15 Target Shopping Hacks
Target is our happy place. It’s where we go to get a towel and come out with a full cart of make-up, clothing, toys, and storage solutions. Yes, you can definitely get everything you need and want there – from lemons to fuzzy blankets and everything in between. It’s very important not to lose track of what we came there for. We wanted to share some tips how to shop at Target and save some money along the way.
Read on to learn a few tricks and get encouraged not to throw your will out the door as soon as you enter your local shopping mecca:
Unofficial markdown schedule
Yes, you heard it right – Target has an unofficial markdown schedule:
- Monday – electronics, kids clothing, baby, books, accessories, and stationary
- Tuesday – women’s clothing, domestics, pets, food items
- Wednesday – men’s apparel, diapers, health and beauty, furniture, lawn and garden
- Thursday – lingerie, housewares, toys, shoes, décor, luggage, and sporting goods
- Friday – cosmetics, auto, jewelry, and hardware
Use anything and everything that can save you money, including coupons. Target can send coupons directly to your phone and 10+ coupons weekly can be found on Target app, so sign up and save.
Free Target app
We are mentioning it again. It’s free and it’s worth it. Besides weekly deals, you will be able to use Cartwheel discounts that include hundreds of items in the store and offer 5-50% discount. Bonus – you will get 5% extra when you pay with the REDcard.
Target REDcard Debit Card
If you are one of those people who are done with credit card debt and don’t want to hear anything about it, consider Target REDcard debit card. You will link it directly to your checking account and save 5% each time you swipe it. Target will collect your personal information for marketing purposes, but you will not be charged interest and will not have to remember to pay one more credit card bill. You will also receive 30 day extra return period for all items that you purchased with the REDcard.
If you have an account online, Target will provide free return shipping label, so you will not have to make a trip to the store to return at no cost to you.
Return even open items
Unlike Sephora, Target allows virtually all beauty products, even opened ones, to be returned for 90 days post purchase.
Target will price match an item from competitors or different platforms. Just bring the ad or open your phone for lower online price.
Shopping via Instagram
#TargetStyle on Instagram is a collection of pictures that you can click and the link will take you directly to Target’s page where you can find that exact outfit and its components. You can read all the reviews and buy. Could it get any easier?
Bring your own bags
If you bring your own bag to avoid getting extra plastic, most Targets will pay you $0.05 per bag.
Understanding clearance tags
Many savvy shoppers swear that Target’s clearance tags that end with $0.06 or $0.08 will be further discounted. The markdowns happen every two weeks, so if you have patience to wait and if the item will still be in the inventory, don’t buy just yet. $0.04 means that the item has been discounted to end and won’t get any cheaper.
Best deals from home
The clearance section has now been brought online, so you can get best deals without leaving your home. Happy shopping!
Price rain check
This option is amazing – if you find an item that you absolutely have to have at a price that makes you happy, but the store runs out of stock, you can request the price rain check. This means that the price for you won’t change for 30-45 days in any Target store.
Some things are needed on the ongoing basis – think toilet paper or diapers. You can save 5% on scheduled delivery of such essentials. It’s called adulting.
Gift cards for old electronics
Bring your own phones, tablets, games, consoles, and wearables and you will be awarded with a free gift cards as a payment.
Target has supplies for any event of your life. If you have a baby or wedding coming up, create a registry at Target and receive 15% off coupon for one in-store transaction and 15% coupon for online order. If you have gifts still left in your registry, get them all at 15% discount for 6 months after your event.