Secrets to shopping at Target

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Target is a favorite destination among many shoppers with its wide selection of products, especially around the holiday season. While using coupons and shopping sales represent obvious ways to save more at Target, there are a few sneaky savings strategies you likely don’t know. Kendal Perez with is here to share with us five secrets for shopping at Target.

Learn their markdown schedule. With some exceptions, Target typically marks down the same category items every week:


  • Mondays - Electronics and kids’ clothes
  • Tuesdays - Women’s clothing and domestics
  • Wednesdays - Men’s clothing and toys
  • Thursdays - Shoes and sporting goods
  • Fridays - Jewelry and cosmetics


Look closely at the price tag. On clearance items, a number in the upper right-hand corner shows you how much of a markdown you’re getting. So, if an item is marked down 30 percent, it’s likely that price will go down. Target’s markdown schedule is typically in two-week increments, though it varies by region, manager’s discretion and the amount of available inventory.


Know when to buy and when to wait. Typically, when the price ends in either $0.06 or $0.08, it will be marked down again and does not represent the product’s lowest price. As long as there is inventory in the store, you can likely expect another markdown within two weeks. Contrastly, if a price tag ends in $0.04, it’s typically the lowest sale price Target will offer and you can’t expect additional markdowns.


Enjoy free shipping, both ways. By now, most of us know Target will be offering free shipping on all orders until Dec. 20. What you may not know is Target covers return shipping as well, so you won’t be charged with return shipping fees, either!

Get a price adjustment. If you buy something from Target and it goes on sale a few days later, you can bring in your receipt and get refunded the difference. Same goes with deals featured on their Cartwheel app: just bring your receipt and your app to customer service to get a refund.