5 ways to save at Bath & Body Works

Let's face it. Stress is part of life. After a long day at the office, or an evening at home refereeing feuding children, you may find yourself desperately in need of some well-deserved R&R.

Bath & Body Works is the place to go for all your aromatherapy needs. The retailer's sweetly scented soaps, sprays, shower gels, lotions and candles can provide instant stress relief. And we've got tips to cut the cost of those pampering products.

Following are five ways to save at Bath & Body Works.

1. Sign up at the retailer's website

Simply go to the Bath & Body Works website, and a message will pop up asking for your email address. If you consent, you won't be sorry. Bath & Body Works regularly sends out coupons that can save you lots of cash.

Don't want to sign up online? The next time you're in the store, give the cashier your email address and phone number and ask to be added to the company's mailing list.

2. Take advantage of the semiannual sales

Bath & Body Works fans know that two of the best times to shop at the store are January and June, during the retailer's semiannual sales.

This month's sale includes 50 percent off on a number of items – including candles, soaps and body care products — and 75 percent off others.

Stock up during these two months, and you'll save a bundle over the course of the year.

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1. Sign Up and Download the App

If you want to receive the latest sales information and coupons, then you need to sign up online at www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Don't forget to check the box to receive circulars and those blue and white postcard coupons, which will come through snail mail.

If you're a heavy mobile user, it's a good idea to download the Bed Bath & Beyond app, as well.

"We've all received the ubiquitous Bed Bath & Beyond 20 percent mega-coupon in the mail, but it seems like whenever we're in the store, the coupon is sitting inconveniently at home," said Mike Catania, chief technology officer of Promotioncode.org. "If you download the app, though, you can have a new one sent via text to your phone. A word of caution, though, that, unlike the print versions, the mobile/text versions do expire."

Another way to score a 20 percent off coupon is to sign in to your Bed Bath & Beyond account and add something to your online shopping cart. Next, leave the page by closing the tab. The retail giant will likely send you an email with a 20 percent off code in order to "fix" your shopping cart's abandonment issue by encouraging you to check out.

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2. Stockpile the Coupons

It's a poorly kept secret that Bed Bath & Beyond coupons don't expire, and everyday consumers aren't the only ones who cherish these treasures. In fact, celebrities like Kristen Bell have gushed about the value of the coveted Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.

On an episode of CONAN, Bell said, "The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon, and you know it's the best one!"

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To make the best use of your coupons, be sure to stockpile them. Keep these valuable items in your glovebox, purse, reusable grocery bags or anywhere else that provides easy access and prime visibility as you're heading to the store.

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3. Use the Right Coupon and Use More Than One

The trick to saving more is knowing which coupon will yield the most savings in a given circumstance.

Consumer shopping and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch said that a 20 percent off deal should be applied to any purchase that will save you more than $5. In other words, buyers should earmark these coupons for items marked $25 or higher. Because these coupons are generally good for single items only, it's best to save them for bigger-ticket purchases.

On the other hand, consumers can apply the $5 off $15 coupons to their entire purchases. Hence, these offers provide the best savings when used on purchases ranging from $15 to $24. Additionally, savvy shoppers know that they are allowed to use multiple coupons at Bed Bath & Beyond for a single transaction.

"Once in a while, you get a 20 percent off your entire purchase which is a great coupon," Woroch said. "[However], you can also use multiple coupons on your purchase, so make sure you bring as many coupons as you have so you don't miss out on those extra savings. Using a 20 percent off coupon on a $10 item still saves you money!"

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4. Don't Forget Manufacturer Coupons

In addition to the legendary 20 percent off and $5 off coupons, manufacturer coupons can help consumers snag extra savings at Bed Bath & Beyond. You can find manufacturer coupons in your Sunday newspaper or search for them online by visiting manufacturers' websites and coupon sites, such as CouponSherpa.com and Coupons.com.

