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5 very simple ways to improve your next target trip and save money

5 very simple ways to improve your next target trip and save money

5 very simple ways to improve your next target trip and save money

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It’s a common refrain: you go to Target for one thing, and you end up buying a bunch of other stuff too. Target is an attractive shopping destination for many people due to its affordability, convenience, and variety of everyday products. It’s also why it’s so easy to end up spending more than you planned, especially at the start of the year with the desire to get in shape or try a new hobby.

The good news is, if you’re an avid Target shopper, you can keep shopping and saving with our tip that’s guaranteed to save your wallet. All you have to do is make a few simple changes, like the day you shop or the payment method you use. Still curious? Well, we’ll walk you through everything, including some well-known money-saving tips and a secret tip to help you save in-store.

As you read, check out our shopping tips on how to give Unaddressed Amazon Gifts, get like-new electronics at Best Buy and save money on usage Amazon Subscription and Savings Service.

Buy using a target RedCard

Target

If you’re a regular Target shopper, it’s worth considering signing up for its Red card, which offers 5% off nearly all purchases at the retailer, making it one of the easiest ways to save. You’ve probably heard of Target’s RedCard*, but you might not know that it’s available as a credit, debit or reloadable card depending on your preference and it doesn’t charge a monthly fee or annual. Signing up for a RedCard account will also unlock free two-day shipping on thousands of items and periodically give you access to exclusive RedCard offers and promotions.

Join the Target Rewards Program

Simple benefits you get as a Target Circle member just for your purchases.

Target

If you want to save money on your purchases but don’t want to sign up for a new card, check out Target’s Free Circle Rewards Program. The great thing is that you can use these benefits not only online but also in store. Here are the advantages of being a member of the Circle:

  1. 1% gain when you shop to redeem (or continue to save 5% with RedCard)
  2. Access to offers on brands
  3. 5% off single purchase for your birthday (valid for 30 days from your birthday)
  4. Community support votes for direct where Target gives
  5. Target Circle partnerships with brands like Apple and Ulta Beauty.

Access to Target’s rewards program is important, especially when you’re shopping at the retailer anyway.

Get a Price Match Guarantee

What some shoppers don’t realize is that Target also offers a price match guarantee. You can request a price match from Target whenever you find that the item you purchased is cheaper. For the item to be eligible, it must be:

  1. During the 14 day window from when you purchased the item
  2. An identical itembrand, size, weight, color, quantity and model number
  3. In stock at one lower price at time of return to a list of Target Match competitors
  4. Lower on Target.com or at your local Target store

How to request a price match

Once you’ve determined if you can get a price match, it’s just a few steps to do so in-store or online. If you’re doing it in store, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Ask for a price match at check
  2. To bring proof of the price you wish to match — the entire print ad, digital ad, or retailer’s main website (photos or photocopies are not acceptable)
  3. bring it Original receipt if you have already purchased the item

Online is a little easier, but your options here are to call or chat with a representative. You can do this by:

  1. Chat with Target representatives online or call 800-591-3869
  2. Have the current price you wish to match — digital ad, authorized retailer website or store target price (photos or photocopies are not acceptable)
  3. have your order number and item information ready from the start

Checking Target’s ads and catalogs can save you money on hundreds of items every week

Our top money-saving tip for in-store shopping at Target

Now that you know what you can do to earn rewards and get a prize match if you need it, you can now check out our cheat that will give you access to discounted products across the retailer.

The first thing you need to know is that this only works for in-store purchases (sorry online shoppers). The next thing is to know when you have to shop in store. Depending on the day of the week (excluding Saturday and Sunday), you will find a selection of clearance products.

When shopping at your local Target, here’s the cheat sheet for what products are on sale:

  1. Mondays: Electronics, children’s clothing and stationery
  2. Tuesdays: Maids, women’s clothing, pet products and food
  3. Wednesdays: Men’s clothing, toys, health and beauty, lawn and garden items
  4. Thursdays: Homeware, lingerie, shoes, sporting goods, movies, music, books, decor and luggage
  5. Fridays: Auto, beauty, hardware and jewelry

To confirm our advice, we contacted Target on October 17and received no response.

For more money-saving tips, check out how to save money on shipping and using Amazon’s Hidden Coupons to cut prices on must-have items too.

*All Target RedCard information has been independently collected by CNET and has not been reviewed by the issuer.

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