Going shopping is a great way to keep cool and have fun on a hot summer day. And if you know where to look, you’ll learn about big bargains too!
Head to guest services.
Virtually every mall has a guest services kiosk, where you’ll find a person ready to hand out maps and inform you of store hours. Plus, if you ask, they may also tell you about new or unadvertised deals at mall stores and restaurants, or they may give you valuable coupons available only at the kiosk. Some are handed out for free, others are sold in bulk. For example, at the Mall of America in Minnesota, you can buy a coupon book loaded with 250 offers worth $2,000 in savings for mall stores, eateries and attractions for $9.95. Tip: Some malls give discounts for members of certain organizations, like AAA, or military families.
Check the deals page.
Mall stores are eager to get in-person shoppers again, so they’re offering ways to save when you visit. And great news: You can find deals like limited-time sales and get insider coupons and promo codes in one convenient place: the “deals” page of your mall’s website. For example, the deals page of Pennsylvania’s King of Prussia mall recently posted about a four-day 30 percent-off sale on Vera Bradley luggage, and Florida’s Sawgrass Mills Mall’s page posted a promotional code good for 30 percent off Zwilling cookware.
Sign up for newsletters.
If you’re like most of us, you’ve subscribed to an email newsletter or created an online account for at least one store. Well, most malls offer their own e-newsletters and online customer accounts too — and when you sign up, you’ll get alerted to new sales from retailers, restaurants and service providers inside the mall. Plus, many offer exclusive coupons and giveaways available only to subscribers and account holders. For example, when you sign up for a free account at participating Simon Center malls by October 31, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. Simply check the mall’s site or customer service to find out more.
Follow on social media.
Malls use social media to promote product arrivals in their stores and menu items in their restaurants. But they also alert followers to short-term sales and coupons so you never miss a bargain. For instance, Arundel Mills mall in Maryland recently used Facebook to alert shoppers to a 50 percent-off sale on clearance items at Converse and a sale of up to 70 percent off the entire store at Michael Kors. And Woodfield Mall in Chicago used Twitter to announce 50 percent off lenses with the purchase of eyeglass frames at LensCrafters, and BOGO pillows at Tempur-Pedic.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.