Has your tax return hit your bank account yet? While many people will put that money into savings, some may put a little aside to splurge on some wanted items without feeling guilty. This is the perfect time to get ready for summer by hitting the stores ahead of the new season. You can beat retailers and their game by scoring some big deals!
Happy Hump Day!
When it comes to shopping at stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls for designer deals, did you know the day you stop in to browse could make a big difference? A store insider says TJ Maxx typically marks down merchandise in the middle of the workweek. While it isn’t always a guarantee, your chances of snagging a deal from the racks are better if you stroll into TJ Maxx on a Wednesday. The store also rolls out new merchandise 3-5 days a week as new arrivals come in from their manufacturers. Frugal blogger Kyle James writes for ratherbeshopping.com and in a post last year wrote, “Don’t be shocked to see the same merchandise in TJ Maxx as your local Macy’s or Nordstrom on the same day. The price will be much less at TJ Maxx of course. The reason? Let’s say that a clothing manufacturer has enough denim to make 65,000 pairs of jeans, but Macy’s only buys 50,000, then off-price retailers like TJ Maxx will come in and buy the extra 15,000 pairs for a steep discount and pass the savings along to you.”
If you prefer to shop at the mall rather than browse rack after rack at discount stores, such as Ross or Marshalls, then you may want to make time to shop on Sunday. Macy’s typically begins marking down clothes in-store on Sunday and wraps up the markdowns Tuesday.
Instead of just grabbing items you like as you happen to pass by them, consider making a plan. Find coupon websites and bloggers online and follow their leads. James pays close attention to which days retailers mark times down, in fact, the guy has it down to a science. “Target has one of the mostly widely known markdown schedules around so I went to a great source…and got the scoop on exactly when they mark things down.” This is what James uncovered.
- Monday — Electronics, Accessories, Kid’s Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery
- Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
- Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Diapers, Lawn & Garden items and Furniture
- Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage
- Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry
So whether you want to switch up your jewelry and clothing for the seasons or get some new décor before summer, you can map out your trips for the best savings to beat the retailers.