7 Smart Target Shopping Hacks

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I'm not sure there is one among us who hasn't felt the alure of the red bullseye and walked out with twice as much as we went in the store for. Even with all those extra goodies in your cart there are ways to maximize your savings. 

You will probably love shopping at Target even more once you learn these tricks to save even more money when you shop there. Ready to learn how to keep more money in your pocket and budget!?

Bring Your Own Bags

Don’t forget your reusable bags! When you shop at Target, you get a 5-cent discount off your total for each reusable bag you use. Good for your wallet and for the environment!

Always check Target Circle

Before I head out to the store, I always make sure to check the Target Circle app. It will show you all of the deals that you can add. Sort by what you need or search within the listing. It’s very user friendly.

As I make my list I always try to search for coupons to add. There are both Target and manufacturer coupons in the Circle app. You’ll also see special deals just for you. Like this month it gave an extra 5% to celebrate my birthday!

One thing I really appreciate is how you can easily see what products are attached to which deal.

Coupon & deal stack

This is one of my absolute favorite things about shopping at Target. Being in a large metro area we don’t have many places that double coupon so I appreciate that I can stack coupons at Target. If you have a Target coupon or deal you can combine it with a manufacturer coupon.

For me this is great for items like Tide or Cascade where the manufacturer coupon isn’t very high. I’ll even wait to buy a couple of these items when there is a good coupon stack. The deal gets even better when you have the extra percentage off coupons like I had with the birthday deal.

Combine Target deals with deal apps

Ibotta and Shopkick are always a go to for Target shopping trips. I don’t ever buy stuff to get the money back, but I do check to see if anything on my list or items we really like get points back through either of these apps.

Also, with Shopkick Target usually has a number of items to scan and get points. If I’m in a hurry I don’t take the time to walk around and scan. When I have time and to get in more steps I’ll take some extra time and get those points though!


Shop holiday and end-of-season clearance

I don’t know if there is anyone who doesn’t love the clearance endcaps at Target! This is an easy way to save big.  This is always the items that didn’t sell during the holiday season and now are steeply marked down to get it out of the store.

Discounts will start immediately after the holiday or season has ended, with increased markdowns every few days or so.  The longer you wait the bigger the discounts, but also the less chance of items still being available. I always go to check for treats and things like wrapping paper or other paper goods. 

Target price match policy

If you purchase an item at Target and find it later for a cheaper price at Target.com, in a local competitor’s print ad, in Target’s print ad, or one of a select number of online competitors, Target will adjust your price to the lower price.

Price matches can be completed at any lane in-store or the customer service desk. I personally prefer to go to the customer service desk.

Target will match prices for several popular online retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kohls, Walgreens, and Wayfair.


Get gift cards

Keep an eye out for special offers that include free Target gift cards. These are usually through buying personal care, baby, household items. These cards are earned by spending a certain amount on products from a specific brand or within a specific category.

Example from this past weekend was buy four personal care or hair items and get a $5 gift card. Or I’ve seen spend $40 on household items and get a $10 gift card. Pay attention around Black Friday I have seen slightly higher gift cards around this time in the past.

The Top Deals page on Target’s website will show you all the current deals including the current free gift card promotions.


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