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I’ll be the first to admit that for a long time I avoided shopping at discount department stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Ross because I didn’t have the patience to wade through the racks to find the great scores. A few months ago, though, I found some time one afternoon to browse through Ross and I was instantly hooked. Merrell sneakers for my first grader for $19.99 instead of $45? Yes, please.

These days I stop in my local Marshall’s and TJ Maxx at least twice a month to see what I can find. Some recent bargain sightings:

  • Thomas Wooden Railway trains and track sets for at least 40% off the regular prices
  • Melissa & Doug puzzles and play food sets for $10 and under
  • Kids’ Crocs for $12.99 (real Crocs, not knockoffs!)
  • Zutano onesies and soft pants for $6 each
  • Tommee Tippee and Baby Brezza feeding accessories at 50% off
Toddler Crocs at Marshall's

Toddler Crocs at Marshall’s

Sweet spring dresses for toddler girls at TJMaxx

Sweet spring dresses for toddler girls at TJMaxx

The infant section is usually so well-stocked that a bargain-hunting expectant mom could probably buy her whole layette. I always see crib bedding, muslin receiving blankets, Boppies and their covers, baby bathtubs and towels, baby grooming sets, and a ton of onesies and sleepers.

Plus, for the truly patient shopper, there are racks and racks of babies’ and kids’ clothes and shoes. Some of the brands I’ve spotted are Ralph Lauren, Hurley, Roxy and Stride Rite. Occasionally I find something for myself, like the Adrianna Papell dress I’d seen at Nordstrom for $158 … for $59.99. The catch is that there is no guarantee you will find a specific item you are looking for, or even that the same items will be available between one week and the next.

The Adrianna Papell dress for $59.99 - regularly $158!

The Adrianna Papell dress for $59.99 – regularly $158!

I’d love to hear from other discount store addicts: what are some of your best finds?

Maureen

Maureen

Maureen is the full-time mom of three kids, an attorney, and the proud wife of a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician.

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  1. 1.
    Vickie Couturier

    I love shopping there an the clearance isles where theres more discount,,ive bought a liz clayborne purse for 10 bucks that had been 75! so score!

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    Rosie

    I love shopping the discount stores, it would be impossible to say the best deal. I’ve found it best to go on a regular basis but with something in mind you need, otherwise, there are too many bargains!!! I like getting shoes, things for the home, underwear, tops, jewelry, accessories, bedding, almost everything!

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    KateKate

    My best was a Maclaren Volo stroller for, like, $60 at Marshalls. Such a steal!

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    Brandy

    That’s a great deal on Crocs!!

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    Jenny Sims

    I never think to check the children’s section at TJ Maxx, I’m always looking for me! Those are some great deals, though, and I’m encouraged to give it a shot next time I’m in – it’s dangerously close to my office.

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    Janet W.

    Wow I didn’t realize they had such good deals! I never thought they would carry Zutano in those types of stores!

  7. 7.
    joanna garcia

    OMG i hate to go to those stores for the same reason but if they have deals like that im going to check this weekend!

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    teresa herrera-honores

    I have never gone to TJ MAXX and after seeing the cute dresses you posted i am def gonna go but be careful cause i know stores like burlington always have defective products! (wrong stitched, wrong hem, etc)

  9. 9.
    petra

    It is definitely worth it to frequent discount stores on a regular basis. We’ve gotten great deals on shoes, dishware, bedding, furniture, and home decor.

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    Rich Hicks

    We found some good deals on winter clothing at Ross just recently.

    Love shopping at all these places to save money!

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