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9 Ways To Save Even More Money At Big Lots

If you love this store, you've got to try these tips!

Big Lots is already a draw because of its affordable prices, but did you know that there are ways you could be saving even more money while shopping there? Get ready to save on everything from food to outdoor furniture when you use these hacks.

Little steps like these — such as signing up as a Big Rewards member — hardly take any time at all and will save you major bucks in the end.

Here’s how you can officially take the crown as the ultimate Big Lots customer:

1. Become A Big Rewards Member

You can sign up to receive notifications about deals going on in stores and online when you become a Big Rewards member. New members also receive $5 off their next $15 purchase upon signing up — but the savings potential doesn’t stop there. Members enjoy numerous perks, like earning $5 rewards after every three purchases made.

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2. Shop In-Store Vs. Online Strategically

With various deals going on all the time at Big Lots, it pays to know what items you could get in the store for cheaper than what you can find online (and vice versa). For instance, at the time of writing this, there was an offer of free shipping on purchases of $99 or more on the Big Lots website. So, if you know you need a high-priced item or if you’ve been needing to load up your cart with lots of items for your home, shopping online and saving on shipping may be the way to go.

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3. Pay Attention To Weekly Deals

There’s a tab on the Big Lots website that will show you all of the deals going on for the week. You’ll also likely be notified of these deals if you’re a Big Rewards member, but either way, it pays to check the deals that are going on before stepping into a Big Lots store.

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4. Know When To Shop Seasonal Items

End-of-season sales can offer some serious discounts, so if you don’t have to have that patio set right now, it may pay to wait to get one as summer comes to a close. Patience is a virtue, my money-saving friends!

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5. Look For Refurbished Products

In the past, if you looked carefully in the home department, you could find discounted items such as vacuum cleaners that were a little cheaper because they were refurbished.

Unfortunately, Big Lots recently let us know that they no longer sell refurbished products. Bummer!

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6. Check Your Inbox

It’s easy to dismiss emails from retailers as “spam,” but emails from Big Lots notify you of ways to save, so you’re going to want to keep a watchful eye on those. You never know what kinds of promos could hit your inbox!

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7. Look Out For Clearance Racks

If you’re shopping in store, keep your eyes peeled for those red clearance signs. Those will serve as a beacon for money-saving potential. This is when coming into a physical location can really pay off, and you’ll feel rewarded for leaving the couch!

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Flickr | Christina Spicuzza

8. Mark Your Calendar

Big Lots will occasionally host 20-percent-off weekends, and in order to keep up with these big sales, mark the dates on your calendar as soon as you find out about them, so you don’t forget to drop by Big Lots on a special Saturday.

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9. “This Item Only” Stickers Are Your Friends

If you see products marked “This Item Only” that means you’re getting the lowest price possible. These items are final sale and usually go for a great price — so snag them while you can!

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So, who’s ready to shop and save at Big Lots?

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