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Looking for Work? Know These 60+ Employee Discounts

September 17, 2014 by Kyle No comments   •   Filed Under ,

Are you looking for work? Maybe a part-time job while you go to school, or perhaps something seasonal for the holiday shopping season. Part of your decision on where to apply could very well hinge on what kind of employee discount the retailer hands out. After all, if you like the store enough to regularly buy stuff from them, you stand a good chance of actually enjoying working there. I was pretty darn impressed with many of these employee discounts that I discovered and makes me wish I had time for a part-time job so I could take advantage! Here is what I found (in alphabetical order):

Employee Discounts

Employee Discounts That Are Worth Knowing:

  1. Abercrombie & Fitch: 40% discount for full time A&F employees and 30% off for part time workers.
  2. Aeropostale: Directly from the Aeropostale website, “We offer a 30% discount on all of our clothing at all times of the year. Periodically, we offer a 50% accelerated discount on new clothing lines.”
  3. American Apparel: 50% discount plus a sweet free $200 to buy clothing when first hired. You’re going to need it as they require you to dress from head to show in American Apparel clothing.
  4. American Eagle Outfitters: Get a job at American Eagle and score a 40% discount and 50% off during the week when new seasonal styles come in to the store.
  5. Ann Taylor & AT LOFT: According to their website, they offer “a generous Associate discount of 50% off all full-priced products and 20% off non-full priced products.” Turns out kids and spouses are also eligible to get the discount. I’m guessing my wife would love it if I got a job at Ann Taylor.
  6. Anthropologie: 40% on apparel, 25% on home, but NO discount on sale items.
  7. Apple Store: On your first day of employment you’ll be eligible for a 25% discount on the iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Smart move as a worker who owns the product will have a much greater understanding of how it actually works.
  8. Banana Republic: Get a job at GAP Inc. and get 50% off full-priced items at Gap and Banana Republic. You’ll also get 25% off at your local Old Navy.
  9. Barnes & Noble: Good news if you love Starbucks as you get 50% off all cafe items, 30% off book floor and miscellaneous merchandise, and 20% off anything in the music department.
  10. Barney’s: Get a job at Barney’s and score a 30% employee discount.
  11. Bass Pro Shops: They offer a 40% discount on Bass Pro Shop branded stuff and up to 20% off everything else.
  12. Bed Bath & Beyond: 20% discount from the BB&B that you are employed at.
  13. Best Buy: After a 3 month waiting period, Best Buy employees are able to buy merchandise at wholesale cost + a 10% markup. This is a pretty sweet deal, especially on HDTV’s that have a notoriously high markup. They recently capped the employee discount at nothing more than 50% of the MSRP.
  14. Big 5 Sporting Goods: They offer a 10-20% discount depending on the product.
  15. Bloomingdales: Get a paying gig at Bloomingdales and build your wardrobe for 20% off.
  16. Cabela’s: They offer a tiered employee discount based on seniority. Varies from 10% off to 40% off Cabela’s branded merchandise.
  17. Club Monaco: 50% off regular priced items once your employment starts.
  18. Cost Plus World Market: Cost Plus gives a generous 20% employee discount for part and full time workers.
  19. Dick’s Sporting Goods: Dick’s Sports will give you a 25% discount on full-priced items.
  20. Eddie Bauer: Score a 30% employee discount while working at Eddie Bauer.
  21. Express: Get hired part-time by Express and you’ll have access to a 30% off discount while full-time employees get 40% off. Also, on occasion they’ll offer an additional 15% off.
  22. Finishline: Get a job at Finishline and get 30% off all shoes and apparel.
  23. Footlocker: 30% off except for monthly Friends & Family weekends, where you get 50% off at Footlocker.
  24. GAP: Get 50% off full-priced items at both Gap and Banana Republic. Also, you’ll get 25% off at Old Navy.
  25. Gamestop: Employees at Gamestop get a 15% discount, excluding all gaming systems.
  26. H&M: H&M will happily give employees a 25% discount on all items.
  27. Hobby Lobby: Get a job at Hobby Lobby and immediately take advantage of a 15% employee discount on everything.
  28. Hollister: Hollister gives a 20% employee discount that is not valid on clearance items.
