7 ways to save at Macy's

Macy's is a popular department store chain, with around 870 stores and a robust retail site. Macy's sells a wide range of fashion products and accessories ranging from everyday casual wear to high-end jewelry. They even sell home appliances and furniture. Chances are you've headed there to make a purchase.

But if you walk into the store, grab something off the rack and pay for it immediately, you might be leaving too much money on the table. Here are seven ways you can potentially save big at Macy's.

1. Shop Macy's One-Day Sales

Macy's regularly runs one-day sales throughout the year. Predicting a one-day sale is no exact science, but they can happen as frequently as once per month. One-day sales typically fall on Saturdays, with a sale "preview" on Friday. Clearance items are often marked down even further, and shoppers can multiply those savings with coupons.

2. Use Macy's Circulars

Instead of tossing out your junk mail right away, you may want to check for Macy's circular catalogs. They often contain deals on marked-down merchandise and coupons for specific departments or cash off your overall purchase. You can even hop online to check for local-specific deals at your Macy's — all you need to do is enter your zip code on Macy's website and you can find online catalogs.

3. Sign Up for Emails & Text Alerts

By signing up for Macy's email and/or text alerts, you can be the first to know when sales and events occur. Plus, Macy's often offers discounts just for signing up. Right now, Macy's is offering 15% off your first purchase when you create an online account and sign up as an email subscriber.

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J. Crew

The apparel retailer has had a difficult few years

J. Crew announced in November that sales at stores open at least a year dropped 8%, following a decrease of 11% in the same period last year.

Now, the company is attempting to change things up. In November, the retailer axed its popular bridal line. A month earlier, J. Crew launched an athleisure line with New Balance — a collection that Business Insider felt failed to live up to competitors' standards. 


Sears' sales continued to plunge in 2016. In the most recent quarter, revenue fell 13% to $5 billion, with losses widening to $748 million from $454 million in the third quarter last year.

The retailer is closing hundreds of stores, with more than 170 Sears and Kmart locations shuttering this year. 

And, things are only getting worse — many analysts say 2017 is likely the year that Sears goes bankrupt.


In August, Macy's revealed plans to close down 100 stores in early 2017 as the retailer looks for a solution to slowing sales and the growth of online competitors. 

In November, the retailer reported that net income for the third quarter fell by 87% to $15 million, following a 46% decline over the same period last year. Same-store sales at stores open at least a year fell 3.3%.

"These figures show a company grappling with what looks like terminal decline," Neil Saunders, CEO of the consulting firm Conlumino, wrote in a note to clients.

Hugo Boss

Huge Boss simply isn't cool any more. 

In a UBS report released in Decemberonly 20% of people surveyed said that Hugo Boss was a cool and fashionable brand, compared to nearly 40% a year ago.

Being off-trend is seriously impacting sales. In November, the company adjusted its sales prediction for 2016, saying sales could decline up to 3% in the year. 


The handbag maker stopped selling merch at more than 250 department stores in 2016 in an effort to regain its premium, luxury status.

However, the move hasn't paid off yet — in November, when reporting the company's the most recent quarter, Coach said it had its slowest growth in four quarters.

Nasty Gal

A decade after it was founded by then 22-year-old Sophia Amoruso in 2006, Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy in November. 

"Filing for bankruptcy is actually the most responsible decision for the business," Amoruso said at an event in Sydney, Australia when the news broke, the Independent reported.

The trendy fashion retailer had been through some tumultuous times in recent years. Amoruso stepped down as CEO in 2015. In her absence, the retailer laid off employees and former workers complained of a toxic environment.

It looks like Nasty Gal could get a fresh start in 2017. On Wednesday, British online fast-fashion retailer Boohoo.com announced it was bidding $20 million for Nasty Gal's brand and customer list. 

Lands' End

In December, Lands' End reported a 14.3% drop in same-store sales in the third quarter, with a 49% drop in apparel sales. That marked the ninth consecutive quarter of declining sales for the company. 

To make matters worse, Lands' End has also been dealing with problems in its executive suite.

In September, Federica Marchionni left her position as CEO. According to the Wall Street Journal, her departure was triggered by employees' disagreements with Marchionni's more high-fashion approach to the brand as well as the limited time she spent in the office — just one week every month. 


As teens' interest in the brand waned, Aeropostale filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May.

After declaring bankruptcy, the retailer announced it would close 154 stores in the US and Canada. 

"Back in the day, all of the cool kids had trendy brand names plastered across the front (or back) of their clothing. The trend has changed, and style today, perhaps encouraged by social media, embraces individualism and uniqueness," wrote Nicholas Rossolillo in finance publication The Motley Fool. "Online ordering and heavy discounting have also taken a toll on the industry, especially mall-based retailers. Aeropostale simply hasn't been able to adapt."

Kate Spade

Kate Spade's sales have suffered in 2016 as tourists' visits declined and discounting grew more popular, making it harder to sell items at full-price. 

Now, the company is reportedly working with investment banks on a possible sale, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The news comes six weeks after New York-based hedge fund Caerus Investors sent a letter to Kate Spade pushing the retailer's board to consider a sale.

"We have become increasingly frustrated by management's inability to achieve profit margins comparable to industry peers," Caerus' founder, Ward Davis, and managing partner, Brian Agnew, wrote.


4. Download the Macy's App

Not only can you shop on this app, but you can also enhance your in-store experience. By enabling in-store messages on your phone, you can unlock deals as you peruse Macy's. You can also scan barcodes to check prices, read reviews and check out additional size or color options. And if you decide to order from the app, Macy's offers 25% off your first order.

5. Cash In Your Plenti Rewards

Plenti is a free rewards program that offers points good for discounts at Macy's and other participating stores, including AT&T, Exxon, Rite Aid, and Expedia. Once you've signed up, you can earn points for purchases and redeem those points for discounts. For example, 1,000 Plenti points can be redeemed for $10 off your Macy's purchase.

6. Consider a Macy's Credit Card

Macy's has its own credit card (read our review here). In fact, there are two versions: The Macy's Store Card, good for in-store and online Macy's purchases, and the Macy's American Express Card, which can be used anywhere that accepts American Express. Cardholders can earn a number of benefits, including "Star Pass" discounts, annual 10% savings from August to December, and surprise discounts at the register. The American Express card also earns Plenti points.

It may seem easy to get one of these store credit cards just to get a discount or two. But there are several important financial impacts to consider before filling out that application, like if you shop there frequently enough to warrant adding this plastic to your wallet and if your budget can handle this card. You'll also want to consider if your credit scores can help you qualify for a credit card that would be better for your habits.

7. Price Adjustments

Macy's offers price adjustments that are good for 10 days from the date of purchase. If the price of your item drops within 10 days, Macy's will refund the difference. So if the item you just bought goes on sale, you'll still be able to reap the benefits.

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