How to Shop Big Lots

Big Lots may not have the biggest selection, but it does have some serious deals.The mix of products is usually heavy on the furniture, housewares, home décor and groceries, but beauty products and some apparel from recognizable labels often appear on the no-frills shelves. There’s no need to search for deals, they’re all around you. However, you might want to resist temptation to buy 10 watches, even if they’re just $5 each. Here’s our tips for shopping Big Lots.

How to Shop Big Lots

Know before you go
You can’t currently shop on the Big Lots website, but there is a preview for what’s in stores and what prices will be like. The weekly ads, which are usually in Sunday newspaper and also online, highlight products specific to your region. There are no guarantees until items are in your cart.

Style aisles
The clothing is limited to mostly basic tees and leggings, haphazardly displayed on shelves. Discontinued lingerie ($5 bras) and three-packs of panties are available in limited sizes. You will have more luck (and fun) with accessories. “Famous brand” handbags really seem to actually be no-name bags, but for $12, it doesn’t really matter. We’ve found Crocs ballet flats ($15), slippers for the whole family ($8), Izod flip-flops ($10) and American Apparel scarves ($3). Costume jewelry ($5), watches ($5 and up) and sunglasses ($10), seemed truly disposable, which are great buys, if you’re prone to lose trinkets.

Play with your makeup
If you’re the type to try teal eyeliner once and then move onto aubergine, then you’ll have blast in the cosmetics aisles. Tons of brand names (Almay, ELF, Maybelline and Revlon) discounted to well below Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price. You might even come across your favorite shade of discontinued CoverGirl Continuous Color for $1.50. There are tons of bath products (puffs for $1, soaps for $2) and hair tools (Conair dryers and flat irons for $19). Make sure to check the expiration dates to make sure the cosmetics are still safe to use.

Join the Buzz Club
Frequent and loyal shoppers will be rewarded with more than just great deals. When you enroll in the Buzz Club online or in a store, you receive a card. After making 10 qualifying purchases of $20 or more over 12 months, you’ll earn 20 percent off your next purchase.