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!
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!