Stock your closet without busting your budget
If you didn’t update your closet during the August back-to-school sales, October is a great time to finish stocking up as fall trends start seeing price drops. Shopping the sales early means you won’t be faced with empty racks and size shortages—but you also won’t necessarily see the deepest discounts. But, thanks to your online savvy, you can have your clothes and save more than what is even advertised.
If lower cost fashion is your wheelhouse, e-tailers such as OldNavy.com and Gap.com have continually-changing deals, with something on special or an extra discount available daily. Cardholders can score an extra 10 percent off every Tuesday, but holding out for specials such as 30 percent off regular priced items will likely save you more.
Luxury department store Nordstrom eschews coupon codes and frequent store-wide sales, instead favoring reductions on select items before they hit the shelves at discounter Nordstrom Rack (and prices go even lower). Although you won’t find percentage-off coupons or promos to stack on sale merchandise, Nordstrom does offer free shipping with no minimum and boasts a super generous return policy. This means you can buy-and-try pain free. Couple this with cash back options, and you will be hanging up designer staples and putting dollars back in your wallet.
Setting up online alerts to notify you when favorite brands or designers go on sale can save you some energy combing through your go-to retail websites. It allows you to swoop in and stack cash back for increased savings. Brand loyalists also shouldn’t feel confined to namesake or department stores. Sites like ASOS.com and Akira, which both offer private-label lines in addition to popular brands, can be treasure troves of sales and end-of-season discounts.
Although combing the web for sales and coupons is often worth the time and effort, shopping an item after you’ve already purchased can lead to savings too. Keep tabs on price match and return policies at your favorite stores. Many merchants offer price adjustments over the phone or through live chats, saving you the trouble of re-buying and returning an item to score the lower price.