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Though we know it as a classic department store, Macy’s actually started as a dry goods store in New York City in 1858. Through the years it has evolved to become the mall staple we know and love today.
Macy’s has been a beloved and successful store for generations because of its great selection of high-quality items and popular brands at good prices. And while even the most novice shopper can score good deals at Macy’s, the store rewards savvy shoppers with lots of opportunities to save a ton of money.
Because the Dealspotr team wants to help you save as much as you can, we put together these top tips to save the most money at Macy’s.
Sign up for Plenti
The new Plenti Rewards Program is a great way to get rewards and discounts across multiple platforms. Run by American Express, the free program offers rewards for shopping at Macy’s, plus stores including Rite Aid, Exxon, Direct Energy, Nationwide Insurance, Hulu, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car in a similar manner to a grocery store loyalty card. Plus, there’s no obligation, fees, or credit consequences.
For every $10 spent on qualifying Macy’s purchases, you’ll earn 1 Plenti point, and you’ll get 2 points for every $10 Macy’s beauty and fragrance purchase. Every 100 Plenti points equals $1 and can be redeemed after you reach 200 points. Plenti also occasionally offers special promotions, including earning 200 points the first time you spend $100 at once at Macy’s. What sets Plenti apart is that points can be combined from multiple stores. For instance, every gallon of fuel at Exxon equals 1 Plenti point, so things add up quickly.
To further grow your Plenti points, consider applying for a Macy’s American Express card, which will give you 1 Plenti point for every dollar spent at Macy’s, 2 Plenti points for every dollar spent on Macy’s beauty and fragrance items, and 1 Plenti point for every dollar spent with the card at other stores as long as your credit card is linked to your Plenti account. Even casual spending with the Macy’s American Express card can quickly accrue Plenti points, with even more opportunities coming from building credit and taking advantage of unique Plenti offers.
You can access your Plenti account and points balance through the My Plenti app, Plenti.com, or Macys.com. To maximize your rewards value, save your points for a year and redeem them at once for a more expensive item, which should be free or sold to you at a great discount. Plenti points expire after two years, so don’t let them sit around for too long.
Take Advantage of Coupons and Promo Codes
Although Macy’s offers a high number of coupons and promo codes, most codes come with a lengthy list of exclusions, even for “store-wide” coupons. Frequently on the exclusion list are luxury brand items and items from many of the store’s departments. Pay close attention to the fine print and the expiration date, as some coupons are only available to Macy’s credit card holders and many codes expire quickly.
Even with the restrictions, Macy’s coupons and promo codes can lead to huge savings when you put the time in. Because Macy’s releases coupons almost every week and rotates through the items that are included, you can get the items you want for a great price if you are patient enough.
We post Macy’s promo codes on Dealspotr.com as soon as they are released, which often occurs on Fridays. Macy’s also frequently includes fliers and coupons in local newspapers or in the mail towards the end of the week.
Shop Clearance Sales
Macy’s sells a huge number of items, which means store space is a hot commodity. As a result, the store is frequently trying to cycle through items and announces huge clearance sales to clear out inventory. Macy’s almost always has a clearance sale going on in at least one of its departments, and the sales can produce some amazing deals on top items.
As with clearance sales at other stores, the deepest discounts are on items that are heading out of season, such as swimwear towards the end of the summer or coats and boots around February and March. Even towels with spring details or in pastel colors often go on clearance as the weather starts to cool.
Just for signing up for a free profile on Macys.com, you’ll get a coupon for 15% off your next purchase. Creating a profile only takes a few minutes and requires your name, address, birthday, and gender.
An easy way to get multiple 15% off coupons is to set up profiles for friends and family who aren’t currently on Macys.com. Simply use their email address and have them send you the coupon once they receive it.
Download the Macy’s App
Macy’s sets itself apart from other department stores with its app that is useful to customers shopping on a budget. Our favorite section is “My Wallet”, which lets you save promo codes and coupons and then automatically applies them to your online or in-store purchases, so you’ll never forget to use a coupon. You can also use the app to see the store’s current promotions and sales and sign up for push notifications to be the first to know about a new sale or coupon.
Macy’s charges shipping fees on most orders, but you can save by picking up online orders at your local Macy’s.
Use social media
Like many other stores, Macy’s takes advantage of social media to share information of new sales and promotions. Check its Facebook page for news on free gifts with purchase, as well as
in-store events, giveaways, and charitable donation opportunities. Social media is also one of the quickest ways to reach Macy’s customer service—simply send the company a Facebook message or tweet instead of having to sort through an automated phone system and wait on hold.