Sometimes bargain shopping can feel like going on a treasure hunt, and that’s certainly the case at Ross Dress for Less!
When you enter the store, the first impression might not “wow” you, but it all begins to make sense once you start digging through the racks for the best deals.
Things you might not know about Ross
Headquartered in Dublin, California, Ross Stores, Inc. has more than 1,500 locations in the U.S., including Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS.
So, what’s the secret to saving money at these stores? We found out!
1. The best time to shop is…
You won’t find any fancy window displays, fixtures, decorations or even mannequins at Ross.
While shoppers might think the stores look a little plain, the company says being “no frills” allows them to pass more great savings along to customers.
And you really do have to dig in and search for deals, so it’s best to shop early and late to avoid the crowds.
2. Save 20% to 60% off department stores
Like competitors T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, Ross promises to offer 20% to 60% off department store prices every day – and the comparison price is right on the tag.
Here’s how Ross describes the store’s pricing pledge:
We want you to shop with more information, so many of our products include a comparison price. The comparison price represents a recent documented selling price of the same or similar product in full-price department stores or specialty stores. Where identical products are not available we may compare to similar products and styles. Prices charged for the compared to products may change over time, but our goal is to provide you with a useful comparison point of what you may have paid in a competitive store, so you can be sure you are getting a great bargain when you shop at Ross.
3. Every Tuesday Club
Are you 55 years of age or older? If so, Tuesday is the day to shop. Sign up for the Every Tuesday Club at the customer service desk to receive 10% off, according to AARP.
Here are 10 other discounts people age 50 and over should know about.
4. Irregular items are cheaper!
While most of the merchandise at Ross is not irregular, the store does stock some items that aren’t perfect. Ross mentions this on the price tag and there are stickers to point out the imperfections.
If you’re a bargain shopper, these irregular items may be just what you’re looking for because they’re priced lower.
5. Look for amazing deals on shoes and cleats
Glen from Hustler Hacks buys things at Ross to resell on sites like eBay, and he spends a lot of his time looking for designer shoes and cleats — the chain’s top category.
At one Ross grand opening event, Glen says he made a $400 profit!
Take a look at how he uses the Amazon app to compare the prices at Ross to other retailers before deciding whether to buy something or pass on it.
6. You have to act fast!
Ross says it works with manufacturers to deliver the best brands and latest styles. New merchandise is delivered to stores “almost every day,” but there’s no guarantee that what you see today will be there tomorrow.
And if you find an item you love at one Ross location, it might not be in stock at another. Get it while it lasts!
7. Get to know a Ross associate
Bargain shoppers might want to make friends with someone who works at Ross — people like Gabby from YouTube.
She’s a Ross associate who has experience in the markdowns department (where the best deals are) and shares her favorite finds with the world. One of her tips? Embrace the treasure hunt!
Some folks might be too lazy to put clothes back where they belong, so the perfect outfit could be in the wrong spot!
8. We can’t forget about dd’s DISCOUNTS…
Have you ever heard of dd’s DISCOUNTS? This budget-friendly store is owned by Ross.
According to a corporate website, dd’s DISCOUNTS offers savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices. In other words, it’s even cheaper than Ross!
There are nearly 200 locations in 15 states, mostly in neighborhood shopping centers.
9. Ross is opening new stores
If you don’t have a Ross near you, one may be coming soon. The company plans to add about 70 Ross and 20 dd’s DISCOUNTS locations in 2017.
Grand opening celebrations were held at 28 locations in February and March.
“These new spring stores further strengthen our presence in the Midwest, which accounts for approximately one-quarter of these openings, and includes initial entry into our newest state of Iowa. We also continue to see opportunity to grow in our largest states with new locations in California, Florida and Texas,” said Jim Fassio, President and Chief Development Officer.
Find a store near you on Ross’s website.
10. Social media contests
This April 2017 giveaway is for a $200 Ross gift card!
11. Use discounted gift cards to save more
If you’re planning a shopping spree at Ross, consider using sites like Raise.com or GiftCardGranny.com to buy discounted gift cards that other people don’t want.
You can currently find some Ross gift cards for about 5% off!
Due to instability in the retail industry overall, Clark isn’t so hot about gift cards right now. However, there’s less of a risk with off-price retailers, which are performing well.
12. Get email alerts
Want to be the first to know about changes coming to Ross?
By signing up for the retailer’s email program, you can get the latest on store openings, new merchandise, in-store events, plus sweepstakes and those contests we mentioned earlier!