If it’s cheaper online or on an eligible competitor’s website (read more in tip #8), just show the online price to the cashier using your phone, and you’ll get the item for the online price.
2. Macy’s coupons for non-cardholders are called Wow! Passes.
Non-cardholders like myself get coupons called “WOW! Passes.” So if you don’t have a Macy’s credit card, every time I say “coupon” I mean “Wow! Pass,” and every time you see “WOW! Pass” signage at the store, it means “coupon.”
You may only use one Wow! Pass or coupon per visit to Macy’s or Macys.com.
3. The best days to find Macy’s coupons are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
You can always find a Macy’s coupon, but often, they’re only valid for a single department.
On the weekend, you’re more likely to find a storewide/sitewide coupon via the Macy’s app, on Macy’s.com, or via the Sunday paper.
4. Ask the associate for Macy’s coupons at checkout.
One of my favorite Macy’s hacks is asking the associate about coupons at the register. They’ll often go ahead and find the paper coupon or coupon code for me. Thanks, Macy’s!
5. Macy’s coupons exclude lots of brands.
So many coupons! So few things to use them on! Macy’s exclusion list is one of the worst in the business.
Common exclusions include: Deals of the day, Doorbusters, Everyday Values, Last Act, Macy’s Backstage, specials, Super Buys and name brands like Apple, Coach, Dyson, Fitbit, KitchenAid Pro Line, The North Face and so many more.
Basically, Macy’s coupons can be used on Macy’s merchandise.
6. Get a 25% off coupon for your first purchase in the Macy’s app.
Text APP to 62297 to download the Macy’s app and get your 25% off coupon for your first purchase.
7. Create a Macy’s profile and get 25% off your next purchase.
If you haven’t created a free Macy’s profile yet, get on it.
When you do, you’ll get an email with a 25% off coupon for your next purchase.
8. Macy’s will also price match competitors (excluding Amazon and Costco).
Macy’s price match policy isn’t highly publicized, but it’s pretty straightforward. Macy’s will price match an identical item from an approved store’s website within 10 days.
Stores specifically called out as approved for price matching include: Belk, Bloomingdale’s, Bon Ton, Dillard’s, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sears. Macy’s does NOT price match Amazon, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, or eBay.
To get a price match, just show the store ad, website, or another proof of price to your Macy’s cashier. (Or customer service associate for Macys.com orders over the phone.) FYI, even though Amazon is excluded, you can still use the Amazon app to compare Macy’s prices to Amazon, just to make sure you’re not overpaying at Macy’s.
9. Use Paribus for help with price adjustments for up to 10 days after purchase.
Macy’s gives shoppers a 10-day window to request a price adjustment if something you bought went on sale after your purchase.
Download the free Paribus app to get help with price adjustments from Macys.com, without paying attention to price drops after you buy. Paribus will notify you if the price on an item you purchased from Macy’s drops, as well as simplify the price adjustment request process for you.
I bought two towels for $16 and two hand towels for $10, and two days later they went on sale for $3.90 less than what I paid. I wasn’t paying attention but Paribus was. Paribus sent me a notification to let me know the price dropped as well as made it very easy for me to get back the entire difference!
10. The best way to save (especially on housewares) is with Macy’s Rebates.
You can find Macy’s rebates on the website. The average rebate value is $30. (My general rule of thumb is: only take advantage of rebates over $5. Anything less isn’t worth the trouble or the stamp. But this isn’t a problem at Macy’s!)
Rebates often coincide with sale prices. And the cool thing is you can combine your rebate with a Macy’s coupon!
Stacking a sale with a rebate, or a sale + Macy’s coupon + rebate can yield savings of 70-80%.
Rebates take about a month to receive. Once you submit, you’ll receive an email with a tracking number, and you can check the status of your rebate anytime at MacysRebates.com.
Submit 1 $20 Macy’s rebate
Free shipping on orders over $25
Final Price: $109.99
PRO TIP: Make sure you submit your rebate paperwork in store for in-store purchases and use the online rebate form for Macys.com purchases. Even though the forms are nearly identical, it matters. Trust me. I learned this the hard way!
11. The deepest discounts are found in the Macy’s Last Act clearance section.
Find super steep discounts on the Last Act clearance racks scattered throughout the store.
You’ll find one section in women’s, one in men’s, one in shoes, kids’, etc. This is one of my favorite places to find Macy’s dresses! I can seriously get them so cheap.
Last Act clearance gets marked down approximately once per month, but the schedule depends on inventory (read on to become an expert at shopping Macy’s clearance!).
Make sure to follow KCL’s Macy’s deals page for the best up-to-date deals.
PRO TIP: Take note that the return policy for Last Act merchandise is only 30 days.
12. Always do a price check on Macy’s clearance white-tagged items.
Yellow price tags ending in “6” are final markdowns. That means the price won’t go any lower, so you may as well buy it if you love it!
Blue tags ending in “3” are second-to-last markdowns. They happen right before yellow tag markdowns, and are usually in the mid 70%-off range.