  29. J.Crew: J.Crew has one of the best employee discount programs going right now. You’ll be able to save 50% off 5 full-priced items each month. You can also get 30% off full-priced merchandise, 50% off sale merchandise and 60% off select items that are very slow-selling.
  30. JCPenney: 20% off merchandise and 10% off small appliances and furniture at JCPenney. They also are known to have “Special employee days” where everything is 30% off
  31. J.Jill: J.Jill offers a very liberal 40% discount to full-time and part-time employees.
  32. Jo-Ann Fabrics: Corporate gives employees a 20% discount along with a couple times a year where it’s higher.
  33. Kmart: Save 20% off apparel, 25% off food at Kmart restaurants and 10% off Two Hearts Maternity.
  34. Kohl’s: Get hired at Kohl’s and you’ll have instant access to a very nice 15% employee discount.
  35. Lands’ End: Work for Lands’ End and you’ll score a sweet 20% employee discount.
  36. L.L. Bean: Save 33.3-40% off at regular LL Bean stores. 25% off at outlet locations.
  37. Levi Store: 30% off all apparel with the Levi brand on it somewhere.
  38. Limited, The: By working at The Limited you’ll get 40% off regular-priced merchandise.
  39. Lowe’s: 10% off discount to employees at Lowe’s which is cool as Home Depot has no employee discount.
  40. Macy’s: 20% off, plus special days at Macy’s where they’ll give you a bonus 20% off your already low 20% off employee price.
  41. Mens Wearhouse: 50% discount which is smart as you want employees wearing suits and looking sharp.
  42. Michaels: You’ll get a 25% off discount by working at Michaels. They also have a few days a year where you can get a 40% or 50% discount.
  43. Modell’s Sporting Goods: Modell’s has a terrific 30% employee discount available to all workers.
  44. Nordstrom: All Nordstrom employees get an impressive 20% off while all managers get 33% off. Plus, they have even higher employee discount on specific days throughout the year.
  45. Old Navy: Get hired at Old Navy and you’ll be eligible for 25% off everything and 50% off at Gap and Banana Republic (full-priced items).
  46. PacSun: 50% off full-priced items and 10% off all sale items when you work at PacSun.
  47. PetSmart: PetSmart gives employees a fairly generous 15% off discount.
  48. Pier 1 Imports: Get a job at Pier 1 and you’ll get a 25% employee discount from day 1.
  49. Radio Shack: Score 30% off their own “branded” stuff and 10% off everything else.
  50. REI: I love this employee discount! From the REI site, “50% discounts on REI Gear and Apparel, free gear rentals for personal use from any REI store and 30% off our vendor merchandise and ProDeal Discounts.”
  51. Rite-Aid: Rite-Aid offer a 10% employee discount on purchases.
  52. Ross Dress for Less: By getting a job at Ross you’ll get a sweet 20% employee discount.
  53. Sears: The powers that be at Sears offer employees a slick 20% off discount.
  54. Sephora: Get 20% off regular brand-name stuff and a cool 40% off Sephora branded products.
  55. Sports Authority: Get a job at your local Sports Authority and you’ll get an employee discount of cost + 15%. Good in-store and online.
  56. Target: 10% off plus you can use your Target credit card, build up points, and get another 10% off coupon which you can stack with your employee discount.
  57. TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods: Work at any of these 3 stores and you’ll get a 10% discount at all 3.
  58. Trader’s Joe: 10% employee discount on ALL products. Pretty good for a grocery store as most offer ZERO discount to employees.
  59. Uniqlo: 30% off employee discount only good at the store you work at.
  60. Urban Outfitters: Save 40% off Urban Outfitters apparel and 25% off all housewares. Pretty sweet deal.
  61. Victoria’s Secret: 20% off the first two months and 30% off after that.
  62. Walmart: 10% off merchandise. The Walmart employee discount excludes food, cigarettes, and sale items.
  63. Whole Foods: A very generous 20% discount from day one of your employment. You also have the ability to get an even higher discount by living a healthy lifestyle and whether you smoke or not. No joke, check this out.
  64. Zara: Once you work for them for 1 month, you’ll be eligible for a 15% off employee discount.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever worked at any of these stores and have different information from what I posted? Let me know so I can correct the article. Thanks.

