Confessions of a Maxxinista: Whenever I buy something at T.J.Maxx (which is pretty often, usually monthly), the cashier at the front register always asks, “Did you find everything you needed?”
I coyly respond: “Need is subjective. Well, I didn’t exactly come in here for this [insert item here], but it found me.”
We both chuckle given the temptation of so many cheap items that are too hard to pass by and then the cashier proceeds to ask if I want to save 10% by opening a T.J.Maxx Rewards credit card. Then, I flash my platinum T.J.Maxx MasterCard rewards card along with a big grin to show how I’m paying. No words are exchanged, only smiles.
I admit, I am officially a shopaholic at the store that has nearly everything. Looking for new socks? An eyeshadow brush? Cheap designer shoes? Clutch bag for date night? Sneakers, thank-you notes and faux topiaries for your front porch? Yeah — they’re all at T.J.Maxx, including getting a chocolate fix of Harry & David’s milk chocolate truffles found at the register (or in the gourmet food aisle within the home section). I may need an intervention.
Most importantly, the store is affordable. Their robust discounts for new products are a fraction of the cost you’d find elsewhere — my most recent purchase was an Italian leather purse for $80. Did I need it? Nah. Was it a total find? Absolutely. Do I love it? You bet. Their “Made in Italy” section online seduces me every time.
Plus, their inventory changes frequently and each store has different items so it’s the excitement of a treasure hunt! You never know what you’ll find — every time you go back it’s a different retail excursion.
Whether you swing by their store or shop online, here’s how to shop at T.J.Maxx.
1. Open a TJX Rewards Card, and Time it Right
When you open the store credit card, you’ll get 10% off your in-store purchases only for that day. If you’re buying a small-ticket item, you may want to wait to open that card until you have some higher priced items to buy like bedding. Strategize what you’re going to buy and stake it out to ensure everything’s in stock and then open the card and fill that shopping cart!
Considering how fast items get sold at T.J.Maxx, don’t assume that what you want will all be there tomorrow, even if you just saw it on shelves.
Once you become a cardholder, you’ll get online notifications about exclusive shopping events, both in the stores and online. You’re well on your way to becoming a Maxxinista!
2. Earn TJX Reward Points
That credit card you just got means every time you make a purchase at T.J.Maxx and its online store (as well as its sister stores), 5 points will be added to your account for every dollar you spent.
This means you’ll receive a $10 rewards certificate for the equivalent of $200 spent (technically that’s 1,000 points). The certificate can be redeemed in the store or online. Keep in mind though, it will expire in two years, but if you’re like me you’ll be cashing it in sooner rather than later.
3. Get T.J.Maxx Free Shipping
Bypass that shipping cost when you spend more than $89 online. Enter the free shipping code upon checkout and voila! The shipping cost will vanish to zero.
4. Enjoy an Employee Discount
Talk about a perk at work: T.J.Maxx offers employees a 10% discount and it’s not limited to only T.J.Maxx — it’s good across its other stores, too. Sometimes, employees get a 20% discount.
So, if you’re looking for a new job in retail that you can leverage a discount you’ll actually tap into, consider this one a no-brainer.
5. Buy a Discounted T.J.Maxx Gift Card
Yes, you read that right. Sites like CardBear offer gift cards where you can typically save around five to 10% off.
6. Clip Those T.J.Maxx Coupons
For additional discounts, be sure to check out online coupons. These coupons can be applied on top of the already low prices, discounts and clearance items. Cha-ching!
7. Shop the T.J.Maxx Clearance Section
For another pro tip on how to shop at T.J.Maxx, definitely stroll the clearance section and think about seasonal items after the season has passed. It’s never too early to stock up, so if it’s mid-February, you might as well still visit the clearance section for super adorable Valentine’s Day decorations that don’t have anything wrong with them other than that the holiday has passed. Discount prices usually have a red sticker placed over the regular one.
And oh, another reason why we love T.J.Maxx? Price tags show the regular retail price so you see how much you’re saving. I bought a durable carry-on suitcase for $89.99 — the tag showed a retail price elsewhere of $139.99!
8. Ask for a Discount on Damaged Items
Go ahead, don’t be shy. If you see something that’s slightly damaged, and that’s not a deal breaker for you. For example, maybe you found a gorgeous picture frame with cracked glass that you can replace.
Some damaged items clearly are not worth pursuing, like a broken leg on a table, so use your judgment to decide whether or not it’s salvageable. But as you get your game on as to how to shop at T.J.Maxx, you’ll quickly learn the joy is sometimes in the hunt. That pursuit may include damaged items at rock-bottom prices.
You may need to point out to the salesperson what’s wrong with it, explaining, for example that a jewelry box doesn’t shut all the way, but that’s OK because you’re going to use it more as a decorative piece than to hold your jewelry. Indicate it’s damaged goods and then simply ask, “Because it’s damaged here, is it possible to reduce the price?” See what they say. The worst they can say is no – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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