How to Save at Macy's: 8 Hacks for Savvy Shoppers

How to Save at Macy's: 8 Hacks for Savvy Shoppers
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Macy's is one of those catch-all retailers that always has exactly what you need, no matter what you're looking for. From home goods to shoes and everything in between, if you want it, Macy's probably has it. The only drawback? The prices can be a little steep for someone on a budget. But don't despair! The professional shoppers here at Brad's Deals know all the best ways to hack a deal at Macy's, and we're about to share everything we know with you!

Here are our eight favorite ways to save at Macy's.

Add a beauty item to your cart to skip shipping costs.

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We've written about this before, but it's a tip worth repeating. Usually, if you want to get free shipping at Macy's, you'll have to spend $99 or pony up the hefty $10.99 shipping fee. But there's a super easy way to avoid this charge, even if your total is nowhere near $99 – just add a cheap beauty item to your cart! Macy's offers free shipping on all beauty purchases, which means your entire order will ship for free, even if you're only paying an extra $4 for a Burt's Bees lip balm like this one.

Take advantage of the Macy's Money program.

Macy's Money is Macy's cash back loyalty program for frequent customers. During select periods throughout the year, you'll be able to earn $10 back in Macy's Money for orders between $50 and $74.99, $15 for orders between $75 and $99.99, $20 back for orders between $100 and $149.99, $30 back for orders between $150 and $199.99, and $40 back for orders over $200. You'll be able to spend these earned rewards during a specific period of time, usually the week after the promotional period has ended. To learn more, check out this FAQ on Macy's Money.

Download the Macy's app.

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Want to save an additional 25 percent off your next order from Macy's? Whip out your smartphone right now, and download the Macy's app. New app customers will get a single-use promo code that will slice 25 percent off their next order or regular-priced clothing and accessories.

Sign up for their newsletter.

If you don't mind crowding up your inbox a bit, sign up for the Macy's email newsletter and you'll get 15 percent off your next order of $100 or more! Plus, you'll get notified about exclusive sales and discounts before anyone else.

Get a Plenti Rewards card.

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Plenti is a rewards program that offers cash back at a variety of major retailers, including Macy's. Exxon Mobile, Rite Aid, Hulu and many more. It's totally free to join, and members earn one point for every $10 they spend on beauty items, fragrances and other qualifying purchases, and for every 1,000 points you earn, you'll get $10 off. Points do expire after two years, but if you're a frequent shopper at Macy's (or any of Plenti's other partners), this is a really easy way to get more bang for your buck.

Set up your Macy's Wallet for faster checkout and big savings.

Macy's My Wallet program allows you to check out faster and get instant access to new promotions by tracking your one-use coupons and automatically finding sales and discounts that apply to your order.

Keep a Macy's Credit Card in your wallet.

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Macy's cardholders get a variety of tiered benefits, depending on the amount they spend on the card. These include exclusive access to Macy's Star Pass deals, members-only savings events, surprise savings at the register, birthday savings offers, free shipping on various items throughout the year, priority customer service and the ability to earn more Plenti points when you use that card to shop. Plus, you'll get an additional 15-20 percent off your next purchase just for signing up! Learn more here.

Shop on Brad's Deals.

We always have the best deals on just about everything, but we keep an extra close eye on the sales at Macy's. If you see something on our site, you can rest assured our price is the lowest online. Check out all our current Macy's deals and coupons here!

What is your favorite way to save at Macy's? Give us your tips and tricks in the comments!