Macy’s Shopping Hacks You Should Know

FIRST KNOW THE DIFFERENT SALES MACYS HAS:  

  • One Day Sales. Throughout the year, Macy’s hosts a series of “One Day Sales.” These events typically occur on Saturdays, with a preview day on Friday.
  • Semi-annual sales. Like many other retailers, Macy’s hosts semi-annual sale events. In the past, these twice-a-year offers have included sales on home decor, jewelry and general clearance. Exact dates for these will vary.
  • Major holidays. Pick your favorite holiday, and it’s more than likely that Macy’s will have a special sale event centered on the day. The store’s seasonal promotions include deals for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and more.
  • Black Friday. Macy’s isn’t one to sit out the Black Friday deal hype. Visit the store (or shop online) on the day after Thanksgiving to scoop up some impressive discounts.

    ONE DAY SALES ARE THE BEST TIME TO BUY

Only shop the sales. Seriously. Once a month, they have their one-day sale. (It’s usually actually two days). Prices change Friday morning and comes down on Sunday morning. The “one-day” part refers to the doorbusters, but sometimes they don’t even have doorbusters so the name becomes pointless. These will always have the best sales relative to the other sales (five-day sales, super Sundays, etc.). Always shop intimates during one day sales!! There’s always buy one get one 50% off, or 75% off, or for $10 during one day sales. Sometimes the clearance even goes buy one get one free, and once I got two bras for $20, so seriously shop around during one day sales, don’t just hit the stuff you’re usually in for, hit everything.

CHECK PRICES ONLINE

After you’ve picked out your favorite pieces in the store, check the prices of those items on Macys.com. If there’s a lower price online, ask at the register if they’ll honor the web price.

If you’re price matching an online shopping cart of items that you’ve used a coupon code for, just show your entire cart to the cashier, or let them know the name of the coupon code, and they’ll honor the coupon code in-store. Why are there different prices from online and in-store? In store traffic is more valuable to a retailer. They have to pay the overhead and the rent of the space. That’s why you usually would see cheaper prices in store, to drive customers in to their store; however, you sometimes see that online prices are cheaper. This is because stores often have to compete with Amazon. Amazon 99% of the time has the same brand for a lot cheaper. There are also different marketing teams at a brand for e-commerce & in store marketing. Many companies have a big disconnect between the two, which often leads to price differences from in store and online.

Also, Macy’s does not accept competitor coupons. However, they will price match select competitors. Stores specifically called out as approved for price matching include: Bloomingdales, Dillards, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Nordstrom, Belk, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears. Macy’s doesn’t price match Amazon, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond or eBay.

CONNECT TO IN-STORE WI-FI

Log in to Macy’s Wi-Fi and you may (this sometimes work, sometimes it doesn’t…) be offered a coupon on the spot. It only takes a few seconds — well worth it if you’re rewarded with a 10% off coupon.

KNOW YOUR PRICE TAGS 

Similar to TJ Maxx, the color of the price tag does have significance.

  • Yellow price tags mean final sale. This product won’t be marked down any further. Prices usually end with a “6”.
  • Blue tags ending in 3 are second-to-last markdowns. Blue tag markdowns take place right before yellow tag markdowns and their prices end in  “3”. They’re usually in the mid 70%-off range. Blue-tagged items will receive one final markdown.
  • White tags in the Last Act clearance section are actually cheaper than marked. The white-tagged items you see on the Last Act clearance racks haven’t been on the rack long enough to get a markdown. These items should have a price that ends with a 3 or 6, which won’t be reflected on the tag. So head over to the price check because it will reveal a lower price than what’s tagged (and it will end in a 3 or 6).

KNOW WHEN TO SHOP

  • Semi-Annual Sales happen in January and August. You usually get 40-75% off clearance prices using a promo code.
  • Friends and Family Sales happen in April and October. You usually get 25% off all regular, sale and clearance prices using a promo code. In-season items are marked down 4-6 weeks before the season ends.

In-season items are marked down 4-6 weeks before the season ends.

And Macy’s marks down their in-season inventory sooner than competitors like JCPenney and Nordstrom.  The schedule of the different Seasons at Macy’s are:

  • Spring (February-April)
  • Summer (May-July)
  • Fall (August-October)
  • Holiday/Winter (November-January)

AKA The best time to shop:

  • Spring clearance: April 1
  • Summer clearance: July 1
  • Fall clearance: October 1
  • Winter clearance: January 1

Additionally, when you see a sign that says “Lowest price of the season,” it refers to the three-month period listed above.

GET FREE SHIPPING BY ADDING A BEAUTY PRODUCT TO YOUR ONLINE CART

All beauty orders ship free. And you can spend as little as $4 for a beauty item. So, instead of paying $10.95 shipping for orders under $99, spend $4 on a Burt’s Bees lip balm, and your entire order ships for FREE.

SHIP TO STORE AND PICK UP AND RECEIVE A COUPON ON YOUR NEXT PURCHASE

As I mentioned, retailers want to get customers in store. Therefore, if you order online and pick up in-store, you’r awarded with an extra 15-20% off your next order.

AVOID BUYING ITEMS THAT END WITH $0.98

Price tags ending in $0.98 are “everyday value” items. These products aren’t eligible for coupon savings and often not included in sales. #SKIP!

And there you have it! Go on, and shop smarter at Macys. You’re welcome!

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