How to Shop JCPenney

Snooty fashionistas: don’t you dare diss JCPenney. Wtih something like 1,000 stores, the retail giant sells to more than half of America’s families every year. With such impressive stats, the department store obviously has a thing or two to offer customers. What’s unique about JCPenney? Read on to find out.

How to Shop JcPenney

Shopper perks.
Larger retailers are always capable of offering a ton of deals, and you’d be crazy not to take advantage of them. Sign up for e-mail or mobile alerts for exclusive coupons and offers.

Know before you go.
Another plus for Penney’s shoppers: there’s no need to go into the store, unless you just really want to try something on. The retailer’s entire selection is available online (you can even make some purchases right on their Facebook page). And with every item, the site shows you where the item is available and if they have it in your size. Go online before going to the store to find out of it’s worth taking a trip into the store.

Brands you’ll love.
We’re serious, fashion snobs, don’t count JCP out for cute fashions. The retailer has significantly improved their fashion options (although some stores still need a bit of fashion help) with lines from Nicole Miller, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Mango. What’s more, there’s even a Sephora inside the store, and while we have yet to confirm it, the sales associates swear it’s cheaper (we haven’t personally seen much of a difference).

JCP Extras.
It’s worth mentioning JCPenny Optical, Portraits, Salon and Custom Decorating, which offers you a free in-home consultation. Other unique offerings from the retailer include wedding and gift registries, the Teleflora flower club and Jodee, a selection of post-mastectomy fashions.

The fine print.
Don’t worry, with JCPenney, the fine print isn’t intimidating at all. Wtih a receipt, you have up to 90 days to return an item for a cash refund. After 90 days or without a receipt, you can still return it for store credit, but just for the lowest on sale price within the last 30 days.

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

    Blog Comments

    I love JcPenney’s, people don’t sleep on them. I also love the Sephora stores that they have. Great article, as always.

    Re: Sephora at JC Penneys

    I haven’t noticed any price difference on products between the Sephora at Penneys and the original Sephora, but I do know that if you are a Sephora member (free to sign up and you get plenty of perks with purchases), the Penneys store is not affiliated with that, so you never get to use your card and receive perks.

    I’ll continue to shope at my original Sephora where I rack up points for goodies.

    I love JCP. Their sales are amazing when the season ends. I’ve snagged a few $3 shirts from them. I love their Ronson line.

    Glad to see you spreading the word on Penney’s. I discovered them a few years ago. Thanks to their $10 coupons and a great clearance rack I’ve gotten spectacular buys there on great fashions. Their styles are more on trend than other more expensive department stores too. And whenever I really need something like an interview suit or a date dress they never fail me. Thanks to my $10 coupon and the clearance rack my latest “coup” was a $60 paisley/color block dress for only $15.00!

    I love JcPenney’s. I’m loving their Mango line right now

    Yeah! you know what, I love JCP, too! They have some pretty great finds and i’m a sucker for sales. it may not be my favorite store but i do own a few favorite pieces from them.

    regarding Sephora inside JCP

    1. Prices are the same as Sephora and
    2. Can’t use JCP coupons or gift cards at Sephora inside JCP
    3. You can still earn Beauty Insider points purchasing at Sephora inside JCP
    4. Freebies available at Sephora may not be available at Sephora inside JCP
    5. JCP sends out emails for freebies available only at Sephora inside JCP
    6. Limited products lines

    Sephora at JCP:

    I’ve noticed that the JCP Sephoras have different/more sale stuff when I go, and they tend to carry slightly different or older stock. I know I can get Urban Decay primer duos there, Cargo (not in regular Sephoras anymore), and the more popular Sephora items that are sold out often in the regular Sephoras. Also, there have been a few times where a friends and family coupon did NOT exclude Sephora in JCP! They have also added the Beauty Insider program to JCP Sephora locations. Hooray.

    okay, this is my usually my very first stop for trips to the mall. i always always find something i NEED for dirt cheap! i, too, purchase suits from jcp. they fit me well and give during my weight-gains. i signed up for their text messaging deals and you would not believe how this has helped me and so many of my friends. they DO NOT flood your cell phone text messaging inbox with deals/coupons. they come on a random basis, but yet right on time. i love going up to the counter with my items and whipping out my cell phone to read off the coupon code loaded with savings! even the store clerks seem to get excited when the see me reading the coupon code from my handy dandy celly. on yeah….the sephora stores in jcp does not have any price difference but you will receive a lot of one-on-one attention.

    People sleep on jcp and that’s good for me.i can reinterpret alot of styles on the always said if you have good taste you can shop anyway!

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