Holiday sales are my favorite part of capitalism. Really, the Independence Day of our great nation can’t be celebrated in a better way in my opinion.
As a thrifty nickel, I’ve been on the lookout for the places with the best sales on the July 4th weekend. Here are a couple of tips that have worked for me in past when searching for the best deals.
1. Coupons are a girl's best friend
Retail Me Not has saved me a lot of money. Many stores offer coupons online for busy weekends and put them on sites like Retail Me Not and Groupon. H&M and Gap have offered discounts through these platforms in the past, so be sure to check them out. While it's often something like "$10 off a $25 purchase," it can still save you some money if you're in the market for something in particular, or a stars and stripes inspired outfit for the holiday!
2. If you are a student, use that I.D.!
Shops like J.Crew and Topshop offer a student discount (15% and 10% respectively) off of your entire purchase. These are hidden little specials that are often overlooked by customers. Here's a more formative list. PS - the list says that J.Crew only offers the discount on full-priced items, but I haven't found that to be the case.
3. Look for an "additional" percent off!
So many stores offer an additional 15-75% off sale items this weekend. You’ll get the best bang for your buck if you shop at the stores that offer this rather than a raggedy ol’ sale from any store. What’s the point of a holiday if sale items aren't extra-reduced?
4. Try your luck online.
The feeling of walking around the city with bags from your favorite shops is unbeatable. But, if you want the best deals, sometimes you gotta shop online. Retailers often offer online sales for longer periods of time or at a higher discount. Either way, check online before you head to your favorite stores!
5. Ask yourself: What's the best to buy right now?
Yes, many stores have sales, but not everything will be as reduced as it can be. Seasonal items like shorts, bathing suits and sandals are likely to be more reduced as stores and stock lists move into fall apparel.
And finally - don't forget to check if your favorite store is doing something! Since July is such a slow month for retail, you never know what might come up!
Happy 4th and happy shopping everybody!
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