Easy Ways to Save that Home Decor Retailers Don’t Want You to Know

Trista - November 9, 2021
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15. Download the Store App

We are in the digital age, and most companies have an app that you can download. Download the apps for the places you shop most often, and you will be surprised about what is included. Most of these apps will consist of the weekly flyer, an online store, and any promotions or coupons that are happening currently. This will be another way to stay ahead of other shoppers and see what is coming on sale and find the best deals. Some apps like the Target Circle app even have an easy way to scan the item’s barcode so you can quickly check if there are any deals!

Along with downloading their app, you will not only be able to see what is coming on sale and the current flyer, but you will often get coupons. Many of these coupons you can scan right at the cash register for money off or get particular points. Like a newsletter, you will usually get weekly notifications of any unique benefits you get from having the app. You can pay to download the app! Most apps should be available on both the Apple Play Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.

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14. Shop On the Days When They Offer Bonus Points

The best time to go shopping is if the store you visit has a bonus points sale. Bonus points can “save” you a significant amount of money. While you may not get money off on this purchase, it is worth it for your next purchase. Days where items earn you five times the points, for example, are great days to stock up on those items. Suppose they are items that do not go bad. Like toilet paper, you can purchase as many units as you need to get the deal. Some stores will limit how many you can buy, so keep an eye out for this.

If there aren’t any great deals during the bonus points day, it is still okay to shop and get those extra points. Sometimes retailers who let you collect points will also have days where when you spend those points. You get additional points back on the spent ones. This is earning money on money – free money! Who doesn’t love free money? Is there something that you have had your eye on for a while? Then buy it with the points you have earned. Also, items that rarely go on sale are great items to use your points on to purchase. Since they rarely go on sale, using the bonus money you’ve received to get this item makes sense. 

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13. Ask About Rainchecks

We have all been there; you’re at your favorite store, patiently waiting to get to the area where the massive sale is that you saw. You get to the location where the item is, and there’s none on the shelves. Maybe there is another area where this item could be displayed? An endcap or its display. No luck. You ask an employee, and they go to the back to search for the product, and they come back with the dreaded news that it is out of stock right now. But this was your opportunity to save big with the sale

Not to worry! Many stores have rainchecks available, and it is worth it to ask! Sometimes if you don’t ask, then the employees won’t offer. In some stores, they encourage employees not to mention rainchecks as it could potentially make the company lose some money at a later date even though they still get the sale. A raincheck is when a product is out of stock, but you get a guarantee of the sale price when it comes back in stock. Usually, you get a slip of paper or a receipt stating that you were at the store on a day when the item was on sale, and some stores will need you to pre-purchase the product, then you pick it up when it arrives.

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12. Keep Your Receipts

Do not throw away necessary receipts! Receipts are your ticket to getting money back. Stores will often have surveys on their receipts that are easy to complete. These surveys are often entries into shopping sprees, and some of them even have instant prizes! Many of the instant prizes are with restaurants and fast food – but you are still saving money! For something free, it is worth it to let the company know about your experience at their store. You may just be rewarded for this!

Also, receipts are your proof of purchase. You need to have your receipt if you need to return an item. Make sure you are checking what the return policy is at the stores you are shopping at, as well as the manufacturer’s warranty. Some stores will also sell extended warranties within the store. To be able to claim the extended warranty, you will need to have your original receipt. Even for manufacturer’s receipts, you will often need to show proof of purchase for their item. You can always take a picture of the receipt and keep it, or scan it and save it to a USB. Some apps will save necessary receipts for you. This saves you so much money as long as you remember to use the warranty and return policy when needed!

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11. Inquire About Holds

Do you work a job where the operating hours are almost the same as your favorite store? What if you know of a big blowout sale that is coming up? Unfortunately, you usually can’t skip out on work to go shopping! If you know that a big deal is coming up at Hobby Lobby and you don’t want to miss it, you can always call ahead and have the item placed on hold for you. This way, it is guaranteed that you will have the product when you arrive at the store later. 

The only further action we can suggest here is to make sure you show up when you say you’re going to be there. Many stores will only hold an item for 24 hours, so you need to go and pick it up before it gets put back on the shelves for sale. Sometimes you can have things on hold for longer depending on the store and circumstance, but you usually have to pay ahead first. This should be no problem for you because it is all good as long as you get the sale at the end of the day!

