Target. Tar-jay. The Best Store Ever.
No matter what you call it, you likely end up snapping up plenty of swag every time you shop here– and have the credit card receipts to prove it.
With something for everybodyfrom golf clubs to games to groceriesits nearly impossible to walk out of the store without a cart laden with goodies. But to make the most of Targets massive selection and frequent sales, it helps to be in-the-know. There are a slew of insider secrets about how to hack the retail giant and walk away with incredible deals.
We spoke to shopping expert Kimmy Broganwho hunts deals from major mass-market retails on her Instagram @QueenOfTheDealsto find out the best ways you can easily save money at Target.
1. Stalk Mark Down Days.
Target marks down various departments on certain days, explains Brogan. If youre eyeing something, pay attention!
Heres the list of daily departmental deals, according to Brogan:
Monday: Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery
Tuesday: Womens Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
Wednesday: Mens Clothing, Health and Beauty, Diapers, Lawn and Garden items and Furniture
Thursday: Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor and Luggage
Friday: Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware and Jewelry
By planning ahead and doing savvy-shopping on days when youre in need of certain itemssay, by doing your monthly bath and body shopping on Fridays, or a regular diaper run on Wednesdaysyou can score big savings over the long run.
2. Apply for a Target REDCard
Target offers both a credit card and a debit cardsign up for either one and start racking in the savings. It’s free and you’ll save 5 percent off of your total every single time, Brogan says, who recommends the debit card which links to your bank account. Five percent is nothing to sneeze at. If you spend $500 a month at Target, by the end of the year, youll have saved $300.
The card is also good for free shipping online at Target.com, while other benefits include 30 extra days for returns and an additional 5 percent off for every two prescriptions filled. Theres no annual fee, either.
3. Download the Right Apps
Target has its own app, called Cartwheel, which features additional savings, daily deals, and more. You can scan the item you’re eyeing with your phone and it’ll tell you if there’s a Cartwheel deal available, Brogan says. You can also use it in addition to manufacturer coupons and the 5 percent Target REDCard discount and the app will also send you regular alerts about deals.
Brogan also recommends downloading the Coupons.com app to stay on top of manufacturer coupons.
4. Price Match
Saw something cheaper at another place or online? Target will price match it, and you can use manufacturer coupons in addition to price matching, Brogan says. That means a coupon that isnt necessarily earmarked for Target can still be used there (as long as it says manufacturer coupon) and if you find something cheaper at, say, Walmart, Target will honor the cheaper price.
According to Targets website, theyll even make price adjustments within 14 days of purchaseso hold onto those receipts.
5. Pay Attention to Clearance Items
Unless it specifically states otherwise, manufacturer coupons and Cartwheel can be used on clearance items. You can also use sites like brickseek.com to locate clearance items and check out which Target store near you has the lowest price, Brogan adds.
Another tip: read the clearance tags. A rule of thumb, Brogan explains, If the price on your clearance tag ends in $0.04, it means it’s the lowest that Target will be marking the item down to. If it ends in $0.06 or $0.08 than it will typically be marked down again during the next clearance cycleevery two weeks.