How to save more money at Target

Target is one of my favorite stores. I can browse the housewares department for hours. Really, I could!

Shopping at Target can add up, especially if you buy everything in a particular line. Because I’m cheap, I like to stretch every dollar. I’ve rounded up a great list of ways to save more money at Target. I hope it helps you score some fabulous deals!

  1. Use Target coupons. These can be stacked with manufacturer coupons and Cartwheel offers! There are often coupons available for items that wouldn’t normally have coupons too.
  2. Sign up for text alerts. Target will often send out text only offers. A few weeks ago they sent me a free coke. How nice is that?!
  3. Use Cartwheel. It’s a Target app for coupons and special apps. You can use Cartwheel offers with Target coupons AND manufacturer couopns.
  4. Shop the end caps. Target moves their clearance items to the end caps of rows. You can clearance in every department.
  5. Check your receipt for coupons.
  6. Use coupons on trial size items. Make sure the coupon doesn’t have size restrictions and you’ll be able to get a ton of stuff for free.
  7. Shop Holiday clearance. Target marks down their holiday clearance in increments. The day after the holiday it will be 50% off, three days after it will be 75% off and the week after it will be 90% off.
  8. Buy discounted gift cards. Sites like Gift Card Granny & eBay sell gift cards that will save you about 3% or more off face value.
  9. Price Match. Target has a great price match policy.  You can read it and print a copy here.
  10. Get a Target Red Card. You’ll save 5% off your order plus get free shipping when you purchase online.
  11. Take advantage of the clearance schedule. Inventory starts at 15% off, then goes to 30%, 50%, 75% and sometimes even 90% off!Each day of the week the Target Employees go through different areas of the store and check for markdowns. Monday Baby, Kids Clothing, Stationary Items, Accessories, and Electronics. TuesdayDomestics, Food & Grocery, Women’s Clothing and Pet Care. WednesdayToys, Men’s Clothing, HBA, and Lawn &Garden. ThursdayHousewares, Shoes, Lingerie, Sporting Goods, Music, Movies, Books, Decor and Luggage. FridayAuto Cosmetics, Hardware and Jewelry. **If the price ends in $0.06 or $0.08, the item will be marked down again. If the price ends in $0.04 it is marked for final clearance**
  12. Keep an eye our for free gift card deals. There are often things on sale that will have something like “buy 3 and get a free $x gift card.” These promotions are super great if you have manufacturer coupons to use, but even better if there are Target coupons and Cartwheel offers to stack.
  13. Use a reusable bag instead and save $.05 for each bag.
  14. Item on sale but out of stock? You can request a rain check!
  15. Target donates brand new items to Goodwill! You can get great deals on Target brand items at Goodwill, but you won’t be able to use coupons 🙁
  16. Save money by not going into Target at all!

Mind blown, huh? Yep. I just taught you how to save a ton of money at Target. Feel free to share this with all your friends.

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  • Katie Dahl
    September 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Great tips!! I find that if I don’t go to Target with a list, I am tempted to buy so much that I don’t really need.

  • Vic @ Dad is Cheap
    July 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    great post! I buy discounted Target cards from Raise which sells cards for about a 5-6% discount. I buy low value gift cards so that the total value of my purchase is higher than the gift card balance. So I’m able to use the discounted gift card AND use my Redcard to get an additional 5%! I also go through Raise from Top Cashback to get money back on top of that.

    I usually try to buy online with my Redcard/Giftcard and go through Ebates to get an additional 1-2%.

    Also, I use Swagbucks to get gift cards. By doing the daily tasks and streaming their videos in the background all day while I work I can usually score about $20 in gift cards a month.

    If you’d like my referral links to Raise, Swagbucks, Ebates, or TopCashback, I’d be more than happy to share if you don’t have it. You would get a little extra using my referral links than if you just signed up directly.

    #16 is definitely the best way to save money at Target! If possible I try to do my Target runs during my lunch hour so I don’t have time to browse and I go there for specific items.

    • Jenn
      July 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      I hadn’t heard of Raise, feel free to share it! I’ll have to add ebates and swag bucks to the list. I can’t believe I forgot that!