One store that can really get me into trouble?
Bed Bath & Beyond.
Its aisles are full of everything I didn’t know I needed: cookware with mysterious purposes, candles of all scents — even hair-care tools that will make my locks look like a golden waterfall glistening in the sunlight. Supposedly.
All of this is to say… I spend too much money every time I go.
But here are a few ways I’m planning to maximize my savings the next time Bed Bath & Beyond pushes me beyond my budget.
1. Never Enter The Store Without Coupons in Hand
The good news for your next Bed Bath & Beyond haul? You’re likely going to find a coupon for whatever it is you need.
You can find a number of these through Bed Bath & Beyond’s app or in its email newsletter. (And, hey! When you sign up for that, you’ll get a coupon!) Additionally, you can opt in for SMS coupons delivered to you via text.
Bed Bath & Beyond will also accept manufacturer coupons. So if you find a coupon for a Keurig, for example, you can apply it.
Oh, and always look for the yellow tags. Those are clearance items.
2. Practice Price-Matching
Bed Bath & Beyond will match direct competitors’ prices, as long as the make and model are identical.
The easiest way to go about this would be to use a price-comparison app, like ShopSavvy. When you get to the register to check out, show the store associate the competitor’s ad or website. You can even practice price matching after a purchase, though you’ll need your receipt.
Also note you can match Amazon’s prices — as long as Amazon itself is selling the item, not a third party.
You can also use a manufacturer’s coupon in conjunction with price matching. However, you can only pair a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon with a price-match if the competitor would also accept the coupon.
Because this is a little confusing, and because I’ve said price-match about 11 times now, be sure to read up on the store’s policies. Also remember it never hurts to ask.
3. Earn Cash Back — Always
We love this tip because you can stack the following strategies with those coupons we mentioned.
Here are some of your cash-back options:
- Use Ibotta to earn cash back in-store and online. Your first step is to download the app. Then you can peruse in-store offers, such as such as $5 back on Fit Tea 14-Day Detox or $1 back on Lubriderm lotion. Or, if you’re shopping online, you can earn 2% cash back on your entire purchase. Once you earn $20 back in the app, cash out and enjoy your savings.
Plus, when you bank your first cash-back offer, you’ll snag a $10 bonus.
- Another option? Ebates.
Browse the Ebates website to find special coupons and promo codes. Right now, you can snag a $5 gift card with the purchase of a Brita four-pack filter or get up to $50 off on a Vitamix.
You can also simply earn 2% cash back on your entire purchase when your shop through the Ebates portal. Or, link your debit or credit card, and Ebates will automatically grant you that cash back when you shop in-store.
4. Swipe That Credit Card, Baby
Responsibly, of course.
If you’re good at managing your money (and temptation), be sure pay for your purchases with a rewards credit card.
Bed Bath & Beyond has its own special one that offers 5% back in rewards for every dollar spent at the retailer, 2% in rewards for gas and groceries and 1% in rewards for all other purchases.
You can explore other credit card options, too, like the the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, groceries), you’ll pocket a $150 bonus.
There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire. We checked Credible’s annual rewards calculator, and it estimates $417 in annual rewards based on our spending habits.* (You can enter your unique spending habits and see what you’d earn, too.)
Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.
*Annual Rewards amounts will change based on the amounts you enter. The monthly spending category names and definitions may vary among issuers, and categories may not align one-to-one.
5. Sign Up for Beyond+ Beta
You’ll want to do some math on this one to see if the yearly membership fee is worth it to you, but Beyond+ Beta is a new program — in testing, hence “Beta” — that aims to deliver loyal customers (that’s you) more savings.
For $29 a year, members will snag 20% off their entire purchase. Every. Single. Time. Both in-store and online. (Though be sure to read the store’s list of exclusions.) You’ll also get free shipping. (But you can also get free shipping anyways when you spend more than $29.)
If you want to read up on the program, find more information here.
6. Hang On To Those Receipts
We’ll end with a simple tip: Don’t throw your receipts away.
There are many reasons you shouldn’t, but know that if you bought a regular-priced item that goes on sale a week later (because that’s always how life works, right?), then you you take your receipt in to grab a refund.
Or, if you were shopping online, you can sign up for an online service like Paribus. Paribus links up to your email address and monitors your receipts. If an item’s price drops, it’ll work to refund you.
For example, if that Keurig you bought last week just dropped $10, Paribus works to get you the money back — for free.
So how are you feeling? Beyond stoked for these savings?
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
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