17 Ways to Save at Sephora

Because beauty doesn't come cheap.

Product lovers know that Sephora is the place to go for all things beauty-related, but shopping there can be a bit of a hazard, financially speaking, even when you do so with a list of needs in hand. After all, Sephora has everything you never knew you desperately needed.

If you’re likely to be tempted by all the sights and smells of Sephora, try using some of these tactics to save on your next haul. Here are 17 ways to save at the beauty chain.

1. Shop the Sales Section

Check out all the awesome beauty bargains available in the Sephora sales section online before you do anything else. From makeup, skincare and fragrance products to hair, beauty tools and bath items, you may just find everything you need for your date night look right there.

2. Check Out Weekly Specials

Unlike the sales section, weekly specials show up for a limited time and include things like bonus offers, limited-time markdowns, and freebie items, among other things.

3. Sign Up for Sephora Newsletters

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Sephora homepage and enter your email to get Sephora newsletters. You’ll have access to all the current promotions, coupon codes and more.

4. Join the Beauty Insider Program

Register for free for Sephora’s Beauty Insider program and every dollar you spend earns you a point that gets you closer to free beauty products. (You can actually find out how many points you need for certain products on Sephora’s website.) You’ll also get a free birthday gift, access to free beauty classes, and for $10 a year, you can receive flash two-day shipping on all your orders online. Here are a few other awesome retailer loyalty programs to consider.

5. Upgrade to the VIB Level

If your Sephora obsession is serious, it might be worth the $350 per year to upgrade to the VIB level program. You’ll still earn points toward free products, get a free birthday gift, free beauty classes and have access to flash two-day shipping on all online orders for an additional $10 per year, but you’ll also get additional seasonal savings, handpicked gifts and one free custom makeover annually.

6. Go All Out with the VIB Rouge Program

Only if you really, truly spend a ton at Sephora will this program be worth it, but for $1,000 a year, the VIB Rouge program will give you access to everything the regular VIB program does, plus you’ll have unlimited free customer makeover access and free flash two-day shipping on all online orders. Plus, you’ll have access to a private hotline and you’ll receive invitations to exclusive events.

7. Create a Sephora Loves List to Share Widely

The next time someone asks you what you want for your birthday, Christmas or Hanukkah, point them in the direction of your carefully curated Loves list in your Sephora Beauty Bag. Simply sign in, click the heart icon next to any beauty items you must have, then print or share via email with your loved ones.

8. Make the Most of Complimentary Services

If you’re already spending money at Sephora, be sure to get the most out of your purchases. For example, 45-minute full-face makeovers are complimentary with a $50 minimum purchase or $50 gift card redemption, and a 90-minute customized skin care, fragrance, and beauty makeover is free with purchases of $125 or more. Both services are free to VIB Rouge members, as well.

Mini-makeovers in the form of 15-minute sessions with Sephora Beauty and Skincare advisers are free in all stores, as well, so be sure to inquire.

9. Don’t Forget Your Free Samples

Before plunking down full price to try out a brand new product, check and see if what you’re looking for is available as a free sample. Each online purchase comes with three free samples, and if you can try it out before buying it, you might save some wasted cash on products that weren’t what you were expecting. You’re also allowed up to three take-home samples per department in store, so ask about those options and details.

10. Apply for the JCPenney Card

Sephora now accepts a JCPenney credit card (full review here) for purchases at Sephora.com, so you can use your Sephora purchases to help you earn rewards on your JCPenney purchases as well.

Just be sure to pay your balances off in full. The card carries a lofty variable 26.99% annual percentage rate. Plus, high credit card balances can hurt you credit. (You can see two of your scores for free on Credit.com.)

11. Use a Rewards Credit Card

You can get a little kickback on your beauty purchases by using a solid rewards credit card. Again, just be sure to pay your balances off in full. Otherwise, any points, miles or cash back you earn will just get eaten by interest.

12. Follow Sephora on Social Media

The beauty store often shares discount, contest and giveaway information on its Facebook and Twitter sites. Be sure to follow them so you don’t miss out.

13. Search Online for Discount Codes

Try sites like Retail Me Not and Coupon.com for promo codes to use online.

14. Buy Discount Gift Cards

Check out sites like Gift Card Granny to purchase Sephora gift certificates at less than face value.

15. Get a Student Discount

Search for them online. For instance, you can earn 10% cash back on Sephora purchases at student discount site studentrate.com.

16. Splurge on Makeup Palettes, Not Single Items

Even if you don’t think you’ll use every single color in that lipstick palette, picking up the palette instead of individual lipstick colors you like is bound to save you some cash, as individual items tend to cost an arm and a leg.

17. Wait for the Sales

Beauty Insiders get early access on offers of up to 15% off products twice a year, but sales can be worth the wait in savings even if you haven’t signed up for the Beauty Insider rewards program.

