Printable Cheat Sheet: Crack the “Price Tag” Code

October 1, 2013 by Kyle

(Updated 11/02/16) It was really nice to see the great response last week on my article Retailer’s Big Secret: Crack the Price Tag Code which broke down the internal pricing system used at a handful of popular national retailers.
Click to Print Cheat Sheet

So I decided to get creative and make a printable PDF file for you to print out and use. This way you’ll be able to reference it when shopping to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.

To print the above cheat sheet, or save it to your computer, do one of the following:

  • Right click on below cheat sheet and click “Print” or “Save Image As” to save it to your computer for future reference.
  • Or click on the cheat sheet to open it in a new window then click on the “Print” or “Save” icon.
  • Once you’ve printed it just cut along the perforated lines and fold it to the size of a business card. It will easily fit into your wallet or purse. I hope it helps!

Stores included on the cheat sheet include Target, Lands’ End, Sears, Home Depot, Office Depot, and American Eagle. As I discover new stores that also use an internal pricing system I will be sure to update my cheat sheet accordingly!

I hope it helps! Feel free to pass this along to your friends and family.

By Kyle James

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18 Responses to “Printable Cheat Sheet: Crack the “Price Tag” Code”

  1. DC @ Young Adult Money on October 2nd, 2013 4:11 am

    Love the printable cheat sheet! Thanks for putting this together.

  2. Kyle on October 2nd, 2013 9:37 am

    Cool, thanks DC. Hope you can use it to your advantage!

  3. Ellen Morrison on November 22nd, 2013 5:21 pm

    Hey, Thanks Jesse,

    Been a PRICE CLUB [Costco] member since 1979 and love it. Thanks for breaking the code, next time I’m there I’ll check out da “goodz”

    Love ya, Bro:

    Jesse Jones
    King 5 News

  4. [email protected] on October 2nd, 2013 8:54 am

    No one ever delivers what I ask for. Thanks so much!

  5. Kyle on October 2nd, 2013 9:48 am

    Kim, LOL – anything else I can get for ya!! My wife was really excited about it too when I printed one out for her. Hopefully I can find new stores to add to it in the future!

  6. Tara @ Streets Ahead Living on October 2nd, 2013 7:21 pm

    This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Adley on October 15th, 2013 12:25 pm

    I just printed it and put it in my wallet! I gotta show this to my girlfriend 🙂

  8. Katie A on February 5th, 2014 9:45 am

    This is great! I was able to use the Target clearance price tag tip and saved $26 on a pair of boots. I waited and sure enough, they got marked down to 50% off. Very cool, thanks!

  9. Leslie on May 1st, 2014 1:39 pm

    At Target if the Price ends in a 4, it won’t be marked down any more and is at it’s lowest price.

  10. Kyle on May 1st, 2014 1:56 pm

    That use to be the case Leslie, but not any more. I regularly see items ending with a 4 that get marked down again.

  11. Stacey on May 5th, 2014 8:45 am

    I love, love, love this. I cant wait to use it!! Keep ’em coming Kyle.

  12. Kyle on May 6th, 2014 7:51 am

    Thanks Stacey, so glad you find it useful! Let me know how it works out.

  13. Logan on September 18th, 2014 6:43 am

    Kyle, thanks for the info. Do you think you will be adding Dollar General to this list anytime? I’m not an avid DG shopper but I do know they tend to have great sales. It’s their codes with the ‘colored dots and stars’ located on their price tags that get confusing. Thanks.

  14. Kyle on September 23rd, 2014 1:56 pm

    Hey Logan, I’ll look into Dollar General, thanks for the tip.

  15. Gail Harris on November 14th, 2014 9:19 pm

    I am finding a difference between what you say the prices are at Costco for .49, .99, and .97 and others have printed. What I have seen is that .49 and .99 are mfg pricing that could be a special offer for testing or other reasons and .97 is full retail. Have you heard this?

  16. Kyle on November 15th, 2014 12:33 pm

    Hi Gail, thanks for coming by! Where are you getting your info from? I am pretty confident in what I have posted as I had a Costco exec verify it. Let me know, would love to compare our information, thanks!

  17. Kathy on December 24th, 2014 7:43 am

    Thanks Kyle! I have the most trouble knowing how to get items like Gain liquid, tissue paper, and dish liquid sales. The .25 coupons are just not enough. Any thoughts on this?

  18. elizabeth on January 1st, 2015 10:16 pm

    Yes, it is true. I discovered Cosco’s .97 pricing for marked down items several years ago and have been using it to stock up since.
    Thanks Kyle for other tips.

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