By Cheryl Lock, Credit.com
The Container Store is the place for organization-lovers to shop for all their bins, baskets and bathroom storage goods. The problem with The Container Store, however, is that once you start shopping there, it can be hard to stop. After all, who’s going to pass up the perfect laundry room drying rack or a garbage odor eliminator? I know I couldn’t.
To help you scale back on what you spend here, try some of these cost-cutting options on for size. Here are 12 ways to save at The Container Store.
1. Shop the Sales
Container Store sales are no joke. Check out the sales section online or in the store (generally at the very front, although that will vary by location) for discounts on hundreds of items.
2. The Elfa Sale Is Worth the Wait
Besides the hundreds of regular items available in the sales section every day, The Container store usually has two big yearly sales on its main brand — elfa — and they’re worth checking out. One usually begins after Christmas and runs through some time in February, and another usually takes place in late summer or early fall (though certain elfa items may be excluded during that one). Be sure to check the site frequently for updates.
3. Search for ‘Spend More, Save More’ Options
Every now and then The Container Store will offer extra savings when you spend a certain amount of money on a particular brand. For example, at the time this article was being written, customers could receive 25% off when they spent between $200 and $349 on InterMetro & Metro shelving, 30% off InterMetro & Metro shelving purchases between $350 and $499, and 35% off InterMetro & Metro shelving purchases of $500 or more. Check online or ask a sales associate for any current deals.
4. Join the POP! Perks Program
Enter your information to become a POP! Perks member and you’ll get $15 in POP! Perks, invitations to exclusive events and sweepstakes, a birthday gift and more.
5. Use a Rewards Credit Card
There is a The Container Store credit card, but it’s big draw is special financing deals (0% interest on purchases for 12 or 24 months if you spend $500 or more and $3000 or more, respectively), but you’ll only skip the interest if you pay any balance off in full by the time that period expires — and the card’s go-to APR is pretty high (a variable 29.99%). Plus, there are no rewards for cardholders so, while in-store financing can certainly be convenient, you’d likely save more by charging purchases you can pay off in full to a rewards credit card and redeeming those points, miles or cash back down the line.
You can find a list of the best credit cards for shopping right here. (Just be sure to check your credit before applying. You can view two free credit scores on Credit.com.)
6. Make the Most of Free Services
Be sure to check your local Container Store for any in-store events they might be offering, and make the most of their free elfa customized design solution offers with trained design experts as well.
7. Read its Blog
While we’re on the subject of free services, it doesn’t hurt to check out The Container Store blog either, which is loaded with craft tips on staying organized. You could spend a ton hiring a personal organizer to help you figure out how to organize that pantry, or you could read one blog post on the topic and do it yourself.
8. Skip the Shipping Fee
Shipping is free on orders of $75 and more on the site, but why not choose the products you want and schedule your own pickup time at one of the store locations for free? Use The Container Store drive up and pickup service and someone will even bring your order out to your car for you.
9. Use Your Teacher Discount
The Container Store currently offers an Organized Teacher program with special discounts throughout the year to help educators organize their classrooms. (Per its website, the program is set to end December 31, 2017.)
10. Search for Coupons Online
Check sites like Groupon, Retail Me Not and Coupons.com for promo codes you can use with your purchase, and do a general Google search to see what you find, as well.
11. Buy Discounted Gift Cards
Use sites like Gift Card Granny and Cardpool.com to purchase gift cards for The Container Store at a discounted price.
12. Follow The Container Store on Social Media
Catch all the latest promotions and sales by following the brand on Facebook and Twitter.
Want more hacks for your favorite brands? We’ve got 17 ways to save at Lowe’s right here.
Note: It’s important to remember that prices for products and services frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms cited in this article may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with the company directly.
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