Want more brand hacks? You’re in luck, because we’ve got plenty. For starters, you can find 14 ways to save at Overstock.com right here. Or you can check out these 12 ways to save at The Container Store if you need new bins to put all those beauty products in. Plus, if there’s a particular retail chain you’d like to see us cover, shout it out in the comments section below. 

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13 Ways to Save at Barnes & Noble

We've got some solid brand hacks for bookworms.

Avid readers delight in everything Barnes & Noble has to offer, from classics like “Wuthering Heights” and “Valley of the Dolls” to newbies like “The Passenger” and “Big Little Lies.” It could be easy to drop a hefty sum of cash here, but you’ll be sure to save if you try out some of these tactics.

Here are 13 ways to save at Barnes & Noble.

1. Start with the Website

The Barnes & Noble website often offers discounts on any given day, so be sure to start there for all your literary needs. For example, as I typed this, books were 15% off orders of $50 or more, which I could easily spend.

2. Become a Member

For $25 a year, you can become a Barnes & Noble member, which includes goodies such as $50 in bonus coupons by email when you join, member-exclusive savings specials sent via email, free express shipping with no minimum purchase, 40% off the list price of the current hardcover bestsellers and 10% off the price of other eligible items.

3. Get the B&N MasterCard

Savvy credit card users can sign up for the Barnes & Noble MasterCard for 5% back on all B&N purchases, an automatic $25 B&N gift card for every 2,500 points you earn (plus a free $25 gift card after making your first purchase with the card) and 12 months of free B&N membership after you spending $7,500 a year on eligible purchases.

There’s no annual fee for the card, but your APR will be between 14.49% and 25.49% based on your creditworthiness, so pay this card off in full on every statement to make it worth the investment. (You can see how your current credit card use is affecting your credit by viewing your free credit report snapshot on Credit.com.)

Not a big Barnes & Noble shopper? We’ve got a roundup of other rewards credit cards for shopping here.

4. Join the Kids’ Club

Sign up for the Kids’ Club and get 30% off the list price on any one kids book or toy, earn $5 in rewards for every $100 you spend on kids’ stuff online and in stores and get a free cupcake from the café on your kids’ birthdays.

5. Shop the Sales Section

Check out the B&N sales section of the site for up to 75% off select bargain books.

6. Make the Most of Free Events

Put aside the expensive movie night or kids’ activity center membership and head over to a free reading by your favorite author or story and activity time at your local B&N store. Find your location here and discover which specific events are offered in your area.

7. Explore Coupon Options Directly From B&N

Before doing any additional searching, check out the Barnes & Noble Coupons & Deals section for offers like deals of the day, exclusive offers and coupon codes good for a limited time.

8. Search for Coupon Offers Elsewhere

Check out sites like Coupons.com, RetailMeNot and Coupon Cabin for additional discount offers.

9. Sign Up for Emails

Provide your email either at the store or online and get coupon and discount offers sent directly to your inbox.

10. Combine Your Online Purchases

While B&N doesn’t match its online prices with what you’ll find in-store (and often the online items can be purchased for less), if you don’t have enough to buy to qualify for free shipping, try purchasing your items as a group with friends or family who are ordering, or pick up some gift items for future birthdays — a $25 order will get you free shipping.

11. Buy a Discounted Gift Card

Hit up Gift Card Granny to purchase a B&N gift card for less than face value.

12. Follow B&N on Social Media

Never miss another sale or coupon code when you follow the bookstore on Twitter and Facebook. (As an aside, you could also follow your local B&N store specifically — some have a separate page — to make sure you catch any exclusive events or offers they have happening.)

13. Install a Coupon Aggregator on Your Computer

Rather than digging around for missing coupons, install a coupon aggregator like Honey on your computer and let it do the work for you. This way, you’ll never miss out on a coupon or promo code again.

Into brand hacks? We’ve got a full 19 ways to save at Target right here.  And if there’s a brand you’d like to see us tackle, shout it out in the comments section!

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12 Ways to Save on Prada

Prada sales are hard to come by — but there are ways to get those designer duds for less.

Prada may just be the gold standard of fashion, but unless you’re rolling in the dough, shopping there might be a pipe dream. Of course, dreams aren’t always out of reach. While Prada sales are hard to come by, there are a few ways you might be able to score that designer shirt you covet — without cashing in your 401K.

Here are 12 ways to save on Prada.

1. Sign Up for its Newsletter

Prada sales may be few and far between, but they do happen, and signing up for the brand’s newsletter is a surefire way to be one of the first to know about any promotions or in-store events.

2. Follow Prada on Social

Besides the newsletter, be sure to follow all of Prada’s social sites for promo updates, as well. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and never miss a savings opportunity again.

