Substantial Retail Discounts?

It seems that I am constantly receiving coupons in the mail from retail stores. In the past week the mailman has delivered coupons for Macy’s, JCPenney’s, Bath & Body Works and New York & Company. I know that the retail sector is getting hit hard and my current stack of coupons seems to be proof of that.

In the past I received standard discounts: on average anywhere from 15 – 20% off my entire bill, but in the last week I’ve received at least one coupon for $10 off any $30 purchase and two coupons for $10 off any $10 purchase.

Now I know the stores hope to lure customers in with coupons. They hope you’ll walk in the door expecting to get something for free and walk out with $20 – $50 worth of stuff you never intended to buy. I have a feeling stores make quite a bit of money off these types of discounts, otherwise why would they provide them?

Last month I received a coupon for a free Bath & Body Works signature collection item with any purchase. I bought a small tube of chap stick and received $9.50 worth of free shower gel.

Yesterday, I drove over to the mall and found just about every item in JCPenney’s and Macy’s on sale. Two tank tops originally priced at $12.99 were on sale for $7.99. I had an additional coupon for $10 off any $10 purchase so I ended up buying two tank tops for a little over $6. Not bad for something I intended to purchase before summer began.

So is it just me or do the discounts seem quite substantial right now?

5 thoughts on “Substantial Retail Discounts?”

  1. Maybe they are trying to tempt people spend their rebate money in their stores?

    huh. I don’t know if there are deals where I live in SoCal. i stay away from malls and retail shops usually. But maybe I’ll be lured out by your description of great deals…

    or maybe not. I have to move out of my apartment in three weeks, and then to New Zealand in June. NOT a good time to be accumulating things…

  2. Yes, I agree. The discounts are getting much better! I keep on getting the coupons via email. I missed one earlier this week for $15 off any purchase to Ann Taylor. It was only good for one day. Oh well!

  3. Yes, I have noticed extra discounts and coupons recently. My wife and I purchased several clothing items at Old Navy over the weekend for next fall/winter for our two boys. They had nice long sleeve jersey shirts for $.99 apiece.

    Bed, Bath, and Beyond actually is accepting expired coupons from their store and from Linens N Things.

  4. I got a sundress at JCPenny’s for a bridal shower this summer. It was 50% off of the regular price of $50 so $25 minus the $10 off $10coupon making the $50 dress $15 for me. I was shocked!

  5. I just received a coupon for 20% off my entire purchase at Banana Republic, which is awesome b/c they rarely do discounts


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