With over 1,800 stores in the U.S. and almost 350,000 employees, it's safe to say that Target knows what they're doing to keep customers coming back.
Not only that, when people go to Target, they almost always end up leaving with more things they had originally planned on getting, am I right?
Whether you're one of those people or not, there are plenty of ways to save money at Target.
Also, did you know you can get 5% off at Starbucks locations inside Target just by using your Target Redcard? Say whaaat?! If you're one of those people that don't want to get rid of their coffee spending habit, at least take advantage of this deal.
1. Use cashback apps that actually work
I don't like clipping out coupons, and never have, which is why I love using Ibotta and Ebates.
1. For Ibotta, all you have to do is redeem which items you want to be discounted in the store, take a photo of your receipt through the app, and that's it! Ibotta is better (in my opinion) for when you're shopping in person and getting actual receipts, although I have also used it to shop online and get cash back. You get $10 in your account when you sign up here.
2. For Ebates, all you have to do is go on their website, find the store you want to shop at online, and then they'll tell you how much cash back you'll get at that store. The money will be rewarded to your account and can be paid to you by check, Paypal, or donated to a charity of your choice. You get $10 in your account when you sign up here.
Just to give you an example, Ebates is currently offering 9% cash back to people who purchase through Ebates. Ulta is currently doing a 20% off sitewide sale with 3% cash back through Ebates.
You may be asking how these cash back services make money. They're basically an affiliate, which means they get a portion of what you purchase at NO cost to you, and you get the other half. Simple and easy.
I always tell people it's silly to not use Ibotta or Ebates, especially if you shop, which I'm going to go ahead and guarantee that all of you do. 🙂
2. Use Honey to find the best coupon/discount in one click
Honey is a free website extension that I've recently come to fall in love with!
Here are just a few of the reasons why you need to add Honey to your browser:
- Find the lowest prices of the product on Amazon with one click
- Browse price history to see if the product has increased or decreased
- No longer search for coupons – one click will give you the best coupon possible
- Works on all major browsers
- Works on thousands of sites
Here's a photo of me using Honey on Amazon to save money.
I've also been eyeballing this camera for a long time but haven't found the courage to spend almost $700 with tax. Amazon and Honey appear to be partnered together because the Honey extension is listed right above the price of the product. I ended up buying this very camera after waiting 2 months for the price to go down. I clicked “add to droplist” and was notified when the price dropped. I saved over $150 by doing this.
3. Clearance Codes
There's a little secret to Target's clearance codes that most people don't know about.
Target's coupon codes (obviously) start with very small discounts and work their way to up to 90% off during the holidays.
Throughout the week, different things will be marked down creating an even larger discount on items.
Monday: Electronics, office supplies, baby products
Tuesday: Women's clothing, home decor
Wednesday: Health, food, men's clothing
Thursday: Sports & fitness items, travel products
Friday: Makeup, home decor, jewelry
There seem to be no markdowns during the weekend, which I'm assuming is because the most people come to Target on the weekends with more time to spare and more time to splurge a bit after payday.
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4. Stacking Coupons
Target is one of the many stores that let people stack coupons. So, if you find a coupon in your weekly ad in the mail, a manufacturer's coupon, or a coupon from another website or paper, you can use it all at the same time.
5. Holiday Clearance
Markdowns generally occur over the course of Monday to Friday. For regular items, savings are generally up to 50%.
For holiday clearance items, markdowns will be up to 90% off.
This is an awesome detailed guide on Target markdowns in case you're an avid Target shopper.
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6. 5% cashback when you shop
If you sign up for Target's credit card, you'll get an extra 5% cash back on all of your purchases when they are made either online or in store.
This card is awesome because there's no annual fee and cardholders get access to promotions and other exclusive extras. On top of that, you get free shipping when purchasing items online, and 30 days extended returns.
Also, I just learned that cardholders can save 5% at Starbuck locations inside Target. Such a good deal if you don't want to ditch your latte habit.
7. Go with the end in mind
Anytime you enter any store, ESPECIALLY Target, you should write up a list of things you need. Target has got it down when it comes to making people buy more than they actually need. They have created an ambiance where people want to stay in the store and spend more (trust me!).
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8. Creating a registry
When you create a registry with Target, you get the chance to get a 15% discount on items you did not receive from friends or family. Along with that, you get the chance to get some bonus items depending on the purchases you made.
9. Purchase discounted gift cards
Purchasing discounted gift cards is a great way to save money at Target. You can save up to 30% on gift cards, and also stack your savings by using Ebates to get 1% cash back when you buy these gift cards.
If you have gift cards you don't use, you can also sell them on Raise.
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10. Price Match Guarantee
If you find an item you want at Target at another store for cheaper, Target will match the price of the qualifying item.
You can learn more about Target's match price guarantee here.
My last piece of advice would be to shop online when possible. People who go to Target almost always end up spending way more than they need to. I mean, really, who do you know that goes to Target buying the one and only thing they need?
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