3. Shop Online

Rather than buying Prada products directly from Prada, you’ll likely save a bunch if you do some research and find products online instead. Check eBay and Couture USA for pre-used options. Authenticating any product you want to purchase should be your first task when shopping online, though, so be sure to ask the seller how they can assure you what you’re buying isn’t a knock-off.

4. Use Coupons From Online Shops That Sell Prada

Places like Overstock.com occasionally offer Prada products, so sign up for their newsletters to get exclusive coupons to put towards your Prada purchases on those sites.

5. Use Your Department Store Perks …

Places like Bloomingdales and Nordstrom sell Prada products, so if you can use points accrued on your department store credit cards (you can find a full review of Nordstrom’s credit cards here) or coupons and promo codes these places have sent you on Prada items, you’ll save a ton of cash.

6. … or Rewards Credit Card

A good rewards credit card can at least give you some kickback in the form of points, miles or cash back when you buy designer duds. You can find some of the better credit cards for shopping here. Just be sure to pay your balances in full each month. Otherwise, the rewards you earn will just be for naught. And, if you’re eyeing a new credit card, check you credit before applying. You’ll want to be sure you can qualify. (You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)

7. Make a Friend

If you spend enough time in a Prada store — even if you’re not buying — you’re bound to come across the same sales associates time and again. Be friendly with them and let them know how interested you are in actually buying, once the price is right. Sales associates are the gatekeepers of sales, and you never know when your new friend might be able to tip you off to an upcoming one.

8. Ask for a Discount

If you think asking for a discount at a place like Prada will make you seem cheap, it’s time to reframe your thought process, savvy shopper — especially if you’ve already taken the time to do No. 5, it never hurts to ask what a sales associate can do to help you walk out of the store with your favorite item.

9. Consider Purchasing Abroad

This option would take some real research, but if you’ll be traveling abroad soon, it might be worth checking out the Prada sites for the country you’ll be in to see if their offers are cheaper than in the U.S. Of course prices fluctuate all the time, so one day something that’s cheaper in Milan might be more expensive the next, but it’s worth looking into.

10. Peruse the Duty-Free Section

Speaking of travel, check with any airports you’ll be visiting to see if they offer Prada in any of their stores. If they do, you might be able to make use of the duty-free shops to score some Prada deals.

11. Shop at a Prada Outlet Store

Savvy shoppers who are really up on their Prada products can find good deals at a Prada outlet store and save some money in the process.

12. Follow a Prada Forum Online

Google ‘Prada blogs’ and you’ll get millions of results. Of course not all of these options will be worth your time, but some of the Prada blogs and forums out there — like Purse Blog and Passion for Prada — just might help you score a deal.

Want more luxury brand hacks? You’re in luck — we’ve got a full 10 ways to save at Louis Vuitton right here

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12 Ways to Save on Prada

Prada sales are hard to come by — but there are ways to get those designer duds for less.

Prada may just be the gold standard of fashion, but unless you’re rolling in the dough, shopping there might be a pipe dream. Of course, dreams aren’t always out of reach. While Prada sales are hard to come by, there are a few ways you might be able to score that designer shirt you covet — without cashing in your 401K.

Here are 12 ways to save on Prada.

1. Sign Up for its Newsletter

Prada sales may be few and far between, but they do happen, and signing up for the brand’s newsletter is a surefire way to be one of the first to know about any promotions or in-store events.

2. Follow Prada on Social

Besides the newsletter, be sure to follow all of Prada’s social sites for promo updates, as well. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and never miss a savings opportunity again.

3. Shop Online

Rather than buying Prada products directly from Prada, you’ll likely save a bunch if you do some research and find products online instead. Check eBay and Couture USA for pre-used options. Authenticating any product you want to purchase should be your first task when shopping online, though, so be sure to ask the seller how they can assure you what you’re buying isn’t a knock-off.

4. Use Coupons From Online Shops That Sell Prada

Places like Overstock.com occasionally offer Prada products, so sign up for their newsletters to get exclusive coupons to put towards your Prada purchases on those sites.

5. Use Your Department Store Perks …

Places like Bloomingdales and Nordstrom sell Prada products, so if you can use points accrued on your department store credit cards (you can find a full review of Nordstrom’s credit cards here) or coupons and promo codes these places have sent you on Prada items, you’ll save a ton of cash.

6. … or Rewards Credit Card

A good rewards credit card can at least give you some kickback in the form of points, miles or cash back when you buy designer duds. You can find some of the better credit cards for shopping here. Just be sure to pay your balances in full each month. Otherwise, the rewards you earn will just be for naught. And, if you’re eyeing a new credit card, check you credit before applying. You’ll want to be sure you can qualify. (You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)

7. Make a Friend

If you spend enough time in a Prada store — even if you’re not buying — you’re bound to come across the same sales associates time and again. Be friendly with them and let them know how interested you are in actually buying, once the price is right. Sales associates are the gatekeepers of sales, and you never know when your new friend might be able to tip you off to an upcoming one.

