Tuesday, October 6, 2015

How To Save Tons Of Money At Target


Who doesn't love to save a ton of money? And who really doesn't want to save a ton of money at their favorite store? That's what I thought. So if you're an avid Target connoisseur like me, you'll especially love this little roundup of shopping tips I've compiled for you! Enjoy :)

Tip No. 1
 Shop the Weekly Ad and Watch for In-Store and Online Deals


Shopping the weekly ad can save you lots of easy money, just by browsing!
Look for free gift card deals throughout the store to earn money for buying things you love!
Target always issues a weekly ad that is full of in-store sales and low prices for the week. It's a great and easy way to see exactly what's already on sale to form your foundation for "stacking" deals later. You can find your own local ad online here. Another deal you can snag in-stores (and sometimes online!) is the "free $_ gift card with purchase of __". One of the most frequent deals like this that I see is a free gift card ranging from $5 to $10 when you purchase 2 boxes of Pampers diapers. Deals like this are almost always sprinkled all over throughout the store. Just look for the signs; chances are there will be one on something you're shopping for anyway!

Tip No. 2
Couponing

At Target, couponing is super easy. There are a few different types of coupons at your disposal. Let's go through them...



1.) Mobile Coupons
These are definitely the easiest coupons to use. No clipping involved, these are delivered right to your phone via text message (data and usage rates do apply). Target will text you a link around once a month where you'll find a number of mobile coupons under one unique barcode. Simply scan your phone at checkout to apply savings! The best part is they even text you a little reminder before they're about to expire so you don't miss out on any deals!


2.) Print from Online
On the Target website, you'll find a link titled "Coupons". Click on it and you'll be able to scroll through hundreds of coupons by category (grocery, health, home, etc.) and clip them to a sort of list. When you're done selecting you simply print and go! You do have to install a Coupons.com plug-in, but it only takes seconds and it hasn't posed any problems for my computer so I think it's well worth it! These coupons are a combination of Target and manufacturer's coupons, so pay attention to the heading at the top. Which leads me to my next point:

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3.) Manufacturer's Coupons
If you get coupons in a magazine or in your local newspaper (Red Plum and the like) these are accepted at most retailers. At Target you can stack these with their store coupons (the ones that say "Target" at the top) and double your savings!

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4.) Receipt Print-Off Coupons
Ever get those coupons that print off with your receipt? Use them! They can be stacked with manufacturer coupons because they're store coupons so you can save big!

The key to stacking coupons is to make sure they are all different. You probably can't use two store coupons together or two manufacturer's coupons together, but you can use a store coupon in combination with a manufacturer's one. On top of those two coupons, you should be able to use a Target mobile coupon! All stores are managed differently, though, so check with customer service beforehand. You can stack even more savings with my next tip:

Tip No. 3
Cartwheel



If you don't have the Cartwheel app, I want you to stop reading this and head to the app store. Pronto. It will be the best thing you do all day, maybe all week.

Once you download the app, you'll be asked to make an account. You can do this by providing your email address or by linking to your Facebook. I recommend linking to Facebook so that you can see what deals your friends are saving and it earns you badges later. You'll automatically start with 10 empty spots for deals. You can browse through deals by category and select the ones you want to save to your unique barcode. Any deals you have saved under your barcode will all be applied at checkout when they scan your phone. Easy peasy! You can then earn more spots for more deals by unlocking badges. These badges are earned different ways, some depending on the dollar amount you've saved using the app, some by adding specific deals, and so on.

The best part about this app is that these deals range all the way up to 50% off and they are completely separate from coupons, so if you have a manufacturer's coupon, a store coupon and your cartwheel app, you can stack all three! I've done it! I ended up getting some Revlon Photoready foundation for $4! That's over 60% off. I also love that the app tracks your savings so you can see how much money you've saved while shopping there. I'm up to almost $150 in a little over a year now!

Tip No. 4
RedCard




You've probably been prompted to open up a Red Card at checkout at some point in your life. Next time, say yes! It's probably the easiest way to save money at Target because you don't actually have to do anything! The best part? You don't have to get a credit card if you don't want to...they offer a RedCard debit card that links to your bank account and it's all free--no annual fees! Simply swipe this instead of your regular debit card and save 5% on every purchase, plus earn an extra 30 days to do returns. You can also use it online to save 5% and get free shipping on any purchase. Doesn't get any easier than that. Don't want to wait til the next time you're in Target? You can fill out the information online! It's quick and secure and you'll have your RedCard shipped to you in no time. I got mine in about 5 business days.



So there you have it! Tons of easy ways to save TONS of money at Target. Most of them are so simple, you'll feel silly
you weren't already doing them!







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