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Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Savings Advice | 0 comments

4 Tips for Shopping End of Summer Sales

The end of summer can be a bummer since it means the warm temperatures, long pool days, and exciting vacation plans are finally coming to a close. And, for students, the arrival of fall means returning to the classroom and nights filled with homework.

However, there is something to get excited about — the amazing deals available during end-of-summer sales events. The transition into autumn is marked by the arrival of new inventory, which means that you can easily find deals on grills, patio furniture, and summer clothing.

To make sure you close the season with a bang — and the best bang for your buck — keep these four guidelines in mind while you shop.

1. Start Searching Early for Limited-Time Deals

Timing is everything when it comes to shopping sales events. Since you may come across markdowns of up to 90% off original prices, that means you aren’t the only bargain hunter that’s ready to make a move. The best approach for any end-of-summer sale event is to start shopping before the hottest deals are picked over by others.

Research the hours of the stores you love and visit the nearest location as soon as doors open or at least in the morning. And, if you’re an online shopper, many sale discounts will become available starting at midnight. Plus, retailers like Walmart and Home Depot have been known to offer early bird discounts during major sales events to help maximize savings. You stand to win big at checkout if you shop early because not only will you beat out other shoppers to the best deals, you may also have access to limited-time deals.

2. Stay in the Loop with Email Newsletters

One of the easiest ways to score the most impressive markdowns during end-of-summer sales is by checking your email inbox. In today’s digital age, it’s really no surprise that it has become a standard for most major brands and retailers to have an email program to keep consumers up to date on new products, company news, insider offers, and promo codes.

By subscribing to an email program, which is almost always free to join, you’ll be the first to know about sale events and the important details such as the dates, limited-time deals, product exclusions, and other information. Email programs, like Old Navy’s, will even frequently provide followers access to flash sales and special offers that may be stackable. To sign up for an email newsletter program for exclusive perks and discounts on end-of-summer sales, simply visit the website of your favorite stores to locate a web form to register.

3. Take Advantage of Store Credit Cards & Rewards

While end-of-summer sales can easily bring deals of half off original prices or more, that doesn’t mean the savings have to end at checkout. With a store card, you can access special discounts and other money-saving benefits when you buy during sales events.

For example, with the Target RedCard, you can save big with 5% back on all store purchases in addition to free 2-day shipping and extended returns.  So, if you plan to hit the end-of-summer sales happening at the retailer in stores or on Target.com, you can apply that 5% off discount to your shopping total at checkout to maximize your savings when you pay with a Target RedCard!

However, if you don’t want the financial commitment of a store credit card, there are still plenty of other ways you can tap into insider deals at your favorite stores. Consider signing up for store loyalty programs, which are oftentimes free to join, that offer rewards based on your buying habits and discounts you can use toward purchases you make at end-of-summer sales and other shopping events.

4. Search for Coupons to Further Stretch Your Dollar

Never underestimate the power of coupons when it comes to shopping sales events. Several stores release coupons and promo codes that allow shoppers to stack on markdowns to make any end-of-summer deals a little sweeter. Though it may seem too good to be true, shoppers can find these special deals if they’re willing to search around.

Be sure to take a peek at the weekly deal flyer offered by retailers in stores or online. You also can quickly discover coupons with a search engine to find websites that specialize in showcasing deals at popular retailers. Budget-savvy consumers can go online to find savings at Kohl’s and promo codes for Best Buy, which are both popular shopping destinations for end-of-summer deals. Just be sure to read the fine print on any offer to make sure it can be used on discounted merchandise during sales.

Additionally, if you’re still unable to find coupons or special offers to use on your purchase, it’s worth holding on to your receipt in case you find the same item priced for less somewhere else. That’s because some stores will price match your purchase and pay you back the difference if you find a better deal at another retailer. For example, if you purchase a product at JCPenney and find a lower currently advertised price on an identical item at a competitor within 14 days, just bring the ad to a JCPenney location and a representative will reimburse the difference and beat that price by 5%.

Though often overlooked, one of the best things about summer is the amazing sales at the end of the season. From appliances to formalwear, you can discover deep discounts at local big-box retailers that need to make space on their shelves for new stock. But getting the best deal at a summer blowout, or sales at any time of the year does require a little planning. Follow these tried and true hacks listed above, and you’re sure to score the best prices on your end-of-summer sale shopping sprees.

Jena leverages her background as a writer, marketer, and designer for numerous digital publications and startups to help fellow shopaholics save money. When she’s not sharing her shopping secrets online, Jena can be found hunting for quality fashion staples and eccentric accessories from top brands during seasonal sales, at outlet stores, and even local thrift stores.