Everyone loves to shop at Target. And what’s not to love? You can get a trendy summer outfit, affordable new home décor, and groceries, all in the same place. On your next Target outing, why not try to get the most bang for your buck?
Take a look at some of our favorite ways to save money at Target. The big surprise? There’s no need for extreme couponing here. Just a few handy tricks will stretch your money at this mega-retailer, making your shopping experience all the more enjoyable.
1. Download the CartWheel App – If you have a smartphone and haven’t downloaded Target’s signature CartWheel app, you’re missing out. With this app, you grab access to the latest discounts on products ranging from food to clothes and shoes. Make the discounts work double duty by stacking them with savings from manufacturers coupons and RED card cash back rewards.
2, Join the RED Club – Did someone say RED card? If you find yourself meandering the aisles of your local Target more than once a month, it’s worth your time (and money) to get a RED card. These branded debit and credit cards give customers 5% cash back on every single one of their purchases (with the exception of prescriptions), both in stores and online.
With the credit card, there’s no annual fee to worry about. But if you’re leery of adding another credit line to your account, the debit card is an equally easy alternative. This card links directly to your checking account. Both cards give you a carefree way to save every time you shop at the “One Stop.” And the savings add up. Say you spend an average of $150 per week on groceries at Target. With the RED card, that translates into $390 of cash back for the year. What’s not to love?
3. Check the Markdown Tags – Many of us still prefer to do the bulk of our shopping at the store (versus on the web). After all, it’s about the experience. When it comes to the tag pricing and markdowns at Target, there’s a secret method to the madness.
First, check out the upper right corner of the little red tag for the markdown percentage. Then, to figure out if an item is at its rock bottom price, check the price. All prices ending in $0.04 usually mean the item has been marked down multiple times and probably isn’t going any lower. But prices ending in $0.06 or $0.08 mean there’s a chance for another markdown.
Shoppers on the lookout for great clearance items should keep their eyes on the aisle end caps, where Target displays closeout goods. Get in the habit of walking the outer perimeter of the store, and you may just nab a bargain.
Target marks down its clearance in increments – 15, 25, 30, 50, 75 and 90% off. The first reduction will vary by department and item. But if you’re not thrilled with the current clearance price, try holding out for another markdown. Just don’t wait too long – clearance items move quickly.
Adding in these few tips to your next Target trip could help you save a little cash for a rainy day, or a rainy day trip back to the “One Stop.” Who are we to tell you how to spend your savings?
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