6 Ways to Save Even More at Discount Retailer Big Lots

When you shop at Big Lots, don’t expect to cross everything off your list.

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When you shop at Big Lots, don’t expect to cross everything off your list. The shopping experience at the popular discount retailer is more of a treasure hunt.

Sure, you can shop for groceries and home goods on the cheap at Big Lots, but selection is inconsistent. And the company takes pride in providing surprises and special deals down every aisle.

Big Lots, which operates more than 1,400 stores nationwide, specializes in cutting deals on closeouts and overstocks from other retailers. Big Lots buys it on the cheap and sells it that way. As soon as you roll your shopping cart into a Big Lots store, you’re immediately hit with 50%-off deals and clearance racks with even bigger markdowns.

“A large percentage of Big Lots’ inventory comes from after-season overstock and discontinued products from retailers and manufacturers,” explains Brent Shelton, of deals website FatWallet.

Take a look at what to expect -- and how to save even more -- on your first or next visit to Big Lots.

Bob Niedt
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.