Macy’s Savings Tips and Tricks
While there is something on sale at Macy’s almost every day, you won’t always be saving much. To really enjoy your shopping experience and save more money, you should hear about some tips and tricks from experienced shoppers and savers. Keep reading and discover something new that will put you on track of wise spending:
1. Macy’s Rewards for 25% off
It’s free to join and definitely worth it. You’ll start as a Bronze member and will earn 5 points for every dollar spent. At the end of 1000 points you will get $10 Macy’s Star Money to be applied to any purchase. You will also receive special event invitations and birthday surprises. Once you create an account for Macy’s Star Rewards, you will get 25% off your next purchase, so make it count!
2. Macy’s app
Download this free app and enjoy 25% off your first in-app purchase, so again, make it big this first time. The app is very helpful with Rewards Program management, credit card spending tracking, and price scanning - you can see online prices and compare them with in-store offers via tag scanning technology. The app is great for staying on top of sales, price alerts, and searching for outfits based on pictures you take.
3. Online purchase store pick-up
There are days when you know what you need, but don’t have time to shop in a store. This is when you order online and pick up in your local Macy’s. To make it irresistible, you will get 15-20% off your next order if placed in 30 days.
4. Semi-annual and monthly sales
There are two types of sales where real savings are at: monthly One Day Sale and semi-annual Friends and Family Sale. Given this, you should never shop on non-sale days, ever.
One Day Sale usually happens third week of each month and has lots of merchandised discounted or on clearance. You can stack applicable coupons for maximum savings. One Day Sale usually lasts for 48 hours, so there is time.
Family and Friends Sale takes place in December and April. During this sale you can and should enjoy savings of up to 30% across the board and 15-20% off select departments. What’s not to love?
5. Shopkick app for free gift cards
The app is free and the money is free too – you can earn cash just by walking though the store and scanning some tags. In Macy’s section of the app you will see all kinds of suggestions how to get “kicks”. Once you earn enough kicks from Macy’s and other retailers, you can cash them and get gift cards. Link your credit card to the app and invite friends to join for even faster rewards.
6. Avoid shipping fees
It costs $10.95 to get anything shipped from Macy’s, but there are ways to avoid it:
- All orders above $99 get free shipping. If you have to return something, take it back to your local store, don’t ship.
- Adding select beauty items to your order will also get you free shipping. You will get your shipping covered and will be able to enjoy a product. Some beauty supplies can be as low as $2.
- Pick up your online order in store for free.
7. Compare app and store prices
Use Macy’s app for this and never overpay, because some items in store can be more expensive than online or vice versa. Always scan the tag before going to the register and have your proof handy. You can also apply any coupons you find with the app for you store purchases.
8. Price adjustment
If you bought something and noticed that the price of it dropped in less than 10 days, show your receipt to customer service or call, and you will be refunded the difference. Lots of other retailers offer the same thing.
Macy’s posts new rebates for online and in-store merchandise every month, so make sure you take advantage of these savings. Take a look at the listing and get what you need. Even if the item is on sale, rebates still apply. You will have to mail a form for in-store purchases and fill online form for electronic orders.
10. Free gifts with purchase
Beauty products often come with free gifts. Some luxury brands like Estee Lauder or Clinique will often award you with free beauty sampler kits and accessories for shopping. This way you will be able to try something new at no cost and get free shipping too.
11. Clearance tags
Clearance section is a treasure trove for best deals. It is very important to understand the tags in this section: yellow tags with price ending in 6 are final price and won’t go lower; blue tags with price ending at 3 will be discounted one more time. White tags haven’t been marked down yet, so hold off for a few more days or check with a kiosk if the price is different than listed.
12. Last Act section for brand names
Some stores don’t put designer brands in clearance, but Macy’s does, so start your shopping there. You can find GUESS, Nike, Levi’s, and more.
13. Discounted gift cards
Check out Raise or Gift Card Granny for discounted gift cards and save up to 10% off face value right away. Make sure you know if the gift card is good for just in-store, online, or both types of purchases.
