Finding the Best Deals at Target

Target by myself

Most people think Nordstrom is my favorite store (Anniversary Sales starts today)!  …Not necessarily!  I happen to Love Target!  Of course who doesn’t?  And I love the Target stores where you can buy groceries…though I do caution against buying fresh produce and meat.  Ok, truth be told, I also love, love, love Nordstrom. 🙂

I found this posting on Pinterest (which I happen to love more than Target), and thought it was well worth reprinting for my Blog…especially since I’m off on vacation and enjoying some fun in the California Sun!!  Check out, and link at end of blog for original blog.


How to Find the BEST Deals at Target

Not only is Target one of the favorite stores for day-to-day purchases, it is a Great store in which to look for bargains. Some of the best deals at Target include: baby clothes to give as gifts for less than $3, a queen-size comforter for $15, and Christmas wrap for 90% off.

Here are some strategies to make finding deals at Target just a little bit easier.

Shop the endcaps. The endcaps are the shelves at the end of an aisle loaded with clearance merchandise. The endcaps with the most clearance merchandise are usually those farthest away from the main shopping aisles. Always make a trip around the perimeter of the store to find the best deals, since “perimeter perusing” at Target can really pay off!

Visit the Mommysavers Target Deals Page. At Mommysavers, they bring you the latest on clearance deals at Target stores. All the in-store Target deals  found are listed here. However, availability on the Target deals mentioned will vary by store. Check the Target Clearance Locator to see if there is inventory left at your Target store.
Check out Target Savers on Facebook. If Facebook is more your speed, check out Target fan sites like Target Savers. You’ll get the heads-up on deals at Target stores nationwide.

Know the mark down schedule. This is a schedule that a typical Target store will use for their mark downs. Your store may vary this schedule, so get to know the employees! It doesn’t hurt to ask what your own Target’s schedule for markdowns is. Many Target stores nationwide follow a similar markdown schedule such as this one:

Kids Clothing, Stationary Items, Electronics, Baby Items
Women’s Clothing, Domestics, Food, Pets
Men’s Clothing, Toys, Lawn and Garden
Shoes, Lingerie, Housewares, Sporting Goods, Music, Movies & Books, Decor, Luggage

Jewelry, Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware
Besides their regular weekly markdowns, twice a year there are two big clearance blow-outs: A Baby Items Clearance in January and July  and a Toy Clearance in  July and October.  Target will typically mark down unsold clearance merchandise every two weeks. So, if you are watching an item and see that it has been marked down 30 or 50 percent, come back in another two weeks to see if it has been marked down further.  Even after the merchandise leaves Target after its final markdown, you can often find it at Goodwill Industries .
Then there are the holidays.  The day after a holiday, all holiday merchandise is 50% off.  Three days later it drops to 70% off.  Three days after that, 90% off.  Whatever is left after 2 days goes to Goodwill (who then turns around and ups the price… what’s that about?) Christmas merchandise doesn’t exactly run on this 3 – 3 – 2 mark down schedule.  You just have to keep checking back.

Use the scanner. Sometimes the clearance team misses an item that should have been re-stickered with a lower price. If it is something you want, always check the price with a scanner. Also, scan things that are one of a kind. These things may be returns from previous seasons that have been “clearanced” out. You may be surprised!
Look for repackaged items. These items could be something that was purchased online and returned to the store, or simply a return without a box. While they may not the prettiest item in the store, you may snag a great deal.
Learn to read the red stickers. Red stickers appear on all clearance deals at Target. The original price appears on the top right corner along with a number such as, “15, 30, 50″ etc. This is the percentage it has been marked down.

Keep your receipts. Target has a strict return policy which limits the returns you can make without a receipt ($75 per year). However, there is a way around this. The store tracks every credit card purchase. If you can remember which credit card you purchased the item with, the store can look up the transaction by simply swiping your card and scanning the item. If they find the transaction, they will let you return the item without the physical receipt. If you do have your receipt, Target will adjust the prices on items that go on sale (not clearanced) within 14 days of the purchase.

Check out the Target REDcard. Target introduced its REDcard in fall 2010. Cardholders will receive 5% off when they use the Target REDcard debit card, or 5% cash back with the Target REDcard credit card.  You can apply for the REDcard at a Target store or by mail.

Take advantage of Target’s price matching policy. If you find an item in a competitor’s ad, bring it to Target and they’ll match the advertised price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number. Read more about Target’s Price Matching Policy here.

Sign up for mobile coupons. Sign up to receive coupons via text message five times a month on your mobile phone. To redeem, simply show the cashier the bar code. Target Coupons via Text

BYOB (bring your own bag). For each of your own reusable bags you use at checkout, Target will give you $.05 back. It’s a great way to keep plastic bags out of landfills while putting a little money back in your pocket.

Use coupons. Not only does Target accept manufacturer coupons, they can be used in conjunction with their store coupons as well. Printable internet coupons are accepted.  Target’s website has a nice section with great resources right on their homepage. It includes:

Printable coupons: These coupons can be printed from a maximum of two times from a single computer (so you can use multiples i.e.- one Target coupon for each item). They have all kinds of coupons from food to home decor to clothing and new ones are added all the time! Note: You will have to install a plug-in to print these the first time. See Tip #3 for info about how to use multiple coupons.
Clearance: Check out this section for marked down items for purchase online. Note that not everything that is on clearance online is necessarily on clearance at the store and visa versa.
Daily Deals: You can sign up for Daily Deal emails/texts, which will send you a handful of items that are on sale for one day only and have free shipping. You can even return items to your local Target store to avoid return shipping costs.
One other tip.  Target’s full prices all end in 9  (as in $3.89… $19.99 etc.)  The first and second time it is reduced to clearance the last digit in the price will usually be an 8.  Once the last digit in the price is a 4, you can assume there will be no further markdowns, and you should get while the “gettins’ good”.



Coming up next week:  Beat the Heat…and I’m not talking about the Bulls and LeBron James…but staying cool in this blistering heat of a summer!

Happy Summer!





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