White tags in the Last Act clearance section are actually cheaper than marked — they haven’t been on the rack long enough to get a markdown. This basically means you can’t trust that the price shown is the lowest price. Which is why — here’s a pro tip — always get a price check to reveal the real price of white-tagged Last Act items. The price check will reveal a lower price than what’s tagged (and it will end in a “3” or “6”). I scored some Macy’s dresses that were almost 50% cheaper than the price marked!
13. You can’t use a Macy’s coupon on Last Act clearance.
Macy’s used to allow coupon stacking on Last Act items, but they did away with it early 2016. A Macy’s spokesperson even said something like “there was a lot of math before [with coupon stacking]; now it’s simpler.” The reasoning feels thin.
It’s not all bad, though. Macys.com is still around with loads of deals.
14. Plan to shop when you can earn Macy’s Money.
Shop online during a Macy’s Money promotional period, and receive Macy’s Money to redeem the following week. You can even earn Macy’s Money on Last Act clearance! Here’s the earning scale:
- Spend $50, Get $10
- Spend $100, Get $20
- Spend $150, Get $30
- Spend $200, Get $40
During the redemption week, Macy’s Money can be stacked on top of any coupon or sales price, online or in store!
Macy’s money redeems like a gift card.
15. Macy’s is now home to Toys”R”Us — online and in-store.
Toys”R”Us is back — again. This time, in the form of mini stores inside of Macy’s locations. Macy’s announced in Aug. 2021 that more than 400 Macy’s stores would receive Toys”R”Us shops 2022, the latest move by the department store to increase their growing toy sales.
Macy’s already has a selection of Toys”R”Us toys on their website, and they’re also running ToysRUs.com. Best of all, you’ll be able to use Macy’s Money, discounted Macy’s gift cards, and all these other savings tips to spend less on toys.
16. Shop Macy’s Black Friday in July event to save up to 78% on small appliances.
Black Friday in July is a way for stores to compete with Amazon during the time they run their Amazon Prime Day. And Macy’s loves to compete!
In 2019, we scored a Black + Decker Handheld Vacuum on sale for just $10, and in 2020, we got Sunham Soft Spun Cotton Bath Towels (reg. $14) for just $2.99!
Macy’s runs other sales during this time as well, and in just about every single department. Expect discounts to be 30% to 70%!
17. Don’t trust the name. Macy’s One Day Sales always last for two days.
Friends and Family, Super Saturdays, and Semi-Annual sales all take a backseat to the One Day Sale.
Macy’s is notoriously hush-hush about the timing of One Day Sales, but they’re usually the third Saturday of the month with a preview day on Friday.
Shop Friday mornings for the best selection.
18. Shop Semi-Annual Sales in January and July.
Macy’s Semi-Annual Sales happen in January and July; during those sales, you’ll get 20-75% off clearance prices using a promo code.
19. Save 30% on everything (including clearance) during Friends & Family in April and December.
The twelve-day long Friends and Family Sales happen around April/May and in December.
During these Friends and Family sales, you’ll get 30% off all regular, sale, and clearance prices, using a promo code, plus 25% or 10% off select departments.
20. Opt for slower shipping and receive $5 Macy’s Money.
During busy seasons, especially around the holidays, look for a “no hurry” shipping option at checkout.
When you select it, you’ll receive $5-10 in Macy’s Money that you can use like a gift card on your next purchase!
21. Order online and pick up in store when there’s a promo to get an extra 15-20% off your next order.
When shopping online, look for the “pick up in store” button and see if Macy’s is running a promotion at that time.
Enter your zip code to see if the item is in stock at your local Macy’s. If it is, you’re in luck! Not only will you avoid paying shipping, you’ll also receive a 15% or 20% off Macy’s Wow! Pass to use on your next order just for trying Macy’s in-store pickup.
Even if it isn’t in stock, they can ship items to your local Macy’s. You’ll have to wait a bit, but you’ll still avoid a shipping fee.
PRO TIP: Subscribe to Macy’s emails so you’re the first to know when this promotion is happening!
22. Skip the Macy’s credit card if you spend less than $1,200/year at Macy’s.
The Macy’s credit card didn’t make our list of the best store credit cards available, and it has a low score of 2.5 stars out of 5 on Credit Karma.
More than 200 credit cardholders have complained about customer service issues, really low limits with no opportunity to increase, and random fees charged without explanation.
To be fair, here are a couple high points to being a Macy’s credit card holder:
- Discount on initial purchase: You’ll get 20% off your first purchase when you sign up for the Macy’s card and 20% off on your statement.
- Star Rewards: You’ll get savings passes or “Star Rewards” for spending at certain thresholds. Star Rewards range from a dollar-off reward to a percentage taken off an entire order.
- Macy’s cardholders: Get an extra 20% off coupon to use on top of sale and clearance prices during the One Day Sale.
23. Instead, use a gift card at checkout and get the credit card benefits.
Instead of using a Macy’s credit card at checkout, use a Macy’s gift card and still get the benefits. Macy’s considers gift cards “Macy’s currency” which makes it equal to their credit card.
