Sears is a one-stop retailer that can save shoppers time and money. Here’s a guide to help you get the most savings out of your trip to the department store.
Sears‘ inventory covers wide territory, with departments for auto, electronics, clothing and more. As a result, their competitors run the gamut from big retailers like Target, Macy’s and Best Buy to the mom-and-pop garage down the block.
Sears has a reputation for reasonable prices and hosts regular sales. For greater savings, check out these major annual sale events:
- Major and minor holidays and events. Holidays such as Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day get their own sales, but there are also sales for seasonal events like back-to-school. Many of these sales start a week or more before the actual holiday. To receive announcements, sign up for Shop Your Way membership and opt in for email promotions.
- Black Friday. The Sears Black Friday sale is perhaps its biggest event. In 2015, the store opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, stayed open until 2 a.m. Friday morning, and reopened at 5 a.m. that day. Discounts included hundreds of dollars off of sofas, mattresses and appliances.
You can also find year-round savings at Sears Outlet stores. In addition, Sears hosts a daily “Deal Heist,” which rolls out new deals on everything from appliances to jewelry every 24 hours. Check the site for discounts.
Sears’ loyalty program is called Shop Your Way, and members earn 1% back for every dollar spent. They also have access to exclusive deals and coupons. You can link a Visa or MasterCard credit card to the program to earn points at partner businesses, such as Starbucks, Expedia and Ulta Beauty.
Shop Your Way Max is the brand’s equivalent of Amazon Prime. Members are eligible for free two-day shipping and 5% back in points when they pick up purchases in store, among other benefits.
Shop Your Way members can access exclusive deals and coupons, but if you’re not a member you can click on the Coupons tab on the Sears.com menu for deals. Sears also offers a price-match guarantee, which comes in handy if you find an identical product for a lower price at a competitor’s store.
Shipping and Returns
Shop Your Way Max members get free two-day shipping, but everyone else gets free standard shipping on most mailable purchases over $49. Restrictions apply, so check the website for details.
Most products are eligible for refund or exchange within 30 days of purchase, as long as items are in unused condition with all parts and packaging. You must have the receipt and the original form of payment. See website for full details and exclusions.
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You won’t find high-end brand names in its aisles, but Sears has a reputation for selling a variety of products at reasonable prices. And with its many sales, coupons and rewards opportunities, it’s easy to snag an even better bargain.