How to save money while shopping at Target

Business Insider/Jessica TylerTarget will price match if you bring proof of a lower price from a competitor.

  • Target shoppers often end up leaving the store with more than what was on their shopping list.
  • Even though it’s easy to spend more than planned at Target, it’s easy to save money as well.
  • Shoppers can save by knowing when different products will go on sale, checking the weekly ad, and using the Target app to collect coupons.

Target shoppers often end up buying more than they plan. The so-called “Target Effect” sometimes has customers walking into the store for just a single item, then leaving with dozens more. Thankfully, Target makes saving money as easy as it makes spending it.

Through Target’s website, shoppers can find coupons and clearance deals that can be used online or in stores, including coupons found through the Target app or manufacturers. Knowing when to shop is equally as important as checking for coupons – Target marks down different departments on different days, and has its best sales after certain holidays.

Here are some other tips for saving money at Target:

Some Target shoppers have noted that the store marks down different departments on different days.

Business Insider/Jessica TylerSome shoppers have noted the menswear department is typically marked down on Wednesdays.

Popsugar reported that the markdowns can vary store to store, though a Target spokesperson said that the retailer does not follow a consistent schedule.

If an item you bought in the past 14 days goes on sale, Target will refund you the difference between the purchase price and the new sale price.

Business Insider/Jessica TylerCheck online after shopping to see if any prices drop.

Make sure you check online to see if anything you recently purchased goes on sale.

Source: CBS News

Target will price match if you bring proof of a lower price from a select online competitor.

Business Insider/Jessica TylerCheck competitor listings to see if they sell the same products as Target for less.

If you see a competitor’s local print ad for a lower price, or see a select competitor has a lower price online, bring it to Target in the next 14 days and you’ll be sure to get the best price.

Source: NerdWallet

The best clearance deals are usually on the wall-facing end caps.

Business Insider/Jessica TylerThe shelves on the end of the aisles have the best deals.

Make sure to check the ends of the aisles to see what’s on sale.

Source: CBS News

The clearance section of is also typically packed with deals.

Target.comThere are even more deals online than in stores.

On the website, you can search for deals in specific departments or view the best deals that day.

Source: Target

Clearance items are typically marked down from 15% or 30%, then to 50%, and finally to 70%.

Business Insider/Jessica TylerCheck the right-hand corner of the price tag to see how much an item is marked down.

The percentage off will be written in the right-hand corner of the price tag.

Source: CBS News

The last two digits of the price can reveal whether an item will be marked down again.

Target.comIf a price ends in .04, it probably won’t be marked down again.

If a price ends in .08 or .06, it will likely be marked down again, but if it ends in .04, that’s probably the final sale price.

Source: Buzzfeed

Products are heavily discounted after holidays like Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween.

Business Insider/Jessica TylerShop after the holidays for the best deals.

Usually, products are marked down by 50% the day after the holiday. They can be up to 90% off if you wait more than a week.

Source: CBS News

Sales typically run from Sunday to Saturday, so you can make sure inventory doesn’t run out by shopping early in the week.

Sarah Jacobs/Business InsiderShop early in the week to make sure you get the best deals.

You can usually find the best sale items if you go earlier in the week, right after they go on sale.

Source: CBS News

If a sale item happens to be out of stock, notify a cashier and ask for a “rain check.”

Business Insider/Jessica TylerYou can be guaranteed the sale price for up to 45 days.

A rain check entitles you to that sale price for 30 to 45 days, depending on the store location.

Source: Money Pantry

Target has a “weekly ad” on its website.

Target.comThe weekly ad may change based on your location.

There’s a new weekly ad each week, offering deals and discounts on specific products.

Source: Target

Coupons are also available at has a ton of coupons available every day.

You can print as many coupons as you’d like off the website before shopping.

Source: Target

You can also find coupons at the bottom of your receipt.

Pascal Le Segretain / Getty ImagesMake sure to check your receipt for coupons.

Target now automatically prints coupons for additional items at the bottom of receipts.

Source: Money Pantry

Target will let you stack Target coupons with manufacturer’s coupons.

Justin Sullivan/GettyYou can get the most savings by stacking coupons.

The policy is one Target coupon, one Cartwheel coupon, and one manufacturer’s coupon per item.

Source: Money Pantry

You can also get personalised coupons by using the Target app and specifically looking for Cartwheel offers.

The Target app, specifically the Cartwheel offers, allows you to select coupons offering 5-50% off on products. Select the coupons you’d like to use, and the app will create a personalised barcode that can be scanned at checkout. All of the coupons you selected will be applied.

Source: Money Pantry

Buying Target’s private-label products can save you money.

Business Insider/Hayley PetersonThe private-label products are generally much cheaper than name brands.

Some of the private-label brands include Up & Up, Archer Farms, and Market Pantry products.

Source: Popsugar

Bring your own reusable bag when you go to Target. For each bag you bring, you’ll save 5 cents.

McIninch/iStockBringing your own bags can help you save.

5 cents may not seem like much, but it can add up fast.

Source: Money Pantry

Target donates unsold merchandise to Goodwill to make room for new inventory.

Business Insider/Mary HanburyTarget donates unsold inventory to Goodwill.

You can sometimes find brand-new Target gear at discounted prices.

Source: Buzzfeed

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