For a lot of people, Target is their go to place. It’s one of those stores that you visit when you’re looking to do most of your shopping in one place. They basically have it all including food, clothing, furniture, and most household amenities. However, even though many of the items there are fairly inexpensive, when you finally bring your cart up to the cash register, your final bill can still end up being quite high. Fortunately, there are a number of good ways to save money whenever you shop at Target. Below is a list of some of the tricks and tips that you might want to try the next time you are shopping there to reduce your overall bill.
Shop the End Caps
First, always check the end caps. Those are the shelves at the end of the aisle. Sometimes they contain clearance items that the store is trying to get rid of, or sometimes they contain the weekly sale items. The best sales or deals will usually be found on the end caps.
Coupons will always help you save money and Target accepts manufacturer’s coupons for both regular priced and sale items. So if you already scour your Sunday papers looking for coupons, you’ll be happy to know that Target accepts them.
Did you know that Target has a section of their website donated to in-store coupons? If you didn’t, make sure to check out coupons.target.com to see what great deals you can score. The best thing about Target’s store coupons is that they work on sale items and you can use them with a manufacturer’s coupon. Just image how much money you could save on one item that’s on sale if you have both a store and manufacturer coupon!
Refunds on Sale Items
Have you ever purchased an item only for it to go on sale a day later? It’s frustrating, right? Luckily, if you have the receipt for the item, Target will refund you the difference for the week that it’s on sale. Of course, this won’t work for an item you bought a month prior to the sale, but if you bought it anywhere from a few days to a week before, you should be golden.
Unlike some stores, Target does offer a price match guarantee. This means that if you have WalMart’s weekly ad and they’re offering an item for a few dollars cheaper, Target will grant you that price. It’s definitely worth it to keep your eye on the sales ads because this is a great and easy way to save a few dollars.
Compare In Store and Online Prices
Have you ever noticed that some businesses charge more for online items than they do for their store equivalent? For instance, a particular piece of clothing might be marked as $9.99 in the store, but as $11.99 online. Unfair, isn’t it? It’s best to watch these prices so you know when you should buy something in person or online. Additionally, watch out for the store and online prices, too. Sometimes online items will have a higher percentage off because it’s assumed that more people will see the sale online. In these cases, the retailer is trying its best to get rid of the item.
If you’re a savvy shopper, then you probably already know when new items go on sale and how quickly they’re marked down. Target has a regular markdown schedule, which is something you should become familiar with if you’re a frequent shopper. For instance, the markdown schedule lists when 50%, 75%, or 90% off after holiday sales begin. You wouldn’t want to miss a 90% off sale, would you?
Target has their own credit or debit card called a REDcard. Signing up for this card means that you’ll save 5% off every visit and that you’re guaranteed free shipping for every online order. While 5% might not seem like a lot of money, it adds up. This is an especially great perk if you often shop at Target. After all, if you have the opportunity, why wouldn’t you opt for 5% off?
Bring Your Own Bags
Similar to a lot of businesses that are trying to be environmentally friendly, Target offers 5 cents back on every reusable bag. Again, 5 cents might not seem like a lot in the long run, but you’re still saving some money. For instance, if you have 5 bags with you for all your purchases, that’s $0.25 you’ve saved. A little saved money goes a long way.
Have you been eyeing a certain TV for months? Or maybe you’ve needed a new jacket for awhile. What about a new set of luggage for your upcoming vacation? Whatever you might be looking for, you should check out Target’s Daily Deals. They’ll post around 10 to 20 small items each day as well as one big ticket item. The sale price varies depending on the item, but it’s definitely something to keep tabs on. Their big ticket sales are even listed for the week so you can know what to expect.
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