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Ways to save money at andThat! stores

8 ways to save money at andThat! stores

Theo Thimou May 10, 2018
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You’re probably familiar with all the usual chain dollar store suspects — Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar, 99-Cents Only.

But did you know there’s a new retailer that can qualify as a secret fifth dollar store chain — and that it masquerades as a home decor emporium?!

That’s the big secret about andThat! stores, a corporate cousin to the better-know likes of Bed, Bath & Beyond, Cost Plus World Market, buybuy BABY and others.

Here’s what Clark.com found when we visited one andThat! location…

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How to save money at andThat! stores

With only a handful of locations in five states, andThat! isn’t a well-known name. But it is worth a look if you have one near you  and you like home decor stores that offer more than just the standard home decor — like alcohol, dry food and even pet food.

1. Know how to shop andThat! as a dollar store alternative

Dollar stores have way more inventory priced at a buck than andThat! stores do. But there were some major finds with the $1 price point jumping out at us when we walked the aisles.

$1 aluminum bakeware

Among the more unique items we saw were packs of monogrammed facial tissue and vintage sodas for just $1.

$1 vintage sodas

monogrammed facial tissue

And if the inner rebel in you doesn’t want to pay outrageous prices for candy at the movie theater, andThat! has a big selection of those giant boxes priced just right!

$1 theater candy

2. Look for the 90% off rack

Rather than centralizing its clearance stuff, andThat! has it located at several different points throughout the store.

Right when we entered, we saw an area with a variety of items priced at 90% off the original price.

90% off clearance

That steep clearance price meant some items like this book we priced as low as 48 cents. That beats the pants off Dollar Tree’s $1 books!

cheap book

3. Shop the seasonal clearance section

andThat! was unloading its Easter gear for 75% off the original price at the location we visited.

Monogrammed Easter egg dying kits, anyone?

75% off seasonal clearance

4. Stop and shop the foyer

When you’re coming in from the parking lot, you go through the first set of automatic doors. But before you even cross the threshold of the store proper, there’s a foyer with a ton of promotionally priced merchandise.

This area is so thick with deals, you could practically trip over them!

And there’s that $1 price point again, this time on 14-ounce bottles of fancy boutique-style hand soap in the photo below.

$1 soap at kennesaw andthat store

5. Don’t forget to check outside for bargains, too

andThat! lines up a lot of furniture and other deals along the store’s exterior. We found 98-cent windshield washer fluid and plant stands on sale, among other things.

That stands were marked down from $5.49 to prices starting at just $2.28.

windshield washer fluid plant stands

6. Some people come just for the coffee

andthat coffee

The coffee sales, that is.

One associate told Clark.com that some shoppers come just to load up on coffee like the Victor Allen’s 42-count single serve brew cups when they’re on sale for $9.99 each.

In fact, we saw one woman pile five boxes in her hands, all the way up to her chin, as she walked to checkout. The woman told us by pairing the sale price with a $10 coupon, she’s able to pay only $40 for all five boxes.

You can get the same coupon, too. Just text DEALS to 47283 for your $10 off a purchase of $50 coupon.

So how good of a deal is that price on coffee? Well, Amazon offers the same product in the same size at a much-higher price of $21 per box.

That’s a big savings!

7. Look for handwritten furniture markdowns

Some sets are marked down in red and they’re priced to move. This four-piece set was discounted by 20% off the original sale price.

furniture markdown 2

Meanwhile, if you like scratch-and-dent furniture, there’s no official ‘sold as is’ furniture section like there is at the store’s corporate cousin, World Market.

But after speaking with the andThat! manager, we learned that any scuffs or marks on the furniture could get you an additional discount at management’s discretion.

Hey, it never hurts to ask.

8. Check out the free phone charging

So this one’s not necessarily a way to save money, but it is a nicety for shoppers.

andThat! makes a free phone charging kiosk available for customers near the front of the store.

free phone charger

There are eight slots for phone charging. Your mobile phone number becomes your secure code to lock yours up and let it get some juice while you’re shopping.

free phone charger2

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Theo Thimou is director of content for ClarkHoward.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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