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T.J.Maxx Black Friday: How to Save Big Without the Sale

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If you’re looking for T.J.Maxx Black Friday deals, I’m sad to inform you that they don’t exist. Even though T.J.Maxx promotes things like “can’t-miss markdowns” and “drop-everything deals” during the week of Black Friday, the discounts aren’t really that different from any other time of year. But don’t panic — you can still score great deals at T.J.Maxx during the most wonderful time of the year, and I’m about to spill all the best secrets.

Use this guide to win bigger savings at T.J.Maxx for Black Friday and beyond. I’ll tell you where to find the best deals, how to navigate savings in-store, and which T.J.Maxx items to avoid altogether. Don’t forget — most of these tips apply to all TJX brands, including Marshall’s, HomeGoods, Sierra, and Homesense.

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1. There won’t be a T.J.Maxx Black Friday ad or sale in 2023.

the checkout area inside a T.J. Maxx store with a sign that says Merry Christmas

If there happened to be a T.J.Maxx Black Friday sale in 2023, it’d be a shocking first. Unfortunately, T.J.Maxx Black Friday deals aren’t a thing. This means a T.J.Maxx Black Friday ad is also nonexistent. But even without the extra markdowns, you have plenty of ways to save at T.J.Maxx. We’ll dive into our top strategies in just a sec.

Is T.J.Maxx open on Thanksgiving?

No, T.J.Maxx stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but you can still shop online at any of the TJX websites.

What time does T.J.Maxx open on Black Friday?

T.J.Maxx stores open early on Black Friday, usually at 7 a.m. Store hours may vary by location, so be sure to call your local T.J.Maxx store to confirm.


2. Sign up for a TJX Rewards credit card to save 5% – 10% more on your haul.

TJ Maxx credit card and reward brochure.

Why not create your own T.J.Maxx Black Friday deals? If you’re a fan of the TJX brands and shop at their stores regularly, a TJX Rewards credit card is definitely worth your while. You get 10% off your first purchase when you open an account. That’s 10% more savings on already marked-down items from top brands. After your first purchase, you’ll earn 5% in rewards every time you shop. Your TJX Rewards credit card is good to use at all TJX brands, including Marshall’s, HomeGoods, Sierra, and Homesense. So you’ll save 5% no matter where you shop.

Also, T.J.Maxx recently updated the TJX Rewards payout so you can redeem your rewards even faster. Now, you can access your digital rewards in the T.J.Maxx app (iOS / Android) within 48 hours if you link your card.

Here’s how to link your TJX Rewards credit card to the app:

  1. Open and sign in to the T.J.Maxx, Marshall’s, or HomeGoods app and tap the diamond “Rewards” icon.
  2. Tap “Link My Card” and sign in with your TJX Rewards credit card credentials.
  3. View your rewards and redeem them in store or online.


3. Look for the yellow clearance tags in stores, and if you find an item you like, buy it ASAP!

A pair of brown ankle boots with a yellow clearance tag on them.

Any time you shop at T.J.Maxx, you’ll notice a bunch of yellow tags on items throughout the store. T.J.Maxx uses yellow tags to indicate final markdowns. That means the item’s price is the lowest it will ever go. So if you find something you love with a yellow tag on it, grab it before it’s gone!


4. Learn what all the other T.J.Maxx price tags mean before you shop.

A photo showing the 5 different kinds of TJ Maxx price tags and what they look like.

There’s a system behind all the different colored tags at T.J.Maxx — and it’s not just because they ran out of white. Some of the tags indicate markdowns and potential price drops, so knowing how it all works is worth it if you’re looking for the best price possible.

  • White Tags (with no sticker on top): Regular Price
  • Purple Tags: High-end Items from “The Runway” Section
  • Yellow Tags: Final Clearance Price
  • Red Tags: Clearance Price
  • Blue Tags: Items with a Coordinating Piece/Set


5. Head to ‘The Runway’ section at T.J.Maxx for 70% off designer clothing.

The Runway section at TJ Maxx.

Every T.J.Maxx store has a section called “The Runway.” This is where you’ll find hundreds of purple tags on high-end designer brands like Vince, Theory, Rag and Bone, Free People, and Celine.

