Where and When To Shop To Save Money on Clothes

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As a general rule, you can save money on seasonal apparel by shopping at the end of the season, and clothing is generally heavily discounted during Black Friday sales. But on top of that, many retailers hold regular sales throughout the year that you may want to add to your calendar if you want to avoid paying full price for clothes and shoes.

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Here’s when some of the top clothing retailers are expected to have sales this year.

American Eagle: January, March, July and October

American Eagle holds clearance sales four times a year, during which you’ll get 60% off clearance prices, The Krazy Koupon Lady reported.

Bloomingdale’s: April and October

Bloomingdale’s hosts several Friends and Family sales every year. In 2021, the Friends and Family Sales were held in April and October, so they will likely take place during those times in 2022 as well.

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“The sale often offers 25% off most items, with some brands and lines excluded, plus extra value for members of the retailer’s rewards program,” said Kendal Perez, former savings expert at Coupon Sherpa.

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The Children’s Place: January and June

Kids’ clothing retailer The Children’s Place holds “monster sales” twice a year. The sales usually occur in January and June each year. During the “monster sale,” graphic tees, basic jeans, activewear and other kids’ clothes are 60% to 80% off, TopCashBack.com reported.

Kohl’s: March, May/June, August and September

Different clothing items are on sale at different times of the year at Kohl’s. During the March and August semi-annual intimates sales, bras are 60% off, plus, you’ll get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, The Krazy Koupon Lady reported. During the Kohl’s Memorial Day Sale, swimsuits are 50% to 70% off, women’s sandals are 65% off, and you’ll get $5 in Kohl’s Cash for every $25 spent. During the Kohl’s Labor Day Sale, shoes are 40% to 50% off and you get $5 Kohl’s Cash for every $25 spent.

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Macy’s: January, May/June, July and December

Macy’s typically has its semi-annual sales in January and July, during which you can expect deals of 25% to 75% off everything, according to Groupon. In late spring/early summer and December, Macy’s holds its Friends & Family sales, when you’ll get an automatic 30% off everything, including designers, sale and clearance items, plus an additional 10% to 25% in select departments. Plus, Macy’s holds One Day sales throughout the year, which typically fall on the third Saturday of the month with a preview day on Friday.

Nordstrom: May/June, July and December

Nordstrom’s semi-annual sale, the Half-Yearly Sale, takes place in late May or early June and again in December, according to Groupon. During this sale, you can score savings of up to 50% off. But Nordstrom’s most anticipated sale of the year is the Anniversary Sale, which typically takes place in July and offers major discounts on new items.

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Saks Fifth Avenue: April/May and August

Saks holds semi-annual sales during the spring — usually in April or May — and again in August, according to SheFinds. During these sales, discounts can be as high as 75% off.

Victoria’s Secret: June and December

Victoria’s Secret holds its Semi-Annual sale in the summer and winter, during which you can get up to 50% off on panties, bras, leggings, sleepwear and activewear, according to RetailMeNot.

Zara: June and December

Zara typically holds its semi-annual sales during the third week of June and starting the day after Christmas, according to SheFinds. In past years, boots were marked down to $50, jackets were marked down to $30 and dresses were on sale for under $20.

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Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert. 
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