8. Ask for a Discount

If you think asking for a discount at a place like Prada will make you seem cheap, it’s time to reframe your thought process, savvy shopper — especially if you’ve already taken the time to do No. 5, it never hurts to ask what a sales associate can do to help you walk out of the store with your favorite item.

9. Consider Purchasing Abroad

This option would take some real research, but if you’ll be traveling abroad soon, it might be worth checking out the Prada sites for the country you’ll be in to see if their offers are cheaper than in the U.S. Of course prices fluctuate all the time, so one day something that’s cheaper in Milan might be more expensive the next, but it’s worth looking into.

10. Peruse the Duty-Free Section

Speaking of travel, check with any airports you’ll be visiting to see if they offer Prada in any of their stores. If they do, you might be able to make use of the duty-free shops to score some Prada deals.

11. Shop at a Prada Outlet Store

Savvy shoppers who are really up on their Prada products can find good deals at a Prada outlet store and save some money in the process.

12. Follow a Prada Forum Online

Google ‘Prada blogs’ and you’ll get millions of results. Of course not all of these options will be worth your time, but some of the Prada blogs and forums out there — like Purse Blog and Passion for Prada — just might help you score a deal.

Want more luxury brand hacks? You’re in luck — we’ve got a full 10 ways to save at Louis Vuitton right here

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Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.

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12 Ways to Save on Prada

Prada sales are hard to come by — but there are ways to get those designer duds for less.

Prada may just be the gold standard of fashion, but unless you’re rolling in the dough, shopping there might be a pipe dream. Of course, dreams aren’t always out of reach. While Prada sales are hard to come by, there are a few ways you might be able to score that designer shirt you covet — without cashing in your 401K.

Here are 12 ways to save on Prada.

1. Sign Up for its Newsletter

Prada sales may be few and far between, but they do happen, and signing up for the brand’s newsletter is a surefire way to be one of the first to know about any promotions or in-store events.

2. Follow Prada on Social

Besides the newsletter, be sure to follow all of Prada’s social sites for promo updates, as well. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and never miss a savings opportunity again.

3. Shop Online

Rather than buying Prada products directly from Prada, you’ll likely save a bunch if you do some research and find products online instead. Check eBay and Couture USA for pre-used options. Authenticating any product you want to purchase should be your first task when shopping online, though, so be sure to ask the seller how they can assure you what you’re buying isn’t a knock-off.

4. Use Coupons From Online Shops That Sell Prada

Places like Overstock.com occasionally offer Prada products, so sign up for their newsletters to get exclusive coupons to put towards your Prada purchases on those sites.

5. Use Your Department Store Perks …

Places like Bloomingdales and Nordstrom sell Prada products, so if you can use points accrued on your department store credit cards (you can find a full review of Nordstrom’s credit cards here) or coupons and promo codes these places have sent you on Prada items, you’ll save a ton of cash.

6. … or Rewards Credit Card

A good rewards credit card can at least give you some kickback in the form of points, miles or cash back when you buy designer duds. You can find some of the better credit cards for shopping here. Just be sure to pay your balances in full each month. Otherwise, the rewards you earn will just be for naught. And, if you’re eyeing a new credit card, check you credit before applying. You’ll want to be sure you can qualify. (You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)

7. Make a Friend

If you spend enough time in a Prada store — even if you’re not buying — you’re bound to come across the same sales associates time and again. Be friendly with them and let them know how interested you are in actually buying, once the price is right. Sales associates are the gatekeepers of sales, and you never know when your new friend might be able to tip you off to an upcoming one.

8. Ask for a Discount

If you think asking for a discount at a place like Prada will make you seem cheap, it’s time to reframe your thought process, savvy shopper — especially if you’ve already taken the time to do No. 5, it never hurts to ask what a sales associate can do to help you walk out of the store with your favorite item.

9. Consider Purchasing Abroad

This option would take some real research, but if you’ll be traveling abroad soon, it might be worth checking out the Prada sites for the country you’ll be in to see if their offers are cheaper than in the U.S. Of course prices fluctuate all the time, so one day something that’s cheaper in Milan might be more expensive the next, but it’s worth looking into.

10. Peruse the Duty-Free Section

Speaking of travel, check with any airports you’ll be visiting to see if they offer Prada in any of their stores. If they do, you might be able to make use of the duty-free shops to score some Prada deals.

11. Shop at a Prada Outlet Store

Savvy shoppers who are really up on their Prada products can find good deals at a Prada outlet store and save some money in the process.