Let’s say there’s a sale where you can save an additional 20% when you use your Macy’s Star Rewards card. When you go to check out, use your Macy’s gift card. If the gift card covers 100% of the total (for example a $50 gift card for a $35 purchase) the computer will give you that extra 20% off as if you were using the credit card.
Check out these other gift card hacks you should be using!
24. Save up to 4% on every purchase when you pay with a discounted Macy’s gift card.
You won’t need a Macy’s credit card when you leverage this tip.
Buy a discounted Macy’s gift card online via Raise.com.
The discount ranges from 1% to 4%, so it’s definitely worth checking before you make a big Macy’s purchase.
25. Watch for stacking free-gift promotions on Macy’s cosmetics.
Macy’s cosmetics run free gift promotions throughout the year, often making Macy’s a better place to shop than, say, Sephora.
The real prize comes when multiple free gift promotions stack, like these beauties we’ve seen in the past:
- Free Clinique Makeup Duo with a $55 Clinique purchase
- Free Clinique Skincare Duo with a $75 Clinique purchase
- Free 4-Piece Mug Set with any $85 beauty purchase
- Free Travel Case when you buy a Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
26. Before Christmas, Macy’s (may) hand out free $10 gift cards to use in store or online.
Typically, the week before Christmas, Macy’s chooses two days to give away $10 Macy’s gift cards to in-store shoppers — for free! You’ll want to be first in line because there are limited gift cards to hand out.
This is the time to drag your spouse to the mall with you! While the gift cards are only valid for a couple of days, you can redeem them online if you don’t find anything in the store you want to buy.
27. Look under the skirt to find even more clearance items.
Next time you’re scouring a crowded clearance table at Macy’s, peek under the tablecloth.
That’s where they keep additional clearance if it doesn’t fit on the table!
28. Use cash back app rebates to save even more at Macy’s.
Sign up TopCashBack and download their free app to get a percentage back on every Macy’s purchase. During Black Friday they offer 10% cash back and exclusive promo codes for up to 25% off your purchase.
Ibotta rebates at Macy’s are nearly non-existent, but it’s still worth mentioning because there are a couple per year. Ibotta is a rebate app that most people associate with grocery shopping. It’s true that some of the best deals are on grocery items, but there are some sweet deals in retail, too. Download the app, load offers specific to the store you’re shopping, and then scan your receipt or shop online through Ibotta. Once you earn at least $20, you can cash out via PayPal or Venmo!
Check out Ibotta’s Macy’s page a few times a year to keep tabs on Ibotta rebates.
29. Consider opening a Macy’s credit card for your wedding registry.
You can get paid to create a wedding registry at Macy’s.
That’s right — when you open a card and create a Macy’s Registry, you’ll get bonus cash back for every item your guests purchase, 5% reward dollars on every eligible gift you get. You’ll also receive a 15% discount on most remaining items on your registry and a 10% discount on furniture, mattresses, or rugs for six months after your occasion!
30. Return most unwanted items for up to 90 days after your purchase.
You can return “saleable” items (meaning items that have been altered cannot be returned) for up to 90 days. Macy’s return policy used to be 180 days. There are some exceptions to the new policy. Electronic items must be returned within 14 days of purchase.
Some of the items include: Apple products, select designer brands, select furniture, jewelry, and more. See Macy’s full return policy.
31. Take advantage of Macy’s freebies like bra fittings, makeup samples, and suit fittings.
You can get a free bra fitting, free makeover and free makeup samples at the cosmetic counters! The Macy’s suit department also does free fittings.
32. Skip name-brand items and electronics.
Electronics are often sold online only, and sales are infrequent.
Name brands that don’t get clearanced out, such as KitchenAid or Le Creuset, are not great items to buy at Macy’s.
33. Look for post-season deals when they’re marked down about four to six weeks later.
In general, the best time to buy items is when they’re out of season.
And Macy’s marks down their in-season inventory sooner than competitors like JCPenney and Nordstrom.
Seasons at Macy’s are defined as follows:
- Spring (February – April)
- Summer (May – July)
- Fall (August – October)
- Holiday/Winter (November – January)
That means the best times to stock up are:
- Spring clearance: April 1
- Summer clearance: July 1
- Fall clearance: Oct. 1
- Winter clearance: Jan. 1
Additionally, when you see a sign that says “Lowest price of the season,” it refers to the three-month period listed above.
34. Jump on Macy’s Black Friday doorbuster deals that result in freebies.
For a couple years now on Black Friday, Macy’s has offered free-after-rebate items like small appliances (coffee makers and Crock-Pots), slippers, men’s long-sleeve shirts, set of glasses, and a lot more.
After you buy the item, fill out the form to submit for a rebate via snail mail. You’ll receive a VISA gift card in return.
The only catch is you actually have to go in store to get these deals — you can’t get them online. But this is the only reason to go into a Macy’s store on Black Friday. Otherwise, stay home and shop from your laptop or tablet! Download the KCL app to find out about small appliance deals on Black Friday!