Sears Shopping Secrets. Hidden Savings and Discounts.
Sears has been around for a long time and as America’s oldest department store, is deeply engrained into people’s minds. The retailer is known for low prices and good quality. There are some physical stores that look a bit run down and in a need of a face lift, but given recent hardships, they are not likely to get it any time soon. Despite that, devoted shoppers still love the deals and sentimental atmosphere.
If you are one of those devoted Sears customers already or planning to become one, there is one thing for certain – Sears wants you to save, so don’t go in without reading our list of savings strategies:
Shop Your Way Rewards Program
Even with a shaky start, this program is now well adjusted and functioning. It is free to join and to receive a membership number to be used for future perks. All members automatically get free three-month trial of Shop Your Way MAX, which is a paid program that works similar to Amazon Prime. Paying members get free two-day shipping, which is great if you prefer to do most of your shopping online. The program costs $39 per year after the free trial is over. This price definitely beats Amazon membership, so it’s something to consider.
Shop Your Way program is made of various components. It has 150 online partners, including competitors. If you access those retailers through your online account, you will get points from shopping at any of the participating stores. Every store has slightly different rewards points that are given to you, but you can track that info on your Shop Your Way page. Some days you will get double points with this program, making it the best time to shop.
If you want to increase your savings even more, you should sign up a credit or debit card. Some partner stores will require such credit card for points. This is definitely true about restaurants that can be found through Shop Your Way program. As you can see, you can get reward points in physical stores, not just online.
If you don’t want to get confused going through all kinds of retail stores, you can shop by category, which is what many of us like to do anyway. You can do that by going to Department or finds brands you like through the Shop tab.
Shop Your Way program has one hidden feature that not everybody knows about – Surprise Points, which are given at random time and can be redeemed at every store. You should check this page often as there is no knowing when it’ll happen. These points might work only for a specific brand or item, expire fast, or require some fixed amount of money spent.
Your rewards point will always be stored on your rewards number and can be redeemed easily online or in store. Every 1,000 points give you $1 for your future purchase.
You can find coupons in coupon section and store them in your Shop My Way account to be automatically applied when you use that number at check-out. Coupons often apply to the entire purchase amount or can be item-specific. For example, you can find $10 off Sears order, $10 off $100 on clothing, or $30 appliances.
Flash sales are another perk for Shop My Way members and will be under Deals tab. The deals are run by Sears, Kmart, or Groupon and offer products and services from third-party websites for a limited time.
Shop Your Way also focuses on social aspect of shopping and saving. To find all features that you might enjoy, explore the site and find more ways to benefit your lifestyle and shopping habits. You can enter into sweepstakes to win everything from extra points to cars and VIP program membership.
If you are serious about saving, organize your shopping list and items for the future in catalog area, where you can then monitor price changes and buy stuff on sale.
Coupon codes and promotions
Even if you don’t want to participate in Shop My Way program, you can find coupons for Sears and sister stores online, sent by mail or in Sunday paper.
Sears doesn’t allow coupon stacking, so items on sale and on clearance can’t be bought with coupons. Some upscale brands and specialty items are also not eligible for coupons. Even with those restrictions you will be able to get great discounts with promo codes.
Everybody loves clearance section, and when the store has not just clothing and jewelry, but tools, appliances, and bedding, this section is worth even more attention. The stores are filled to the brim with various offers large and small, so naturally there comes time when some inventory has to be moved. This is when all that good stuff goes on clearance. Sears is known for large clearance sales and discounts up to 75% off.
Our recommendation is to always start your shopping in clearance section and, only if you can’t find what you need there, go to regular priced stock.
Sears app does not focus on looks, but substance, and plenty of it. You can compare products by price, features, reviews, and read the Consumer Reports about them. When purchasing large appliances you can chat with a brand representative and get your questions answered.
App users get notifications about sales and coupons. With the help of the app you can order items online to be picked up at your local store. Once you arrive, you can let the store know that you are waiting and they will bring your stuff to the car.
Ultimate shoppers should consider Sears credit card. You will be able to save 5% in most departments, even on large purchases. You will not have to pay any interest if you will pay it off in 12 months and never be late.
Always read the small print when getting a new credit card and pay it off every month if you can to avoid future interest charges.