1. Take advantage of bulk discounts
Sometimes the Gap offers “bulk” discounts on “stock-up” type items such as basic tees, tanks and undergarments. These types of bulk discounts come and go throughout the year. When they are available, it’s for a limited time only (usually a couple weeks). For example, during the Semi-Annual Get Intimates Event (6/1/14 – 6/11/14), Gap offered a “6 for $24” bulk discount on select styles of underwear. When bought individually, these select styles of underwear cost $12.50 – $14.50. With the bulk discount, you save between $8.50 – $10.50 on each pair of underwear.
2. Use a GapCard or Gap Visa card
There are two types of Gap credit cards: the GapCard and the Gap Visa card. The GapCard is a store credit card that can only be used at the Gap and its affiliate stores (Old Navy, Athleta, Piperlime, Banana Republic) as well as Gap.com. The Gap Visa card can be used anywhere Visa credit cards are accepted.
- Both GapCard and Gap Visa card: When approved for the GapCard or Gap Visa card online, new customers will receive 15% off their first GapCard or Gap Visa card purchase online.
- Both GapCard and Gap Visa card: You can earn 5 points for every dollar you spend at Gap stores and their affiliates. With every 1,000 points you earn, you’ll get a $10 rewards card to spend at those stores.
- Only Gap Visa card: You can earn 1 point for every dollar spent anywhere your Gap Visa card is accepted.
- Both GapCard and Gap Visa card: Receive special coupons, promotions and sales exclusive to cardholders. For example, Gap has a Super Tuesday promotion where cardholders can save 10% on their purchase across all Gap brands every Tuesday.
- Both GapCard and Gap Visa card: If you spend $800 in one year, your card will automatically be upgraded to a Gap Silver Card or a Gap Silver Visa, which entitles you to receive special Silver card member benefits. These benefits include: free shipping on online orders within the U.S., free basic alterations on Banana Republic merchandise and special access to additional sales.
While there are some financial benefits to using a GapCard or a Gap Visa card, do not use these cards unless you are positive you can pay your account balance in full every month, since both cards have extremely high APRs (23.99% for the Gap Visa card and 24.99% for the Gap Card) as well as a steep late payment fee of $35/month.
3. Buy discounted Gap (or Gap affiliate store) gift cards
Save money by buying a discounted Gap gift card from websites like Cardpool.com, GiftCardGranny.com, Raise.com and GiftCardRescue.com, which typically sells gifts cards that are 5 – 15% off the gift card’s face value. While the inventory of Gap gift cards on these sites constantly changes, you’ll still likely be able to choose from a broad range of gift card denominations and gift card formats (electronic or physical). Gap gift cards can be used in the entire family of Gap Inc. stores and websites. Likewise, a gift card from an individual Gap Inc. family store can be redeemed at any other Gap Inc. family store. As such, in addition to Gap gift cards, you should also search for cards from the stores listed below:
- Old Navy
- Banana Republic
4. Earn cash back when you shop online using Ebates and ShopAtHome
5. Wear look-a-like GapKids clothing
GapKids makes some girls’ clothing that looks nearly identical to Gap women’s clothing, but for substantially cheaper. As you can see in the picture below, the Gap Women’s 1969 white denim jacket looks exactly the same as the GapKids Girls 1969 white denim jacket—however, the GapKids version costs $35 less than the adult Gap version (a 50% savings!). If you wear a size 2 Petite or smaller in women’s clothing at the Gap, you’ll likely be able to fit into a GapKids Girls size XXL or a Girls size 16 or 18. Click here to check out the size charts/measurement guides for both Gap Women’s clothing and GapKids Girls clothing.
6. Be careful when shopping at the Gap Outlet
While there are potential good deals to be found at the Gap Outlet, keep in mind that all merchandise at the Gap Outlet is manufactured specifically for sale at the outlet store. While items at the Gap Outlet may look nearly identical to items sold at regular Gap stores, there will typically be a difference in the fabric and garment construction. You can tell if an item is from the regular Gap or the Gap Outlet by looking at the label. All Gap Outlet items will have three square dots on the label (see picture below). Before buying a Gap Outlet item, you should carefully examine the item’s stitching, seams, buttons, lining and fabric. No matter how cheap a Gap Outlet item may be, it’s not a good deal if it’s going to fall apart after the first time you wear it.