Students with a valid .edu e-email address can sign up for the Amazon Student program. This means a 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime, and only $39 per year for Prime after that. If you're not a student and you want a free .edu e-mail address for some unrelated reason, Digital Bridge has a list of sites that give them out for free. (Wink.)
Bonton.com seems to constantly have sales, both site-wide and across different departments. If something you like is still at its original price, chances are it will soon be on "sale" and then on "clearance." And sometimes Bon-Ton even offers sales on the clearance stuff! So clearance isn't even clearance, because there's a clearance on clearance...Is that clear? No? here's the bottom line: Unless you'll be heartbroken without said item or you're worried they'll run out of your size, I'd say wait for discount as it will likely be significant.
The Younkers website has a unique feature that will help you plan ahead and design your home and new furniture before carrying a single sofa over your threshold. Look for the Virtual Room Planner. Put in your room’s dimensions into the planner and design a bird’s eye blueprint of your living room, bedroom, or dining room. You can add furniture of various sizes and try several different styles. Once you have a virtual design you like, print it out and bring it into a Younkers retail store. You’ll know the exact type and shape of furniture you need.
Boston Store has a program called, "Your Rewards." The program is actually just a credit card but when you use it you get a $20 reward card for every $200 you spend which can be stacked with other reward cards. The program also sends out special coupons for card holders including a special birthday offer. There is an opportunity to become an "elite" Your Rewards member after a year and then you get even more amazing-awesome coupons, offers and benefits.
Like many department stores, many of the best prices can be found in the post-holiday season when clearance is the rule. If you have any particularly picky people to shop for, you could actually get more bang for your buck by buying them a Herberger's gift card that they can use for a mini shopping spree after Christmas.