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10. Just Buy It Already

We have all been there and felt the pang of guilt when you buy an item. You’ve been looking at it for months, waiting for it to get marked down. Finally, the day has come when it goes on sale, and you even have a coupon to stack with it! You get to the store and see other people shopping for their children and buying more practical items. You second guess yourself and think, “Maybe this money could go to something more useful?”. Well, we are here to tell you to buy the dang thing!

It is truly not often that we spoil ourselves. Unless you are a Kardashian, that is! We usually put it back and spend the money on other things for our families. But for real, when do you just buy the damn thing? Well, you deserve to purchase the items once in a while! If you see a sale, just get it. If you don’t get it now, when you come back, it might not be there. Or it might be a while before it goes on sale again. Do yourself a favor and buy the items and enjoy it. 

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9. What about deals at specific stores? Let’s Start With HomeGoods

Next, we will go into things to look our for at specific retailers. All of the information listed earlier is great and is a general guideline for most retailers. Some of our favorite home decor stores, including HomeGoods, Target, Hobby Lobby, and Overstock, all have unique saving incentives to look out for the next time you are shopping!

Firstly, when you shop at HomeGoods, you should be using a HomeGoods gift card! You can get gift cards from websites like Swagbucks! Swagbucks is a free app where you can complete tasks to earn points that you can then use to get gift cards! Learn more about how to get 100 free SB points here. HomeGoods gift cards are great because you can use them at all of their sister stores as well: TJ Maxx and Marshalls

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8. Ask about Rae Dunn Items and Download the HomeGoods App!

Rae Dunn has blown up in the past several years, and for good reason. Her line of home decor items is unique and classy. You can get items that will fit any season, and you can also get seasonal items. Some of her merchandise also have a little sass if you are into that! The only problem with Rae Dunn merchandise is that it sells out FAST! You have to be on top of your game! Know when to shop and where to look to get the best deals in-store. If the item you are looking for is seasonal, you can ask associates if the Rae Dunn merchandise comes out at the same time as their other seasonal items. Then ask when the seasonal stock comes out. By being one of the first people to know when the items are coming out, you will find yourself getting the items before they become out of stock. Another great thing about Rae Dunn items is that they have a great resale value

If you download the HomeGoods app, you can be the first to know when new stock is coming out! If you start to see the seasonal items posted on their app, you will see that they are also beginning to stock them in-store. Also, if items are being marked clearance, you will be the first to know! You can then be the first to search through the items in the store that are marked down heavily after a holiday or season. This is the time to get the best deals!

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7. Deals at Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby is one of the stores on our list today that has a specific markdown schedule. This makes things easier for you as you don’t have to keep asking when items will be marked down. The website House Beautiful says, “Every three weeks, explore your creative side with art supplies, yarn, jewelry-making supplies, and activity kits on sale. Every two weeks, get your frames, floral, stickers, and ribbon.” You can read more about Hobby Lobby on their website here.

Along with their markdown schedules, make sure you are signed up for Hobby Lobby’s newsletter because they often send out 40% off coupons. This is one of the best coupons that you can get from a retailer! You won’t use it on sale items, but it is usually a better deal at 40% off. Most products don’t even get marked down that much. While it isn’t ideal to skip out on the sales, it is wise to use the coupons on items you know don’t get marked down often. And don’t forget to save your receipt, as they usually have a coupon printed at the bottom!

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6. The top two Hobby Lobby secrets that save you money!

There are two rules when it comes to Hobby Lobby that, no matter what, will save or earn you money every time. The first rule is to buy your tissue paper from Hobby Lobby. Almost 99% of the time, it is the best deal, even compared to other dollar and discount stores. Also, it is the best price at full price! Often the tissue paper goes on sale, so when it does, make sure you stock up! You can get their tissue paper in many fun colors and patterns, so you are sure to find something you can use for any occasion. 

The other rule is to use the Hobby Lobby Visa card. If you are a Hobby Lobby lover, it could be well worth it to get a Hobby Lobby Visa. Or, if you are an art and crafts YouTuber, TikTok creator, or Etsy shop owner, it can save you considerable time to use this cashback card. At 5% money back, you are earning money by spending money you would have spent anyway! This is like a free 5% back with no effort! You can also use this card at other regular retailers as well and still earn 1% cashback.

