USA Discount Shopping – 5 Tips for Foreigners

You’re going on vacation to the land of cheap shopping! Lucky you!

1. America is the land of the coupon and the coupon code. For cute and crazy cheap shoes (most of which are non-leather and therefore vegetarian friendly), I like Payless Shoes. Look for a coupon code on  The coupon I like is for $10 off a $25 purchase. Since their shoes are usually around $15, this gives me two pairs for around $20.

2. H&M send coupons to their email list. I used a 20% coupon on my last trip. I quite like their emails too. Good for fashion ideas.

3. “Do you price match?”  are magic words in the US.

Stores just as Paragon Sports in Union Square NYC will price match, including online prices. I sometimes get sneakers there. There is no tax on clothes and shoes under $110 in NYC, and therefore no disadvantage to buying in store.

4. My family have been known to make daily visits to Ross Dress for Less when in the US. They’re not in NYC but there are convenient locations on places like Vegas and L.A. (Right near the Beverly Center in LA for example). They have designer fashions for big discounts, including kidswear and shoes.

5. Stores often have regular coupons that are valid from Thursday to Sunday each week. The code itself changes but the pattern of offering coupons/having “sales” on these days stays the same.  Plan to be doing things other than shopping from Monday to Wednesday! Macys is one example of a store that has far lower prices on some items on the weekend. Macys also offer a discount to people with a non US passport – you need to go to an information counter with your passport to sign up. In the US, discounts usually “stack” meaning you can use more than one discount on the same purchase.



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    So , if you are foreigner , can you use coupons to Walmart or target or Kmart or ulta ???
    Or you need to have a costumer card , like target has a red card !!!
    I wanted to know. So that I can plan my budget ahead for shopping !!
    Thank you for the info above it is very useful !!

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    Not like Target. Anyone can use coupons. :)

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