I'm about to unveil the tips & tricks that will change the way you 'do' Target. Best days for deals without choosing from a nearly empty shelf, how to know if that clearance item is really a deal, how to save money after the fact and so much more. Save this link and share it with your friends, because you will find out, every nickel adds up.
First, a rookie savings tip. Download the Target app which now houses "Cartwheel" and see if any of the items you are planning to get anyway have offers. Go into this with the mindset that has been hard for me to develop, "I don't need it just because it is on sale". Don't add offers just because you might want the item, make your list FIRST, check Cartwheel and add the offers for items you have on your list only. This serves as two ways to save: don't buy stuff you don't need and save on the stuff you do need. I have to say that Cartwheel has been a let-down for us most weeks, since the merge into the Target app.
Another rookie tip: check the weekly ad. I prefer Target over Walmart, but sometimes it just is not feasible when the Target sales aren't great.
Okay, let's step it up a notch. Clearance. We all know that end caps are often where you will find clearance items. Sometimes hidden gems, sometimes leftover junk, but it IS worth a look. Here are some things you need to know when browsing clearance items.
First, not everything on clearance is a good deal. Just seeing the sign that says clearance is not a guarantee that the item is anymore than 5-10% off and to me, that is not clearance. So, check the top right corner of the 'clearance' sticker on the item. There will be a microscopic number in that corner. This is the percentage off of the original price that the item has been marked down to. I'd say 30% or more is worth looking. Obviously, I'm realistic and you aren't going to check every single item on Amazon or from another vendor before throwing it in the cart, but if you are shopping for gifts, or making a big purchase, give it a quick Google before you just put it in the cart. Remember, not everything on clearance is a good deal and just because it's 30% off at Target, doesn't mean you won't find it cheaper elsewhere. You can see by the picture above that items continue to be marked down and the percentage off is noted in the top corner.
Second, every store has a markdown schedule. Ask your store which days they mark down certain departments. Even in the greater Charlotte region, the markdown schedules are different from store to store. Here's a schedule that seems to be fairly typical:
Monday: electronics, stationary, accessories, kids' clothing, baby items and books
Tuesday: women's clothing (I know you were looking for that ;) ), grocery items
Wednesday: health & beauty, lawn & garden, furniture items, men's clothing
Thursday: houseware, toys, sporting goods, shoes, decor
Friday: Hardware, jewelry
Just don't forget that every store could be different. If there is someone working in that department, they'll likely know or can find out.
Third, know whether the price will be reduced again by the digit in which the price ends. For example, when the price ends in $.08 or $.06, it's said that there will be additional price reduction, but when the price ends in $.04, that is likely the final markdown. This is a hard hack to confirm, but I have seen it in several circumstances, so it is worth a shot if it is something you can live without.
Fourth, keep an eye on bigger purchases, if you see the price drop within 14 days on Target.com, or from competitors like Amazon or Walmart, take the receipt back to customer service and ask for the adjustment. They'll want to verify, so keep the browser open on your phone so you can help yourself by making the adjustment easier on them.
Sale prices. Rule four from above applies to more than just clearance. Even if you are buying a new item that you can't find on sale anywhere, keep an eye for those next 14 days.
Here are some other ways to save during sales, these rules apply to other retailers too, so save these for later!:
Remember, buy 2 for $X doesn't mean you have to buy 2. This rule applies to most of our grocery stores too. You don't have to buy 5 bottles of Gatorade to get them for $1 each, if you only need two, you can get them for $1 a piece. Just note, there are certain circumstances where you must buy x number to get the deal. This disclaimer is typically noted on the sale ad or tag.
Next, remember that manufacturer coupons, like those from Nabisco, etc., can be redeemed even if the item is on sale. This credit is from the manufacturer, not the retailer, and therefore you can double up!
If you are after something that simply is not going on sale and you just can't find a better deal elsewhere, there are still a few ways to save.
First, the Target debit card...or credit card. You save 5% off the top, just by using one of Target's cards. I would like to point out that the largest frustration of the Target debit card is how long it takes for the money to come out of my account. I'll be honest that I don't balance my debit transactions regularly, so sometimes it takes several days for a Target charge to show, even as pending, and I forget about it. The perk is that you don't have to remember to pay a bill and you don't get crazy charging purchases with money you don't have.
