I’ve been calling Target “my boyfriend” for about as long as I can remember* – Target has freakin’ everything and the aisle are so long and clean and I’m getting all verklempt just THINKING about the Bullseye store. Target has that effect on me. Especially since I have a SuperTarget which = saving tons of cash on groceries IF I can manage to avoid buying all those extra things I don’t really need (but am altogether certain that I do). So how do you save cash at Target? The prices are already low, the quality of even their generic brand is excellent, and they’re well, MY BOYFRIEND.
Here are some tips for saving cash at Target:
1) Saving Money At Target: End-caps = your BFF. Not your boyfriend – I have dibs. Not the pretty shiny end-caps that are all BUY THIS AWESOME PRODUCT THAT LOOKS LIKE IT’S ON SALE, but the ones that are semi-scattered throughout the store. I know at my Target, a lot of the home goods sale end-caps are actively hidden in the back of the furniture. Take some time, see where Target staff puts their clearance end-caps and shop those. Sometimes, you can find amazing treasures.
2) Saving Money At Target: Ignore the Signs. The clearance end-caps at Target can be misleading. When you see an end-cap marked at 10% off, you may choose to walk on by – not a tremendous savings, right? Check the prices. Be that annoying person blocking the end-cap if you must – there are often things marked down even higher than what the sign says.
3) Saving Money At Target: Debit RedCard. I’m no fan of credit cards, because, well, I’m starting over, and the very last thing I need are credit card bills piling up. I’ve switched to a cash-only system, which seems to be okay – if I have no money, I do not buy anything. Target now offers an alternative to their store credit card – the RedCard Debit Card, which gives you an extra 5% off your purchases that’s taken directly from your bank account. Pretty nifty.
4) Saving Money At Target: Markdown Schedule. If you’re at Target as much as I am (remember: that’s where I do my grocery shopping), you get to know some of the employees. When that happens, just ask them about their markdown schedule, as it varies store by store. Generally speaking, Target marks down the clearance merchandise every two (or so) weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for bargains. According to numerous sources, the Target Markdown Schedule goes something like this:
Monday: Children’s clothing, baby items, electronics, and office supplies/gift wrap/stationery.
Tuesday: Women’s clothing, home decor and domestic items
Wednesday: Men’s clothing, toys, food, health and beauty, garden items
Thursday: Housewares, lingerie, shoes, sporting goods, luggage
Friday: Cosmetics, jewelry, hardware, automotive, and home improvement
5) Saving Money At Target: Read Those Clearance Stickers. It took me months to understand this, so I made you a purdy picture to illustrate my point:
Here you can see that I bought a picture frame (gotta get more pictures to make my new apartment feel like home) for 70% off – that’s the number in the top right corner.
Always read the end number on the clearance sticker. The number at the end of the clearance sticker says 6, which means that this picture frame will be marked down again – providing there are any more in stock at the end of this particular sale. Once the number at the end of the red Target clearance sticker reads, “4” you can safely know that the item will not be marked down further. 4 is, apparently, the loneliest number.
6) Saving Money At Target: Bring Your Own Bag – while it’s not a ton of money to be saved (between 5 and 10 cents a bag) those pennies can add up pretty quickly if you bring your own shopping bag. Plus, it’s way greener to shop that way.
7) Saving Money At Target: Price Matching – this one requires a bit of homework, but it’s doable. Target will match any current and local competitors ad for a product that you see cheaper somewhere else.
8) Saving Money At Target: Target.com coupons – if you’re into couponing, Target.com has loads of coupons you can easily print from their website AND use in conjunction with any manufacturer’s coupons. It’s a great way to save some cash.
*I will fight you for Target. MY BOYFRIEND. NOT YOURS. Okay, we can share. But you have to buy me a diet Coke first.What are some other ways you know to save money at Target?