12. Follow a Prada Forum Online

Google ‘Prada blogs’ and you’ll get millions of results. Of course not all of these options will be worth your time, but some of the Prada blogs and forums out there — like Purse Blog and Passion for Prada — just might help you score a deal.

Want more luxury brand hacks? You’re in luck — we’ve got a full 10 ways to save at Louis Vuitton right here

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Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.

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11 Ways to Save on Louis Vuitton

It can be hard to save at Louis Vuitton, but if you're careful, there are ways to save on the luxury retailer's goods.

Luxury is the name of the game at Louis Vuitton, so those designer duds don’t exactly come cheap — or even go on sale very often. Still, if you’re careful, there are still some ways to score major savings on this fancy brand.

Here are 11 ways to save on Louis Vuitton.

1. Subscribe to the Newsletter

Enter your information on the brand’s website to receive the Louis Vuitton newsletter, which will contain the latest information on any promotions.

2. Shop Pre-Owned Online

Sites like eBay and ShopStyle often have pre-owned, slightly used Louis Vuitton items available for big discounts. Just be sure to ask about authentication before buying anything online.

3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled at Vintage Stores

Every now and then you might get lucky when shopping at a vintage store and find a pre-owned Louis Vuitton product at a discounted price. The trouble here again is making sure the product is actually authentic, so be sure to ask a sales rep how they can prove the product’s authenticity before plunking down any money.

4. Find Louis Vuitton in Department Stores & Make the Most of Their Perks

Stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s carry Louis Vuitton products, so if you can use store perks from those individual places — like friends and family sales, credit card offers, etc. — you’ll likely save a lot on your Louis Vuitton goods in the process. Just be sure to ask when offers apply to Louis Vuitton items to make sure you’re getting the best deal. And, if you apply for or use a store credit card, be sure to pay that balance off in full. Otherwise, you’ll just lose savings to high interest.

Curious about Nordstrom’s credit card? We’ve got a full review here.

5. Use a Rewards Credit Card

A general purpose rewards credit card can give you some kickback on Louis Vuitton purchases — and any points or cash back you earn on designer luggage today could help you pay for that matching handbag in the future. Again, avoid charging more than you can pay in full each month — and check your credit if you’re considering new plastic. You’ll want to be sure you can qualify. (You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)

6. Follow the Brand on Social

It never hurts to follow a brand on their social media channels so you’ll know immediately when any promos happen (although keep in mind that Louis Vuitton sales are generally hard to come by). Still, the brand is on Facebook and Twitter.

7. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Occasionally you’ll find Louis Vuitton gift cards that you can purchase at a discounted price on sites like Gift Card Granny and Raise, but they tend to sell out quickly, so set an alert if this is something you’re really interested in trying.

8. Check Out Duty-Free Options When You Can

You won’t be able to put this option to good use all the time, but if you’re ever traveling internationally and have the chance to check out duty-free Louis Vuitton products, do it! You could save a ton by picking up your favorite items this way. Be sure to research currency exchanges and prices (at home and at the airport) ahead of your trip, however, so you know if you’re really getting a deal.

9. Shop Louis Vuitton Abroad

Again, while this isn’t technically an easy way to save, if you have an international trip coming up (particularly to Paris, where the LV flagship store is located), you might consider looking into the savings available by picking up your favorite items there. Again, just be sure to do the research and compare what you’d pay for the item here in the states versus what it would be over there to be sure it’s actually going to save you some money.

10. Rent Instead of Buy

If you’ve been eyeing that Louis Vuitton briefcase specifically for the big job interview you have coming up, why not rent instead of purchase? Sites like Arm Gem and Bag Borrow or Steal offer designer options for monthly rentals so you can get your fix for a small percentage of what it would cost to buy the actual thing, then return the item and try something new next month. (As a bonus, on Bag Borrow or Steal, specifically, you’ll receive 20% off your first order when you join their mailing list.)

11. Let Someone Else Do the Research & Scouting for You

Follow purse bloggers and forums for the latest on all things arm-candy related —you never know when someone will hear about a Louis Vuitton deal they just can’t wait to share. In this case, The Purse Blog is a good site to keep an eye on.

Want more luxury brand hacks? We’ve got 14 ways to save at Ralph Lauren right here

Note: It’s important to remember that prices for products, services and promotions frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms cited in this article may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with the company directly.

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12 Ways to Save at The Container Store

We've got 12 ways fans of bins, baskets and bathroom storage goods can lower their receipt tallies.

The Container Store is the place for organization-lovers to shop for all their bins, baskets and bathroom storage goods. The problem with The Container Store, however, is that once you start shopping there, it can be hard to stop. After all, who’s going to pass up the perfect laundry room drying rack or a garbage odor eliminator? I know I couldn’t.

