By Mike Timmerman, clarkhoward.com
If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a T.J. Maxx or Marshalls, you know these stores are a great place to save money on things you need — and things you didn’t know you needed!
Shoes? You’ll find plenty. Pots and pans? There’s an aisle! Candles? They have those too.
Secrets to saving money at T.J. Maxx & Marshalls
Under the same ownership, these chains have more than 2,000 locations in the United States and keep growing to meet the demands of savvy shoppers.
Read on for some things you might not know about T.J. Maxx and Marshalls!
There are differences
T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have a lot in common, but there are a few things that make the stores unique – and not just the color scheme.
- Expanded selection of fine jewelry and accessories
- The Runway, a high-end designer department
- Offers family footwear
- Expanded men’s department
- The CUBE, a department specifically for juniors
Buyers travel worldwide
When T.J. Maxx and Marshalls say they travel around the world to bring you designer deals, they mean it!
A company representative tells Clark.com that buyers source goods from more than 18,000 vendors in more than 100 countries. They take advantage of when department or specialty stores plan lower inventories and overbuy and cancel orders.
Also, when designers overproduce, buyers move in to negotiate lower prices.
You can save a lot of money
This buying strategy lets the stores pass lower prices along to you. Prices at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are generally 20% to 60% below the regular prices at department or specialty stores, according to the company.
And if you spot a reduced-priced item with a red or yellow tag, grab it before it’s gone!
Shop Wednesday mornings
The average T.J. Maxx or Marshalls receives thousands of new items a week, so there really isn’t a “bad” day to shop. However, some bloggers insist the markdowns are best on Wednesdays, right after the store opens.
Shop during the months of January and July
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, stores need to clear out seasonal inventory in January and July, so be on the lookout for lower prices then. Each store also has a clearance aisle for discounted prices any time of the year.
Few items are irregular
One common misconception is that these stores are full of irregular clothes, but it’s really only a small percentage. And the company says irregular merchandise is clearly marked on the price tag.
If you’re a bargain shopper, irregular items might be just what you’re looking for because the irregularities are often unnoticeable.
They just keep growing…
Traditional department stores and retailers have been struggling lately, but not T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. According to a recent CNN Money report, sales are up at existing locations, and they plan to open thousands of new stores.
So, if there isn’t a location where you live now, just be patient!
We can’t forget about HomeGoods!
While each T.J. Maxx and Marshalls location will have a home section, HomeGoods locations are like a home section on steroids! There are more than 500 HomeGoods locations nationwide, including some standalone stores.
In those standalone stores, look for an even bigger selection of furniture, wall decor, lamps, throw pillows and bedding.
Shop online at TJMaxx.com
TJMaxx.com went live in 2013, but the selection online will vary from what you find in stores, a company representative tells us. They currently offer free shipping when you spend $75 and free returns at local stores.
Social media contests!
Like most major retailers, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls want to be your friend on social media, but this relationship might benefit you!T.J. Maxx has a photo contest this summer that rewards fans with gift cards.
Save more with discounted gift cards
Speaking of gift cards, if you want to save even more at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, consider buying a discounted gift card on sites likeRaise.com. We found some gift cards for 11% off!
Best of all, they can be redeemed at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods.
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