The month of December is full of sales, coupon codes, and free gifts with purchase. But those aren’t the only ways to save. Sometimes you can uncover hidden savings strategies when you read the fine print of a store’s policy.
But who has time for all that fine print? I read it for you and came up with a list of secret discounts at 10 different popular stores.
Add more savings to your cart by knowing what the best things to buy in each month are, plus which stores offer low-cost or free gift wrapping. Top it off with all this year’s Black Friday sales and you’ll be a super saver in no time!
1. Kohl’s Cash
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Don’t you hate when you’re a few cents short of your purchase being eligible for a deal? Not a problem at Kohl’s! If you make a purchase within $2 of the Kohl’s Cash earning criteria, you still get it.
For example, the deal may be “spend $50, get $10 Kohl’s Cash.” If you spend $48.76, you’re still getting that $10.
2. Target’s Rain Check Substitution Policy
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Rain checks are a savvy savings strategy, and Target has a rain check substitution policy that can work in your favor. If an item is out of stock, ask for a rain check and see if it says the item is eligible for substitution. If it is, you can get the same percent off a similar, regular-priced item.
3. Macy’s Online Price Adjustments
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Forget a coupon code? No problem at Macy’s. Macy’s online price adjustment form has an area where you can add a promo code after purchase.
4. Bed, Bath & Beyond Coupon Adjustments
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This retailer is known for their flexible coupon policy. They accept expired coupons and will let you use multiple coupons.
If you have five items and five 20 percent off coupons, you’re essentially getting 20 percent off your entire purchase. If you forget a coupon just bring it in with your receipt and they’ll adjust the price.
5. Nordstrom’s Free Alterations
Get free, basic alterations for many full-price items purchased online or in stores. Bring your receipt or packing slip for proof of purchase. That’s not the only service Nordstrom offers: You can also book a free appointment with a personal stylist.
6. Kmart’s Double Coupon Weeks
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Keep your eyes peeled for double coupon weeks at Kmart. During recent double coupon events, customers were able to double five coupons per day with an original value of up to $2 each.
7. Toys”R”Us AARP Discount
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Grandparents rejoice because AARP members save $5 off their purchase of $25 or more when they shop at Toys”R”Us or Babies”R”Us, Monday through Thursday.
8. Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic & Athleta Gift Cards
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These stores are all owned by Gap Inc., which means you can use a store-branded gift card at any of these stores and websites. So if you’ve had that Banana Republic card sitting in your wallet for a year because you’re more of a Gap gal, no worries, spend away!
9. Starbucks Loyalty Stars
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It pays to be loyal at Starbucks. Collect five stars within 12 months and you’ll get free in-store refills on hot or iced brewed coffee and tea. Earn stars by paying with a registered Starbucks gift card or paying with the mobile app. You can also find stars on select Starbucks products in grocery stores, like coffee beans.
10. Best Buy Gamers Club
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Video game lovers can quickly recoup their money when they join the Gamers Club. Pay $30 for a 2-year membership and get 20% off new games, 10% off pre-owned games and a ton of other perks.
There’s also a free version of the Gamers Club. You won’t get the percent-off discount, but will receive double loyalty points on video game software, digital content, and game accessories.