How many of you think of Target as the $100 store? Many of us joke about it- but it's true! We head to Target intending to purchase only one or two things, and leave with a bill totaling over $100! So today I am going to give you a few tips that hopefully can change all of that- and show you how to actually save money at Target!
#1 Use a “Deal Site” to Find the Match-Ups!
My favorite deal site is Cindy Livesey's “Living Rich with Coupons“. Each week she and her staff match together the current sales and promotions at Target with the available manufacturer's coupons and Target coupons to help you find the best possible “rock-bottom prices” at Target. Each week, I spend a few minutes on Cindy's site checking out her deal match-ups for Target (as well as CVS and Shop Rite) to make sure that I don't miss any good deals. I also subscribe to Living Rich with Coupons daily email that recaps her 12-15 blog posts a day that cover the latest coupons, freebies, and deals everywhere!
#2 Make a Shopping List and Stick to It!
Know why you're headed into Target, and don't allow yourself to browse up and down the aisles just to see what's going on there. The temptation becomes too strong to add things to your cart whether you need them or not, and whether they are a good deal or not. So make a shopping list based on what you need and what is on sale, and then stick to your list!
#3 Always Pay with your Target Credit Card!
Every time you check out at Target and pay using your Target credit card you will save 5% off your entire purchase. That's not in the form of a rebate, it's not in the form of points that you need to redeem, it actually just comes right off your total bill! So don't miss that 5% savings!
And of course, as with all credit cards, you want to pay off the balance at the end of every single month to avoid finance charges- which would wipe out your 5% savings right away!
#4 Remember that Target Accepts Coupons!
Target accepts both manufacturer's coupons, the kind that you find in Sunday newspaper inserts or online at places like Coupons.com and Red Plum.com, and they also accept their own Target coupons which you can also sometimes find in a Sunday sales flyer, or you can print right from Target's website. Go to Target.com and select “Coupons” from the left side of the screen, and then you can browse the many coupons that Target offers each week.
But the best part is is that Target allows you to “stack coupons”- so for the same item you can use both a manufacturer's coupon and a Target coupon at the same time- and the shelf price of the item will be reduced by the combined discount of those two coupons! So always take advantage of stacking coupons when they are available.
#5 Take Advantage of Target's Clearance Sales
Target regularly marks down their merchandise to clear out their inventory of current merchandise, and make room for the next season's goods. You want to take advantage of their clearance deals because the prices are fantastic! I specifically shop Target's toy clearance twice a year- the weeks in early January following the holidays and the weeks late in the August following all of their summer promotions.
Target usually begins by taking a markdown on the inventory of about 1/3 off, and then after a week or so later, it will take the remaining inventory and price it at 50% off the original price. And a week or two after that they'll take all of the remaining items (and they usually consolidate them into one or two aisles) and that inventory gets marked down by 75% off! This is when you want to strike! I will go in there and I will buy a bunch of toys to put away in our “birthday stash” so that when my children are invited to birthday parties I can gift a fantastic toy worth $25 or $30 and I've only spent $4 on that item. Score!
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