Would you believe me if I told you there was a science to finding the best clearance deals at Target? I’m not gonna lie, it’s kinda true.
Not only is there a science to reading their clearance stickers, but also knowing which day of the week will score you the best deals.
It’s with this in mind that a present 7 Target clearance hacks that’ll guarantee you get the best deal and save money on your next shopping haul.
1. Learn How to Read Target Clearance Price Tags
You’ll never look at a Target price tag the same way again.
When looking at a yellow clearance price sticker, there is some hidden info you’ll want to know.
Here’s how it works:
– Prices Ending with .88, .98, .48, .24, or .04 – These are all clearance items.
– Check Upper Right Hand Corner – You’ll see a tiny number. It will be either a 15, 25, 50, 70, or 90. This is the percent off the original price.
You’re probably thinking, “So what?”
Well, I had a Target employee tell me that they continue to mark things down weekly until they’re ALL gone.
But she also told me that NOT all clearance products get marked down every week.
So if you see an item with a 15 in the corner, and they have a ton of inventory, there’s a great chance you can get it next week for 25% off. And so and and so on.
The holy grail at Target is the 90 as that’s the lowest clearance price you’re EVER going to find.
Note: These clearance stickers use to be RED but my local Target now has YELLOW ones. It’s worth noting that some stores might still be using the red ones.
2. Shop on the Right Day of The Week
Did you know Target has a clearance markdown schedule?
Every weekday they take a specific section of the store and do their markdowns.
Shop on the right day and get “first dibs” on all the newest clearance deals.
Here’s how their schedule currently breaks down:
– Monday – Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery
– Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
– Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Diapers, Lawn & Garden items and Furniture
– Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage
– Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry
Use this insider info to your advantage and save money on stuff you’d be buying anyways.
3. Know the Christmas Clearance Schedule
Shop right after Christmas this year at Target and save HUGE.
Here’s how their holiday clearance schedule currently works.
December 26th – 29th: Score 50% off Christmas clearance stuff and 30% off food items.
December 30th – Jan 2nd: Score 70% off and 50% off food items.
January 3rd – January 5th: Score 90% off and 70% off food items.
Be aware that your mileage may vary on this schedule as some stores seem to play be their own rules.\
Let me know in the comments if you see any different clearance schedules in your neck of the woods.
4. Find Clearance Deals on Target.com
Don’t forget about the clearance section on the Target website.
While you might not find the same screaming deals as you’ll find in-store, there definitely is some great opportunity for savings.
This is especially true in these online categories: Clothing, Baby, Furniture, Home, and Toys.
For example, I recently found a sweet Goodfellow & Co. Fleece Jacket for $14.99, regularly $29.98.
I also noticed a Peoria Loveseat for $134.99, regularly $299.99.
5. Shop the Aisle End-Caps
Sometimes it can be hard to figure out where the clearance items are hidden at Target.
With that said, the one surefire place to fine them is on aisle end caps.
Not every end cap, but many of them. Especially the end caps that are facing an outer wall of the store. Those often have hidden gems on them.
You won’t find these near the front of the store, you’ll need to wander in a bit to spot them.
So before you go paying full-price for something, walk to the end of the aisle and see what hidden deals you might be able to find.
In the picture above, I found a Polaroid digital frame for 50% off the original price. It wasn’t even in the electronics section but the home goods department.
So be sure to snoop around the end caps, you just might be surprised with the deals you’ll find.
6. These 4 Departments Have the Best Clearance Deals
Without a doubt you’ll find the BEST clearance deals in Electronics, Toys, Clothing, Shoes, and Home Goods.
The picture above is from the toy department and it had an entire aisle dedicated to Target clearance toys.
Granted this picture was taken a few weeks after Christmas, but I’d add Target to your list of retailers to visit when looking for an inexpensive toy around Christmas and birthdays.
7. Look For “Repackage” and “As-Is” Items
Keep a keen eye out for yellow stickers titled “Repackage” and “As-Is”.
They’re typically items that have nothing wrong with them and are usually items which were returned.
They come with the same warranty and lenient return policy that “brand new” items have. So why pay full price for them when you can score them at a major discount.
I’ve personally found them to be screaming deals in the 50% off range.
Ask the Reader: How do you find Target clearance deals? Do you have any insider hacks that I may have missed? Let me know in the comments.
By Kyle James