Macy’s is my ultimate deal-finding store. I am in this store at least once a week working and I still rarely walk out empty-handed. The One-Day-Sale is shopping heaven. I have been known to leave a sale with $500 worth of merchandise for less than $50. It’s awesome, but requires patience and some sifting.
In addition to my usual shopping strategies, here are specific tips for getting the best deals out of your shopping trip at Macy’s:
Only Buy Clearance
There is never a reason to buy anything full price at Macy’s. This is because everything inevitably goes on clearance – and it doesn’t take long. I would say the average Macy’s item is full price for at very most eight weeks. I’m sure there are exceptions, but that’s a conservative time frame. Then, on to the clearance section! When an item is initially marked to clearance, it is first priced at 40% off. When it gets marked down again, it’s put at 65% off. Usually if an item is any good, it’ll sell at 40% off.
Wait For the One Day Sale
If at all possible, wait for the One Day Sale. Not “Super Saturday” or “Holiday Sales” – the ONE DAY SALE. I can’t emphasize enough, this is the best sale Macy’s has to offer. And it’s every month on a Saturday with a “preview day” (which is just a fun way of saying the sale starts on Friday) the Friday before. Each One Day Sale (ODS) is different, but traditionally they mark all previous 40% clearance items down to 65% off and all previously 65% off down even further (sometimes to as little as $14.99).
Another thing they often do is keep the clearance prices at their previous 40% and 65% off and offer an additional 40% off on top of that. No matter what, at the ODS you can use an additional 20% off coupon if you have a Macy’s card (on top of clearance merchandise only). You have to be careful though, as the additional 20% off coupon doesn’t work on “Specials” and “Every Day Values”. Best bet is to bring your item up to the register and ask an associate to scan it for you.
Don’t Expect Customer Service
Expect nothing from the sales associates. I have been working in Macy’s stores for over two years. As a contractor, I am in and out of there within a minimal amount of time. Because of my schedule, I end up working with the same sales associates most weeks. While they are all really nice people and I like each one of them personally, they are not loving their jobs. Macy’s seems to have a way of sucking the life out of people. They are very demanding and ask a lot of their employees. It’s a big store and an even bigger company, and they don’t emphasize “team building”. What are they most concerned about? Getting you to open a Macy’s Card. And they HOUND their employees about it. To the point that if you even mention the card the employees get aggressive and twitchy. This company has its priorities backwards, if you ask me…
Coupon It Up
I always look online for their “In Store Savings Pass” before I go into the store. They often have a coupon for an additional $10 off a purchase of $25 or more. If you’re really tricky, you’ll get a few items that are just around $25 and have your cashier split-tender your transaction. But, not all cashiers are willing to do that. Be courteous if they say no, but always ask. It can’t hurt!
Develop Relationships and Be Polite
I mentioned above the employees aren’t super happy working for Macy’s, but they’re still great people! If you are able to develop a relationship with the sales associates, you’re going to be better off. I often forget my coupons and since the sales associates know me, they don’t mind grabbing an extra coupon from behind the counter for me. If you don’t have a relationship, don’t just ask bluntly for a coupon. The associates really don’t like this and they’re technically not allowed to duplicate coupons, so they can say no. What you can say is, “Gosh, I just had that 20% off coupon, but I can’t seem to find it and/or I forgot it. Is there any chance you’d be willing to honor it for me, or should I come back for this item? I could also see about pulling it up on my smart phone, but it might take a minute? What would be easiest for you?” Then, because they won’t want to wait for you to do any of these things, they’ll likely just grab a coupon from behind the counter and scan it for you. Be polite and say thank you one too many times. They are not required to do this for you and they likely just saved you a few bucks.
I have found some of my best deals at Macy’s, but it doesn’t happen on accident. It takes time and patience. I am in the store often enough that I generally can spot things that I want and just watch them for a few months until they get cheap enough to pull the trigger on. But if you only shop Macy’s occasionally, you’ll have to really hunt for that awesome deal. You might be able to find one, but the really great deals are for the hunters and frequent shoppers.
Not All Stores Are Created Equal
If your store doesn’t have the size you’re looking for, you’ll probably have to hunt down the item yourself by calling every Macy’s in a five state radius (I’ve done it). And it’s not a piece of cake to get the right person in the right department on the phone… There are great differences in each store’s assortment as well as in their online merchandise. For example, the Macy’s back in Boise carries Frye’s but the one in Louisville doesn’t. This just creates a little bit more of an issue when you’re trying to hunt something down.
I do have a Macy’s credit card and it is the only store card I have. I am usually against store cards (Pros and Cons of Opening a Department Store Credit Card), but having the Macy’s card is often the only way to get an extra percentage off (usually 10-25%). I use this card and immediately pay it off right there at the register. I do not leave the store with a balance. Doing this is the only way I believe in store cards. Take advantage of discounts, but don’t keep a balance. They can charge interest rates in the 30% range. So not worth it!
Do you have any tips for shopping Macy’s on a budget? Please share in the comments below!
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