Hello loves! A few weeks back I posted my first ever Tuesday Tips where I explained to you all Why Shopping Online Saves You More Money and how specifically you can save more. I guess you can say that these are tips and tricks that I use all the time and these are things that have saved me TONS in the past.
So in today’s tip we’re going to be talking about shopping at discount stores. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well duh! Andrea. It’s obvious that you can find cheaper items at discount stores” but you’d be surprised how many people actually don’t bother to shop or look at discounts stores before purchasing a product and the kinds of things you can actually find at these stores.
I think there is a general misconception that “Discount Stores” automatically mean Good Will or Plato’s Closet type of stores that may carry some new items but mostly the products are all gently used. That is so far from the truth. I’m talking about stores like TJMaxx, Marshalls, Nordstrom’s Rack, Overstock and tons of other stores that not only carry brand new, unused products for less, but may also carry some high priced designer products for A LOT less.
I will admit that I didn’t always shop at these kinds of stores due to their sometimes limited selection but within the last year or so, I kid you not, these stores have really stepped up their game with inventory both in store and online. Now, I make it a habit to check out these stores first, before getting a product from anywhere else. I find myself getting anything from clothes, to beauty, to hair products and purses at these stores and saving myself hundreds in the long run. One of the biggest tips I can give you is to definitely start checking these places out. You will be surprised how much stuff they have to offer and how much you will end up saving yourself.
Here are some of my favorites that I shop at all the time:
TJMaxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Ross:
I’ve raved about these stores before but in case you didn’t know all of these stores are owned together and carry a wide range of products. Furniture, accessories, luggage, home décor, clothes, shoes, and most recently beauty and designer products too. Below is a list of a couple things I’ve bought from this stores within the last 6 months and the price difference. Almost every state has at least one of these stores so these are the most accessible.
|Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Palette||Retail Price: $53||TJMaxx Price: $39|
|Michael Kors Large Hamilton Tan Bag||Retail Price: $298||TJMaxx Price: $199|
|NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel||Retail Price: $32||TJMaxx Price: $19|
|Dian Von Furstenburg Luggage||Retail Price $200||TJMaxx Price: $98|
Nordstrom’s Rack/Haute Look:
Nordstrom’s Rack is another really great place to look for items, especially if some of the items on your list tend to lean more towards high-end or luxury styles. What’s great about this store too is that it’s also available online, unlike the Marshalls and Home Goods I mentioned above. Hautelook isn’t an actual store but it’s a website that has flash sales ranging from 2-4 days long and because it’s a flash sale you can get some amazing deals on products. They have everything from clothes, to furniture and yup, even makeup. Not every state has a physical Nordstrom’s Rack store but it’s still pretty accessible since you can shop online. Here are some past purchases:
|True Religion Straight Flap Pocket Jeans (Hubby’s)||Retail Price: $169||Nordstrom’s Rack Price: $99|
|Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Bag||Retail Price: $295||Nordstrom’s Rack Price: $108|
|Too Faced Book of Bronzers||Retail Price: $49||Hautelook Price: $25|
|‘Mykonos’ Mink Lily Galichi Lashes||Retail Price $29||Hautelook Price: $19|
Saks Off Fifth:
If you’re looking for a place that is likely to carry luxury and designer picks, Saks Off Fifth is the place for you. It’s the outlet version of Saks Fifth Avenue and some states do have physical stores you can shop at in outlet malls but they aren’t in every outlet mall. It’s still pretty accessible however because you can shop online any time. Past purchases:
|Badgley Mischka D’Orsay Heels||Retail Price: $245||Saks’ Price: $129|
|Men’s Ray-Ban Blue/Grey Justin||Retail Price: $140||Saks’ Price: $75|
|Nine West Flax Pointed Toe Nude Heels||Retail Price: $59||Saks’ Price: $29|
The Cosmetic Company Outlet:
Lastly, the Mecca for any beauty lover is definitely the CCO. As far as I know CCO is only for Estee Lauder owned brands and sister companies. That may sound limiting but there’s still plenty of brands that are owned by the Estee Lauder Company. MAC, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, Estee Edit, Tom Ford, Micheal Kors, Origins, Bobbi Brown, and Aerin just to name a few. And this place carries lots of brand new released beauty items, not just older or limited edition products. There’s fragrance, nail polishes, skin care, and of course makeup. I recently stopped by there and they were having an additional 50% off the entire store! To see what I got click HERE. Otherwise, here are a couple things I’ve purchased in the past and the price difference.
|Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief||Retail Price: $54||CCO Price: $42|
|Bobbi Brown Camel Eyeshadow||Retail Price: $24||CCO Price: $15|
|MAC Dervish Lip Pencil||Retail Price: $17||CCO Price: $12|
|MAC Objections of Affection Pigment Set||Retail Price $35||CCO Price: $25|
As you see, “Discount Stores” aren’t just for those looking for limited edition items or people who don’t care about wearing last season anymore. A lot of the newly released items become available in these stores a couple months after the release if not become available right away. I make it a habit to look at these stores first for something and only when I can’t find it here, will I pay full price at a regular store.
Are there any other discount stores you guys score big at? What’s the best thing you’ve found at a discount? Let me know and Happy Shopping!
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