Inflation and global shipping issues have prices on the rise at discount stores. Here, pros reveal the secrets to continue scoring the best bargains at each discount store!
Go for travel size at Dollar Tree.
“I never go anywhere else for travelsize items! Instead of paying $3 for a mini deodorant or $5 for a tiny tin of moisturizer at major retailers, at Dollar Tree, they’re just $1.25. Plus, you can use manufacturer coupons for cosmetics, which sometimes means you can get an item for free.” — Teri Gault, author of Shop Smart, Save More
Sign up for BIG savings at Big Lots.
“The biggest deal at Big Lots is their Big Rewards loyalty club. There’s no purchase minimum to get a reward; instead, you’ll get $5 off any purchase every three visits (no matter what you spend). Plus, they offer a 15 percent off coupon just for signing up and will send additional coupons a few times a year — usually 20 percent off your entire purchase. This year has been 22 percent off because we’re in the year 2022! What’s more, coupons work on clearance items!” — Mary Hoover, money-saving blogger at MissionToSave.com
Shop on Wednesdays at T.J.Maxx/Marshalls.
“It pays to know the markdown schedule at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls: Clearance markdowns occur between 7 AM on Tuesday and noon on Wednesday, when they’re then placed on the floor. Since the stores purchase directly from manufacturers’ overstock and department stores that overbuy, you can find pricey brandname items for up to 90% off their original retail prices.” — Matt Granite, “The Deal Guy” on YouTube
Don’t like it? Ask for a refund at Aldi.
“Aldi’s Twice as Nice Guarantee is the best return policy of any grocery — really great since they’re constantly introducing new items and it can feel like a waste of money to try something new if you end up hating it. While this policy does not apply to Aldi Finds, national brands or alcohol, if the quality of any other product you buy in the store is not performing the way you expected it to, then the store will replace the item and refund your purchase price.” — Matt Granite
Check tags on similar items at Ross Dress for Less.
“The store buys inventory in large batches from different vendors, and they might end up with something like 5,000 units of women’s Nike cotton tees. But since they come from various vendors, they tend to get marked down at different times. So when you see multiple items on a shelf or rack, check them all, because they’ll most likely vary in price—and you only want to put the one with the lowest price in your cart!” — Joanie Demer, co-founder of TheKrazyCouponLady.com
Stack coupons at Family Dollar.
“Check the sales ad released in stores, in the newspaper and on the store’s app on Sundays for special promotions. You’ll find coupons for deals like ‘$5 off a $25 purchase’ or ‘$3 off a $15 purchase.’ These Family Dollar store coupons can be used in conjunction with other Smart Coupons, which are the store’s coupons for specific items, as well as paper manufacturer coupons in the same transaction. Just keep in mind you must meet the designated spend amount after all other coupons and discounts are applied — and before taxes.” — Beth James, mom of three, Houston
Head to the produce aisle on this day at Lidl.
“On Wednesdays, the store slashes prices on five or more items in the produce aisle for steals like red seedless grapes for 79 cents per pound or avocados for 62 cents each. They also offer unbeatable prices on staples like cage-free eggs for $1.29 per dozen ($4.99 at supermarkets!) and 19 cents for a can of tomato sauce, about half the price of other grocers.” — Kay Michaels, mom of four, Raleigh, NC
Double the discounts with mobile alerts at Dollar General.
“Download the store’s app or text ‘SAVE’ to DGTXT to sign up for mobile alerts to receive in-store coupons. These coupons — like $3 off two bottles of Herbal Essence shampoo—can be used along with manufacturers’ coupons for greater savings. Plus, you’ll get a digital coupon for $5 off $25 almost weekly. What’s more, the weekly sales ad also often has a coupon for $5 off of $25, and lists any buyone-get-one promotions. Also, be sure to check out their page on Facebook, where the store posts coupons for $2 off a $10 purchase and more for their followers.” — Kendall Motzny, founder of TheFreebieGuy.com
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.