How to save money at Target. Target used to be pricey, except for sale items, but last year they changed their pricing strategy and reduced prices on thousands of items – causing their stock price to plummet! I’ve started shopping their more regularly and I use the following techniques to save big dollars.
Get the Target app
The Target app has the weekly ad, the ability to shop online and Target Cartwheel.
Check the sale ad each week.
I generally buy some on sale produce there each week. Those prices aren’t in the app but they are in the sale ad online which I get emailed every Sunday.
Check online prices and get a price match at the register
Whenever I’m going to Target I select my store in the app and add all the items I plan to buy to my cart. The app also tells you what aisle items are located in and it’s accurate. In-store I compare prices with the app and guess what? The online prices are always lower! At the register I ask for a price match for every item and show them the item in my Target cart in the app. Here is Target’s price matching policy. Target always matches their online prices in-store.
Check Target Cartwheel for deals
Sign up for Ibotta
Buy discount gift cards once a year
This post explains how one time a year Target sells their own gift cards at a 10% discount. I load the gift card into the Target app. To make a purchase you have to click on the gift card and send a code to your email by pressing a button. I get the code while I’m in line. When I pay, if I’m doing a price match I get to a manned register and show the code after they scan in my gift card. They enter it manually. You can also do it yourself in the self check out lane. The great thing about gift cards is you’re getting 10% off the merchandise and sales tax.
Get the Target Red Card
I don’t have the Target credit card. I fund all my spending with the discounted gift cards because it’s the better deal. However if you don’t like dealing with gift cards you can get 5% off most merchandise (no discount on sales tax) with the Red Card. Apply here.
- Check the Target sale ad for items you need. Check your price book to confirm the sale price is good (#24 in this post). The sale ad comes out on Sunday.
- Check Target Cartwheel for items you need on sale.
- Check Ibotta for items you need with rebate offers.
- Add any items you find in Ibotta to your Target cart so you can do a price match in-store.
- Check for coupons here.
- At the register ask for your price match, scan your Cartwheel (in your wallet on the Target app) and hand over any coupons.
- After paying step aside to an unused register and scan in your receipt to Ibotta.
- Enjoy your super savings!
Only buy stuff you need
If you are already fully stocked (no room for anything else) and you see a great price I don’t advocate making purchases. Clearly this always applies with perishable items but even with paperor canned goods if you don;t have anywhere to store it you don’t need anymore. Things will always go on sale again.