I was just answering a question about the best way to stalk sales and I think either hit reply privately or I hit publish and Tumblr ate it. Anyway, here you go!
I usually keep track of sales using my PopSugar/Shopstyle account. Once you’ve made an account, you can search for any item and put a sale alert on that particular item or the entire store/brand. Useful—but dangerous.
Another option is the blog Penny Pincher Fashion. She updates her sale alerts page daily with major store coupon codes, sales, mark-downs, etc. Also dangerous! For more coupon codes/deals, I think RetailMeNot is one of the more reliable sites.
Shop It To Me can send you emails when items that you specify in your size go on sale, but I tend to get a little overwhelmed by their emails.
Email subscriptions are a great way to get information on sales and coupon codes from retailers, but at one point, I was getting about 50 a day and that was way too many. I use Unroll.me to unsubscribe and organize them.
Online shopping is incredibly handy, but most of the time, you’ll find deeper markdowns on sale items in-store. For example, the Gap runs 25-40% off sales constantly online, but if you can find the same item in-store, it’s typically even lower than the online discounted price. It basically comes down to which you value more—the convenience of online shopping or the potentially steeper discounts you may find in the store. Make sure you take shipping costs into account too. Oh, and don’t forget to search racks other than the sale/clearance racks in stores. Sometimes the items are marked down but they haven’t been moved to the sale section yet. (Or there might not be room in that section!)
Every brick and mortar retailer has a different and unpredictable clearance schedule, but online sales tend to congregate at the same times. Weekends are a good window to check for coupon codes/mark-downs, but some retailers add additional discounts on Mon/Tues too. If you get an email from a retailer that they have new arrivals in stock, it’s likely that older items will have been marked down—even if they don’t advertise it.
Another tip—follow your favorite retailers on Twitter and Facebook. They often post exclusive deals, early sale codes and other discount information.
Anyone else have any sale-stalking tips to share?