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If saving 40 – 70% on clothes and shoes is more important to you than one- or two-day shipping, then pay attention. Zulily deals might be perfect for you.
Zulily is a daily deal site filled with kid’s and women’s clothes, toys, and home decor (I think of them like a digital TJ Maxx). And while 40 – 70% savings at Zulily is legit, there’s a catch: Zulily takes 2 – 4 weeks to ship your items.
That might sound like a deal you’d make. If so, you’re in the right place. Below I’ll walk you through how Zulily works, what you can expect to find within 1 – 2 weeks’ worth of sales, how to get Zulily free shipping, and how to maximize those Zulily deals.
1. First, sign up for a Zulily account so you can access Zulily’s deals.
If you don’t want to give your email out, use a spam account (I have one with Yahoo) to sign up.
2. They announce new Zulily deals every day at 9 a.m. ET.
Each morning at 9 a.m. ET, Zulily will email all members a rundown of the day’s on-sale items.
Sales are organized by brands (think: “Up to 70% Off Steve Madden”), departments (“Baby Brands Starting at $6.99), or seasons (“Up to 65% off Mother’s Day gifts”).
I’ll have more on the best stock-up prices and sales below, but for now just know that each sale lasts anywhere from 1 – 7 days. The top of each page tells you how much time you have before the sale ends.
After a sale concludes, Zulily finally places an order for the amount of items they sold. That means your purchase has to ship to Zulily’s warehouses before they can come to you, which is why shipping takes 2 – 4 weeks…
3. You can shop Zulily’s “Ready to Ship” deals to get your item within 1 – 2 weeks.
All year round, Zulily hosts Ready to Ship deals where all qualifying items get to you much faster. Find the Ready to Ship section under the “Shop by Category” tab (it’s on the bottom-left on desktop).
Or, look for the rocket ship icon in the lower right-hand corner of any individual item’s icon. That indicates that it’s ready to ship.
Ready to Ship items hit the road within one to three days, which is a lot better than their regular shipping period at five to fourteen days.
The best part? Zulily only charges the normal shipping price of $5.99.
4. Get Zulily free shipping all weekend if you buy something small on a Friday.
At Zulily, you pay a one-time shipping charge starting at $5.99 on that day’s first order, plus an additional $2 for any other items in your checkout bag.
That’s why I don’t order multiple items at one time. Instead, I spread out my items over multiple purchases because after you pay for shipping once, Zulily gives you free shipping for the rest of the day (until midnight PT).
Better yet? Zulily offers a weekend shipping special. If you place an order Friday, you’ll open a free shipping window for the rest of the weekend.
When I needed blackout curtains for my kids’ room, I purchased the curtain rings for $9.49 on Friday and paid $5.99 for shipping. Instead of ordering the rings and curtains at the same time (and paying an extra $2), I ordered the curtains on Saturday and paid $0 for shipping, saving me $2.99.
By the way: The items you order must qualify for the lowest shipping charge (the $5.99 minimum), so you can’t order a huge piece of furniture and expect free shipping.
5. The best things to buy at Zulily are clothes and shoes, which are discounted 40 – 70% every 1 – 2 weeks.
In my experience, if you at least peruse that daily email each day for two weeks, you’ll find great savings on all of the above.
Buy 1 Pair Women’s Champion Granite Heather Script Powerblend Jogger, $18.99
Pay $5.99 shipping
Final Price: $24.98 (45% savings)
Compare to $45 at Macy’s
In March 2022, Zulily had Clarks shoes for $20. Although they’d been discontinued at Macy’s by this time, they previously sold for $85.
Pay $5.99 shipping
Final Price: $25.99 (70% savings)
Compare to $85 at Macy’s
6. The best Zulily deals are live during their Birthday Sale on January 27; it boasts 40 – 80% discounts on all items.
Zulily doesn’t make a big deal out of the traditional American shopping holidays like Black Friday, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. In 2021, Zulily treated all of those holidays like, well, any other week. Bummer.
But they do have one huge sale in later January: Zulily’s Birthday Sale. In 2022 they used this sale to clear out all of their remaining 2021 inventory, which meant prices dropped to a ridiculous point on all items.
Some of our favorite deals included Zoogs kids’ rain boots, which were 40% off the regular price:
Buy 1 Zoogs Kids’ Rain Boots (reg. $19.99), $5.99 sale price
Pay $5.99 for shipping
Final Price: $11.98 (40% savings)
Bedding sets, which I usually avoid on Zulily because Amazon has similar prices, were discounted to nearly 75% off their regular price:
Buy 1 3-Piece Duvet Cover, All Sizes (reg. $89.99), $17.99 sale price
Pay $5.99 for shipping
Final Price: $23.98 (74% savings)
The best deal, though, was on a Canada Weather Gear Puffer Coat (reg. $210), which was 80% off its regular price:
Buy 1 Canada Weather Gear Puffer Coat (reg. $210), $35 sale price
Pay $5.99 for shipping
Final Price: $40.99 (80% savings)
7. Get a $15-off Zulily coupon code when you refer a friend to Zulily after they make their first purchase.
For every new member you refer to Zulily, you’ll receive a $15 shopping credit when they make their first purchase.
Just know that your referral credits expire after 90 days — so make sure you use them when you get them.
8. Unfortunately, Zulily no longer price matches with Amazon and Walmart.
Up until early 2022, Zulily guaranteed that if you found the same item at Amazon or Walmart.com — Zulily would match their prices up to 24 hours after your purchase. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. They will still price-match on their own items, which we’ll go over next.
9. Zulily will do a price adjustment for up to 14 days after purchase.
If you see a lower price on Zulily.com for a product you already purchased, they will price-adjust their own prices for up to 14 days after your purchase.
To ask for a price adjustment, you can either chat with the Zulily customer service team or contact their Customer Service by phone (877) 779-5615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The issue with price adjustments is that Zulily doesn’t offer rain checks for items not currently for sale. That means if your item’s a 72-hour deal or it sells out, you won’t be able to take advantage of this tip.
PRO TIP: When you download the Zulily app, you can keep track of items and easily check to see if the price dropped after your purchase.
10. Zulily employees get a 20%-off Zulily coupon code to use on unsold items leftover after a sale.
The time to befriend a Zulily employee is now, y’all. This is a pretty good discount compared to employee discounts we’ve seen from other businesses.
11. Consider your Zulily returns carefully.
Like most stores, Zulily gives you 30 days for a return once you’ve received your items.
The catch is that Zulily’s Return Policy has a wide range of things they don’t accept for returns, which excludes just about everything but clothing and smaller housewares.
But, here’s another kicker: they charge you for your return shipping! Here’s how it works:
- $4.95 for 1 item
- $8.95 for up to 5 items
- $17.90 for 6 or more items
You’re better off selling it on sites like Facebook Marketplace, ThredUp, Poshmark, or your local thrift store.
And hey, let me know if you have any other questions about Zulily in the comments below — I’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading!