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The Best Days to Shop for Markdowns at Popular Retailers

Shopping bags spelling out SALEIf you are a savvy shopper and always on the hunt for a good bargain, you may start to notice some trends when it comes to your favorite retailers’ sales and clearance markdowns. Knowing your favorite retailers’ sale and clearance schedules could save you lots of money that you could put toward another budget category or toward paying off credit cards.

Follow this schedule to find the best deals at popular retailers (and don’t forget to download these apps before heading to the store for even greater discounts!):


Although Anthropologie can be pricey, visit on a Tuesday for the best deals on the newest markdowns.


Markdowns usually begin on Sunday, but don’t end until Thursday. That being said, Thursday is the best day to shop at Babies”R”Us.


It’s best to shop at CVS early in the week, specifically on Mondays.


Kohl’s puts items on sale or markdown on a daily basis; however, the best days to shop for the best markdowns are the second and fourth Saturday of each month. This is when they tend to mark the most stuff down for the biggest savings.


Head to Macy’s on a Tuesday for the largest selection of clearance and markdown as markdowns begin on Sunday and must be completed by Tuesday.

Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx

These retailers receive multiple shipments during the week and therefore, they mark items down regularly. Politely ask a store associate what day they receive shipment or do markdowns for a better idea. In most cases they will be willing to tell you.

Old Navy  

Rumor has it that Old Navy does markdowns on Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings, so Wednesday is the best day for new markdowns at Old Navy.


Target marks down the clearance items in each department on a specific day. While the schedule tends to vary based on location, you can generally find new markdowns in each category on these days:

Monday – Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery

Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)

Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Diapers, Lawn & Garden items and Furniture

Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage

Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry


*These schedules have not been verified by the retailers and may vary slightly based on location.



Madison is a Marketing Communications & Programs Associate at ACCC. She is excited to share her tips on saving money and being financially responsible here on the Talking Cents blog!

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