Is there anything more infuriating than buying a sweater at full price, only to see it at 40% off the next day? While some stores and vendors will do post-purchase price adjustments, you can save yourself shipping fees and mall trips by being patient and strategic when you shop. Many popular mall and mid-market stores run sales and specials nearly every week, so bookmark your favorites and lie in wait.
Here are 11 top brands that will be running sales any second now, if they aren’t already:
The Gap family of brands – Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy
These three utilize slightly different discount tactics, but all run frequent offers. Banana Republic is the stingiest of the three, but still offers 15% to 40% off on its website and deeper discounts in-store approximately every other week.
Most sales will be targeted instead of general – 30% off one regular priced item or 30% off all swimwear as opposed to 30% off your entire purchase – but discounts run nearly every week. Sign up for company emails for early notice of sales and occasional mailing list-only discounts.
LOFT and Ann Taylor
These two used to be more closely linked, but even though LOFT has spun off into its own distinct brand both are under the same ownership and run frequent sales. Discounts are generally pretty deep – 30% or more – with considerably higher percentages near holidays or during flash sales. Both brands lean heavily on their newsletter subscribers, so if you’re a fan of either be sure to sign up for exclusive deals. LOFT is particularly fond of offering additional percentages off items that are already marked down, so some truly amazing deals can be nabbed on occasion.
Many sales will launch near or during holidays, but this premium brand also posts frequent blanket discounts. You’re most likely to get an additional percentage off sale items, but full-priced merchandise is included relatively regularly. Sale percentages are rarely higher than 30%, but since this brand can stock some pretty pricey stuff, every little bit helps.J.Crew Factory prices are lower overall, and this outlet also runs frequent sales.
This colorful British brand is catalog and online only for U.S. residents, but has gained popularity quite steadily over the past decade. Although Boden doesn’t always publicize its sales, discounts are virtually always available. Newsletter subscribers will get occasional tips, and catalog recipients can use their Quick Service Numbers for a few discounts. Even if you skip electronic and paper contact, always search for “Boden coupon” before purchasing. Sites like Retail Me Not and Coupons.com post Boden discounts nearly every week.
A workwear mainstay, Talbots also pushes additional discounts on markdowns, but runs storewide sales at least a couple of times per month. This is especially helpful if you’re in the market for quality suiting or specialty sizes (petite, plus, petite plus), since this brand excels at providing both.
This trend-focused brand rarely offers sweeping discounts on all merchandise, but runs more focused sales regularly. Offers will be along the lines of $30 off $100/$60 off $200, buy one get one at a percentage off, and other structures that tempt shoppers to buy more.
Although this brand once owned Express, they have since parted ways and The Limitedcontinues to focus on workwear and office-friendly separates. Offers are more likely to be buy one get one free, or buy one get a percentage off a second, encouraging purchase of multiples. Special lines like the Scandal-inspired collection released in late 2014 are generally excluded from initial sales, though stragglers will be added eventually.
All of these brands offer newsletters, and if you don’t mind a busy inbox it may be worthwhile to sign up. You’ll get early notice of new offers and the occasional subscriber-only discount or bonus bump. And don’t forget to utilize bargain-hunting apps and websites whenever you shop online. In the world of women’s fashion, there’s nearly always a deal to be had.