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9 surprising ways to save at Big Lots

Sporting over 1,400 locations in 47 states, more and more Americans are discovering the value of Big Lots.

The discount chain famous for its closeout buys says its mission is to provide shoppers with “surprises in every aisle, every day” by offering unexpected prices, items and brands.

What exactly will you come across at Big Lots? A little bit of everything…

The retailer stocks household essentials like laundry detergent and paper towels, but you’re more likely to find once-in-a-lifetime deals in the furniture, home décor and seasonal departments.

Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, we all love saving money! Here’s how you it at Big Lots:

1. Sign up for Buzz Club

Big Lots has a free rewards program named the Buzz Club. After you sign up, you’ll receive a $5 coupon to use on your first purchase of $15 or more. It can be collected in the store or online at

Rewards club members also get special offers and discounts, including occasional 20% off coupons.

Bonus tip: If you’re moving soon, watch for this 20% off coupon that may come in the mail after you file an official change of address with the United States Postal Service.

2. Scan the weekly ad

Before you go to the store, head online to check out the weekly ad. This is the #1 way to identify the best deals of the week because there’s no guarantee that store signage will be updated.

For instance, I found spiral notebooks on sale for 17 cents a piece, but only the regular $1 price is posted.

This is a great reasonr to bring your smartphone with you wherever you shop. You can easily pull up the weekly ad from and do a quick Google search to compare prices.

3. Look for the red clearance signs

Most traditional retailers have just one clearance area in the back of the store, but clearance items can be found all over the place at Big Lots. Look high and low for the big red signs!

4. Cheap bakery

Bread from top brands like Pepperidge Farm, Arnold, Thomas’ and Nature’s Own are priced between $1.20 and $1.80 at Big Lots.

5. Clearance food rack

A lot of people love shopping at Big Lots for the discount groceries! I found a rack of clearance dry goods next to the refrigerated cases that had everything from cake mix to chips and even Christmas cookies.

6. Seasonal clearance

Found at the back of the store, Big Lots’ clearance section is a great place to come across hidden gems. In July, patio sets, beach chairs, umbrellas, bird feeders and plastic drinkware were 25% to 50% off.

Later in the summer, some items will drop to 75% off to make way for new inventory.

7. Refurbished merchandise

Nearly all of the items at Big Lots are brand new, but I did find a few exceptions in the home department. These refurbished Bissell vacuum cleaners open at just $35.

8. This Item Only!

If you come across one of these “This Item Only!” stickers, you know you’re getting an awesome deal. I picked up a Crock-Pot for $9.99, down from a regular price of $19.99. These items are sold as-is and sales are final.

9. Aisles and endcaps

Like many off-price retailers, you can find many of those one-time closeout deals in the center aisles and endcaps. Need your pumpkin spice fix year-round? Big Lots has 96 single serve brew cups for $18.75, less than 20 cents a cup.


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