I used to work at Bed Bath and Beyond (affiliate link) and have been wanting to share these Bed Bath and Beyond (affiliate link) Coupon Secrets with you. Experienced couponers probably already know these, but newbies may not so I want to be sure to get the info out there so you can have the most savings. Throughout this page, I share affiliate links to the Bed Bath and Beyond products that are for sale on Amazon. I will make a very small commission if you click that link and then purchase a product. I am sharing the links for your convenience. Here’s the real deal. Bed Bath and Beyond prices can seem kind of high.
In my opinion, there are three reasons for this:
- They have a stellar no-hassle return policy. What does that mean? It pretty much means you can return anything at anytime for any reason. I’m serious. If you want to push the limits (which I DO NOT recommend) you could buy a bath robe there, wear it for a decade, and if they are still in business you can return it and they will give you money back. You don’t even have to have the receipt*.
- They have really good products that are literally worth the prices.
- They are coupon crazy. They LOVE couponers.
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The first step to Bed Bath and Beyond Coupon Secrets is to obtain coupons.
How to get Bed Bath and Beyond coupons:
- You can sign up online at http://app.bedbathandbeyond.com/prefs/pref.cfm
- You can sign up in the store at Customer Service
- They occasionally come in the Sunday newspaper
I strongly recommend signing up to receive them via email, via postal mail AND via text message (coming soon). The reason is that the company is very strategic about when and where they deliver coupons. The coupons are timed for delivery with what will benefit the company the most and at times when they may already have a higher predicted sales rate. If you are signed up every which way, you will get the maximum number of coupons. I also recommend that if you do not have a post office box, that you take one out. Literally, the cost of the post office box will pay itself off if you are a regular BBBY customer. Then you can get coupons at two addresses. As I previously mentioned, they are strategic. The coupon amounts and frequency will vary from your home address to your post office box. In addition, they allow you to sign up multiple times with multiple email addresses. I have something like 20 email addresses that all get forwarded to my gmail account. You don’t have to be that extreme, but if you just take out a few extras you’ll bank on the few minutes of time it takes you to do so.
There are a few types of Bed Bath and Beyond Coupon s:
- 20% off
- 10% off
- 20% off that then turns to 10% off after a specific date
- $10 off
- $5 off
- Email savings certificates
The thing that they all have in common is that FOR THE MOST PART, what BBBY does not tell you (and is only passed on by word of mouth) is that the coupons never expire. Ever. There is only one exception and that is the email savings certificate. Those expire on the date printed unless you ask to speak to a manager and then SOMETIMES they will take it. Most of the time they won’t, though. This is pretty much the only rule I remember from working there that they actually follow. Most of the time they want to please the customer under all circumstances.
The coupons you want to use first are the ones that are worth a dollar amount. If you have both a dollar amount coupon and a percent off coupon, but only plan to buy one item sometimes it’s worth more to you if you just buy something really small and silly (there are lots of silly things in there) and then buy your big ticket item but then you are able to use both a dollar off ($10 or $5) coupon PLUS a percent off coupon in a lot of cases.
My advice, in summary, is this:
- Sign up for BBBY coupons as many ways with as many addresses as possible.
- Save them all in an envelope organized by their worth, not the expiration date.
- Sometimes it’s worth it to buy something you don’t want or need just to put the coupon over the threshold and to save more money.
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Some more notes:
Supposedly, you aren’t supposed to use more than 5 coupons per transaction. If the cashier follows this rule, then just tell them you are only going to buy 5 items and that you want to put all of your other items “on hold”. They will hold it for you at customer service. Take your stuff to the car and come back in, get your items that are on hold, and then buy them with more coupons. Believe me, they won’t give you trouble. I am not joking at all about this one. If you don’t like something, for any reason and under any circumstances, take it back*. There will be no hard feelings at BBBY.
If you have to make a return* and you used a coupon to purchase the item orginally, ask them at the time of making the return if you can have your coupon back. They will give it to you! Do it even if you have 100 other coupons in your wallet. Remember: they don’t expire!
If you have coupons that are 20% that turn into 10%, they will only be worth 10% after both expiration dates. I wasn’t clear on this before. Also, if you are using a % off combined with a $ off, you will want to ask them to take the %off first on the larger priced item and then take the $ off on the other item – the other item will need to be worth more than the $ off. Some cashiers will not do this. You can also just tell them “nevermind” and start to put the items back. They may call over the manager and the manager will most likely give you the best deal. Having been a cashier there, the coupons can actually be quite confusing even if you have worked there for sometime. The general rule they follow in the store though is for the customer to leave happy. They will do whatever it takes. This is why they began to accept expired coupons. They don’t want you feeling silly for bringing in an expired coupon. Most of the customers didn’t actually seem to know we acceptedexpired coupons. They just presented an expired coupon, we didn’t say anything about it being expired, and we just accepted it. Usually the computer will just accept it and the cashier doesn’t even look at the date. Occasionally a coupon is terribly old and the computer will reject it. In that case, if the cashier has been trained well and is knowledgeable of the superior customer service policy, they will just manually put it through – if they have the ability to do so. If they don’t, they may not even say anything to the customer as to why they need to call over the manager. Then they will call over the manager, and the manager will override it to the accept the expired coupon.
You never, ever, need to get upset or be rude to anyone at Bed, Bath, and Beyond to get your way. Just state clearly what you want. If they don’t give it to you, just say, “OK no problem I just won’t buy it here.” Chances are, they will want your business and will do whatever it takes to work with you. I even saw managers allow customers to negotiate a price on a clearance item!
*Update June 22, 2015:
You will want to check out the NEW return policy as well.
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