Are you a Shoe Lover? Check out these 8 ways to save money at DSW. These savings hacks will let you snag those fabulous DSW deals while helping you stick to your budget.
AUGUST 2021- Be sure to read down to see how to earn $10 (each week) in FREE DSW reward points!
When we first started to implement a budget into our family spending, I thought it was going to put a major damper on my love of shoe shopping. But really I found that it gave me a bit of freedom- knowing I still could make those purchases, I just had to keep them within the budget. And how do I find frugal fashion? By being a savvy shopper, and using all the savings hacks available. For example, I have never been disappointed by the DSW deals I can score using the tips below.
Ways to Save Money at DSW
DSW VIP Rewards
The very first thing you have to do to save money at DSW is to join the DSW VIP Rewards program. Without joining this loyalty program (like Kroger) you won’t get the most bang for your buck. It’s FREE to join, so why wouldn’t you?! Here are the basic VIP perks you get for joining:
- Free shipping for online orders
- Earn 1 point per $1 spent, 100 points = $5 Reward
- Anual MyPerk Reward (Free tote or $5 Reward)
- $5 Birthday Reward
Sounds pretty good right? Once you $200 in annual spending (not hard when shopping for the family), then you become a VIP Gold member and additional perks like gifts for your friends and 2x points shopping days are added. $500 annual spending puts you in the Elite VIP club and you earn those rewards even faster, 50 points for a $5 reward.
Be sure to download the DSW app, this makes it easier to keep track of all your reward offers and coupons. Speaking of DSW discounts…
DSW Coupons and Promo Codes
On top of earning and redeeming those reward dollars from the VIP program, DSW offers some of the best coupons and promo codes! Often there will be $10/$25 DSW coupon offers, % off certain categories (like boots or athletic) and 2x point opportunities. These DSW discounts are either mailed to you or found in your app to use in-store or in promo code form to use online. Not only do they offer these promotions, but oftentimes these savings stack. That means you can use the $/$$, %, free tote and reward certificates ALL together! That’s the best way to bring that total down for sure!
Free DSW Totes and More
Several times a year you will find DSW runs a free with purchase promotion. I am always a sucker for the DSW Free tote offers! Everything from weekender totes, to trunk organizers to yoga bags- DSW totes are the best. And it’s not just totes, I have even gotten an umbrella and a soft blanket! Typically you have to make a $49 purchase and use a special code/coupon to get the tote. And they sell out! So I typically hold on to my rewards and try to wait to make my purchase until I can take advantage of one of these offers.
Where is the first place I go when I shop in a DSW store- the Clearance racks of course! This happy place is always filled with marked-down shoes, bags and accessories. DSW uses a sticker system for their clearance, each color sticker relates to a different % off the original price. And for those of us who are a little math-challenged, I appreciate that they post a chart with what the discounted price will be. They do offer clearance prices online as well, but I find the in-store clearance treasures seem to be a bit better. Once again, YES you can stack these clearance prices with your coupons, rewards and free tote offers!
Earn Points for Rewards by Donating Shoes at DSW
This is one of my favorite DSW hacks and one that most people do not know about. You can donate your gently used shoes to a DSW store and earn VIP points! You will earn 50 points each time you donate shoes at DSW. You can donate once a week. So… if you donate every week- in a month you will have earned $10 in rewards! You know that I love to resell items on Facebook buy/sell/trade groups, but I hardly ever sell shoes anymore. A pair of shoes is worth $2.50 in DSW reward points and it’s going to a great cause too. Read all about the DSW shoe donation program here. UPDATE: For a limited time (looks like for the month of Aug, 2021) You can earn a $10 for EACH donation! One donation per week. That’s free money so take advantage!
Free Shipping from DSW
As I mentioned in the VIP Rewards section, all members receive FREE shipping– so it really is a no-brainer to join the rewards program. VIP Elite members have the added perk of receiving Free expedited shipping. DSW also offers Free 2 hour curbside pickup for some items online.
Use Pay with Ibotta to Earn a % Back
Are you an Ibotta user? (You should be! Join here) Have you ever used the “Pay with Ibotta” option? Basically, it is a rebate program that will earn you a % back when you purchase a “gift card” via Ibotta. So, if you have a $50 total in your DSW cart, you would buy a $50 DSW gift card via the Ibotta app to use to purchase your DSW items. That purchase will earn 7% cashback in your Ibotta account. That’s $3.50 cashback. If you are a regular cashback shopper with platforms like Raukutan or TopCashBack, you will notice they do not include DSW- so using Ibotta is the way to go.
Earn Rewards from The W Nail Bar Purchases
You may have seen a new addition to your DSW store recently- The W Nail Bar. What a brilliant collaboration- a nail salon inside a shoe store! Several of the DSW locations in Columbus have the W Nail Bar services now (my fave is Dublin/Sawmill Rd). You may be thinking, ok that’s great but how does that save me money at DSW? Well… a purchase at The W Nail Bar will earn you DSW VIP reward points too! LOVE IT! Just think of it this way, get a $50 service- earn $2.50 toward shoes! (Unfortunately, it doesn’t go the other way, DSW rewards cannot be used on The W Nail Bar purchases. But watch for seasonal gift card offers to help save at The W too)
WHEW! Have I convinced you yet that there are some great ways to save money at DSW?! Did you learn about any new DSW discount opportunities? If so, leave me a comment below… or let me know about what great DSW deal you recently snagged!