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5. Ask for a Price Match

It's important to note that Bed Bath & Beyond doesn't always offer the cheapest prices. Even with a coupon, you might still wind up paying more for an item than you would in a different store. Because Bed Bath & Beyond will price match if another store, including Amazon, offers a lower price, it's crucial to compare prices before you shop.

"Use apps like ShopSavvy when you're shopping in store to compare prices among competitor stores and Amazon," said Woroch.

It's worth noting that you can pair a price match with a manufacturer coupon, but unfortunately you can't pair a price match with a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.

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6. Ask for a Price Adjustment

Save your receipts and pay attention to the price of items after you purchase them, especially for big-ticket goods. If an item goes on sale after you make a purchase, Bed Bath & Beyond will honor a price adjustment. Additionally, websites and apps like CamelCamelCamel and SlickDeals can help alert you to price drops.

You can also ask for a price adjustment on a previous purchase, if you forgot to use a coupon but happen to find one after the fact.

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7. Know How to Shop Clearance

Savings expert Kendal Perez of CouponSherpa.com recommends shopping the clearance section on Mondays.

"According to retail insiders, Bed Bath & Beyond restocks its clearance section over the weekend, making the beginning of the week the best time to search for deals," Perez said.

Darla DeMorrow, author of The Pregnant Entrepreneur and owner of HeartWork Organizing, echoes the sentiment. She recommends browsing the clearance section for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and snacks that you can buy year round and save for seasonal occasions.

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8. Get Free Gift Cards

Few people would turn down a free gift card. If you want to save more at Bed Bath & Beyond, take advantage of the retailer's complimentary card offers tied to various products.

For instance, one past offer promised a $50 free gift card if customers spent $300 on Calphalon products. These gift cards never expire and can be used in conjunction with your stockpile of 20 percent off coupons for a rainy day.

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9. Know the Refund Policy

Although Bed Bath & Beyond once had a notably laid-back return policy, the retailer's stance on refunds has changed somewhat in recent years. Benjamin Glaser of DealNews.com said the store's famous return policy has gotten slightly less generous.

"Returns with a receipt can be made for a full refund, with essentially no time limit," said Glaser. "Even if you don't have a receipt, you can get a full refund if the purchase was made with a credit card or off of a gift registry. The only change is for those making a return without a receipt: they will get an exchange or store credit worth 80 percent of the item's current value."

If you're buying with cash, hold on to those receipts for best results.

Related: 5 Top Money Tips From a Top Coupon Expert

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3. Complete the surveys at the bottom of your receipt

Bath & Body Works rewards customers for their feedback. Check the bottom of your next receipt for a survey – designed to help improve customer experience — and you may receive a coupon code to be applied toward a future purchase.

For example, I recently completed a survey and enjoyed $10 off my $30 purchase of foaming hand soap and Wallflower refills.

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here.

4. Shop with a discounted gift card

Get even deeper discounts on sale and regular-price merchandise when you pay with a card that you've purchased from a gift card discount site.

For example, Raise recently offered Bath & Body Works cards for up to a 3.2 percent discount. Meanwhile, Cardpool sold them for up to 6 percent off.

You also can win gift cards for filling out surveys, watching videos and engaging in other activities at sites such as Swagbucks. That site rewards you with Bath & Body Works gift cards in denominations of $25 and $50.

For more on how Swagbucks works, check out our story that explains how you can earn up to $2,700 a year on the site.

5. Shop through a cash-back site

Another way to save at Bath & Body Works is to shop through a cash-back website such as Ebates. Right now, Ebates offers 1 percent off each purchase at the retailer made through its site.

That might not sound like much, but combine it with a discounted or free gift card and shop during a sale and you'll be saving some serious coin!

If you haven't signed up at Ebates yet, this might be the time to do so. Right now, you can get a free $10 Walmart gift card for signing up at Ebates and spending $25 in 90 days. Read our story to find out more.

Do you know of other ways to save at Bath & Body Works? Share them by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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