Do you have a closet full of nothing to wear, but can’t spend a ton on a new wardrobe? It’s time to head out to a discount department store, like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross. Bargain hunters can find name-brand clothing at these nationwide retailers, as well as shoes, accessories, health and beauty products, and home goods. The best finds don’t always come easy, but persistence can pay off with amazing deals and new looks for you.
Learn the secrets to shopping at Ross, T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and their competitors, including what to buy and the best days to shop.
Preparation is key.
Like most purchases you need to make, the planning phase is crucial. Take inventory of your closet beforehand to figure out what you need to buy. Make a list to help you stay laser focused when you’re out shopping. You don’t want to buy something you already have 12 of at home. You can also go through the racks more quickly if you’re looking for a specific wardrobe piece.
Prior to shopping, look for holes in your wardrobe. Maybe you need a denim jacket, slinky black dress, khaki trench coat or other wardrobe staples. If you constantly run up against the same fashion problem, but can’t quite figure out what is missing, don’t bang your head against the wall. Look up articles about wardrobe staples. A gallery of images can get you up to speed quickly and key you in to the missing piece to your wardrobe puzzle.
Learn the best days to shop
Not all days are equal when you’re shopping at a discount retailer. Ask the manager or sales associate which days your favorite Ross or T.J. Maxx location does markdowns or sets out new inventory. Those days are the best times to shop because you’ll have first crack at newly marked-down items. We’ve heard that Mondays are the best days to shop at Ross and T.J. Maxx, and Fridays are the best for Marshalls, but it will really depend on your local store.
Seniors ages 55+ should join Ross’s free Every Tuesday Club and make a point to shop midweek. They will receive 10 percent off every purchase made on a Tuesday.
Most discount department stores hold big sales in January and July once the Christmas and Fourth of July holidays have passed. You can score even greater bargains during these sales events.
Stretch your dollars by buying classics.
Purchasing quality wardrobe staples like black and brown handbags, boots, denim jackets, leggings, ballet flats and dress pants not only allow you to get them for less, but you can wear them over and over. If you’re purchasing classics that you know you can still see yourself wearing five years down the road, these items will become major dollar stretchers by default. Keeping them longer will help you reduce the need to shop any time soon.
Spy in the window.
Merchandisers have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot. They usually dress the store mannequins or pick out what goes on them. Take note. They are giving you outfit ideas for free. Scan the displays and get a mini crash course in what’s current while sorting out what to put on your shopping list.
Instagram your way to savings.
Take a peek on Instagram before you head to the store. Check out the profile for Ross Stores. That will help you get a sneak peek on potential fashion finds and get a sense of how to put together the latest stylish pieces like sweaters, jeans and scarves for less.
TJ Maxx’s Instagram account has pictures of purses, coats, jackets, all types of clothing, active wear and more. Take a look in store at their profile on your phone to find the latest looks in store. Search the aisles for dark denim jeans, boots, a little black dress, a clutch, an everyday purse, cardigans and even some trendy items. There are many name brands and designer clothes sold for a fraction of the cost.
Marshall’s Instagram page is like a grid of discount goodness. While they have many of the same types of clothing and accessories, you’ll usually find a very large shoe selection. Whether you like snake skin pumps, Moto boots, duck boots or ballet flats. Marshall’s has a wide selection to help you walk away with items for less.
With a little preparation and planning, you can be strategic about what you put in your shopping cart that will eventually wind up in your closet. This way you can get more mileage out of an article of clothing. Think of it as building a foundation and not just snagging another bargain.