The last tip is not a big money saver, but every nickel counts! Bring your own reusable bags and Target will give you $.05! There's a button on the register at self-checkout, so no worries if you're like me and you always go straight there. Save the environment, get a nickel!
Live Nation is celebrating National Concert Week by selling tickets to the BEST shows for only $20 a pop. Visit a special link to make your $20 ticket purchases between Monday, April 30th at 8 am and Tuesday, May 8th at 11:59 PM. Regardless of your favorite genre, you'll find a deal on a show you'd like to see. Not all of these great acts will be here in the Charlotte area, but don't count out the possibility of taking a weekend trip or sharing this deal with a friend in another area. Scope out where the artist will be during this week to narrow down probability of cheap tickets in our area and then visit the link first thing Monday morning to grab your tickets!
Some of my favorites from the list:
The Avett Brothers
Little Big Town
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Zac Brown Band
No matter what you are looking to do this weekend, there is something going on for everyone. Here's a look at some that I found to be the most enticing:
Cavendish Brewing - Join them starting at 12 pm and celebrate their one year anniversary and the can release for their famous beer!
Hickory Hops Fest - Take a little ride up to Hickory for the annual festival. It has been a big deal for many years and is a crowd-favorite. No one under 21 is allowed to enter, so no children here.
Brunch at the String Bean - from 11am to 2pm, they'll have live music on the patio. Grab brunch and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Girl Tribe Pop Up - Grab the girls and head across the river to this pop up party with over 100 vendors. Tickets are free, just grab them in advance from the Facebook page. Our friends at AR Workshop will be there!
Tuck Fest - Bands, Competitions, Vendors, Demos and more at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The festival continues through tomorrow.
Spring Art & Music Festival - Head over to Cramerton for this fun festival. If you've never taken in the beauty of Goat Island, this is a great place to take the kids.
Live Music with Michael Lowe - From 7 to 9 pm, check out York Chester Brewing Company for local music and local beer.
Gaston County Library Book Sale - Today is the last day to shop the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Take a look, save a ton on new reads and contribute to the library system. Our libraries are more than just free book "rental", they offer classes for adults, activities for kids, movie nights, and so much more.
Star Party - The Schiele Museum is the place to go for the 6th annual Star Party. *Must buy museum tickets and $5 admission to star party. Make it worth your while and take the kids for the afternoon and enjoy the Star Party from 7-10pm.
Tax Day does not always have to be such a bummer. While your accountant will only be calling you today to remind you to submit your returns, we're here to share the happy news of Tax Day. Every year, many businesses give incredible discounts to their customers to help cure your Tax Day Blues. We've put together a list, with the help of some of our favorite sites, to share some of these incredible deals with you. Take advantage!
Applebee's - ALL month long, grab a Dollarita. That's right, Applebee's has a $1 Margarita!
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza - Download the Brixx Roxx App (I just did!), select your location, tap 'more' and scroll down to coupons. Currently, I've got an offer for B2G2 dine-in entrees! Feed a family of four for the price of two??? Yes, please!
Bruegger's - If you know me, you know how much I love Bruegger's Bagels. Grab a baker's dozen and two tubs of cream cheese for only $10.40 and I promise you'll be the hit of the office today. You must claim the deal here.
Chili's - Ask your bartender for a $5 Cherry Blossom Margarita. Thanks to our friends at patch.com for sharing this offer which is valid all month long! Also, if you haven't tried the Southwest Eggrolls, I highly recommend them! Yumm!
Chuck E. Cheese - From April 17th to April 19th, get a free large pizza with purchase of a large pizza. Take the family out for some fun and save on dinner!
Firehouse Subs - You'll need this coupon from our friends at offers.com, but get a FREE medium sub when you buy a medium or large sub, chips & drink at full price. We were just here last night and a medium is more than enough!
Hardee's - grab a FREE sausage biscuit before 10 am just by saying "made from scratch". Hurry, the clock is ticking on this deal!
Noodles & Company - Use code TAXDAY18 to get $4 off a $10 purchase *valid online only through April 18th.
PF Chang's - Use code TAXDAY for 15% off takeout orders - must order online or by phone.
