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10 Money-Saving Secrets Macy’s Employees Won’t Tell You

Everything from how to get free shipping on Macys.com to how to score 20 percent off every single time.

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Macy's Exterior Sign
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Get free shipping every time

While free shipping is becoming more and more common, you’ll still have to shell out $99 or more for it on Macys.com. Otherwise, it’s $10.95—unless you’re buying beauty products, that is. Those ship for free. Savvy shoppers know to add a cheap beauty product (one that costs less than $10.95) to their shopping bag in order to get free shipping on everything else.

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Trang Dang shops for athletic wear at Macy's flagship store in New York.

Knock 25 percent off your order

Who couldn’t use an extra 25 percent off? To redeem yours, create a free Macy’s profile and get a 25 percent off coupon emailed to you. Or download the Macy’s app and get 25 percent off your first in-app order.

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People walk out of a Macy's department store in Hialeah, Fla.

Return any gift

Uh oh! The sweater Grandma bought you just isn’t your styleand you can’t find the receipt. Have no fear: Macy’s allows you to return a gift within 180 days of purchase even without a receipt. You’ll just have to settle for store credit for the item’s lowest selling point.

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A discount sign stands on top of a rack of coats on sale at a Macy's department store
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Know when to go

If you’re looking to make a big purchase, you’ll want to align your shopping dates with one of Macy’s major sales. Macy’s Semi-Annual sales occur in July and January. Their Friends and Family sales happen in April or May and December. The store’s One Day sales typically take place on the third Saturday of the month, writes thekrazycouponlady.com. After your shopping trip, try these 12 ways to save at restaurants.

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Macy's Shoppers walk into a Macy's department store at the Hanover Mall in Hanover, Mass.
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Stay informed

In order to shop the best sales, you’ll need to know exactly when they’re taking place. Make sure you never miss the perfect day to shop by signing up for Macy’s emails, as well as checking their flier in your local newspaper.

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Shoppers holding bags from Macy's wait to cross an intersection in New York.

Buy yellow

Macy’s marks all of its final clearance items with a yellow sticker. That means the item will never get any cheaper than the price you see on that tag. If you see a blue clearance tag, know that the item will be discounted one more time (to a yellow tag). Learn the 31 invisible ways stores get you to spend more.

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Shoppers carry bags as they cross a pedestrian walkway near Macy's in Herald Square in New York.

Find the Last Act rack

The rack title Last Act is the final clearance rack, so you’re bound to find amazing deals. And don’t be afraid to ask where the rack is located in each department: there should be a different one for men’s, women’s, kid’s, and housewares.

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People Carry Shopping Bags at Macy's in New York
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Compare prices

Scan in-store barcodes on the Macy’s app to make sure the in-store price is cheaper than the online price. If it’s not, you’ll be able to get the discounted price as the register. The app also allows you to read reviews and receive weekly catalogs and exclusive deals. Heading to Target next? Try these 11 money-saving Target hacks.

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A shopper carries a bag as she walks in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

Use a Macy’s gift card

Unless you’re doing a lot of shopping at Macy’s, it’s probably not worth it to sign up for a Macy’s credit card. Still, it’s hard to see those cardholder deals go to waste. Try this hack: Use a Macy’s gift card instead. When the cashier swipes it, you’ll get whatever deal is available to cardholders.

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Traffic makes it's way past the Macy's flagship store, in New York.
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Try free in-store pickup

See something you like online and want to get rewards for your next shopping trip? Of course you do. Click in-store pickup (it’s free, so you’ll also get to pass on shipping fees) and get 15-20 percent off your next in-store purchase. Now try these 50 ways to save at all your favorite stores.