Before you ever buy pricey clothing directly from the designer, scope out “The Runway” section at T.J.Maxx first. If your goal is to save as much money as you can, it’s worth checking. I mean, when I have the chance to save 70% on designer brands, I’m there.

You can also shop “The Runway” section online (and sort by prices low-to-high to easily see the best deals).



6. Order T.J.Maxx gifts online by Dec. 10 to get them in time for Christmas.

A woman pulling products wrapped in plastic from a large cardboard box. A T.J.Maxx online order receipt is visible in the background.

T.J.Maxx has a holiday shipping deadline that’s 15 days before Christmas. If you want your items wrapped and under the tree by Dec. 25, place your online order by Dec. 10. If you place an order from T.J.Maxx after the Dec. 10 deadline, there’s no guarantee your items will get there before Christmas morning.


7. T.J.Maxx has a free shipping minimum of $89 if you use code ‘SHIP89’ at checkout.

A TJ Maxx delivery box on a doorstep

If you’re spending at least $89 online, enter the promo code SHIP89 at checkout to unlock free standard shipping. If your order is under $89 (or you don’t type the promo code in at checkout), you’ll have to pay $9.99 for standard shipping. Express shipping costs $19.99, and expedited is $26.99.

But it’s best to avoid having to pay for shipping on Black Friday altogether. That brings me to my next tip …


8. Subscribe to T.J.Maxx emails for free shipping and early access to new arrivals on Black Friday.

a pop-up on offering free shipping to email subscribers

Don’t want to spend the $89 to get free shipping? No problem. You can get around that by subscribing to T.J.Maxx emails. After you sign up, T.J.Maxx will email you a one-time use promo code to get free shipping on your next online purchase. If you’re placing an order online for the holidays but don’t reach the $89 threshold, use your free shipping code to avoid those pesky shipping charges. If you are spending at least $89, save your free shipping code for later and use it with a smaller online purchase.

As an email subscriber, you’ll also get to see new arrivals before anyone else. T.J.Maxx will send you an email as soon as new arrivals are in. When you click through the email, you’ll get to shop a selection of brand-new items that non-email subscribers can’t see yet. Some of those designer labels sell out FAST, so this can help you score the items you want before it’s too late.


9. Buy all your pet gifts at T.J.Maxx — you’ll find prices that beat Amazon.

A bottle of Chi Dog leave in conditioner with a price tag reading $4.99, held next to a phone showing the price comparison on the amazon App reading $37.50.

T.J.Maxx is one of the best places to buy dog toys, treats, beds, and other accessories for pets.

Squeaky toys for $2 and dog beds under $30? Yes, please. I found a super cute dog bed for $29.99 that was on Amazon for $54.95. And Chi leave-in conditioner for dogs is $4.99 at T.J.Maxx and $37.50 on Amazon. Not that leave-in conditioner for dogs is at the top of your wish list (or that you’d ever pay $40 for it), but facts are still facts.


10. Shop the T.J.Maxx clearance section online for awesome finds under $10.

a person on a taptop looking at tj maxx online

Sometimes the T.J.Maxx online clearance is just as good as the section in stores — and you won’t have to sift through hundreds of hangers to find the best stuff.

You can sort by price (low to high) and find clearance items for as low as $2. The last time I checked the clearance section on, I found girls’ shorts for just $2, bikini tops and bottoms for $3, and skinny jeans for just $4! Who needs a T.J.Maxx Black Friday sale at these prices?

TIP: There’s a secret way to save time sifting through all those clothes at T.J.Maxx. As you make your way through the racks, mentally ignore all the patterns and colors you wouldn’t normally wear. I usually avoid crazy patterns, as I prefer blue, green, and neutral colors. So when I shop, I immediately skip over all the pinks, neons, and polka dots that don’t suit my style. It makes shopping at T.J.Maxx SO much easier!



11. Request a price adjustment at the register if you find a lower price on the same item.

the same yellow shirt showing two different prices at T.J. Maxx

At T.J.Maxx, it’s not unusual to find multiples of the same item throughout the store. Sometimes their tags will show two — or even three — different prices. This happens because T.J.Maxx may purchase the same item from different vendors (at different prices), or they might have missed marking some of them down.

