Target, Target, Target.
Target has perhaps the most complicated coupon-ing possibilities of any store. If you work it right, you can get serious steals. Honestly, there are so many tricks to Target-ing, I can’t even list them all on my blog…inventory look-up, secret deals, apps galore…it goes on. I’ll just give you a few tips.
All the ways to save:
1) Target coupons – inserts, online, mobile + manufacturer coupons
There are a few places to find Target-specific coupons. Sometimes they do their own inserts and put coupons in their ads. Print coupons from their website. Get the Target app on your phone for mobile coupons. These can be used with regular manufacturer coupons.
2) Target Cartwheel
I am somewhat obsessed with the cartwheel app. The app gives you a certain percentage off lots of products in the store (generally just 5 to 10% off). Sometimes the Cartwheel app gives you a significant savings – 40% off all women’s clothes, for example. And it’s just fun to scan the bar code to see if what you want to buy is discounted.
3) Target credit card
The Target credit card, if you are able to pay it off every month and in control of your finances, is nice to have – it gives you 5% off everything you buy.
4) Pharmacy Rewards
If you don’t have the credit card, but you use the Target pharmacy, you get a 5% off day for every 5 prescriptions you fill.
5) Phone apps
Ibotta is an app that gives you a cashback reward when you buy certain items at certain stores. I always forget to use it and I usually don’t buy any of the stuff on it, but if you are combining it with coupons, you can get stuff for very cheap. Shopkick is another app I haven’t used yet but I have it on my phone. I just always forget about these apps. Shopkick gives you points for things like just walking into a store (Target being on them, duh), scanning items, or purchasing certain items. Points are redeemable for gift cards.
6) Target Gift Card Deals
You’ve probably noticed how you can get a $5 Target gift card if you buy certain items, usually at least 2 but sometimes just 1. On it’s own, not usually such a hot deal, but possibly could be in combination with coupons.
Clearance at Target is best after holidays. Do me a favor, everyone, and stop buying everything when it’s half off. After a few days, it’ll go to 70% off. A couple days later, 90% off. Sometimes, it’s not even marked that way. I scanned an item that was supposed to be half off and it was actually scanning as 90% off. 90% off is when I do my happy dance in the store and call Alex and tell him, “I got some 90s!!!!”
Utilize the price scanners on every item you think is marked down. You might be surprised. Check out the blogs and forums (I like the Target thread on Slickdeals’ forums) for hidden deals. Today I found men’s boxers for 90% off (they were Valentine’s Day boxers but not obviously so) because I knew other people had. Around Christmas, I found tons of stuff at 90% off that no one knew what so cheap. You can find secret deals and a billion other tips on websites like Totally Target.
Additionally, there’s a way you present your coupons so that you get maximum savings. This is from the Slickdeals thread:
- Target Coupon for % off Total Transaction
- Target Coupon for $x/$xx purchase
- Then all manufacturer coupons:
- B2G1 first
- BOGOs next
- Highest value coupons in descending order
- Then remaining Target Coupons (paper, insert, mobile, Shopkick, etc) with GC generating coupons last.
- Last barcode to be scanned is Cartwheel
OK, is that enough info or what? I’m tired!