Many stores specialize in discounted household items on a regular basis. Stores including TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshall’s, and Home Goods can be found throughout the U.S. and feature a variety of household items, including linens, kitchenware, and home décor items, at reduced prices. In addition, great prices on good quality items can be found on “scratch and dent” furniture and appliance store merchandise and by going to military and civilian thrift stores, consignment shops, Craigslist (craigslist.org), eBay (ebay.com), and garage sales.
The key to finding the best deal is for service members to make a list of needed items, stick to that list, and visit shopping venues frequently for needs only (not impulse purchases). Find out what day(s) trucks arrive with shipments (each retailer usually has a given day of the week or month when new shipments arrive). Then try to budget money and schedule a day to shop at these stores as close to the day when a new shipment arrives as possible to get the most variety. Also, retailers may have even deeper discounts around those days since they’ll need to make room for new items on their shelves.