As long as the style numbers on the tags match, T.J.Maxx will adjust the price and sell it to you for the lowest amount you see. Before heading to the checkout line, do a quick scan of the clearance section and some of the smaller end racks to make sure there isn’t a lower price on the same item.

Remember: You can only get a T.J.Maxx price adjustment before you make a purchase. So if you buy an item that drops in price a week later, don’t expect to get the lower price.


12. Take advantage of T.J.Maxx’s extended holiday return policy.

The holiday return policy sign at the front entrance.

T.J.Maxx usually gives you extra time for returns around the holidays so you can stress less. The T.J.Maxx return policy normally allows 30 days for returns. But in 2023, anything purchased between Oct. 8 and Dec. 23, 2023, is eligible for returns through Jan. 25, 2024. You can return those T.J.Maxx items next year (literally).

Related: Our Complete Guide to Store Return & Exchange Policies


13. Buy discounted gift cards from to save up to 18% more on Black Friday.

A single gift card with the stores, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra, and Home Sense, printed on the front of it.

Again, there’s nothing wrong with creating your own T.J.Maxx Black Friday deals. Have you ever heard of It can be your best friend on Black Friday, depending on where you shop. Raise lets you buy and sell discounted gift cards to a variety of stores and brands. Right now, you can save up to 3% on Marshall’s gift cards from Raise. (And you can totally use Marshall’s gift cards at T.J.Maxx.) You can also unlock 15% off your first purchase when you sign up for Raise emails (with a maximum savings amount of $20).

In the end, you could save up to 18% when you use your discounted gift card to pay for your TJX purchase.


14. Beware of knockoffs! Some T.J.Maxx brand-name items aren’t the real thing.

A woman holding Valentino boots with a red clearance sticker on them.

TJX makes its own clothing and also licenses labels from top designer brands. So if you see a Nicole Miller top for $15, it might be too good to be true.

How to spot the TJX knockoffs: Flip the care labels over (the long white stack of tags sewn toward the inside-bottom of the garment). Check to see if the very last tag has “TJX Europe, Watford” printed on the back. If it does, it’s a TJX knockoff and NOT the real thing.


15. Compared to Ross, T.J.Maxx has a better toy selection, but Ross is better for shoes.

A woman looking at a Disney's Frozen 2 toy drum set.

Ross and T.J.Maxx are similar stores, but have you ever wondered which was better? We compared products at Ross and T.J.Maxx to see how they matched up, and here’s one thing we found:

T.J.Maxx has a much better selection of toys from brands you know and love. I’m talking toys from National Geographic, Barbie, Lego, and Melissa & Doug — all at rock-bottom prices. We found a kids’ National Geographic kit for just $6.99 at T.J.Maxx. The same kit sold for $20 at Walmart.

But Ross took the win when it came to shoes. Not only does Ross have more styles to choose from, but they offer brands that T.J.Maxx doesn’t. You’ll find Converse, Dr. Martens, Under Armour, Reef, Toms, and Adidas for up to 55% less than competitors like Famous Footwear.


16. Check out these other stores for Black Friday savings on high-end brands:

a hand holding a white Michael Kors wristlet on a rack with other wristlets in various styles


Shop brands like Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger at Macy’s. You can expect to save up to 70% on apparel and up to 50% on boots and shoes during Macy’s Black Friday sale.


Shop brands like Champion, Juicy by Juicy Couture, Levi’s, Reebok, Skechers, and more at JCPenney. You’ll save 50 – 60% on clothing and 60 – 75% on boots and shoes during JCPenney’s Black Friday sale.


Shop brands like Nine West, Simply Vera by Vera Wang, Columbia, London Fog, Vans, and more at Kohl’s. You’ll save 25 – 40% on clothing and 25% on boots and shoes during Kohl’s Black Friday sale.


We see discounts of up to 65% on brands like Zella, Nike, Good American, Sam Edelman, and Rag & Bone in the Nordstrom Black Friday sale. Unlike the Anniversary Sale, this one is open to the public to shop as soon as it hits the website (likely on Nov. 20, 2023).

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