Learn our Top 13 Secret Tips to Saving Money at Target!
If you shop at Target, then you’ll want to study these tips! There are so many ways to save money shopping at Target. And, it’s easy if you know how!
1. Target Weekly Ad Sales
You can find the Target Weekly Ad on their website, and in your local Sunday newspaper. Every week the Target Weekly Ad is full of hot buys on everyday essentials, clothes, groceries, pet products, electronics, furniture, and lots more.
2. Free Products with Purchase
Many times, Target will offer a free product with purchase of another product of the same brand. For example, buy one shampoo & conditioner, and get hairspray totally free. The qualifications are always listed in the Target Weekly Ad or in store. If you want to also save money on this type of deal make sure you check your coupons and cartwheel!
3. Free Target Gift Card
Target regularly has Free Gift Card Deals. They offer free gift cards with purchase of certain products. This can mean free stuff! You will see the free Target gift card deals listed in the weekly ad and posted on products in store. The amounts vary, but are often $5.00 or more. Usually, higher priced products, have bigger free gift card offers. Sometimes they have free Target gift card offers which encompass categories of products. In other words, spend $50 on select grocery items and receive a $10 gift card. With these free Target gift card offers, you will pay for items out of pocket (OOP). Then, you’ll receive gift cards to use on your next transaction. Always check out the Target Weekly Ad for gift card freebies!
4. Target Price Match
Many people do not realize Target will not be undersold. What that means is Target price matches other stores’ low prices. That means that if you buy at Target, you will always end up with the lowest price. Besides Target sale items, finding lower prices at other stores can get you the best price at Target. Target will match the price of an item if you find the identical item for less at another store!
When shopping, you may wonder, who does Target Price Match? Price matching is limited to select online competitors, local competitor printed ads, and on Target.com. Target competitors just means other stores that sell the same products. Target price matches many stores such as Best Buy, Walmart and even Amazon.com and Target.com.
How long do I have to price match? You can get the lower price when buying, or up to 14 days after your purchase.
Where to price match? All purchases made at a Target store must be price matched in a Target store. However, online purchases must be price matched by calling Target Guest Services at 1-800-591-3869.
5. Target App (Cartwheel)
Cartwheel is my favorite part of the Target app. I have redeemed 86 offers, and saved $118.85 just this year. Maximize your savings by planning ahead! Cartwheel actually used to a separate app, but as of last year is now inside the Target app.
What is Target Cartwheel?
Target Cartwheel offers a percentage off specific brands and hundreds of items. Browse or search the deals, add them to your cartwheel list, and redeem by scanning the barcode found in wallet when you check out and pay. Usually, basic grocery items are 5-15% off. However, there are a variety of categories that include toys, tech items, clothes, and much more. Sometimes the savings are much greater!
Of course, Cartwheel offers change regularly. There are weekly Cartwheel offers, offers that span several weeks, and monthly offers. Each offer specifies its end date, and offers are limited. During the holidays, we’ve seen up to 50% off select toys and other items!
Where to Find the Best Cartwheel Sales
- Download the Target app (totally free)
- Sign in or sign up, and you’ll see where to find the best Cartwheel deals
- From inside the free Target app tap Cartwheel offers
- Select from hundreds of Target deals in the Cartwheel offers. They are separated by category so they’re easy to find
How to Use Target Cartwheel Deals
- To select an item, tap on it and it goes to your cartwheel wallet
- Then, select Wallet to bring up a barcode and have the cashier scan it at check out
- There’s also an option to search for specific products or scan a products barcode in store to see if there are currently any matching offers
6. Target Digital Coupons
In the Target app you can find also find digital coupons. Target digital coupons used to be on their website. But, in 2017 Target stopped offering printable coupons online. Now, all you need to to save money at Target with coupons, is tap the Wallet in the app, and view all available coupons. Each coupon has a barcode you just show to your cashier at checkout to scan. This is a very easy way to save on a variety of products.
7. Target Coupons in the Mail
If you don’t already have one, then make sure you open a Target account on their website or in the app, and start saving money at Target. It’s so easy, and is totally free to sign up. After you do sign up, you’ll start getting coupons in the mail. They also sometimes send catalogs with coupons inside. You can score some great deals this way and Target’s coupon policy allows you to stack manufacturer coupons on top of their store coupons. This makes for some great ways to save at Target! You can also stack Target Cartwheel offers with coupons!