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5. Ways to Save with Overstock Deals

At Overstock, you can save big when you sign up for their Club O memberships. You can learn more about the ‘Club O’ perks here. While there is an annual fee for Club O, It is well worth it if you shop there often. Also, make sure to check out their exclusive product on their website. The product online is only available and not in store. If you want the most unique home decor, this is the place to shop! Overstock carries exclusive brands like Carson Carrington Home that you can’t find anywhere else. Overstock also has an excellent app that you can shop from and has been ranked one of the best apps for home decor goods! You can also virtually see how decor items will fit and look in your space with their 3-D models.

Also, when you are shopping at Overstock, don’t forget to check out their pet supplies! A portion of the sales from their pet supplies goes towards the Best Friends Animal Society. You can shop their pet supplies feeling great, knowing that a part of your purchase is helping out animals in need. Although Overstock sounds like it will be items that have not sold and are “overstocked,” this is not always the case. With trendy brands and great deals, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting a stylish deal from Overstock. They have many styles to choose from for any home decor items you are looking for! With the ‘Club O’ membership on top of this, you can save big on your next furniture purchase!

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4. Use the Target Mark Down Schedule to Save

Target has specific days when items get marked down at most stores. The schedule, according to Yahoo!, is usually as follows: Monday: Electronics, accessories, kids’ clothing, books, baby, stationery. Tuesday: Domestic goods, women’s clothing, pets, market (food items). Wednesday: Men’s clothing, health & beauty, diapers, lawn & garden, furniture. Thursday: Houseware, lingerie, shoes, toys, sporting goods, decor & luggage. Friday: Auto, cosmetics, hardware, jewelry.

When shopping at Target, it is excellent to know this information, but you should also pay attention to the numbers at the end of the prices. These codes mean something, so when you pay attention to them, you can save even more! If you see a price that ends in a .04, take note. Why? That means that it is at the end of its clearance life. That will be the lowest price you see for that item, which usually means it is discontinued. When products are marked down, it usually goes in a sequence – starting at 15% off then going all the way to 70% off. Depending on how long the product has been there, the longer it sits, the deeper the discount. This is the same for Holiday items, so if you can hold out for a while after the holiday or season, you will get a much better deal. 

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3. Stack Coupons at Target to Save More!

One great thing about Target is the coupons that you can use! Couponing was once a trendy thing to do – it was a thrill to see how much stuff you could get, and sometimes the cashier would owe you money in the end. Networks dedicated TV series to this behavior, and everyone loved it! Many of the people couponing were mothers, so it was so inspirational to see how they overcame whatever struggle, and because of the couponing, they were doing so much better. 

If you want to use coupons at Target, the good news is that it is still easy to do! You can get coupons from multiple places, and the best part is that Target lets you stack your coupons. That is right – if you have more than one coupon and it doesn’t have an official statement on it for how it can be used, you can use multiple vouchers for one transaction. Sometimes Target will even let you use the ones that have rules on them. You can also use manufacturers’ coupons in your coupon stack. All you have to do is show it to the cashier; it’s that easy. Target will allow these coupons even if they state that they can only be used at certain stores. So, save your coupons(many people use a binder with cards inserts that are 9 to a page), put them in a binder, and get out there!

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2. Use Target’s Wedding Registry (Even If You’re Not Getting Married)

Some people may not like this, but you can make a wedding registry, or any kind of registry for that matter, and get cashback. It is not like the company will search every application for a wedding registry. They are just happy that they have the chance of getting another purchase, whether that be in-store or through a wedding registry. 

Once your wedding registry is closed, the company will usually send the happy couple a 15% off coupon. Now there typically are some restrictions that apply. For example, the coupon doesn’t work on only one item. You have to purchase the entire registry to get the 15% off coupon. If you are going to do this, make sure everything in your car is what you want, and you could use the coupon. 

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1. More Ways to Save at Target- and Be Green!

Did you know that Target will pay you to use your plastic bags? That’s right. You will earn 0.05 for every bag that you bring in on your own. You can purchase bags at Target still, but most retailers have pushed to remove plastic bags altogether. Some stores have achieved this and only use paper bags or have gone completely paperless. You have probably seen signs around Target for “Buy Two And Save A Dollar!” or at least something similar. Well, the truth is, for most of these buy two items, you don’t have to purchase two items. If you look at the individual labels, you will notice that there should be a price change on them. 

Last but certainly not least is the advice to purchase toys in July, December and January. Target holds big toy sales usually in these months, so it is good to prepare and have a mental note of what you want to get. January is the obvious one as it is after Christmas, and items will be marked down. Right before Christmas, there is often decent sales on toys, and finally, Christmas in July is a large sale that many stores participate in, but Target is usually the biggest. 

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