- Combine coupons. One of the biggest ways Palmer saves is through combining a manufacturer coupon with a Target store coupon. "Target will allow you to use one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon per item, so it makes for some big savings," she says. "You can even get items for free by doing this."
- Shop clearance. Buying clearance items is also another good way to save. Everyday items can be marked down up to 70 percent while you can see holiday merchandise discounted for up to 90 percent off. "I find that the best deals aren't always those that are in their weekly sales ad." The Target shopper says, "Some of the best bargains are on those clearance racks."
- Know the weekly markdown schedule. It's easier to score discounts if you know which days the different departments will mark down their merchandise. Palmer shares a general schedule that most Target stores follow with us:
Monday: Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby, and Stationary
Tuesday: Domestics, Women's Clothing, Pets, and Market (food items)
Wednesday: Men's Clothing, Health and Beauty, Lawn and Garden
Thursday: Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor and Luggage
Friday: Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, and Jewelry
Keep in mind that when Target marks down items, it generally starts off at 30 percent off, then 50 percent off, then finally to 70 percent off.
Read on for more tips to save.
- Find out the best months for clearance deals. The best months to find clearance deals are in January, July, and August. That's because it's a time when the retailer clears "out all of the old season's merchandise to bring in the new."
- Don't buy full-price. Palmer does her best not to buy full-price when she shops at Target. "I figure everything in the store will go on sale or clearance at some time or another," she says. "One of the best ways to avoid paying full price for items is to stock up when there is a sale."
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