8. Target Text Coupons and Promo Codes
Target Text Coupon Code deals are a little-known way to save money at Target. Most people don’t realize you can save money with Target grocery coupon text! To get these, watch for specific keywords to text to 827438 (TARGET). If you find a Target text coupon, then you’ll receive a mobile coupon back via text. When these offers are available, they can be found in the Target weekly ad or on their website.
9. Target Clearance Sales
The best way to save money at Target is find things on clearance, and then stack coupons on those clearance items. Generally, Target marks its regular clearance items Monday through Friday.
- Monday: Electronics, Kids’ Clothing and Stationery
- Tuesday: Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market
- Wednesday: Men’s Clothing, Toys, Health and Beauty, Lawn and Garden items
- Thursday: Home goods, Lingerie, Shoes, Sporting Goods, Movies, Music, Books, Decor and Luggage
- Friday: Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry
How to Read Target Clearance Price Tags
Products with prices ending in 6 and 8 (e.g. $3.48) will be marked down again during the next cycle, which is every two weeks.
Conversely, products with prices ending in 4 (e.g. $1.44) are at final markdown and will not be discounted any further. This is the lowest price you’ll find it. If the item doesn’t sell, it will be pulled from shelves and marked as salvage, meaning they’ll be donated or destroyed.
Where to Find Target Clearance Items
Clearance items can be found all around the store. Look for the giant yellow clearance signs. Endcaps (the end of the aisle in stores) are sometimes stocked with Target clearance. In addition to the endcaps, be sure to look on the SIDES of endcaps for hidden clearance treasures, since many people don’t know to look there. They also have random clearance items marked in the regular aisles. Really, you have to look everywhere!
Target Holiday Markdown Schedule
Not all stores follow the same Holiday Markdown Schedule. But, very generally speaking Target’s after Holiday Markdown Schedule looks something like this:
- Day after: 50% off for non-food, 30% off for food & candy — lasts 3 days
- Fourth day after: 70% off for non-food, 50% off for food and candy — lasts 3 days
- Seventh day after holiday: 90% off for non-food, 70% off for food and candy starting — lasts 1-2 days
Holiday clearance sales last for a week or so. Sales usually end on a Tuesday night, and anything remaining will be salvaged Wednesday.
Reminder: don’t forget to stack savings on clearance items! You can use store coupons, manufacturer coupons and Cartwheel offers on clearance. Who knows, you may even end up with some free stuff! Find manufacturer coupons in your Sunday paper or online. Make sure to scroll down and see our list of where to find printable manufacturer coupons.
10. REDcard Coupons & Savings
There’s TONS of extra savings to enjoy with a Target REDcard (Debit or Credit Card). Both save 5% off every purchase you make at Target. If you shop online with your REDcard, then you’ll get free 2-day shipping as well. Even better, there’s no minimum purchase requirements. Stack your coupons and Cartwheel deals on top of the 5% off when using your REDcard. As a REDcard member, you will also receive great exclusive coupons in the mail.
11. Target Top Deals
Every week Target makes it super easy for you to find all the best deals to save money. All you need to do is go to Target.com and tap on Deals, then Top Deals. All the best deals for the week are categorized and explained there. They even include online Target promo codes under each product, so you don’t have to search for online Target coupons. Once again, when ordering online do not forget to use your Target REDcard to get an extra 5% more off and free 2-day shipping!
12. Target Subscriptions
Similar to Amazon Subscribe and Save, you can schedule recurring purchases on thousands of essentials on Target.com! You’ll also save an extra 5% by subscribing, and you can cancel any time. To order, simply add items to your Subscription Box. You’ll automatically get 5% off and free shipping! Plus, you’ll get another 5% off if you use your Target REDcard. Check out Target Subscriptions for more information.
13. Cash Back
I love cash back apps! There are so many that you can get free. Each cash back app varies in how to redeem offers. You can find a list of our favorite free cashback apps in this article. Also, make sure to follow GimmieFreebies.com. We share the latest coupon freebies and moneymaker deals!
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