Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cheap and Simple Stuff: Target Tips

LOTS of people ask me how I'm able to save money at Target.  "Isn't Target more expensive than WalMart?"

WalMart used to be quite a bit cheaper than most other stores, but recently their prices have jumped considerably.  Add that to their horrible customer service and limited availability and I just avoid the store altogether.  Around the same time that WalMart's prices went up, stores like Target became more competitive with their pricing.  Now a lot of products at Target are consistently cheaper.

Target also offers store coupons on their website and by mail.  You can print them here.  These store coupons can be used in addition to the manufacturer's coupons found on company websites and in your Sunday paper.  For example, Target is offering a $5 off coupon when you buy both children's Claritin and adult's Claritin.  You can go to and print a manufacturer coupon for $3 off children's and $5 off adult's Claritin...a combined savings of $13.  That's pretty big savings when your family of 5 goes through a box of each in 2 weeks.  Wait until Claritin is on sale at Target for even more savings.

Target also offers gift card deals.  This week they're offering a $5 gift card when you buy 2 select Proctor & Gamble products.  The best scenario for this deal would be to purchase 2 Bounce Dryer Bars or Liquid Downy for $8.99 each.  You can also find coupons for Bounce or Downy in the Sunday paper or by signing up for mailing lists and samples at

Another way to save at Target is to apply for their Target Debit Card (RedCard).  You can earn 5% back on all purchases in addition to a lot of other perks.  You can learn more about it here.

Probably the best way to save at Target is by shopping their clearance sections.  Target is constantly bringing in new products which means they are constantly clearancing old products.  They recently revamped their entire kid's crafting section.  I picked up some party invitations for less than $1 and a garden stone kit for $2.48.  I also recently picked up a nice set of knives for $6.  They also frequently clearance food, seasonal merchandise, toys and clothing.  In some cases you might be able to use a coupon on a clearanced item for even more savings.  Target's clearance sections can normally be found on the end-caps of aisles but sometimes the clearanced products are mixed in with the regular merchandise.

Click on the link below for some more examples of the savings you can get this week at Target...

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