If you’ve ever shopped at T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods or Marshalls, you likely know that they offer fantastic deals on discounted clothing, home decor, furniture and more! If you’re looking to save BIG when shopping at their stores, check out these savings secrets that you may not know about…
1.) Sign Up for FREE Rewards Program (Earn FREE Gift!)
Whenever you sign up for TJX Rewards Access (it’s free!), you’ll be the first to know about new arrivals, store openings, private parties, free giveaways & more.
Plus, after signing up, you’ll also receive an email with exclusive promo codes valid for FREE shipping on ANY TJMaxx.com order and another code valid for FREE shipping on any SierraTradingPost.com order (may take 30+ minutes to arrive in inbox) – both codes are valid for one year after signing up!
Even sweeter, every time you use your Rewards Card at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods or Sierra Trading, in-store or online, you’ll earn a “Visit” and a sweeps entry. Once you earn three Visits, you’ll be eligible for a private shopping event AND you’ll also score a free in-store gift! During a previous private shopping event, members received a free tassel key chain (pictured above). Sweet!
You can even earn Bonus Visits whenever you share eligible content to social media using hashtag #RewardsLove (sign into your rewards account and view your dashboard for details).
2.) Save Hundreds by Shopping The Runway Collection
Select T.J.Maxx stores have a department called The Runway that’s filled with high-end designer styles without the high price tag (think European, contemporary and couture fashion). These items have a Purple Tag and if you happen to find a Purple tagged item with a Red clearance sticker on the racks, that means you’re scoring HUGE savings on a name-brand or designer item!
3.) Know What the Tag Colors Represent
According to T.J.Maxx, the prices you’ll find while shopping are generally 20-60% below the regular prices at department or specialty stores. But what should you look for? Before shopping, here is a rundown of the different colored tags you might find throughout the store and what they mean…
- White Tags (no sticker): Regular price
- Purple Tag: Items from The Runway collection
- Red Tag: Clearance price
- Blue Tag: Items with coordinating piece
- Yellow Tag: Final clearance price (found only in January & July – see #4)
Also, you may find clearance items that have double or triple red tags, which means that item has been marked down multiple times and is likely the lowest price it will be marked down to.
4.) Shop Yellow Tags in January and July
Because many items are already deeply discounted, T.J.Maxx does not offer storewide sales or coupons. However, at the end of popular seasons, stores need to clear out their seasonal inventory.
The manager at my local T.J.Maxx told me that these storewide clearance events happen twice a year – in January and July (after Christmas and 4th of July) where items are marked with Yellow Tags. She mentioned that this is the ONLY time you should find these Yellow tagged items throughout the store. BUT, if you happen to find a Yellow tagged item during any other time of the year, she said it is not supposed to be there (I would say you are one lucky duck… snag it before anyone else does!).
5.) Don’t Be Shy to Ask for a Discount
When shopping for furniture, luggage, home decor and even food items, be sure to look for any dents, scratches, damaged packaging or other minor flaws. If you find an item with these imperfections, you can politely ask an employee if they will take an additional 10% or 15% off the price (will vary).
The manager at my local T.J.Maxx said they would be more than willing to offer a discount on items that have imperfections, in addition to the 10% discount that cardholders get with their card (see #10).
6.) Check Prices Before Buying
A handy way to make sure you are getting a good deal is to quickly compare the prices at T.J.Maxx using the Amazon App before heading to the checkout lane. Just scan the T.J.Maxx barcode in-store by clicking on the little camera icon within Amazon’s App to see their current selling price.
For instance, this CHI Straight Guard 8.5oz Styling Cream sells for $16 on Amazon (with awesome reviews too!) and was on clearance for $9 at my local T.J.Maxx. Definitely a deal worth snagging!
7.) Shopping for Men or Juniors? Head to Marshalls.
If you’re shopping for Men’s or Juniors clothing, consider heading to Marshalls instead of T.J. Maxx. As mentioned here, Marshalls differentiates itself from T.J. Maxx by offering a full line of family footwear and an expanded men’s department, as well as The CUBE, a department specifically for juniors.
8.) Don’t Skip Past the Gourmet Food Items
Another misconception about T.J.Maxx and partner stores is that their food items are expired or close to expiring. On the contrary, these stores actually carry a variety of gourmet food items that are purchased in large quantities from popular stores (i.e. World Market & Whole Foods) and then offers them to you at a nice discount… and they are not expired or usually close to expiring!
If you have time to look, you can actually find some great deals on the food aisle (like this yummy Funky Chunky popcorn that is also sold at World Market!) – so don’t be hesitant to do some browsing!
9.) View Local HomeGoods Inventory without Leaving Home
Want to find out the type of products that are available at your local HomeGoods store? Download the FREE HomeGoods app and you’ll be able to see actual photos of select products that are sold at your local store! Just click on The Goods section in the app to take a peek inside a HomeGoods nearest you.
10.) Shop Often? Get the TJX Credit Card
If you shop often or are planning to make a large purchase, consider getting the TJX Rewards Credit Card. By signing up, you’ll receive a 10% off coupon that can be used immediately and then a $10 rewards certificates for every $200 spent at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods & Sierra Trading Post (in-store & online) and one point per $1 spent at other participating merchants who accept MasterCard.
Keep in mind that if you apply and are approved for the TJX Rewards Credit Card online, the 10% off coupon must be used toward an online purchase. If you apply and are approved through a mobile device or in-store, the 10% off coupon will be sent with your new credit card to use on an in-store purchase, valid for 30 days. You also must use your TJX Rewards Credit Card to use the offer.
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.