14. Shop T.J. Maxx and Burlington’s first
Most of the brand name merchandise at those stores are simply unsold items from Macy’s and other higher-end department stores. It might be last season, discontinued lines, and overstocked items. It’s like shopping at Macy’s, just cheaper.
15. Super Sundays and after sales days
Super Sundays are days after big sales, when nothing is discounted, but you can get 10-20% off select items if you pay with Macy’s card or use WOW! Pass from flyers. If you don’t have any of those two, don’t shop on days after sales.
16. Macy’s credit card
If you know you are responsible credit card user and shop at Macy’s frequently, consider getting their card and receiving special pricing and discounts on Super Sundays. Keep in mind that interest is a killer on this card, so don’t ever forget to pay in time.
Macy’s Top Black Friday Deals and Hours
Macy’s is famous for its Thanksgiving Day parade and puts a lot of effort into it, but that’s not to say that the department store will take the rest of the day off. As soon as the parade is over, Black Friday sales kick in as stores open up at 5 pm on November 22 across most of the the nation and will last for three days.
The store opens up at 5 pm the third year in a row to serve customers who are ready to start their holiday shopping right away. This information has been verified by calling seven stores directly to confirm the schedule.
As more and more retailers are forced to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day in recent years due to decreased in-store demand, Macy’s will be fighting for sales in physical stores and online.
Macy’s will be open from 5 pm to 2 am on Thursday and then from 6 am to 10 pm on Black Friday.
While employees are usually not very happy with working on this family holiday, Macy’s claims to have found people who are ready to work regular shift or have colleagues to pick their shift for them. The pay is not bad after all – all employees get overtime pay on Thanksgiving. That might come very handy for those who can’t or don’t want to spend this holiday with family.
Many competitors stay open too. Kohl’s and Best Buy have the same hours as Macy’s. JC Penney outdoes them by opening at 2 pm. Last year Toys’R’Us also opened at 5 pm.
Macy’s opened at Thanksgiving for the first time in 2013 at 8 pm. Since then the department store has been opening earlier and earlier with each passing year.
There are a few exceptions in scheduling – Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island laws don’t allow any retailers to open on Thanksgiving Day, so Macy’s there will remain closed and might have different hours on Friday.
Macy’s hired 80,000 seasonal workers in October in anticipation of strong sales season. The new employees will man Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores call centers, and distribution and online fulfilment warehouses.
Experts expect the retail revenue to rise between 4.3 and 4.8% compared to last year.
Based on recently published 40-page preview of Black Friday deals, shoppers will enjoy special pricing on clothes, small kitchen appliances, toys, bedding, and more.
Online specials will be available all three days, but some of the most incredible deals in-store will only work for select hours. That includes 12 items that are free after mail-in rebates. Keep in mind that door-buster deals will only be available on Friday 6 am to 1 pm. Door-busters on Saturday will be enticing you from 8 am to 1 pm.
Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing deals:
- Macy’s will offer 12 items in-store only that will be free after the rebate during door-buster hours and will cost $10 each before the rebates. This includes select tote bags, Gold Toe slippers, glassware set, Mohawk bath rug, young men’s graphic tees, Mickey or Minnie plush toy, cultured freshwater studs, Bella slow cooker, thermal Henley and Ralph Lauren Logo pillow, fashion watches, and $15 Giorgio Glam perfume spray (normally $72). Everything except pillows is limited to one item per household. Pillows can come in two.
- Apple Watch Series 3, $199 to $329 ($80 savings)
- Small kitchen appliances for $7.99 after rebate. This includes Bella Waffle Maker, Black & Decker 10 speed blender, and Bella slow cooker.
- Pyrex 22-piece storage set for $17.99 ($10 rebate)
- Bella air fryer or pressure cooker for $39.99 ($99.99 to $119.99 regular)
- Queen or King sheet sets, 950-thread count for $29.99 ($170 to $190 regular)
- Down alternative comforter any size for $19.99 ($60 to $80 regular)
- FAQ Schwartz toys 50% off
- Coupons: $10 off $25 and $20 off $50 on fashion and household items. Coupons won’t work for door-busters.