I posted this as part of another topic but I think it's such a good idea and needs its own topic to reach a larger audience, that being those of you who shop at Bed, Bath and Beyond. One of my favorite stores by the way!
BB&B veteran shoppers know you sign up for their mailing list (online or in the store) and they mail you a 20% coupon every month. Do it online and they'll email you a 20% coupon. I have a few friends who don't shop there so with their permission I signed them up too, and they give me their monthly coupon. Result: I get tons of coupons, directly, by email, and from a few friends. I never buy anything at BB&B without getting at least a 20% discount.
So there you go, 20% off of everything in the store, one coupon per item required. But I said 36% off...
I get cash back on my Discover Card. Among the options such as just having it applied to my amount owing, recently I've been buying BB&B gift cards, $20 in cash back money buys a $25 BB&B gift card. What a deal!
$20 / $25 = 0.8 = 80% of full price = 20% off
Put them together using store coupons and paying with gift cards:
80% x 80% = 64% of sticker price, that's 36% off sticker!
Not bad, eh?
They have many other good deals on-line and in store. For one, you can use the on-line coupons to order on their website, and there are free shipping details. I have a local store so the only thing I use the website for is to look at their products before I drive over to the store.
I had my Sous Vide shipped to my local store for free. They would have shipped to my house for free too but I didn't want to be tied down if I had to sign for it and the local BB&B is a 5 minute drive from home.
While I do believe in some cases BB&B sticker prices can be higher for the same item at BB&B's competitors, I think they beat all their competitors when you are able to use a 20% coupon. And with the multiplier savings from using gift cards purchased by reward points, I don't see how you could beat 36% off sticker price at any competitor, not even close.
Threre's some way to combine coupons that I never figured out. There's also the occasional $5 off any item $15 or more (they will apply it to a $14.99 item). $10 for a $15 item is 33% off, another good deal! Combine that with a gift card and that's 46% off!
By the way, BB&B now owns Cost Plus World Market. Interesting bit of trivia. I recently discussed it with Cost Plus and was told they will be adjusting their product selection and a few other things as a result of the acquisition, but I think they will be mostly the same as usual, and IMO the products sold by Cost Plus and BB&B are enough different that they don't compete in most of their product areas. And lucky me, both stores are just a 5 minute drive from home!
Anyway I hope some of you will be able to combine and get the 36% off prices. Discover Card is where I get mine. My credit union Visa card doesn't cary BB&B so I use my points there for Amazon gift cards, no savings but useful to load up my account at Amazon because I'm always buying something or other there. Items over $25 ship for free (takes a week to deliver) but you can keep a wish list of less expensive items until they combine to $25 or more.
So check with your credit card issuers and see if they have BB&B gift cards at a discount.