It seems like almost every bride and groom I’ve known in the past 5 years has had a bridal registry at Bed Bath and Beyond (I did too almost 5 years ago!). I don’t know about you, but living in an apartment for the first few years of our marriage, I got a TON of those mailer coupons for 20% off any one item at Bed Bath & Beyond. I’ve noticed that they haven’t been mailing as many of these out lately, but can usually find a coupon on the back of one of their magazine mailers.
Here are some things which you may or may not know, but which I have found helpful in buying registry items and gifts at BB&B in Northern Virginia over the past few years:
- Hold on to those 20% off one item, and $5 Off $15 Purchase coupons because the store accepts these coupons after their expiration date!*
- Bed Bath & Beyond accepts competitor coupons such as from Linens ‘N’ Things (which no longer has store locations)
- You can use multiple coupons in one transaction (ie. you are buying 3 items, you can use three 20% off coupons in one purchase). This has held true at a variety of BB&B stores in the Northern VA area that I have personally shopped at in the past. Ask your cashier or customer service rep. at your local store to confirm that this is their policy too.
- You can bring in a coupon and have it applied to a recent receipt/purchase when you didn’t have the coupon with you to redeem at check out. Just figured this one out this week! I asked what the formal policy was regarding this (ie. up to 1 week, 1 month, etc.?) but was just told to bring it in at my convenience. My suggestion would be to do this within a few days of purchase or as soon as possible.
- The 20% off coupons and other BB&B coupons can be used on clearance/reduced items (at least in my experience). Be sure to ask your cashier at check out to confirm if your local store has this policy too.
- If you are buying something off of a bridal registry and want to have BB&B ship the gift to the bride & groom, you cannot use this coupon for an online purchase, however you can go into the store at the bridal registry desk and ask a customer service rep. to log in to their computer and place the order through their intranet system and then they will allow you to use your coupon. I have found that for a $35-$50 gift, this coupon usually helps cover the cost of shipping.
*I will note, that back at the beginning of 2009 there was some chatter on the blogs about a change in BB&B coupon policy in regards to accepting expired coupons, and from what I’ve read there are some BB&B stores around the US that no longer accept expired coupons and that have signs at the register regarding this new policy. However, it seems that this varies by where you live, and from my experience in Northern VA, the BB&B stores here all still accepting expired coupons.
If you have had a different shopping/coupon experience at a local BB&B, please leave a comment and let me know!