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11 JCPenney Shopping Hacks Every Shopper Should Know

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
June 25, 2016 · 8.5k Views

Love shopping at JCPenney but hate overspending whenever you do? We know, it’s hard not to do with their great selection of quality products! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! With a few awesome money-saving strategies and shopping secrets and you can be sure to get the most bang for your buck at JCPenney. Here are 11 incredible JCPenney shopping hacks to help you save the most during your JCPenney shopping sprees.

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1. Be on the lookout for clearance price tags.

Source: The Krazy Coupon Lady

If you see a tag with a small pink sticker on it and the price ends in 7, these are two indicators that the item is a clearance item. JCPenney typically puts their new clearance markdowns on the floor on the first and third Friday of every month, so schedule your shopping trips around these times!

2. Stack your JCPenney coupons.

There are three types of coupons available at JCPenney: discount coupons, Rewards coupons, and free shipping coupons. Unlike many other stores, JCPenney allows you to use all three of these coupons in one single transaction, applied in that order. Stacking all three of these, in addition to using your cash-back app, will provide you with the best possible discount.

3. Use cash-back apps.

Source: The Krazy Coupon Lady

There are several free apps out there that will provide you with money back when you buy select items at participating stores. A few customer favorites are Ebates, which often offers up to 6% cashback at JCPenney, and Ibotta, which often offers $5 back on a $25 purchase at JCPenney.

4. Take advantage of JCPenney’s price-matching policy.

JCPenney has an awesome price-match policy. They will match any price in a local competitor ad! All you have to do is bring in the ad showing the lower price, and they will either match the price or refund the difference if the purchase was already made. JCPenney also has a Price Protection Policy that is valid for 7 days. In this case, if you buy something and then notice a price drop on the item within 7 days, you can request an adjustment as long as you still have your receipt.

5. Sign-up for the free JCPenney Rewards program.

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Signing up for the free JCPenney Rewards program is a no-brainer! It’s completely free, and it’s a way to get money back! For every dollar you spend at JCPenney, you receive one point. Then, after accruing a certain amount of points, you get a coupon for X-amount off any purchase, depending on the store. You also get bonus points for shopping on certain days, as well as access to members-only savings and exclusive coupons. Furthermore, you get shoe and bra perks, which allow you to get $15 off your next shoe or bra purchase when you buy four pairs of shoes or four bras within a 12-month period.

6. Take advantage of the free shipping.

JCPenney offers two ways to receive free shipping. One is to spend over $99 to get free shipping directly to your home, and the other is to spend over $25 to get free shipping to your nearest JCPenney store. So if you don’t have enough to reach that $99 threshold, at least shoot for $25!

7. Purchase discounted JCPenney gift cards.

Source: The Krazy Coupon Lady

There are several sites you can use to purchase discounted JCPenney gift cards. A great place to find discounted JCPenney gift cards is WhizWallet. At the time of this article, there are 390 gift cards available, and you can save up to 16.5% on your purchases. 

A few other shopper favorites are Raise and Gift Card Granny. Raise offers discounted JCPenney gift cards at an average savings of 20-24% off, and Gift Card Granny offers them at about 16% off. Either one is a win in our book, as you’re still not paying as much as you would be without a discounted gift card!

8. Shop online.

While prices on JCP.com and in JCPenney stores usually coincide, there are occasions in which the website actually has better prices than in the store. If you’re shopping for something specific, be sure to check the website first to see if you can take advantage of an online exclusive! Also, be sure to check out the clearance section of the website, as it is much bigger (and sometimes even cheaper) than the clearance section in stores!

9. Sign-up for emails and text messages.

Source: DealsPlus

Signing up for promotional emails and text messages is just another way to get additional savings alerts and coupons! Furthermore, consider adding your home address to the snail mail list for even more coupons! If you haven’t noticed by now, the savings at JCPenney are pretty much endless!

10. Complete the customer satisfaction surveys.

Don’t throw away your next receipt! Check out the bottom of it and you’ll find an invitation to complete an online customer satisfaction survey. Take a few minutes and just do it! Once you do, you’ll be able to print a 15% off coupon to use on your next purchase.

11. Be on the lookout for coupons.

Source: JCPenney

Always check your local newspaper for JCPenney coupons, especially around the holidays. Trust us, they’re in there! In addition, the next time you’re in a JCPenney store, be sure to grab a coupon booklet, as they are filled with tons of coupons that can be used both online and in-store.


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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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