To help you scale back on what you spend here, try some of these cost-cutting options on for size. Here are 12 ways to save at The Container Store.

1. Shop the Sales

Container Store sales are no joke. Check out the sales section online or in the store (generally at the very front, although that will vary by location) for discounts on hundreds of items.

2. The Elfa Sale Is Worth the Wait

Besides the hundreds of regular items available in the sales section every day, The Container store usually has two big yearly sales on its main brand — elfa — and they’re worth checking out. One usually begins after Christmas and runs through some time in February, and another usually takes place in late summer or early fall (though certain elfa items may be excluded during that one). Be sure to check the site frequently for updates.

3. Search for ‘Spend More, Save More’ Options

Every now and then The Container Store will offer extra savings when you spend a certain amount of money on a particular brand. For example, at the time this article was being written, customers could receive 25% off when they spent between $200 and $349 on InterMetro & Metro shelving, 30% off InterMetro & Metro shelving purchases between $350 and $499, and 35% off InterMetro & Metro shelving purchases of $500 or more. Check online or ask a sales associate for any current deals.

4. Join the POP! Perks Program

Enter your information to become a POP! Perks member and you’ll get $15 in POP! Perks, invitations to exclusive events and sweepstakes, a birthday gift and more.

5. Use a Rewards Credit Card

There is a The Container Store credit card, but it’s big draw is special financing deals (0% interest on purchases for 12 or 24 months if you spend $500 or more and $3000 or more, respectively), but you’ll only skip the interest if you pay any balance off in full by the time that period expires — and the card’s go-to APR is pretty high (a variable 29.99%). Plus, there are no rewards for cardholders so, while in-store financing can certainly be convenient, you’d likely save more by charging purchases you can pay off in full to a rewards credit card and redeeming those points, miles or cash back down the line.

You can find a list of the best credit cards for shopping right here. (Just be sure to check your credit before applying. You can view two free credit scores on Credit.com.)

6. Make the Most of Free Services

Be sure to check your local Container Store for any in-store events they might be offering, and make the most of their free elfa customized design solution offers with trained design experts as well.

7. Read its Blog

While we’re on the subject of free services, it doesn’t hurt to check out The Container Store blog either, which is loaded with craft tips on staying organized. You could spend a ton hiring a personal organizer to help you figure out how to organize that pantry, or you could read one blog post on the topic and do it yourself.

8. Skip the Shipping Fee

Shipping is free on orders of $75 and more on the site, but why not choose the products you want and schedule your own pickup time at one of the store locations for free? Use The Container Store drive up and pickup service and someone will even bring your order out to your car for you.

9. Use Your Teacher Discount

The Container Store currently offers an Organized Teacher program with special discounts throughout the year to help educators organize their classrooms. (Per its website, the program is set to end December 31, 2017.)

10. Search for Coupons Online

Check sites like Groupon, Retail Me Not and Coupons.com for promo codes you can use with your purchase, and do a general Google search to see what you find, as well.

11. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Use sites like Gift Card Granny and Cardpool.com to purchase gift cards for The Container Store at a discounted price.

12. Follow The Container Store on Social Media

Catch all the latest promotions and sales by following the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Want more hacks for your favorite brands? We’ve got 17 ways to save at Lowe’s right here. And, if there’s a retailer you’d like to see us tackle, shout it out in the comments section below!

Note: It’s important to remember that prices for products and services frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms cited in this article may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with the company directly.

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15 Ways to Save at PetSmart

Because it's way to easy to overspend on your furbabies.

Pet owners are sure to have their local PetSmart store in heavy rotation on their errands run. If you find yourself consistently walking out of the pet goods store having spent way more money than you expected to on Fido or Mr. Bigglesworth, you could probably stand to use some of these cost-cutting tricks before your next outing.

Here are 15 ways to save at PetSmart.

1. Sign Up for Auto Ship

Customers who sign up for PetSmart’s auto ship program can have products delivered to their home at the frequency of their choosing. Items in these orders ship for free, plus they save 20% on their initial order and 5% on all recurring orders.

2. Apply for the PetPerks Rewards Program

Sign up for PetSmart’s PetPerks Rewards program and you’ll receive discounts on your in-store purchases, as well as coupons sent to you in the mail.

3. Use a Rewards Credit Card

That way, you’ll at least earn rewards on the stuff you’re buying your furbaby.  PetSmart doesn’t offer a store-branded credit card, but there are plenty of solid cash back credit cards out there that’ll help maximize your spending.

Just be sure you pay your balances off in full. Otherwise, this strategy won’t work as planned — your rewards will just get lost to interest. (You can see how your credit card balances are affecting your credit by viewing your free credit report snapshot on Credit.com.)

