22 Ways to Save Cash at Target — a 3 Step Plan

Now-a-days, we’re all doing what we can to conserve precious cash. Did you know that Target offers tons of versatile ways to save money while shopping? We’re going to share with you how to use Target’s services to your advantage. Plus, we’ll provide you with some additional tips and tricks to really help you pinch that last penny — all in 3 easy steps.
Stage 1: First thing’s first. Get yourself signed up for all of Target’s available services. See below for service descriptions.

1. Sign up for the Target REDcard or Debit Card.
The Target REDcard trumps all other cash rewards credit cards by a long shot. While other credit cards may pay up to 1 or 2 percent, the Target Red Card pays up to 10 percent on a limited number of items every time you shop (one transaction per day). Target REDcard holders enjoy free shipping from Target.com and 30 extra days to return items.

If you’re hesitant about opening a credit card account, the Target Debit Card could be a good option for you. At checkout, the money is drawn directly out of your bank account, meaning you don’t have to pay a monthly credit card balance (plus interest) each month. Debit card holders have access to the same perks as Target REDcard owners, including that extra 10 percent.

2. Get the Cartwheel App.
The Cartwheel app grants you 5 to 50 percent off on all qualifying products. If you want to see if a specific item qualifies for a discount, you can search for it within the app. If a discount is available, the app will provide you with a discount barcode that can be scanned at checkout.
Here’s a fantastic tip, though: If you want to save yourself the grief of painstakingly searching for individual items — scan the barcode of each item as you shop using the Cartwheel app on your smartphone. If the item qualifies for a discount, the app will let you know right then and there. You can redeem up to 6 discount barcodes per day.

If you don’t have a smartphone, or barcode scanning just isn’t your thing, you can always revert to the “old-fashioned” way of doing things. Your computer! (Did I just say that?) Simply use your internet browser to navigate to cartwheel.target.com to set up an account. The Cartwheel services can be accessed through Target’s homepage. Just search for the items you want, print out the discount barcode and redeem it at checkout.

3. Sign up for the Redperks App.
This service is brand spankin’ new, so you probably haven’t heard of it yet. It’s only available in certain areas, so if you’re one of the people with access to it already, more power to you. The Redperks app is a points system that rewards you with 10 points for every dollar you spend at Target. Once you’ve earned 5000 points, you can redeem it for 5 percent off of your total bill for one shopping day. What’s more is that the app throws you some occasional fun, free handouts — like a free Starbucks coffee or a bag of organic kale chips. Yum!

If you’re not sure whether or not you have access to this awesome service, you can go here and verify. If the Redperks app is not available in your area quite yet, Target will store your information and shoot you an email when it becomes available. If you don’t have it yet, no worries. It’s coming to your area soon.

STEP 2: Target’s weekly circular is not only tried and true, but it’s loaded with excellent coupons and promotions. But, did you know that there are more modern, innovative ways to collect coupons, discounts, and updates about current sales using that little handheld device we’re all addicted to? In addition to clipping coupons from Target’s flyer, use alternative methods to obtain coupons, discounts and savings. Read on to learn how.

4. Mobile Offers
Text the word OFFERS to 827438 to receive mobile offers from Target. Coupons are generally good for 2 weeks and are only applicable for in-store purchases. In addition, you can also visit Target.com for other short-acting promo codes. Typically, these promo codes are for specific departments only, like baby items or electronics. Make sure you check the website for new mobile offers each week as Target swaps them out for new ones on a relatively frequent basis. Too much work? That’s okay. The OFFERS promo code is available 24-7.

5. Coupons at Target.com
Do you religiously clip coupons from Target’s weekly circular? Great! But don’t forget — Target’s website is perpetually loaded with exclusive offers and coupons not always found in the print ad. This can range from 2 dollars off of Purina dogfood to 8 dollars off name brand diapers, and everything in between. Target’s online coupons can be printed and redeemed at checkout or when making a purchase online.

6. Online Coupon Websites
Bulk up your weekly coupon repertoire. Use online coupon websites, such as Retailmenot.com, StopAtHome.com, Coupons.com and SlickDeals.net to get access to tons of manufacturer’s coupons and store coupons from participating retailers. We recommend Target Coupon Codes

7. Ibotta
This smartphone app is definitely one of a kind! IBotta gives you cash back whenever you shop at participating stores. Here’s how it works. Download the Ibotta app onto your smartphone. Then, select one of the many rebate categories and the desired retailer — Target, in this case. Next, select a rebate and complete one or more simple tasks to unlock cash rewards. Now comes the fun part! All you have to do is go to Target and purchase the products that you’ve just unlocked. Make sure to take a photo of your receipt and submit it to the Ibotta app. Cash will be deposited in your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

8. The Sample Spot
What’s better than a cheap deal? Free stuff! You can get free sample items from the Sample Spot part of Target’s website. Free sample items may vary from week to week. Items range from sample packets of Ibuprofen to tiny bottles of Benefiber, plus more. All you have to do is fill out a quick 7 question survey, punch in your shipping information, and Target will send you a free sample of your chosen product. Remember, don’t miss a good opportunity for free things. Be sure to check the Sample Spot from time to time. You might be pleasantly surprised.

9. Spotlight Section
Checkout the Spotlight section on Target’s website to find out about current or upcoming deals. Deals can be instore, online, or both. Typically, new items are highlighted.

10. Sale Alerts
You can sign up for text message alerts or emails to receive notifications when items you want go on sale. Simply go to the Target homepage and click Ways to Save  Weekly Ad  Weekly Ad Picks. From here, you can select items for which you’d like to receive sale alerts.

