6 Tips to Get the Most From End of Season Clearance Sales

Sort the trinkets from the trash when attending clearance events by pre-shopping to find your fit and searching for coupons.
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You don't want to rush head first into a clearance sale and spend all your hard-earned cash on last season's trash. You'll first want to make sure the items on sale are practical, of appropriate quality, and (most importantly) a good deal.

Below, we've outlined a number of important points to consider before heading to the clearance aisles. These tips are your reminder to hit the fitting rooms and double-check for coupon codes when those red sale banners go up.

Pre-Shop to Find That Perfect Fit

One problem you'll likely encounter when shopping end of season clearance events is that many items are marked final sale — you won't be able to return them. Because of this, you'll want to be sure you're making the right choice. Only buy items you know will fit now, and don't waste your cash on something that'll only fit after a couple trips to the gym.

Peruse clothing stores earlier in the season to see what works for your body, then snatch up what you want when the price drops.

One way to avoid buying apparel or shoes you won't wear is to peruse clothing stores earlier in the season to see what works for your body. Then you can snatch up what you want when the price drops at the end of the season.

Read Up on Product Reviews

The simplest way to avoid wasting money on cheap junk when shopping end of season sales is to check product reviews before taking the plunge.

If you're shopping for apparel, Amazon reviews can be insightful (and sometimes hilarious). Good Housekeeping provides thorough review guides on everything from home items to electronics to groceries. CNET is also a helpful resource if you're shopping discounted tech items and computers.

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Always Search for Coupons

Just because an item has moved to the clearance section doesn't necessarily mean it's at its lowest possible price. Many stores also offer sitewide coupons to help clear out stock as they approach the end of a season. These discounts often stack on top of final sale prices.

Coupons for department stores like JCPenney and Kohl's almost always stack with clearance goods, and the same usually goes for many brands like Crocs and Gap.

Stick to Multi-Season Items

The best way to make good use of closeout merch is to buy items that'll serve you all year long, rather than those you can only use for the waning weeks of summer.

Avoiding season-specific materials allows you to get far more use out of your end of season purchases.

For example, spend a little more for weather-resistant patio furniture you can use throughout the fall and winter, too. Or when buying discounted shoes, avoid seasonal materials like suede and linen. By doing so, you'll get far more use out of your end of season purchases.

Price Adjustments May Get You a Refund

If you've made a purchase, only to see the item price plummet during a store's end of season sale, it's not all doom and gloom. Many stores offer refunds for a limited time after a price adjustment.

Although many retailer refund policies tend to exclude clearance markdowns, there are some exceptions: Macy's and Anthropologie, for example, will offer a refund within 10 and 14 days, respectively. Familiarize yourself with your favorite stores' adjustment policies, and you could get a couple of bucks back when prices fall at the end of the season.

Readers, what are your favorite tips and tricks to use during end of season clearance sales? Share them in the comments below!

Donna Doyle
Content Editor

A former Fashion Editor and Boggle champion, Donna Doyle spends her time writing for DealNews, re-reading Harry Potter, and living in denial.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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