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Macy's Red Clearance Sign Back in the day, retailers offered exclusive Friends and Family sales (special discounts exclusively to employee’s family members and friends). Not anymore! Today, these sales have become widely used to get shoppers in the doors or shopping on retailer’s websites – and they usually bribe customers with a nice sale, discount, or free shipping offer that’s often too hard to pass up. We love that!


Here are 8 of the best Friends & Family sales to shop:

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1. Bloomingdale’s

  • When: April, September, and December (in-store & online)
  • Discount: 25% off select items, including discounted jewelry, handbags, and suits, as well as designer shoes and designer clothing – plus free shipping sitewide (no minimum)
  • What to shop for: Designer denim, luggage, swimwear, dresses, shoes, purses

Even better, Loyallist rewards members (it’s free to sign up!) will earn a $25 reward for every $100 spent, free shipping on online purchases (no minimum), double points on all on all shoes, cosmetics, and fragrances every day, a perk of the month offer sent to your inbox each month, and more!


Cost Plus World Market Store Front

2. Cost Plus World Market

  • When: May and October (in-store & online)
  • Discount: 30% off all merchandise, plus 10% off food and beverages, including wine, beer, and spirits
  • What to shop for: Coffee, wine, home decor knockoffs, and look-alikes

In addition, new World Market Explorer Members (free to join) will receive a discount code valid for an extra 15% off your first purchase in-store and online. Members also receive birthday rewards, a free 12oz bag of World Market Brand Coffee for every six 12oz bags purchased in-store, and more!


Dollar Tree store basket

3. Dollar Tree

  • When: Every third Sunday in July (in-store only)
  • Discount: 10% off your purchase of $10 or more with coupon
  • What to shop for: Greeting cards, party supplies, coffee mugs, bread, books, and more

This rare opportunity to save only comes around once a year! And the best part is that everything in Dollar Tree is priced at $1 or less, so you’ll save even more with this F&F sale.

Note that you’ll need a voucher or coupon to score the savings, so sign up for Dollar Tree emails to receive one in your inbox. Otherwise, they may hand the coupons out in store.

Hip Tip: Before stepping foot in Dollar Tree, be sure to check out our Dollar Tree shopping guide!


Gap Kids Jeans

4. GAP

  • When: March, August, and November (in-store and online)
  • Discount: 40% off everything plus possible extra 10% off online – or score 50% off plus an extra 10% off at GAP and GAP Factory stores
  • What to shop for: Denim, maternity clothing, baby clothing

One of the nice things about shopping at GAP.com is that shipping is free on orders $50 or more BEFORE promo codes are applied, so the savings add up! Plus, you can now add items from all five of their partner stores to one shopping bag, so you’ll only have to checkout once!

P.S.: Did you know that GAP and Old Navy are separating into two different stores?


JCPenney clearance tag

5. JCPenney

  • When: March and December (in-store and online) – note that JCPenney’s Friends & Family sales may change
  • Discount: 25% off select items, 30% off $100+ purchase, or $10 off a $25 purchase
  • What to shop for: Family apparel, small appliances, shoes, bath towels, kitchenware

During these exclusive F&F events, you can score some sweet deals when paired with clearance finds. Since there’s not always a definitive JCPenney’s Friends & Family sales schedule, stay looped in with the latest Hip2Save JCPenney store deals and updates!

Hip Tip: Check out these tips on how to stack coupons and save up to 80% at JCPenney!


Kohl's Cash

6. Kohl’s

  • When: October through December (in-store and online)
  • Discount: 25% off and $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend
  • What to shop for: Bedding, small appliances, clothing, dinnerware

While Kohl’s cardholders can often score better deals using their 30% off cardholder discount during an eligible shopping period, Friends & Family sales are still a great time to shop – many items during these F&F events go on sale up to 60% off or more, and you can use 25% off discount codes to save even more! Plus, you’ll get Kohl’s Cash in return!

Hip Tip: Check out these Kohl’s savings hacks before shopping as there are lots of great tips to save you money!


Macy's Shopping Bag

7. Macy’s

  • When: April and December (in-store and online)
  • Discount: Extra 30% off all regular, sale, and clearance prices, plus 25% or 10% off select departments.
  • What to shop for: Beauty items, kitchen items, bath towels, women’s intimates

Who doesn’t love shopping and saving a whopping 30% off sale and clearance deals at Macy’s?! This is a great time to stock up on bath towels, clothing, kitchenware, and much more.

Hip Tip: Check out these Macy’s shopping tips before shopping to save even more!


Collin Shopping at Old Navy

8. Old Navy

  • When: March, August, and November (in-store and online)
  • Discount: 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off online OR score 50% off plus an extra 10% off at Old Navy and Old Navy outlet stores
  • What to shop for: Workout apparel, denim, dresses, swimwear, flip flops

Similar to GAP, shipping is free on orders $50 or more BEFORE promo codes are applied – and you can shop all of their partner sites to combine shopping carts! However, note that GAP and Old Navy will be separating into two different companies in the future. Stay tuned to Hip2Save for coming developments!


Up next: 6 Tips for Saving on Designer Brands at Nordstrom Rack

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  1. Ash

    When I went to friends and family at Gap in March it was only 20%. When I questioned them about it they said it was changing to a “real” family and friends and I would no longer get the emails unless it was thru am employee. I hope they were wrong! This is one of my favorite sales right before Christmas!

  2. Ronan

    Thanks for the list, had no idea about World Market or Dollar Tree before! I can totally vouch for the sweet JCPenney sales, my family loves JCP stuff and they are the best place to get high quality Nike and Levi’s for the cheapest price!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome, Ronan!

  3. Kiki

    Ann Taylor Loft has a Friends & Family event right now… 40% off with code FRIENDS. Join their text club for an additional 10% off code. Also, if you go into the stores, they will always order anything online with free shipping directly to your address.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for the heads up on that sale, Kiki!

  4. Nora-Lee Rodriguez

    Did the sale for Macy’s pass already? for April?

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