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11 Money Saving J.Crew Shopping Hacks

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
June 14, 2016 · 2.4k Views

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You want to live that J.Crew life, but don’t have the bankroll to support it. It’s no secret that the prices at this store have been steadily increasing in recent years. A basic plaid shirt is listed at $78 these days. Even after hearing this cold, hard fact, some of us, myself included, still can’t let go of that dream of seeing J. Crew peppered throughout our closet. There’s hope for us yet. Follow these tips to get some of those most coveted J.Crew pieces without foregoing basic living necessities like food and having a roof over your head.


1. Sign up for J.Crew emails

Sign up for J.Crew emails and immediately receive a coupon code for 15%, which can be used on your next purchase online or in the store within the following 30 days. In fact, I just signed up and was emailed my 15% off discount code the next morning. You’ll also be emailed about store promotions and online coupon codes as they are offered.

2. Shop using J. Crew coupon codes

Be sure to take advantage of J.Crew’s online coupon codes and promotions. Notification about these special offers are highlighted in the J.Crew emails you’ll receive after signing up.

3. Visit the J.Crew website

Be sure to make periodic check-ins at the store’s website. Promotions and coupon codes are clearly listed on the homepage and up on the banner. You’ll also catch special offers in the case you miss a J.Crew email or two.

4. J.Crew credit card

J.Crew offers its cardholders an enticing list of benefits. Here’s how they look on paper:

Exclusive Perks

  • $25 rewards card for every $500 you spend
  • Cardmembers-only invitations to private events
  • Early access to select items
  • A special birthday surprise

Personalized Service

  • Complimentary standard alterations
  • Personal shopping (J.Crew will even open early or stay late to suit your schedule)
  • Access to the Cardmembers-only priority number, so you’ll never have to wait in line

All these benefits aside, the J.Crew Credit Card with an APR of 25.24% is only worth it if you can pay the balance on time.

5. J.Crew teacher and college student discount

It’s hard work whether you are shaping minds with the fruits of knowledge or studying hard to get a degree. J.Crew understands this and wants to honor you with the J.Crew Teacher and College Student Discount program. Present a valid school ID when shopping at a J.Crew store and receive 15% off your purchase.

6. Shop online

In addition to accessing special offers like coupon codes and promotions, you’ll receive free shipping on orders of $150 or more. If we are being honest here, it’s pretty easy to accumulate more than $150 of merchandise in your J.Crew shopping cart. If you don’t meet the bare minimum requirement for free shipping, see if there’s a friend or family member around who wants to carpool shop on one order. Free shipping is offered on all crewcuts orders, all of the time.

7. Shop the sale section

You can really make out shopping the J.Crew’s sales section. In the stores, you will usually find a good selection of items and sizes. J.Crew does an outstanding job of keeping this section organized, which makes it so much easier to search for and locate that favorite item. Shop the sale section online to see the coupon codes that can be used toward your purchase. You can earn savings of up to 50%.

8. Like J.Crew’s Facebook page

Connect to J.Crew on Facebook and keep updated on sales, promotions, special store events, and new arrivals.

9. Attend J.Crew’s in-store events

J.Crew is known to throw cool in-store events in support of a worthy cause. Often held at J.Crew’s store locations in major cities, they offer you a chance to show your support while saving some cash. Plan to shop during the event and you will earn a discount on your purchase. Check J.Crew’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for event announcement and information.

10. Use the in-store red phone

You’ve searched the store high and low and can’t find that blouse you saw online. No problem. That is what the red phone is for. Order the out of stock item from the red phone and J.Crew will try and find it for you, then have it shipped to your address for free.

11. Don’t ever buy anything at full price

You just received an email announcing J.Crew’s new arrivals. You open it and a tweed jacket pops up on screen. It is love at first sight. Resisting the urge to buy when you are completely enamored with something is so very hard. I know because I have been there. Expect seasonal items to remain full-price for four to six weeks before reductions. So just be patient, the jacket will go on sale.

For those of us who want to live within our means and save money, shopping at J.Crew is completely out of the question. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Follow these smart shopping tips and you’ll be able to afford your favorite J.Crew pieces while staying on budget.

Bonus Tip: 

Check out J. Crew Factory (otherwise known as J. Crew outlet)

Like most other retail brands, J. Crew also has their own outlet locations and online portal where you can shop J. Crew styles discounted 50-75% off. J. Crew will often host additional markdowns on their outlet items so check back from time to time for new sales! Most of their deals usually don't require a promo code either.

Got some extra tips for us J. Crew lovers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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