17 Target Shopping Tips That Will Change the Way You Shop

Target stores possess a magical power that make us buy more than we need. You go in for toothpaste and come out with a new water bottle, 2 for $10 t-shirts, a pair of sandals, a fake succulent plant, a bag of Hot Cheetos, a card you might need for a potential birthday and a bottle of chardonnay. Everything but the toothpaste.

Needless to say, the dollars easily rack up at Target. Thankfully, these Target shopping tips coupled with Cash Back from Rakuten will ease the blow and help you shop smarter online and in-stores.

1. Take advantage of coupons

Target is a great retailer in that it allows you to combine one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon and one Cartwheel offer per item. This is an easy way to maximize your savings, so check the coupon policy to make sure your coupons qualify.

2. Shop Clearance

Target has an entire page on its website dedicated to clearance goods. Shop markdowns from departments like clothing and accessories, toys, beauty and personal care, home and kitchen, baby and electronics and entertainment.

3. Browse the Weekly Ad first

Whether you’re shopping on Target.com or in-stores, check out the Weekly Ad first. You can find plenty of discounts on whatever department Target is featuring that week plus more to get more bang for your buck. Stay on the lookout for special sales during holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and more.

4. Check out the Top Deals

Target always has online-exclusive Top Deals, such as 15% off patio items, buy one, get one 50% off swimsuits for the family, free gift card with electronics purchase and more.

5. Ask for a rain check

If a sale item is not available at your local Target, ask for a rain check. This entitles you to that sale price for the next 30-45 days and can be used at any Target store. However, there is no guarantee the product will be available again nor will you get notified if it becomes available.

6. Know there is a 90-day return policy

Most items at Target have a 90-day return policy. Some items can be returned even if they’re open, like makeup. Otherwise, don’t toss the receipt just yet and keep those packages closed.

7. Download the Target app

All the best and easiest ways to save are in the Target app. Cartwheel has hundreds of limited-time offers that you can scan and save immediately. Find app-only Target coupons and REDcard exclusives. Access the Weekly Ad right at your fingertips, wherever you are. Scan your Wallet barcode to apply all of these savings listed in one fell swoop.

8. BYOBags

As an incentive to shoppers to reuse bags, most Targets gives $0.05 for each bag that you bring in to use.

9. Decode clearance prices

According to many Target fanatics, there is a code to figuring out final markdowns. Clearance tags with a 15, 30, 40 or 50 will likely be marked down again in the next cycle, while tags with a 70 or 90 are final clearance, the lowest price possible.


10. Shop during Black Friday

Spend $50 during Black Friday and get a 20% off Target coupon to use in December, then stack this coupon to save even more. Don’t forget – Target is full of gift ideas for the holidays and year round, such as toys, electronics, clothing for the whole family and even gift cards.

11. Apply for a Target REDcard

This Target credit card comes with a library of benefits, including REDcard exclusive offers. When shopping on Target.com or Target stores with your REDcard, you automatically get 5% off every purchase. Other perks included an extra 30 days to make returns, free shipping on Target.com purchases and early access to select promotions. If you have a baby subscription with Target, save 15% on select diapers, wipes and formulas, plus get a 10% off in-store Target coupon on your REDcard anniversary. Outside of Target, you can get discounts at Hotels.com, 5% off at any in-Target Starbucks and 5% off on specialty gift cards like Disney, Apple and more.

If you want all the benefits without the interest rates of a credit card, apply for a Target REDcard debit card. It’s free and the closest thing to a Target loyalty program.

12. Rely on Target Restock

Target Restock is made for people who need to restock their home essentials immediately. With this, you can get next-day delivery for just $2.99.

13. Start a Target Subscription

If you’re constantly running out of your essentials and not having the time to restock, start a Target subscription. You can subscribe to everything from baby wipes and puppy training pads to toilet paper and laundry detergent and get 5% off plus free shipping on these orders. Remember, with a REDcard, you can get 15% off your baby subscription.

14. Try the Target Trade-In Program

Make use of your old electronics by trading them in with Target. Check to see if your device is eligible, then answer questions about your device and get a quote. Ship it with a prepaid shipping label, and you should receive your Target GiftCard within a week if the device is approved. Target also has an in-store gift card program where you can trade in gift cards with a balance for a Target GiftCard.

15. Shop with confidence

If you find an identical item for less at Target.com, select online competitors or in Target’s or a competitor’s local ad, Target will match the price within 14 days of purchase.

16. Celebrate with Target

Whatever milestone you’re celebrating, be it wedding, baby, housewarming or college, create a registry with Target. Search for a friend or family member’s registry to make gift giving easier. You can even create a custom registry to suit your needs.

17. Shop with Rakuten for 1% Cash Back

When you shop with Rakuten on Target.com, you’re sure to get Cash Back on every Target purchase when you activate the Cash Back button. Even better, we’ll apply any and all eligible coupons to your order for you so you’re saving the most money possible.

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