There are SOOOO many ways to save at Target beyond the weekly ad – from hunting down clearance markdowns to stacking coupons, Cartwheels, and giftcard offers. You can save some crazy cash if you learn these 12 ways to save at Target!
1. Target Clearance deals are THE GREATEST
Don’t you love finding huge markdowns? Target endcaps are famous for that! Stick to the more hidden ends of each aisle to find goodies marked down up to 90% OFF. The seasonal sections are another great place to find huge discounts – if you can master the art of putting stuff away for next year, you’ll never pay full price for Christmas ornaments, flip flops, Easter baskets or Halloween costumes again.
If you’re lazy at math, you can tell how low an item has been marked down by peeking in the top right corner of the clearance sticker. You’ll either see the number 15, 30, 50, 70, or 90. (That represents the percentage it’s been marked down.) If an item ends in a $0.04, that indicates that it WON’T be marked down again – this is as low as it will get. Find out even more about How To Decipher Target Clearance Tags!
2. Target Clearance Markdowns generally follow this schedule:
I have to drive all the way across town to get to my Target, and if I’m going specifically for patio furniture clearance, it helps to know what day that happens. Did you know that most Target stores follow a weekly markdown schedule? While this doesn’t hold true for ALL Target managers – this is a pretty accurate guide:
- Monday: Kids Clothes, Books, Electronics, Accessories, Baby, and Stationery
- Tuesday: Women’s Clothing, Pets, Domestics and Food
- Wednesday: Men’s Clothing, Furniture, Health and Beauty, Diapers, and Lawn/Garden
- Thursday: Lingerie, Shoes, Housewares, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor and Luggage
- Friday: Cosmetics, Hardware, Auto, and Jewelry
3. You can stack up to *4* kinds of discounts
Target allows you to stack various discount offers on top of their sale price – and while you don’t HAVE to go to crazy lengths to get a good deal there, you definitely CAN. 🙂
- Store Promotion – like a BOGO Sale or Giftcard Deal
- Manufacturer Coupons
- Target Cartwheel Discount
- Target Coupon (Either a Mobile Coupon or Target Printable Coupon)
4. Get the Target Cartwheel App
The Target Cartwheel app is totally free and will save you LOADS of money. Each Cartwheel offer can be used up to *4* times. Most of the time, they CAN’T be used towards clearance merchandise.
Just browse the various Cartwheel savings offers, and add the ones you think you’ll use. Have the cashier scan the barcode on your phone at the register to activate these savings. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can use the Cartwheel website to add offers to your cart, and then simply print them out and take your paper with you. Have the cashier scan the barcode on that instead. Find out more about Target Cartwheel here!
5. Target Mobile Coupons and Printable Coupons
Some stores’ mobile coupons are just a duplicate of what’s available to print on their website. Not so with Target. Sign up for Mobile Text Alerts to receive coupons on your phone – most of these are completely different from what’s available to print at Coupons.Target.com
Below on the left is a screenshot from my phone of some recent Target Mobile Coupons. On the right is a screenshot of Target Printable coupons – and how hovering over the top portion of the coupon will reveal if the coupon you are about to print is a Target Coupon (a true store coupon) or a Manufacturer Coupon (can be used anywhere and stacked with a store coupon)
6. Learn how to work the Target Giftcard offers
Target runs giftcard offers just about every week, where you can buy a specified number of select products, and get back a Target Giftcard. When you add in manufacturer and other Target offers (Cartwheel, coupons, etc…) you can walk away with some CRAZY great deals.
For example, Target ran a deal recently where you could buy (3) boxes of Kotex products and receive a $5 Target Giftcard. Kotex products were around $5 apiece, so on the surface, it didn’t seem like a crazy deal. However, there was a $2 manufacturer coupon available (making them $3 a box) and a $2 Target coupon available (which could only be used once), putting your total out of pocket for three boxes at about $7. Once you get that $5 gift card, it was like paying just 66¢ each!
7. Price Cuts last longer than the weekly sale
Often Target will have certain price cuts that last a significant amount of time. (Think, 45 days) These price cuts are handy to keep in mind because sometimes they’ll overlap with a weekly gift card offer and result in some cheap products!
8. Save an extra 5% with Target’s RedCard (NOT a credit card!)
Get an extra 5% OFF every purchase, free shipping and longer return periods with the Target RedCard! Read more about the Target Debit Card benefits here!
9. Return Items without a Receipt (Up to $75 per year)
If you bought something, took it home, threw away the receipt and then need to return it a couple weeks later – you can do that! Target will accept returns WITHOUT a receipt for up to $75 in merchandise per year. However, if you have your debit/credit card that you used to make the purchase – Target can look it up and it’s just like having your receipt!
10. Use TWO coupons on Target BOGO Items
If there is a Buy One Get One Free sale happening at Target (or a Buy 3, Get 1 Free or Buy 4, Get 1 Free etc…..) you can use a coupon on both the item you pay for AND the “free” item.
11. Target Price Match
Does Target Price Match? You bet!! Target’s price match policy helps out tremendously if you don’t live near a lot of other stores. I’ve price matched Amazon, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Kmart at my local Target – it’s fantastic!
You don’t even need a store ad – most times a Target employee can verify a competitor’s online price right on the iPad at customer service 🙂
A couple things to remember about Target price match is that you can’t use a Target Coupon after a price match, also they will only match competitors’ prices for the exact same item (color, brand, size, etc…) and the item must be IN-STOCK at the other store. Read more about Target’s Price Match Guarantee here!
12. Rainchecks are AWESOME
Guarantee that a sale will be available to you for 45 days when you pull a Target Raincheck ticket off a shelf and take it to customer service!
Check out all the current Target Deals going on here!