7 Secrets HomeGoods Employees Won't Tell You

Hello, I'm here to upgrade your HomeGoods shopping routine.

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When is the best time to shop at HomeGoods? How can you snag an even bigger discount? Come, gather around, my fellow HG addicts. I'm here to improve your HomeGoods routine with secrets that will make shopping at your favorite store even better.

1. If it's damaged, it's discounted. I fell in love with a pink storage bench when I noticed a teeny, tiny rip in the fabric. It was NBD, because I could place the damaged side against the wall and no one would ever see, so I moved forward with buying it — but not before I asked the cashier for a discount. I got 10 percent off, which is standard for anything slightly damaged at HomeGoods.

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Pro tip: Examine any item before buying it, and if it's marked up, get the price marked down.

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2. There's a way to see what your store has in real time. Allow me to introduce you to your new secret weapon: The severely underrated tool will change how you shop. Download it, find your local store, and you'll see new arrivals that customers are snapping pictures of and posting.

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3. You can call your store and ask them to hold something for you. See a pillow on the app that you really want, but you're stuck at work? I called my local HomeGoods and asked them to hold an item I wanted to buy. They agreed to hold it for me until closing, so I could pick it up when I got home. Bless you, technology.

4. You should shop in the middle of the week. Take it from HomeGoods pro Christina Lee, who runs fan account . Lee told , "I avoid weekends at all costs because of the mad rush and bumper to bumper shopping cart traffic. By the time Monday rolls around, the stores seem to be busy recovering, re-shelving, and re-stocking."

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5. You'll always find the newest items in the afternoon. According to Reddit user , most stores get new arrivals every other day in the early morning. By noon, the latest shipment will be rolled out onto the floor. Once you find out your local HomeGoods delivery schedule (ask an employee), plan your life around it. First one to get those new, prismatic wine glasses? Yes, please.

6. Receipts should be treated like gold. The rule: Receipts are trash. The exception: Every HomeGoods receipt ever. The store has a 30-day money back return policy, but without your receipt you'll get what the item is selling for at the time of return, which can be substantially less than what you bought it for. Don't let that happen to you.

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7. Honestly, you should just buy it. Not only because you deserve that very cute faux fur throw blanket, but because if you decide you don't love it you can return it (see above) and get a full refund. Live your best HomeGoods life, lady!

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