With the kids back in school, the weather turning cooler and the holidays fast approaching, I know I’ll start spending a little more of my budget on clothes and gifts. One store that’s always on my list for great clothing and presents at reasonable prices is Eddie Bauer.
I used to not shop at this store because I thought it had only higher-ticket, adventure-type apparel and gear that wasn’t in my budget. How wrong I was! I’ve discovered that Eddie Bauer is a company that offers careful consumers a lot of ways to save on their quality, brand-name, backed-by-a-guarantee merchandise. Read on for 10 great ways to save at Eddie Bauer, both in stores and online:
1. Shop for hot shoe brands
Eddie Bauer, especially online, carries an impressive variety of name-brand shoes like Clarks, Born, Sperry, Keen and many more. I love Sanuks, and I frequently find them at Eddie Bauer from 10–50 percent less than I’d pay anywhere else. My avid long-distance-runner boyfriend swears by La Sportiva trail running shoes, which generally retail for around $120. Eddie Bauer had them on an online sale this spring for only $66! Need something now? Who wouldn’t love these funky leather Kork sandals for only $19.99? What a steal from their original price of $66!
2. Play with the online Bargain Finder
Eddie Bauer’s online tool to help shoppers find great items within their budget is, to me, as much fun as playing an online game! I can basically name my price and find deals within the monetary window I set. What’s even better? New items are added to the clearance section all the time, so the Bargain Finder constantly delivers new deals.
3. Join the Friends program
Eddie Bauer’s free customer loyalty Friends program rewards shoppers for purchases. For instance, they offer 3 percent back in rewards for every $1 spent (online or in-store). So, will you spend $100 on a new winter coat this year? Get $3 in rewards simply by signing up. Friends also get free shipping offers and other exclusive deals.
4. Consider an Eddie Bauer credit card
If you envision spending a lot of money at Eddie Bauer, the Eddie Bauer credit card might be a wise application to complete. Cardholders save an automatic 15 percent off after opening an account, along with 5 percent back in rewards for every $1 spent (online or in-store). A big perk is $15 off any one purchase for cardholders during their birth month. Certain cardholders, based on how much money they spend, might also be eligible for Gold membership, which offers 6 percent back in rewards.
5. Use a shopping code
Eddie Bauer routinely offers codes that can be applied online and certificates for use in-store to help shoppers save some serious cash. Currently the code “RUGGED” can be applied online to yield 25 percent off any pair of pants (kids’ lines included) and free shipping on the order. Check the banner at the top of their website for current offers. Alternately, a code site like RetailMeNot can keep you up to date on current offers. If you prefer to shop in-store, certificates for percentage-off offers are usually tucked inside the pages of a mailed catalog, which can be requested here.
6. Ask in-store
In a Seattle store this summer, I was looking to score some great t-shirts, but it seemed I had arrived too late in the season—all I was finding were three-quarter length and long-sleeve shirts for fall. I asked a helpful store associate, and she directed me to an area near the side of the register. I scored an armful of graphic tees for only $5!
7. Sign up for email
Lots of stores still deliver specials via email, so if you haven’t yet signed up to get Eddie Bauer emails, now’s a good time. You’ll get special percentage-off deals, exclusive offers and more, just in time to save for the upcoming holiday season. Sign up via a link at the top of the homepage where a pop-up window will prompt you to enter your email address.
8. Get cash back online
9. Turn Discover points into more money
Since I have a Discover card that affords incredible benefits anyway, I accumulate $20 in cashback bonuses (which usually takes me about two months), then I redeem them for a $25 merchandise gift card that I can get as an eCertificate or a plastic gift card shipped to me for free. I love that I can use the gift card (which is essentially like 20 percent free money) on top of codes and other in-store and online promotions to stretch my savings. Gift cards also make great gifts around the holidays.
10. Redeem the guarantee
It has been my experience that Eddie Bauer products are durable and well made, but just in case a seam busts on a pair of trousers, a zipper runs off course on a backpack, or there is another defect in the merchandise, I can get a refund or replacement through the company’s unconditional guarantee. It’s good to know my money’s going to be well spent at Eddie Bauer, a company who stands behind the products they sell. Learn more about other company guarantees and how to redeem them here.