11. #Target
Yup, you guessed it! Target tweets ads and deals on a variety of different items on a daily basis. Browse Target’s Twitter page for deals on fashion, home décor, seasonal items, and more! Target’s tweets are high in frequency, so we recommend scanning the page for free shipping windows, deals on new items, or just current sales to save yourself some time.
STEP 3: Now, you’re walking into Target, shopping cart in tow. With your brand new REDcard, your smartphone loaded with discount barcodes, and an envelope stuffed with powerful coupons, is it possible to save even more money? The answer is yes. Save wads of cash while you shop in-store by following these simple tips.

12. Shop Target Brand.
Save money on your next shopping bill by replacing name brand items with Target’s store brand. Target’s Up & Up brand offers great deals on everyday household items, like shampoo and conditioner, lotion, medication, diapers, office supplies, detergent, etc. Does the mere thought of spending hundreds of dollars on Huggies and Pampers each year make you feel sick to your stomach? No problem! Target brand diapers cost about three quarters less than name brand diapers. Plus, Target offers discounts on their store brand items, as well — so chances are, you’ll really save some extra money.

13. Memorize the Weekly Markdown Schedule.
Target reduces the price of clearance items in each department on a specific day of the week. This schedule may vary from store to store, and often times markdowns are done on the 15th and 30th of the month. Follow the schedule below to save up to 90% on clearance items:

• Monday
Electronics, Office Supplies, Stationary, Accessories, Children’s Clothing, Books, and Baby Items

• Tuesday
Grocery, Women’s Clothing and Apparel, Bedding, Bath, and Pet

• Wednesday
Health & Beauty, Diapers, Lawn & Garden, and Furniture

• Thursday
Housewares, Toys, Shoes, Lingerie, Sporting Goods, Music, and Movies

• Friday
Cosmetics, Jewelry, Hardware, and Auto

14. Memorize the Yearly Markdown Schedule.
Target will mark down certain items regularly throughout the year, typically following a specific schedule. This is an awesome opportunity to cash in on great deals, specifically in reference to seasonal items. The schedule looks as follows:

• Mid January and Mid-July:
Toys

• End of July —August:
Summer clothes and flip flops

• Last week of August —mid-September:
Back-to-school stuff, patio furniture, grills, and outdoor games

• December 25 — January 6:
Wrapping paper

• November 1 — November 7:
Halloween costumes, chocolate, and candy

15. The Dollar Spot
Need some little whatzits for some birthday grab bags for children? How about a cheap warm winter hat or a decorative journal? If so, the Dollar Spot is your place! Normally located at the front of the store by the registers, the Dollar Spot features about 3 small aisles of trinkets, games, seasonal accessories, and more — and only for, you guessed it, a couple dollars or less. Check out this little area if you’re brainstorming for stocking stuffers, party gifts, or just want to treat yourself to something new and inexpensive.

16. Shop at the Beginning of the Week.
Target’s sales run Sunday through Saturday, so the earlier in the week you shop, the more likely you are to find the sale items displayed in the weekly ad. Stock up on necessities as they go on sale. For example, is your favorite brand of dish soap finally on sale? Stop in at the beginning of the week and grab a few before they run out. The chances of finding your heart’s desire amount will be much greater. Plus, you’ll save more money in the long run.

17. Seasonal Clearance
Target has holiday sales for one week (7 days) starting the day after each holiday ends, and the savings are enormous! Keep in mind, however, that as the week progresses and the sales increase, the pickings get slimmer and slimmer. But, think of all the cheap knick-knacks you could buy for next year’s stocking stuffers! Here’s the schedule to help you get more bang for your buck:

Day 1, 2, & 3: 50%
Day 4, 5, & 6: 75%
Day 7: 90%

18. Price Match Guarantee
Let’s say you spot an awesome jacket at Target for $17.99. Two days later, you find the same jacket at Kmart for 3 dollars cheaper. Don’t fret! Target will match the price of a qualifying, identical item if you can find it for less money at a competitor’s store. In addition, if you find a lower price after your purchase has been made, Target will adjust your payment within 14 days. A full list of online competitors can be found here. Remember, Target wants your loyalty! Use that to your advantage.

19. Gift Card Promotions
Target features several promotions in the weekly circular that come with a gift card. For example, a recent promotion offered a 10 dollar gift card at checkout when the customer purchased two packages of Up & Up diapers (Target brand). And that’s not all! Gift card promotions are found in the weekly flyer, but make sure you scan the store for other gift card offers. Not all of them are mentioned in the circular.

20. Shop End Caps
Peruse the end caps located at the ends of the aisles for clearance items. This is consistent throughout every single department. In some instances, you can find dollars off of relatively expensive products, like videogame controllers, cards, groceries, etc. Look for the red clearance tag on each product to verify that the item is, in fact, on clearance.

21. Yellow Price-cut Tags
Yellow tags are placed on the shelves by items that are marked down for one week or longer. More often than not, these items are not listed in the weekly ad. And surprise! Not only are these items on clearance, but Target wants them gone. Make sure to scan the aisles for these little yellow tags as you go up and down the aisles, and don’t miss an unbeatable deal.

22. Bring Your Own Bags
For each bag of your own that you use at Target, you’ll receive a 5 cent discount. Target gives away free bags on Earth Day, so be sure to stop in and grab some. Store your reusable bags in an easily accessible place so you don’t forget them on your way out the door.

Closing Thoughts
We’ve just outlined three bulletproof steps you can follow to ascend into money-saving heaven at Target. Once you’ve signed up for Target’s services (REDcard, Cartwheel, and REDperks), it’s all about using your smartphone to find amazing discounts, coupons, and sales. From there, use our tips to shop wisely in-store. We promise that you’ll be in bliss after you see that giant total reduced to peanuts. Saving money is heavenly.

Wishing you Happy Savings!  Full Target Guide Here