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Store Reviews – Ajummas’ Tip Summary


*Months noted here are based on 2012 sale events for guidance. 2013 sale events are covered in our blog*

Amazon: Amazon prices fluctuate during the day – add the items to your cart and monitor the prices until you’re happy with the discount. Check prices offered by independent merchants that are fulfilled by Amazon because some stores don’t collect tax in all states. Free shipping for purchases over $25. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, free 2 day shipping for all your purchases.

bloomingdales: Bloomingdales host lots of promotional and sale events – seasonal clearance sales, friends & family (20% off in April, September and November), birthday promo code (10-15% off), ‘we miss you’ promo code (up to 40% off – May, August, October and December), registry completion discount (10% off home and increased to 20% in March and November), email sign up promo code (10% off), one day home sales, women’s, men’s and kid’s loyallist events (tiered percentage discount and gift card events up to 30% off throughout the year), loyallist program ($25 gift card for 5,000 points)… and you can apply one promo code for online purchases. Free shipping for purchases over $150 or beauty orders over $50. Recently Bloomingdales introduced free returns for online purchases.

Design Within Reach: Semi-annual sale (March and October) and manufacturer sponsored discount events offer 15% off. Shipping is based on the purchase amount and can get pretty expensive, even if you don’t opt for White Glove Delivery.

Design Within Reach (Outlet): Inventory changes everyday at both the eBay store and the Warehouse in Secaucus NJ. If you live near the Warehouse in NJ or NY for that matter (free shuttle bus service during the sale), Warehouse Sale is twice a year (July and November). In 2013, it was March and 2nd sale date has yet to be announced.

H&M: Email sign up coupon (20% off).

LeSportsac: Outlet prices are as low as 70% off. If you’re not fussed about seasonal prints, you can’t beat outlet prices.

Ligne Roset: Sample sales and VIP sale events range from 15-30% off.

Matches Fashion: Free shipping is offered from time to time. Extra percentage off sale takes place at the end of the seasonal sale.

Neiman Marcus: Instead of Friends & Family, Neiman Marcus have gift card events. Best events offer up to 30% of your purchase. In 2013, gift card events have been offered every month.

Nordstrom: Free shipping. Free returns.

Outnet: Friday weekly sales and bi-annual Friends & Family (20% off in February and October). No sales tax (unless you’re in NJ and NY). Free shipping is offered from time to time. You can also tell your friends about Outnet and earn a $30 store credit for each referred friend when they make their first purchase.

philosophy: Biggest discount I’ve seen is 30% off for online purchases.

Sephora: VIB events (15% off in April) and Friends & Family (20% off in November).

Shopbop: Tiered discount events and Friends & Family (20% off in April and October).

Urban Decay: Bi-annual Friends & Family (20% off in March and October). In 2013, it was February and 2nd sale date has yet to be announced.

Williams-Sonoma: Registry completion discount (10%) and free shipping is offered from time to time. In 2012, Williams-Sonoma ran the best sale that I’ve seen to date – tiered percentage discount sale where the max discount was 25% off your purchase over $500.


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