If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a T.J. Maxx or Marshalls, you know these stores offer great ways 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 as well.
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Secrets to saving money at T.J. Maxx & Marshalls
Under the same ownership, the retailers have more than 2,000 locations in the United States and keep growing to meet the demands of bargain shoppers.
Read on for some things you might not know about T.J. Maxx and Marshalls!
1. Know the differences
T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have a lot in common, but there are a few qualities that make the stores unique — and we’re not just talking about 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
2. Worldwide buying power
When these discount chains say they travel around the world to bring you designer deals, they mean it!
A company representative told Clark.com that buyers source goods from more than 18,000 vendors in more than 100 countries. They take advantage of when other retailers plan lower inventories, overbuy and cancel orders.
And when designers overproduce, buyers for T.J. Maxx and Marshalls move in to negotiate lower prices.
3. Look for the yellow tags!
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!
- White tags: Regular price
- Red tags: Clearance price
- Yellow tags: Final clearance price
4. The best time to shop is…
The average T.J. Maxx or Marshalls location receives thousands of new items a week, so there really isn’t a “bad” day to shop.
However, one HomeGoods addict (also owned by TJX Companies) only shops during the middle of the day on Tuesdays through Fridays because it’s easier to find bargains with fewer people around.
And some other bloggers insist the markdowns are best on Wednesdays, right after the store opens.
5. 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 during those months.
Each T.J. Maxx and Marshalls also has a clearance aisle for discounted prices any time of the year.
6. Few items are irregular
One common misconception is that these stores are full of irregular clothes, but it’s really only a small percentage. The company says irregular merchandise is clearly marked on the price tag.
Since many irregularities aren’t noticeable, this merchandise may be just what bargain shopper are looking for!
7. Compare prices using Amazon’s app
Glen Zubia, a Texas man who paid off $50,000 of personal debt by flipping name brand merchandise for a profit, knows his way around discount stores.
He told me that T.J. Maxx often beats Amazon’s prices, especially on these items:
- Name brand clothing
- Tech accessories
If you haven’t used Amazon’s app to price check while shopping, just enter an item into the search bar or click on the camera icon to launch the barcode scanner.
8. They just keep growing…
Traditional department stores and retailers have been struggling lately, but not T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. According to a CNN Money report, sales are up at existing locations, and they plan to open thousands of new stores.
9. We can’t forget about HomeGoods!
While each T.J. Maxx and Marshalls will have a home section, HomeGoods locations are like a home section on steroids! There are more than 500 HomeGoods stores nationwide, including some standalone locations.
In those standalone stores, look for an even bigger selection of furniture, wall decor, lamps, throw pillows and bedding.
10. 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 told Clark.com. Get free shipping when you spend $89 or more, plus free returns at stores.
11. TJX Rewards Access
Have you heard about TJX Rewards Access? It’s not a credit card. The free program offers the following benefits at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods:
• First to know about new arrivals and store openings
• Sweepstakes entry every time you shop
• Opportunities for free giveaways
• Private parties, which means first dibs on designer finds
You can pick up a plastic card in a store or sign up for a digital card online.
12. Save more with discounted gift cards
Due to instability in the retail industry, Clark isn’t so hot about gift cards. But as we mentioned, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are thriving. So you may want to pick up discounted gift cards on sites like Raise.com.
Best of all, the gift cards can be redeemed at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods.