10 Insanely Clever TikTok Shopping Hacks That'll Save You Money

With a user base of over 1 billion people, it’s no wonder that TikTok has unveiled some creative shopping hacks that its users are loving.

As the world gets busier and more rushed, people are looking for ways to make their lives easier — which is where these hacks become extremely useful. And, we're about to uncover them.

This article will show you ten of the most clever and creative TikTok shopping hacks that you can use, including hacks related to clothing, promo codes, payment methods, and more.

10 TikTok shopping hacks you need to look out for this year

Here’s a list of the top 10 shopping hacks you need to look out for in 2022:

1. Buying viral jeans from TikTok

If you think it’s time to expand your denim collection this year and you’re willing to look over your favorite luxury brands, you need to take advantage of the amazing $10 jeans from Walmart that went viral on TikTok.

These vintage-style jeans are made from 100% cotton and are a true asset to your wardrobe without paying an arm and a leg for them.

You can take them to your tailor for a perfect fit or transform them to suit your style perfectly with some DIY tactics, such as adding studs, faded patterns, or even a tie-dye.

Go ahead and buy yourself a pair (or seven). Because, who doesn’t love jeans, right?

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@juahmoonn/video/6840520452389997829

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2. Using promo codes

With promo codes and coupons offering massive savings, they’re becoming more and more popular among everyday consumers. In 2020, 88% of U.S. shoppers said they used coupons when shopping.

Illustration showing the percentage of US shoppers who use coupons

If you too would like to save money on your next purchase, you can ask the virtual customer care representative in the live chat box if there are any active promo codes.

Alternatively, you can try using some popular promo codes, such as “10off,” “20off,” “save10,” “save20,” “test,” “welcome10,” “welcome20,” or any holiday name.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@auuddie/video/6788877503806131462

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3. Kohl’s “Yes You Can” policy

TikToker and former employee of Kohl’s @atomictango shared a sneaky money-saving hack you can use when shopping at Kohl’s.

She claimed that all employees at the company are required to follow its “Yes You Can” policy, which essentially states that when a customer fights for a discount that’s lower than 50%, employees are supposed to give them that discount off the original cost of the item.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@atomictango/video/6905614931991760133

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4. Check the expiration date of cosmetics at TJ Maxx

In 2020, eye and facial cosmetics generated over $3.86 billion in sales in the U.S. This means that millions of cosmetics are being sold in retail stores and online every day.

graph showing cosmetic sales across different segments in the US in 2020

However, you need to be careful when purchasing cosmetics since certain cosmetics are often expired when consumers purchase them.

TikTok user @cononryder explains this nifty hack when shopping for cosmetics at TJ Maxx, showing you how to check the expiration date of cosmetics before you purchase them.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@canonryder/video/6882015820420025605

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5. Abandoned cart hack

Retailers will often give special discounts to consumers who abandon their shopping carts. This is especially true for many eCommerce stores and other online retailers.

If you’re not in a hurry to buy a certain product, you can try leaving the item in your online shopping cart and seeing if the store sends you a special promo code via email.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@financeathome/video/6971160118469594373

6. Buying at Costco without a membership

If you’ve been wanting to shop at Costco for a while now but can’t afford their membership, this hack is for you.

According to TikTok user @ree2mz, you can bypass Costco’s membership fee by shopping at Costco with gift cards.

Simply ask someone who has a Costco membership to purchase a few gift cards for you so that you can go ahead and shop there in the future.

Alternatively, you can also shop at Costco online. However, with this option, you’ll pay slightly higher prices.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@ree2mz/video/7025690124004412677

7. Find great deals on Amazon

If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, you need to look at this hack that TikToker @caseyyisfetchh shared.

You can find amazing deals by heading over to the “Amazon Outlet” option under the “Programs & Features” section in the menu. The items shown here are overstock items that go for ridiculously low prices.

If you’re not from the U.S. and don’t see this option, you can type “amazon outlet” in the search bar, and the Outlet will pop up.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@caseyyisfetchh/video/6896622364805664005

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8. Zara’s clothing size hack

In 2019, apparel returns around the world amounted to around $48 billion. One of the main reasons for returns is differences in apparel size at different stores.

When purchasing clothes from Zara, you can look at different shapes around the tag hole and the label of the item.

  • A square means that the item is true to size.
  • A triangle means that the item comes up small, so you should size up when purchasing that clothing item.
  • A circle means it runs big, so you should size down when purchasing that clothing item.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@officially_outfits/video/6951793087907695877

9. Split-payment methods

Split-payment models have become increasingly popular over the years. You can use the app Klarna to make multiple payments on a purchase instead of having to pay the entire sum at once.

Aside from making it easier for consumers to budget effectively, the app also makes luxury products far more accessible.

Klarna supports many retailers, including Sephora, Wayfair, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ray-Ban, and many more.

Embedded content: https://www.tiktok.com/@nailedbyaimee/video/6840559929082924294

10. Get points on Shein App

TikToker @sudania_ shared how you can get free clothes from Shein by using its app. The app has a “check in” button that you can tap whenever you use it.

Every time you tap the “check in” button, you’ll get points. One point correlates to one cent. Therefore, if you check into the app every day, the points will start to add up until you can eventually buy an item for free with your points.

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Try these shopping hacks

Whether you’re looking to get the best deals, want to make sure that your products aren’t expired, or simply want to learn more about certain products before purchasing them, these hacks will help you.

If you want to save even more money on your purchases, have a look at these seven promo codes that you should always try at checkout.

about the author

Tiara Rea-Palmer
Director of Partnerships
As an expert in online savings and an avid deal enthusiast, Tiara heads up retail relations at CouponFollow, where she stays up-to-date on all the best deals, discounts, and freebies, as well as negotiates exclusive coupons and offers for CouponFollow users. In her free time, you can find Tiara writing, DIY crafting on a budget, and traveling with free rewards card miles.