Discount store deals for kitchen essentials: how price-checking can save more money

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (DC News Now) — Consumers are likely encountering deals for kitchen products at discount stores, like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, but price-checking could save shoppers even more money.

At the T.J. Maxx store in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard neighborhood, many items on shelves in the kitchen product section were less costly than most prices online for the exact same item. However, the same could not be said for every product at the store.

Andrienne Leff is among consumers who enjoy the prices that discount stores offer, “it’s a great feeling,” she says after saving cash there.

A busy mother of four, some kitchen items Leff has found at discount stores include pots and pans, glass coffee mugs, a drain cover, kitchen decor and “cute little fruit bowls.”

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Among the results of DC News Now’s price-check at the Alexandria store include pots and pans, can openers, storage containers, onion choppers and more.

Meanwhile, some coffee maker pod packs and other items were slightly cheaper depending on where they appeared online.

The key here is to price check.

“I’ll compare. If I see something that I really love,” Leff said, adding, “If you look something up on Amazon and it’s cheaper in the store, then I always grab it because Amazon usually has really low prices.”

DC News Now asked T.J. Maxx how they can offer low prices on the same products we found more expensive elsewhere.

A spokesperson said, in part, they don’t discuss “specific vendors or product categories,” but when a designer “overproduces, or other stores overbuy” they step in, negotiate the lowest possible price and “pass the savings on.”

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