7 simple ways to save more money at Big Lots

Attention savvy shoppers and bargain hunters: You already know that Big Lots is a great place to find big savings on closeout and overstocked merchandise. But are you aware that with a little extra effort, you can cut those prices by an additional 20 percent, 30 percent or more?

Following are seven simple ways to score even bigger savings at Big Lots.

1. Sign up for the Buzz Club

The Big Lots rewards program is called the Buzz Club. Sign up, and you’ll receive special offers and coupons.

For example, it’s not unusual for regular shoppers to receive coupons for $5 off any $15 purchase. That’s a savings of up to 33 percent on Big Lots’ already marked-down prices.

2. Use discount gift cards

Look for Big Lots gift cards priced below their face value on gift card marketplaces. Buy a $100 Big Lots gift card for $90, for example, and you’ll effectively save an additional 10 percent on every item you buy with the gift card.

Examples of gift card marketplaces include:

A comparison website called Gift Card Granny will tell you which of these marketplaces is selling a certain retailer’s gift cards for the lowest price at any given time. So, always visit Gift Card Granny before buying a discounted gift card.

To learn more about how gift card marketplaces work, check out “How Unwanted Gift Cards Saved Me $300 Last Year.”

3. Look at the clearance racks for big savings

Big Lots stores generally have areas where clearance items are grouped together. Find out where your local store displays these items and scour the shelves for incredible deals.

Online shoppers can also find clearance deals 24/7 on Big Lots’ website

RELATED: If you choose to shop online instead, here are some hacks to save money: 

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1. Clear your browser history

Some retailers might sneakily increase prices based on your browsing patterns and demand - so make sure to always clear your history and cookies before shopping! 

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2. Use an alternate email address

When you log in to a retailer's site with a new email address, retailers will often welcome you as a new customer with exciting new promotions and discounts. 

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3. Note price changes throughout the week

Another pro tip: Prices and deals can fluctuate based on the day of the week. For instance, if you're purchasing a flight, monitor prices for around a week to see if they take a dip on any particular day before purchasing. 

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4. Let items linger in your cart

Here's a hack: Add items to your cart, but let them sit for 24 hours before purchasing. The retailer might attempt to lure you back with additional discounts.

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5. Check out multiple sites

Do some research! Don't settle for the first price you see - poke around on a search engine and find the best deal. 

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6. Bargain with customer service

Use customer service to your advantage. If you ask (politely!) about an expired coupon, you'll often find yourself pleasantly surprised by an extension or new code! 

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7. Don't purchase impulsively

Try this shopping hack - don't buy that shiny, new toy right away. Step away for a few hours, and if you find yourself itching to go back and click 'purchase', then you know you won't regret your investment!

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8. Avoid shipping fees

Take advantage of free shipping! If you are a few dollars below the free shipping price point, add a low-cost filler item you need anyway (like socks!) and make the math work out in your favor. 

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4. Check key webpages

Wondering what’s on sale this week at Big Lots? Visit the retailer’s website and stop by the weekly ad page as well as the weekly deals page.

Want even more savings? Check the coupon page.

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5. Shop through a cash-back site

If you shop online — whether at Big Lots or elsewhere — be sure to go through a cash-back portal. Examples of this type of website include:

When you visit a cash-back portal before shopping online, you can receive money back on every purchase you make at retailers that partner with the cash-back portal.  We detail how this process works in “3 Websites That Pay You to Go Shopping.”

Big Lots partners with all three of the portals listed above. Recently, they were offering 2 to 4 percent cash back on purchases from Big Lots’ website.

6. Wait to shop during 20 percent off weekends

Every so often, Big Lots will offer a weekend promotion that involves 20 percent off most everything you buy. Mary Hoover of the blog Mission to Save notes that on those weekends:

“These coupons are good for savings on your total purchase — with only a few exclusions (like dairy and gift cards). Typically, Buzz Club members will receive the discount when using their reward card on Saturday.  Then, everyone can score the 20 percent savings using reward card or a printed coupon on Sunday.”

These events typically occur every couple of months, so keep your eyes peeled.

7. Be patient when buying seasonal items

Big Lots regularly discounts items at the end of the season. But if you see these items on sale, it can pay off to pause before purchasing, according to the blog Passion for Savings:

“The prices on the seasonal items drop pretty quickly. If you see an item you love in the seasonal department, wait! Head back to the department in a few days. Chances are, the price will already be lower. Visit the department at the end of the season, and prices are as much as 75 percent off.”

Lastly, note that you can find seasonal deals on Big Lots’ website.

Do you know of other ways to save at Big Lots? Share them by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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