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I have to admit, I’m a big sucker for Target. Ever since I was a kid – I’ve enjoyed shopping there. Being a designer, I appreciate their attention to providing higher-quality, better designed items at a decent price.
Target doesn’t really claim to be the cheapest store out there (like WalMart) – but it can definitely compete with some of the other discount leaders when they run various sales.
There are also other ways to save more money at your local Target store. Here’s a few ways I’ve found to do just that.
Shop the end-caps
It’s a pretty common practice for Target to set some of their on-sale and clearance items at the end of their aisles. Shop the perimeter of the store and you’ll locate these as well.
Sign-up for mobile coupons
All you need to do is text COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET) and you’ll be signed up to receive these. I haven’t had as much luck with these – but they could work for you. Also, they don’t work at Target.com.
Scour the website
Target has a coupon page devoted to helping you find some decent deals. Just go to http://coupons.target.com/ to see what they have available before you make a trip. Good thing about Target is they do allow you to use manufacturer coupons on sales items.
Note their after holiday sales schedule
I found this at About.com – but you can save a ton on holiday items after they’re over. And, most of the stores typically adhere to the following format:
50% off – the day after the holiday
75% off – three days after
90% off – a week after
Get a Target Red Card
Target offers up to 5% cash back when you use your card to purchase items on their card. Not a bad deal – plus it’s a debit card (you can also get the credit card).
Target does allow price matching if you have found a similar item elsewhere. Make sure you bring in that store’s ad or other proof of its price (typically they won’t match another price found online).
Use a reusable bag
I’ve never heard of this before – but Target will give you 5 cents back if you use a reusable tote to bag your stuff. All you have to do is ask the cashier.
Download the Cartwheel app
Recently, Target introduced the Cartwheel app where you can search for coupons/deals on your cell phone, select them and they will sync up to a “barcode” that you have the cashier scan in at checkout. Very slick – and will help you save even more at Target.
Please let me know if you’ve found any other ways you’ve found to save a little more at Target!