Smart Shopping at High-End Stores With Consumer Savings Expert Andrea Woroch

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With spring upon us, you may be feeling the urge to update your wardrobe or home furnishings with new, in-season trends. For those with high-end taste on a shoestring budget, there’s still hope. You can actually find savings at luxury retailers with these tips.

Know how to score a luxury coupon.

You may not think you an find a coupon for a luxury store, but think again. Many of these high-end retailers provide discounts for subscribing to the store’s email newsletter. For instance, Geary’s offers a 10% discount for signing up for email alerts while Bloomingdales provides a 15% off coupon for signing up to receive mobile text alerts. Otherwise, you may find coupons at coupon sites by running a quick google search. Check or to find any available deals! For instance, here’s a deal for 25% off select party and prom dresses at Saks Fifth Avenue with code DRESS16

Become a member.

Many of these high-end stores offer loyalty programs that provide you with lots of perks like exclusive discounts and the ability to earn points toward free gift certificates. Sign up for the loyalist program at Bloomingdales, for instance, and you’ll receive a free $25 reward card after earning 5,000 points. These stores also offer double and triple point days so know when to shop to earn the more rewards faster!

Don’t miss out on price matching.

Did you know you can haggle at high end stores? Price matching is a form of haggling and is acceptable at many luxury stores these days. Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue price match. At Saks, their price matching policy is a little more limited: they only match Barney’s Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Nordsroms and the items has to be in stock in the same color and size you want to purchase.

*Use the Shop Savvy app to get instant price comparison on any item you’re planning to purchase to make sure you’re not missing out on a better price!

Check the outlet location.

Luxury retailers have outlet locations throughout Los Angeles, giving you an opportunity to snag designer clothing, shoes, jewelry and home goods for 50 to 60% off. Check out Saks Fifth Avenue’s OFF 5TH, Nordstrom’s Rack and Bloomingdales The Outlet Store, Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Coach Factory Outlet. Nordstrom’s regularly hosts “Clear the Rack” event in which you may get an extra 25% off clearance items. I’ve scored a dress shirt for a penny— the same one listed online for $59!

Mark your calendar for annual sales.

Most people don’t associate luxury stores and high-end merchandise with sales but retailers like Nordstroms and Geary’s Beverly Hills host annual sales that provide huge savings opportunities to shoppers. For example, Nordstrom’s popular Annual Sale held mid summer from approx. July 22 to Aug 7 offers new season trends on clothing and accessories for up to 30% off, including popular luxury brands! Geary’s Beverly Hills is currently running their annual sale giving LA shoppers a chance to save on fine silver and crystal

Geary’s of Beverly Hills
Finest Sale of the Year
Friday, March 11 and Saturday March 12
10am to 7pm
Sunday, March 13
11am to 5pm