Schlotzsky's - Grab a free small 'The Original Sandwich' using code 183. You must purchase a drink and chips. Offer valid at participating locations.
Sonic Drive-In - Half-price cheeseburgers! If you go after 8 p.m. you can also get half-price shakes, floats and slushes, which is an everyday deal if you didn't know :)
Sonny's BBQ - Get half-price rib dinners - Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed. No coupon required and this is one of the few you can get to go and still save big!
Retailers are also offering Tax Day deals! Give a quick Google before you purchase anything and see if there are tax day deals from your favorite retailers!
Information collected from: Patch.com, Queen City Weekend, Fox Charlotte, and WSOCTV.
Am I the only one that wonders about these "national [xyz]" days? Well this week, Facebook reminded me that April 10, 2017 had been National Sibling Day. Not knowing if it would be National Sibling Day again or if that was a made-up Facebook holiday last year, I told my brother that I love him and that I'm grateful for him every single day and not just on possibly made-up holidays.
This picture is from his high school graduation in 2014. This is one of my favorite pictures of us because it perfectly reflects our dynamic. I want one thousand pictures every time I see him and he doesn't want any. We're so very different and yet so very similar at the same time. I was so proud of him on this day. He's always been incredibly intelligent and did well in high school without having to put in much effort. He played varsity basketball. I missed very few games and loved every minute of each win and loss because I loved being able to cheer him on. Four to five years later and I still annoyingly chant those same cheers to him when we watch basketball together.
Fast forward to August 2017. The day we dropped him off to ship to basic training was another proud day. The next day we returned to where we dropped him off and watched his swearing-in ceremony. At that point it was official, I wasn't a big sister anymore. I was an Army Sister. I thought I would never be more proud than that moment but I was wrong. It was a long few months before we were able to visit him on Family Day at Fort Benning, GA. Seeing him was the best and hardest thing I think I've ever been through. That was the longest hug I have ever given him that day. Not because it was the longest I wanted to hug him, but the longest he would tolerate it. LOL.
Only five weeks later, we returned to Fort Benning where we watched my brother become an Infantryman, where my father put his blue cord on, where he then graduated one day later and where he proved his worth by being selected to do a demonstration during the ceremony. Again, I was so proud. He's so strong, he's so smart, he works so hard and he's loyal. He's the best sibling and I guess that is why I only needed one. I got the best one. Cheers to you, little brother. You're my best friend and I wouldn't trade a single adventure with you for a billion dollars. Cheers to all of the military families that are away from their loved ones on holidays - real and made-up. I never could have imagined the difficulty of being away from someone you love so long.
Hello! I’m Katie - a former Uptown Charlotte resident who has found happiness in the suburbs of Gaston County. By day, I’m an administrator and human resources professional, but I’m always challenging myself to take on or learn something new! I’m alumna of UNC Charlotte and Appalachian State, but a current Mountaineer at WVU, working on my second Masters Degree. Many people call me crazy, but I love to learn!
I travel as much as possible in my free time, with a goal of visiting each of the fifty states in my lifetime and I’m seventeen states in! I’m an avid sports fan - football, basketball, baseball, racing, you name it. Most recently, I’ve found a love for crafting.
I will be hosting monthly girl’s night out events across the county, sharing delicious recipes, teaching you all of my tricks on saving money and introducing you to my favorite travel spots. We will get together at a different venue each month to hang out and have a great time!
Describe yourself in three words:
Motivated. Compassionate. Dependable.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
For most of my life, I have always dreamt of being an attorney. I still hope that one day that dream comes true!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I’m different from most people in that I really enjoy working. I tried taking a ‘staycation’ once and it was super boring for me. However, finding hobbies that are not work-related has definitely been a goal for me, in 2018. I try to plan my week out in advance and say “Okay, let’s leave the calendar blank on [Friday] and do something fun, or do nothing at all”.
What websites do you visit every day?
Facebook, Pinterest and local news sites
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Gaston County?
Catawba River. Downtown Areas. Parks!
What is your goal for retirement?
I’ll be eligible to retire at 53 and would love to spend the immediately following years traveling all across the world. If I do not get to go before retirement, I’ll make sure to get to: France, Italy, Germany, Australia and Thailand!
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!