4. Shop the Sales

Always check out the sales section of the site to see if your pet’s favorite items are being offered at a discount.

5. Check Out the Generic Pharmacy Options

PetSmart makes shopping for your pet’s medical needs easy through their pharmacy, but you’ll save even more by shopping the generic section of the site. (Be sure to consult with your vet before doing so.)

6. Cash In on Your Pet’s Birthday

As part of PetSmart’s PetPerks program, you’ll receive a coupon for a free treat on your pet’s birthday — be sure to use it before it expires!

7. Catch the Friends & Family Event

Check back every June for PetSmart’s big Friends & Family event to cash in on extra savings.

8. Find Promo Codes & Printable Coupons Available Online

Use sites like Groupon, Coupon Cabin, Retail Me Not and Coupon4all to score extra promo codes for online shopping or printable coupons to take into the store.

9. Try Booking Grooming Sessions During Off Hours 

PetSmart often runs specials on their grooming services when you book at off-peak times. Check their grooming section regularly for these offers or ask in the store.

10. Click Through to Their Local Ad

Occasionally PetSmart will offer special promotions through their local ad, which they also post online. Be sure to check the link frequently for posted deals.

11. Search for Manufacturer’s Coupons

PetSmart will accept these as well, so be sure to bring them with you when you shop.

12. Bring in a Competitor Coupon

PetSmart will accept competitor coupons on the same products, as long as they follow this criteria.

13. Use Social Media

PetSmart often posts its most recent deals on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow them.

14. Buy Discounted Gift Cards 

Check out sites like Gift Card Granny to purchase PetSmart gift cards at discounted prices.

15. Read Your Receipt 

PetSmart will often print coupons at the bottom of your in-store receipts, so be sure to read them before you throw them out.

Love brand hacks? Well, we’ve got plenty more of them. You can find a full 19 ways to save at Target right here. And, if there’s a specific retailer you’d like to see us tackle in the future, shout it out in the comments section below!

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15 Ways to Save at ShopRite

Whether you hate grocery shopping or find it incredibly relaxing (seriously, some people do), one thing you’re bound to appreciate is saving at the store. If ShopRite is your go-to grocer, try using some of these tips to cut back on what you spend there.

Here are 15 ways to save at ShopRite.

1. Create an Account Online

Sign in to your ShopRite account online to load coupons from their Digital Coupon Center directly onto your Price Plus Club Card (more on that below). You’ll also get access to your past purchases and shopping lists, recipes, a tally of your Price Plus points and more.

2. Join the Price Plus Club

Members of ShopRite’s Price Plus Club get instant cash discounts on hundreds of items throughout the store at checkout, as well as special offers and promotions (like free items around the holidays) and exclusive mailings and offers.

3. Shop the Circulars

Set your home ShopRite location online and gain access to weekly circulars with tons of coupons and savings deals happening right now at your nearest store.

4. Check Out Their Offers & Promotions Page

Every now and then (especially around the holidays), ShopRite will offer additional ways for customers to save through sweepstakes and other contests that often offer gift card prizes. Visit their Offers & Promotions page frequently to see what’s happening.

5. Take Advantage of the SavingStar Program

Join the SavingStar program by setting up an account, then check out the offers page to see what’s available for a discounted price. Click on the offers you like and they’ll get linked directly to your store loyalty card. Use your card at checkout and the savings will be added to your SavingStar account. When you reach $5, you can select which method of payout you’d like.

6. Use a Rewards Credit Card

Some credit cards reward you handsomely for grocery shopping. See American Express’ Blue Cash EveryDay Preferred, which offers a whopping 6% back on up to $6,000 per year at U.S. supermarkets (1% after that), 3% at U.S. gas stations and 1% everywhere else. (Full card review right here.)

Just be sure to pay any balance you put on a cash back credit card off in full — otherwise, you’ll lose those dollars to interest. (You can see how your credit card balances are affecting your credit score by viewing your free credit report summary on Credit.com.)

7. Use ShopRite From Home for Additional Coupon Codes

If it’s available in your area, customers who sign up to use ShopRite from Home can check out the Shop Rite from Home promotions page for access to even more deals, like discounts on delivery, savings on health and wellness products, baby and pet items, etc.

8. Load Up on Manufacturer Coupons

ShopRite will accept these! (You can find its coupon policy here.)

9. Know Your Store’s Double Coupon Policy

While double coupon policies vary by store — you should check your specific store for more details — most Shop Rite stores will double up to four identical coupons per household per day on manufacturer coupons up to $0.99. (Use a nifty little Double Coupon App that you download to your smartphone to determine if your coupons will be doubled or not.)

