Who doesn’t love a good Target run? Back when my kids were little, running to Target was about as much “me-time” as I ever got, and it retains some of those “happy place” vibes to this day!
And despite all the jokes about Target being a trap for impulse purchases and overspending, there are plenty of ways to save money there! And that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about in today’s post, which is jam-packed with Target shopping tips that will make you feel like a total pro!
(Note: This post isn’t sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with Target in any way. I just like shopping there, much like I like shopping at Costco!)
13 Highly Useful Tips For Shopping At Target
1. Check The End Caps
When you’re cruising through the aisles at Target, be sure to check out the end caps! These shelves on both ends of each aisle are often stocked with good deals.
The end caps that face toward walkways are typically stocked with new, featured, and sale-priced items. And the end caps closest to the walls often carry clearance items, making it well worth taking a spin around the perimeter of the store!
2. Read The Price Tags
When you’re checking out the clearance items, take a close look at the price tag. The number in the upper right corner will tell you the percentage of the discount on that particular item.
For example, if the tag shows a 30 in the upper right corner, that means the clearance price you’d pay is 30% less than the retail price. You can find clearance discounts of 15%, 30%, 50%, 70%, and even 90% off!
Take note of the price itself on clearance items too. If the price ends in a 6 or an 8, it will get marked down even more if it doesn’t get purchased soon. If the price ends in a 4, that means it’s on final clearance.
3. Use Target Circle
Target has recently streamlined it’s various rewards and savings programs into Target Circle. It’s free to sign up and offers some attractive incentives for frequent Target shoppers!
Just open the Target app and scan your code when you check out, and you’ll earn 1% back on your purchase. You can redeem your earnings on future Target purchases, and get access to special deals and offers (like a 5% discount on your birthday!)
4. Stack Coupons
You can stack coupons to save even more at Target. Combine a manufacturer coupon, a Target coupon, and even a Target Circle offer to score the best possible price!
You can learn more about Target’s coupon policy on their Help page.
5. Shop After Holidays
If you’re an avid shopper of post-holiday clearance sales, then be sure to stop at Target! You’ll find the best selection the day after the holiday, but wait a week if you’re looking for the deepest discounts.
Most stores stick to the following schedule when marking down prices on holiday items like food, decor, gift wrap, clothing, and more:
- The day after the holiday – 50% off
- Three days after – 75% off
- One week after – 90% off
6. Expand Your Beauty Horizons
Beauty subscription boxes can be a good way to try out new products without committing to a full-size product. You do have to commit to an ongoing subscription though, but not with Target!
Target is now offering monthly Beauty Boxes with samples of beauty and grooming products. They are available online for less than $10, and the shipping is free!
Check out Target’s current selection of Beauty Boxes here.
7. Know The Best Day To Shop
Markdowns happen in different departments on different days. With any luck, you may be able to time your shopping trip just right to snag deals before other shoppers!
Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of when and where to check for marked down prices:
- Monday – Electronics, accessories, kids’ clothing, baby stuff, books
- Tuesday – Domestics, women’s clothing, pet supplies
- Wednesday – Men’s clothing, health & beauty, lawn & garden
- Thursday – Home goods, lingerie, sporting goods
- Friday – Auto, hardware, jewelry
8. Bring Your Own Bag
Don’t forget your reusable bags! When you shop at Target, they’ll give you a 5-cent discount on your purchase for each reusable bag you use.
It might not be much, but it adds up on those trips where you’re really stocking up. (Not to mention that using reusable bags is something we should all be doing anyway!)
9. Follow On Social
Target is all over social media, and following their social accounts can pay off! You’ll stay up to date on sales events, and it’s a great place to learn about deals on specific items that you might not have heard about otherwise.
Just search “Target” on your favorite social channel—they’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and even Snapchat!
10. Get The Best Price
One of the most fundamental money-saving tips for shopping at Target is to use price matching! Just bring in the advertised price from another store and they’ll match the price on that item.
They also offer price adjustment for 14 days after you purchase something. If you find a better price on something you bought at Target, just drop by their customer service desk and they’ll refund you the difference!
11. Get Free Gift Cards
Be sure to look for gift card deals at Target on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They often offer gift card bundles (like buy a $100 gift card, get a free $10 gift card, etc.) that can help you make the most of your gift budget!
But free gift card offers aren’t just a seasonal promotion. You can find them any time of the year in just about any department!
12. Fill Prescriptions, Get Rewards
Using the CVS Pharmacy inside Target will not only save you a trip, it can also save you money! For instance, they are currently offering a $5 Target coupon if you get your flu shot at a CVS Pharmacy at Target.
And with the ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program from CVS, you can earn credits towards more $5 Target coupons. Filling a prescription, signing up for text alerts, and other actions will earn you credits, and every 10 credits nets you a coupon!
13. Check Out The RedCard
Frequent Target shoppers may want to consider applying for a RedCard. It offers several valuable benefits, including a 5% discount on in-store and online purchases, free two-day shipping, and an extended return window.
Not interested in getting another credit card? No problem! They now offer a debit card option as well that offers all the same benefits.
Do you have any great Target shopping tips that aren’t included in this list?