Sales on Ralph Lauren items aren't uncommon, but not all of the brand's sales are created equal. Here's the breakdown of the six best ways to save on Ralph Lauren.
Watch for No-Minimum Free Shipping Around Holidays
Though Ralph Lauren doesn't typically offer free shipping, it does dole out free shipping coupons a few times a year. You can expect them just prior to Valentine's Day and Father's Day, around Black Friday, and sometimes during seasonal sales such as the spring and summer sales.
Choose "Economy" Shipping for Small Orders
While orders of $125 or more are generally eligible for free shipping coupons, Ralph Lauren automatically applies $8 "Standard" shipping to smaller orders. A cheaper option exists, however: "Economy" tacks only $5 on to your total. What's the difference? Economy arrives within seven to 10 business days of shipping, while Standard orders take five to seven business days.
Remember Stacking Discounts During Ralph Lauren Private Sales
Ralph Lauren usually offers two Private Sales each year. The spring sale typically takes place around the end of April, and the fall sale around the end of October. Each lasts about one to two weeks. Private Sales generally discount a wide range of apparel, shoes, and accessories from various lines, such as Polo, Denim & Supply, and Lauren. Some home items are included as well. Products are normally marked down by up to 50% or 70% off, and you can expect a coupon to cut an extra 10% or 15% off.
Of note: This year, Ralph Lauren had a "Private Flash Sale" for three days at the end of March. The sale appears to have replaced the 2016 Spring Private Sale, but it's unclear if this will affect the brand's timing for its usual Fall Private Sale.
Check for Savings Opportunities Around Federal Holidays
Each Memorial Day weekend, Ralph Lauren has offered a coupon that cuts an extra 30% off sale items — a very good coupon for Ralph Lauren. (Memorial Day is the last Monday in May.) For the past few years, it's also offered a similar deal during the first week of July to commemorate the Fourth of July. Other federal holidays, such as Labor Day and Columbus Day, have also been marked by some meaningful discounts — but less reliably. They're worth keeping an eye on, though.
Hold Off On Larger Purchases During Seasonal Sales
Ralph Lauren's Summer Sale, Winter Sale, and End of Season Sales last several weeks, and the best deals often aren't active right away. Discounts sometimes increase as the sale wears on, or stacking coupons may be added that further reduce the price for orders over $125. On the flip side, if Ralph Lauren offers free shipping, it's usually only at the beginning or middle of the sale. So if all you want is that adorable little hat for your co-worker's newborn, by all means, snag it right away.
When are those seasonal sales? Dates vary slightly, but you can typically expect a Winter Sale from just before Christmas until mid-January, an End of Season Sale from the end of January through March, a Summer Sale during the month of July, and another End of Season Sale around September.
Stay Tuned for Sales Through Other Retailers
Sometimes the best deals on Ralph Lauren don't come from Ralph Lauren at all! We've seen excellent deals on Ralph Lauren from Men's Wearhouse, Macy's, FragranceX, Neiman Marcus, and even Amazon. Find the best Ralph Lauren deals from any retailer on this page, or set up a DealNews Alert for "Ralph Lauren" and we'll send you an email when we see a tempting offer.
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