5 Stores Where You Shouldn't Pay Full Price

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5 Stores Where You Shouldn't Pay Full Price
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By Lisa Koivu

A funny thing happened a few years ago: The recession hit and suddenly people were shopping less. Retailers tried different tactics to get people shopping again and the market became over-saturated with sample sale sites and daily deal sites selling items that couldn't be sold in stores. While those types of sites are far less plentiful now that the economy has stabilized a bit, one thing that hasn't changed is that retailers are still coupon crazy. Stores that once would rarely offer coupons now offer them constantly.

Some say that in response to the coupons the retailers have actually raised their prices and thus are breaking even, and perhaps that is the case. What I do know is that regardless of the retailers' intent, there are some stores where the coupons are so plentiful that it would be unwise to shop without one.

While it may still be harder to find in-store coupons, here are five stores where you will never want to pay full price online:

1. J. Crew. J. Crew has steadily gotten more expensive throughout the years, but over the past couple of years they've been releasing coupons nearly as often as the other retailers on this list.
You can normally find a J. Crew coupon at least once a week. Sometimes it will be an extra percentage discount on their sale section while other times it will be 25 to 30 percent off full-priced items. (Sometimes you might get really lucky and also score free shipping.)

2. Ann Taylor. Honestly, I've never once looked at the Ann Taylor (ANN) website and not found a coupon available. If you don't see one on the day you are order, come back the next day.

3. The Body Shop. I remember being a teenager and not being allowed to shop at The Body Shop because it was too expensive. These days they frequently offer 50 percent off site-wide deals, as well as buy one get one deals. Additionally, discounted vouchers for The Body Shop regularly pop up on Groupon.

4. Kohl's. There are so many ways to save at Kohl's (KSS) these days. In addition to the store's regular coupons that can usually save you anywhere from 15 to 25 percent (sometimes 30 percent if you have a Kohl's charge card), be on the lookout for their Gold Star Clearance Days when prices get heavily slashed, and you can almost always earn $10 in Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent. Kohl's Cash can then be used on your next $10 and up purchase.

5. Gap. There are maybe one to two days each week when you won't find a Gap coupon listed on their website. Gap (GPS) sends out near-daily emails with new codes. In addition to the frequent online codes, coupons are frequently released for Gap Outlet.

If you head to any of these sites and are unable to find a coupon highlighted be sure to check out a coupon aggregator site like retailmenot.com for any available codes.

Lisa Koivu is the founder of ShopGirlDaily.com, a shopping blog for women who want to have the best for less.


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Shirley

Very little to do to be a part of Macy's program. I haven't paid full retail there for years. Sometimes prices are slached so much & with a coupon you may only pay $5 - $10 for a $50. - $75 item.

February 27 2014 at 7:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
freeetob

Mark it up, mark it down. If you believe you're saving, you also believe anything coming out of a politicians' mouth. When clearance items can be "marked down" 60 and 80 percent and you know the store is still making a profit, you know everything in that is well overpriced Chinese junk to begin with.

February 27 2014 at 5:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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tony

Thou has that so right there comrade, nothin but chinese crap. None of these stores are worth a flying ef.

February 27 2014 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
green gate farm

Shopping on line for clothing, coupon or not, is a pain. Most of the time I have to return the items and return shipping is not free. All in all it takes about a week and half to get a pair slacks, find out they don't fit and then return them. I might as well drive to the mall and kill a half a day trying the on stuff. As for Kohl's, watch their prices. I found the same or similar items much cheaper at other stores without the items being on sale or with a coupon.

February 27 2014 at 5:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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tony

They don`t even bother to say where its all made either. screw them commys.

February 27 2014 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kennyzeke

kohls has mysterious markpUp'S before they have a sale Lord and Taylor with their coupons is the best deal

February 27 2014 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grammma Peg

Worked retail in my time and never pay full price,25% might be a good buy!!!!

February 27 2014 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mate

It always makes me laugh, when a store offers say "30% Off". 30% Off what exactly? Say an item is $20 and this is 30% Off, then it should have been sold at around $30 at some point. Believe me, that item has never seen a $30 price tag. Making this claim should be against the law. It is in parts of Europe. If a store in the UK for example, says 30% off then they must have sold that item at the original price at some point in the last 6 months. If not they are fined heavily. If you make an offer, then it should be a genuine offer. So when you see "50% off", ask the assistant at what point the item was sold for double the price. It means absolutely nothing.

February 27 2014 at 3:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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tony

Buy American, not crap.

February 27 2014 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jt2

Macy's is another store that has coupons and sales going on most of the time!

February 27 2014 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eloise

These are not the stores I frequent. Think I shopped at the Gap once or twice maybe twenty years ago and at Kohl's once or twice in the last ten years. Never in the others. I suppose it may have something to do with my age and most of the styles.

February 27 2014 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tony

To bad it aint cause they are communistic stores. looks like your age has not brought wisdom.

February 27 2014 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

It also says on here the supreme court ruled authorities can enter your house anytime they want.
I live in a state that is mostly rednecks. For safety reasons, I would suggest rescind this.

February 27 2014 at 8:19 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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jim1392

I suggest you put this where it belongs rather then here.

February 27 2014 at 9:12 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
jt2

And what does that remark have to do with shopping? Why don't you find a political website?

February 27 2014 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
rdema11793

The price of an item at Kohl's is almost always the same; the way you arrive at that price changes from week to week. The coupons are usually not in effect when the Kohl's Cash is good.

February 27 2014 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply