Don't You Dare Shop at These 5 Stores Without a Coupon
I love a great sale, but I must admit there's something particularly satisfying about using a coupon to get a deal, especially online. You know that little thrill you get when you punch in the code and watch the discount pop up on your bill right before your very eyes? (I can't be the only one, right?!) There are hundreds of stores with great coupons – just check out ultimatecoupons.com – but the following five are coupon superstars; my go-to stores for savings when it's time for a shopping spree.
I love Bed Bath and Beyond because they make it amazingly easy to save. Whether you choose to shop in-store or online, you'll always find something on sale... and you'll always find a coupon, too! Okay, then...
Show me the the coupons! If you're familiar with Bed Bath and Beyond, you know they regularly offer a coupon for 20% off your highest-priced item (including sale) or $5 off your purchase of $15 or more. There are two versions of this coupon: one for use online-only and one for in-store.
Can they be combined? Unfortunately, no. But, the good news is, Bed Bath and Beyond does accept manufacturer's coupons, and will price match any competitor's coupon or deal! You can read their official coupon policy for more information.
Extra ways to save: Another reason I get a thrill shopping online is when I can score a free shipping deal. Bed Bath and Beyond doesn't always offer free shipping, but I promise you won't have to wait long before they do. No code is required, but they typically require a purchase minimum, such as $99 or $49. Which isn't too hard to achieve, if you ask me!
Kohl's is another savings hot spot, with offering tons of items – from housewares to clothing and shoes – on sale every day. You can find Kohl's coupons in their weekly print circulars or through their email newsletter.
Show me the the coupons! Typical coupons take a dollar amount or percentage – sometimes as much as 25% – off your total purchase. Category deals are common, too. Occasionally, Kohl's will feature exclusive online-only deals. If you are a Kohl's Charge Card holder, you'll receive different coupons than the average shopper, often an additional percentage off sales and coupons, such as 30% off your total instead of 25.
Can they be combined? Yes. Online, you can input multiple codes on one order. The only coupons that cannot be combined are the ones that apply to your entire purchase.
Extra ways to save: All online orders of $75 or more qualify for free shipping, no code required. Again, I never have a problem spending at least $75 there, especially because of the Kohl's Cash program (my favorite thing about this store!). For every $50 you spend in-store or online, Kohl's offers you $10 in store credit, up to $250. This credit is then redeemable for a limited time after it's earned, usually starting the week after the original purchase.
If you're a thrifty crafter, Michael's is not to be missed! There is always plenty of merchandise on sale each week, and they have some of the best coupons. I use the Michael's smartphone app, and if you're a frequent in-store shopper, you should definitely check it out. While you can't shop through the app, it enables you to view the weekly ad, access current coupons and more. You can also sign up for their text alerts, which brings the latest deals, sales and coupons right to your phone.
Show me the the coupons! Michael's boasts a new set of coupons each week along with its sales, and at least one of them is a “big one” – such as 40 or 50% off a single regular-priced item, up to 25% off your entire purchase or $5 off every $25 you spend. And online purchases of $50 or more ship free.
Can they be combined? Generally, no. Though, Michael's does honor current competitor coupons and per individual store policy these coupons may or may not be combined with the store-wide coupons. If you're not sure, just ask! (Truthfully, though, with Michael's great prices I've always been satisfied with just the one store-issued coupon.)
Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us
Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us are a one-stop-shop for kids' toys and baby essentials -- and savings! In addition to their weekly circulars, you can find all current deals for these stores in their online Savings Center.
Show me the the coupons! Most sales and coupons are percentage-off, such as 30% off all bikes or buy one, get one on diapers. Online, there will be product- or category-specific coupon codes, meaning they will only work with select items. Can't find the code? Just add the item to your cart and the code will appear below. The code even follows you all the way to the final checkout stage, just to be sure you get the deal. Easy peasy! Multiple codes are not a problem, either. And, all online orders of $49 or more qualify for free shipping.
Can they be combined? Multiple codes are not a problem, and you can use multiple coupons in-store as well. Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us are both price-match superstars, too, so if you see a better deal elsewhere, you can always bring the competitor's ad or coupon in to the store.
We can't forget saving when it comes to our furry friends! Much like the other great stores here, PetSmart offers new coupons and sales each week. Usually, there is one major coupon that can be applied to your entire purchase. The best way to keep up with the latest coupons is to join their Pet Perks rewards program. When you sign up, you can also indicate the brands you buy the most, and they will notify you when those brands go on sale, or if there is a new coupon specific to your purchasing preferences.
Show me the the coupons! The best PetSmart coupons are a percentage-off or dollar-off your entire purchase. Most of the time, these coupons are good in-store only. But, keep an eye on those deals because the online coupons codes do come around every few weeks.
Can they be combined? You can absolutely use multiple coupons when you shop in-store at PetSmart, as long as you meet the requirements of the coupon. They also accept manufacturer and competitor coupons, as long as that exact item is sold at their store. How could you go wrong?
Extra Ways to Save: I've also noticed that around the same time these coupons show up, PetSmart includes a free shipping promotion as well. Usually there's a purchase minimum of about $49. Some items are excluded from free shipping offers, however, so be sure to check the website for full details.
Did we miss your favorite store? Tell us in the comments where you love to shop!