JCPenney is a staple of the retail world. The department store went through an overhaul recently to transform itself in an increasingly crowded retail space — offering more discounts and value to customers and improving the shopping experience. Here, I’ve rounded up my favorite tips for saving big at JCPenney.
1. Always check Ebates first
Ebates members get an average of $5 Cash Back per order at JCPenney. It’s free to sign up, so anyone can take advantage of the the bonus. Plus, JCPenney offers free in-store pickup for no charge. Do your shopping online, and use Ebates to find JCPenney promo codes, coupons and Cash Back. Then when you’re ready, pick up your items in store.
2. Take advantage of JCPenney’s price-matching policy
JCPenney will match the price of any brick-and-mortar or online retailer, as long as it’s not a marketplace or third-party seller.
To take advantage of the price-matching policy, bring an ad or other proof of the lower price to a JCPenney store and they will beat that price by 5%. Online purchases can be price-matched by calling the JCPenney Customer Care line.
3. Download the JCPenney app
JCPenney’s free app offers access to coupons, discounts and special deals. It sends notifications to your phone to alert you to weekly and daily deals.
Use the app to order online and pick up in store, manage your JCPenney credit card and more. The app also provides a special in-store experience based on your location. You can even price-check items with the built-in barcode scanner.
4. Hunt for clearance items in store or online
JCPenney frequently discounts merchandise to clearance prices both in store and online.
There’s a special section on JCPenney.com labeled “Clearance,” where you’ll find the best deals online. If you’re shopping in a store, head to the clearance racks. You’ll often find items marked down as much as 80%.
5. Sign up for the JCPenney credit card
Sign up for a JCPenney credit card and choose between 5% off major appliances and 20% off select apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry, home decor and salon products.
Card holders get special perks, such as special financing and access to more than 100 special savings days each year.
6. Join JCPenney rewards
JCPenney rewards is free to join, and you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate for every 200 points earned and a special gift on your birthday.
JCPenney card holders earn rewards twice as fast as people without the card. Each dollar spent with your JCPenney credit card earns two points, while all other methods of payment earn one point. You can earn up to 2,000 points in a single purchase. Imagine all the points you can earn during the holiday season!