Love to save money at Target? I do too! The bullseye is the perfect stop if you need to get anything from groceries, clothes, shoes, media, and more! That’s also why every trip can be filled with temptation.
Here are my top 12 ways to save money at Target.
1. Clip manufacture’s coupons. Target accepts manufacturer’s coupons for both regularly priced and sale items.
2. Browse for store coupons. Did you know that Target has a section on their site dedicated to store coupons? Easily clip Target coupons and use them!
3. Stack manufacturer and store coupons for the same item. You’ll have the best luck if you hand over your manufacturer coupons, then your store coupons. Bonus if the item is also on sale! (Thanks Micki!)
4. Take advantage of Target’s price match policy. Target offers a price match guarantee. This means that if you have their competitor’s weekly ad with a lower price you can save a few dollars. It’s definitely worth keeping your eye on the sales flyers of Target’s competitors, like Walmart, Staples, CVS, and more.
5. Shop the end caps. Unlike grocery stores, you DO want to stop at the end of an aisle, known as an end cap. Many times, these areas have items on clearance or sale. At grocery stores, the items at the end caps can be pricey, but you wouldn’t know it as there’s no other similar items around to price compare.
6. Compare in store and online prices. Watch out for inflated prices on products. The price of an item online and in store is not always the same. Look for the best price! The same is true with discounts! Discounts are not always the same online and in store at Target.
7. Learn Target’s markdown schedule. The store has a markdown schedule, but your store’s may vary so befriend a store clerk and double check. Markdowns take place every two weeks and items will continue to be marked down every two weeks until sold or the discount reaches 75 percent. Shop the same day as a markdown to get the best selection of new markdowns.
Target’s Weekly Markdown Schedule
Monday — Infants, Kids Clothes and Electronics.
Tuesday — Women’s Clothes and Domestics.
Wednesday — Men’s Clothes, Garden, Toys, Health and Beauty
Thursday — Lingerie, Shoes, Housewares, Sporting Goods, Luggage
Friday — Cosmetics, Hardware, Auto, Home Improvement and Jewelry
8. Ask for a rain check. Target will issue rain checks on sold out items, except gift card promotions. Make sure to tear the rain check notice that employees place on the shelf by sold out items. You can receive your rain check at the customer service desk. Target rain checks expire 45 days after issue.
9. Get a refund when items go on sale. Don’t you just hate it when you buy an item and then it goes on sale? Keep your receipts and Target will refund you the difference for the week that it’s on sale. This won’t work for an item you bought a month prior to the sale, but it does if you bought an item from a few days to a week before the sale starts!
10. Bring your own bags and get money back! Many Targets give you $.05 back for every bag you bring in to use. That means that if you use five bags, you’ll end up getting $.25 back. Sounds like a teeny amount of money, but it really adds up! Check to see what your store’s policy is. The store I frequent has recently stopped giving bag credits because the city now has a ban on plastic bags. Meaning everyone must carry their bags or pay.
11. Apply for a Target REDcard. If you’re an avid Tar-jay shopper, a Target REDcard may be another way to save money. There are two types: a debit and a credit card. Both will save you 5 percent off purchases, guarantee free shipping for every online order, and Target will donate 1 percent of all REDcard purchases to education. The cards also give you 30 extra days to make returns. The debit card is linked to your checking account and the credit card has no annual fee. The APR for the credit card varies depending on your credit worthiness, so if you carry a balance the 5 percent discount may not be worth it.
12. Buy Target gift cards online at a discount, then use them to purchase whatever you need at the store. I like the selection and discounts at Plastic Jungle, which currently has discounted Target gift cards for 6.5% off. (Thanks, Nancy!)
What shopping secrets help you save money at Target?