By Kyle James

Photo Credit: Lonny Paul

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Frugal Hack #23: 5 Ways to Get the iPhone 6 For Next to Nothing

September 12, 2014 by Kyle No comments   •   Filed Under

There is no doubt that the Apple iPhone 6 looks like a pretty amazing smartphone, especially the 6 Plus. Some pretty cool features for sure, especially the big ol’ screen and Apple Pay. Although, I have some news for you Apple loyalists, my new Android MotoX has had that feature for quite some time, it’s called Google Wallet and it’s pretty darn cool.

But anyways, if you consider yourself an early tech adopter, and plan to get the new iPhone 6 when it comes out on September 19th, I have a few ways to make it happen that are very easy on the wallet. Let’s get right into it shall we…

iPhone 6

Trade in your iPhone 5 with Amazon for BIG Cash

Do you have an iPhone 5c or 5s and plan to upgrade to iPhone 6? Here is a great way to make it happen and darn break even or even make some money.

  • The first thing you have to do is check out the Amazon.com Electronics Trade-In Program.
  • For a gently used iPhone 5s (16GB) they’ll give you about $380 via an Amazon Gift Card. The higher the memory the more money you can get.
  • For a iPhone 5c (16GB) they’ll give you right around $200 which will allow you to essentially get the iPhone 6 for free as they start at $199 with a 2 year contract.
  • Perhaps the coolest part of this dealio is that you get to “lock in” your trade-in price and still hold on to your old iPhone for up to 45 days while you wait for your iPhone 6 to come in.

Stuck with a Dinosaur also known as the iPhone 4?

  • Don’t fret. Verizon is offering a pretty sweet deal for those with an iPhone 4 or 4s.
  • Just bring in your old phone to any Verizon store and they’ll give you a $200 credit when you trade in your iPhone 4.
  • You can then use that credit to upgrade to the iPhone 6 and a new 2 year contract with Verizon.
  • In the end, you basically get to upgrade to the iPhone 6 for free. If you are happy with Verizon and don’t mind the contract then this is a good deal for you.
  • This is a limited time offer and runs from 9/12/14 – 9/30/14.

Get iPhone 6 and MAKE Money with T-Mobile

T-Mobile recently sent out a press release that guarantees the best trade-in value on used devices. Here is how it works:

  • Essentially T-Mobile has promised to beat the trade-value offered at all major carriers including AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
  • From the press release, “T-Mobile will track the market every day to ensure we keep our promise.  If a customer can find a better trade-in offer from a major national carrier, T-Mobile will beat that offer, give them the difference back and because we value this help from our customer we will top it off with another $50!”
  • Pretty cool. If you are going to upgrade to the iPhone 6 be sure to see what T-Mobile will give you, the worst thing you will do is break even and you might even come out 50 bucks ahead.

Lease the iPhone 6 for $0 Down from Sprint

  • Consider leasing the iPhone 6 from Sprint for $20 a month with zero money down via the brand new iPhone For Life Program.
  • Pay nothing down and $20/month for 24 months.
  • Get their new unlimited data package plan for $50 a month, making your monthly bill $70.
  • This lease plan from Sprint is a solid option for new smartphone users who have nothing to trade in.

Are You Stuck Buying the iPhone 6?

If you don’t have an older smartphone to trade-in, at the very least make sure you don’t pay full price. Here is the skinny on how to do it:

  • You need to buy from Walmart as they are currently taking pre-orders for the new iPhone AND offering you a discount.
  • Specifically, they are selling the 6 Plus for $279 instead of $299, and the regular 6 is $179 instead of $199. Not a huge discount but it’s the best you’re going to find as Apple practically never discounts their new devices.
  • Bonus: They will also give you a $15 Walmart e-Gift card when you pick up your device.
  • You must walk into your local Walmart to pre-order, unfortunately you can’t do it online.

Ask the Reader: Are you upgrading to the iPhone 6? If so, how are you making it happen so you avoid the hefty sticker price? As always, I appreciate the comments.


By Kyle James

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