10. Find the Catalina Machine

Catalina machines are usually located on the side of the register (ask the customer service rep if you aren’t sure if your local ShopRite has one). Most of these deals require you to purchase a certain dollar amount or quantity of product before you can use it on your next purchase, but once you do so the savings can really add up.

11. Stock Up During the ShopRite Can Can Sale

Though this sale only happens once a year (usually in January), it’s worth the wait to stock up on grocery goods, especially non-perishable items, throughout the store when it does.

12. Seek Out the Wall of Values

When you’re in your local ShopRite, make a beeline for the Wall of Values — usually right by the front door near the produce section — for dry goods on discount.

13. Make Use of $10 Deals

If you have the room, $10 Deals help customers save by allowing them to stock up on bulk items for just $10. Be on the lookout for $10 Deal signs.

14. Search Online for More Coupons 

Use sites like Retail Me Not and Coupons.com to find promo codes and coupons for the grocery store.

15. Follow ShopRite on Social Media

The grocery superstore shares all their biggest sale and coupon deals on their Facebook and Twitter sites, so be sure to follow them for the latest offers.

Want more brand hacks? You’re in luck — we’ve got 19 ways to save at Target right here. And, if there’s a brand you’d like us to tackle, shout it out in the comments section. 

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14 Ways to Save at Ralph Lauren

We've got plenty of ways to keep down the costs of those polo shirts, button downs, florals and cable knits

Polo shirts, button downs, florals and cable knit abound at Ralph Lauren, the go-to shop for anyone who loves preppy, classic fashion. With prices on the medium-to-high-end of the spectrum, it helps to find ways to save when shopping here. Here are a few.

1. Start With Sales

It doesn’t hurt to start your shopping with the sales section of the site (or in the store). Items often switch out based on season, and you never know what treasures you might find.

2. Find Promo Codes

Do a little Google search to find promo codes for Ralph Lauren discounts. Places like Savings.com, Retail Me Not and Coupons.com often have good options.

3. Don’t Miss Out on Free Shipping

Save up to make multiple purchases at once, or ask your friends if you can make a purchase for them along with your own. Shipping is free on the site when you pay $125 or more.

4. Purchase Ralph Lauren Somewhere Other than Ralph Lauren

You’ll often find discounts on Ralph Lauren items or promos like discounts on multiple purchases at stores that sell Ralph Lauren other than Ralph Lauren itself. Check Macy’s, Belk or Nordstrom to start.

5. Shop at a Ralph Lauren Outlet

Before heading out to a regular Ralph Lauren shop, check to see if there’s an outlet near you. For example, you’re bound to find great discounts at the branch in Woodbury Common in New York or the Outlets at Castle Rock in Colorado.

6. Sign Up for the Newsletter

Scroll to the bottom right of the Ralph Lauren homepage and enter your email address to receive the newsletter. You’ll get updates on the most recent sales directly to your inbox, plus 10% off your next order when you first sign up.

7. Follow the Brand on Social Media

Be sure you’re following Ralph Lauren on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to catch details on any last-minute sales.

8. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Check out sites like Gift Card Granny for access to gift cards at discounted prices.

9. Get a Special Discount

Ralph Lauren has been known to offer additional discounts for certain groups of people — like students and military veterans, for example — so be sure to bring your ID and give it a try.

10. Try Your Luck at eBay

With a little patience and some proper searching, you’ll likely find what you want — or at least items close to it — for a big discount on eBay.

11. Keep an Eye Out for Surveys, Sweepstakes & Promotional Offers

From time-to-time, Ralph Lauren will run surveys, sweepstakes or other promotions that offer customers access to additional discounts. Be sure to check the site frequently for these opportunities. (Signing up for the newsletter and following them on social media will also help ensure you don’t miss them!)

12. Opt In for Mobile Marketing

According to the Ralph Lauren site, you can sign up for communications about Ralph Lauren products, services and promotions through your mobile device by submitting your mobile phone number online or by texting them. Text HELP to 89448 for more info, and remember that messaging rates may apply based on your data plan.

13. Ask About a Ralph Lauren Credit Card

While it’s not available online or at every location, a few stores do offer applications to Ralph Lauren credit cards, which will come with perks that just might save you big-time if you’re a frequent Ralph Lauren shopper. Just be sure to ask about the interest rate and any fees associated with the card before signing up — and be sure your credit can handle an inquiry. (You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)

14. Use a Rewards Credit Card

That way, you’ll at least rack up points, miles or cash back on your preppy purchases. Just be sure to pay your balance off in full so you don’t waste any of them on interest. (Not sure which cards are worth your while? No worries. We’ve got a guide to finding the best rewards credit card for you.)

Want more luxury brand hacks? We’ve got 15 ways to save at Crate & Barrel right here. And, if there’s a particular brand you’d like us to tackle next, let us know in the comments below. 

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