Use these for your next shopping trip.

By Lourdes Avila Uribe
Updated December 28, 2017
T.J. Maxx Store
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There’s no need to go for broke when shopping, especially when TJ Maxx and Marshall’s exist. They’ve got some of the best deals around town—and with their powers combined, carry just about everything you might need. Remember these tips and tricks to make it the best shopping experience possible.

T.J. Maxx Store
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Shop on Wednesday Mornings

Since shipments for the week start arriving on Tuesday, they get marked down and put on the floor after-hours that evening. This means that on Wednesday morning there’s a fresh crop of items and all the latest deals.

Get to Know Your Local Store

Befriend the employees and familiarize yourself with the layout so you don’t waste time aimlessly wandering around.

Pay Attention to the Colored Tags

They mean different things: white tags indicate regular price; purple tags indicate items from the runway collection; red tags indicate clearance price; blue tags indicate items with a matching piece; and yellow tags mark a final clearance price.

Shop Off-season Products in January and July

This is when last season’s items get marked down and are the only true “sales” the stores ever have.

Ask for a Markdown Check

Once an item has been in the store for over a month it qualifies for a markdown. Ask any employee with a price scanner to check if your items are eligible for a markdown that hasn’t been changed.

Haggle for Additional Discounts of Imperfect Items

If you see a damaged item you want that hasn’t already been marked down with tag indicating as such, you can ask an employee for a 10 to 20 percent discount.

Shop Stocking Stuffers

Since they get new inventory up to and including the week of Christmas, you can dash in and get those last-minute gifts that eluded you.

Do Your “Special Occasion” Shopping

Whether it’s a holiday party, bridal shower, or baby shower, both T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are rife with trendy and topical products that won’t break the bank.

Enroll in T.J. Maxx’s Free Rewards Programs

You’ll gain entry into monthly sweepstakes where 25 $100 gift cards are raffled off each month and get access to special shopping hours and private parties.

Comparison-shop Seasonal Products with Macy’s and Nordstrom

Since T.J. Maxx often buys out major designers’ extra inventory, you just might find the same bag you spotted at Nordstrom at T.J. Maxx for a fraction of the price.

Compare Prices with the Amazon App

You can even scan the item right into your phone and see if you really are getting the best deal.

Get Gift Cards

They can be used in-stores and online at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.

Purchase Pet Supplies

Big ticket items that might cost you a fortune at a fancy pet store like a dog bed are available for a fraction of the price.