15 Best Target Hacks and Shopping Tips for Saving Money

15 Best Target Hacks and Shopping Tips for Saving Money
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We know that getting out of Target with only what you came for is some kind of superpower that many of us mere mortals have not experienced. Here's a few of our favorite tips for saving money at Target to help take some of the sting out of those impulse purchases. (And trust me, we're all guilty.)

Target app (fka Cartwheel)

The free Target app, formerly known as Cartwheel, hosts app-exclusive in-store discounts that range from 5% up to 50% off select items. You select the items you want in the app, fill your cart, then let your cashier scan the bar codes directly from your phone during checkout. Even better, app offers stack with coupons – some of which you'll also find in the Target app.

Target REDcard Discount

Pretty much the only compelling reason to sign up for a Target REDcard or its debit card equivalent is to take advantage of the 5% discount on every purchase. Not only do you get that discount, you also get free shipping when shopping online. Just be sure to pay off the entire balance every month so that the interest doesn't wipe out your savings. Better yet, opt for the debit card to avoid all the messiness of credit cards entirely.

Target Price Matching & Price Adjustments

If you find a lower price on a qualifying item at select online competitors or in a competitor's local ad, ask for a price match. You can do this at the time of purchase or within 14 days after you buy.

Here's a list of online competitors that Target will price match:

  • Amazon.com
  • BedBathandBeyond.com
  • Bestbuy.com
  • Barnesandnoble.com
  • Buybuybaby.com
  • Costco.com
  • CVS.com
  • Diapers.com
  • DicksSportingGoods.com
  • Gamestop.com
  • JCPenney.com
  • Kmart.com
  • Kohls.com
  • Macys.com
  • Newegg.com
  • OfficeDepot.com
  • Petco.com
  • Petsmart.com
  • SamsClub.com
  • Sears.com
  • Staples.com
  • Ulta.com
  • Walgreens.com
  • Walmart.com
  • Wayfair.com
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Target Coupon Stacking

Target will accept multiple coupons on the same item on the same order. Here's a quick rundown of Target coupon stacking:

  • 1 manufacturer's coupon, threshold coupon (requires a minimum spend), or category coupon (like cleaning supplies)
  • 1 Target store coupon
  • 1 Target app offer

Target Subscription Discounts

Got pets? Would a regularly scheduled diaper shipment come in handy? Set up a subscription for your favorite dog food, kitty litter, diaper brand, or any other everyday essentials. Not only will you save 5% and get automatic free shipping on every recurring order, you can also tie the payment to your REDcard for an additional 5% off, making Target Subscriptions one of the most generous subscription discounts out there.

Shop Target Black Friday Sales

Spend $50 at Target on Black Friday to get a coupon for 20% off in December. Then see our notes above about coupon stacking to take the fullest advantage of it. You'll also find better than average gift card with purchase offers and some of the lowest prices of the year on electronics, home goods, and much more.

Pick up seasonal decor after the holiday

This is pretty good advice for just about any retailer that's desperate to clear out their seasonal stock after the holidays have passed. Some best bets are wrapping paper, strings of Christmas lights, and next year's artificial tree.

BYOB - Bring your own bag

If you're like me and have an entire cabinet stuffed full of canvas bags and you have no idea where they came from or how on earth your collection got so big, grab a few before you head out to shop at Target. You'll get a $.05 discount for every bag you bring. Plus, with some cities actually charging for plastic grocery bags, you may save more than a nickel!

Rain Checks

If a sale item is sold out, ask for a rain check. There may even be a stack of rain check forms already sitting on the shelf!

Gift Cards with Purchase

We see some of the best Target gift card bundles on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we see them frequently throughout the rest of the year, too!  You'll find all of the latest gift card with purchase offers in our collection of Target coupons.

Fill your prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy at Target to earn $5 off

Target partners with CVS Pharmacy and you can get a $5 coupon after collecting 10 credits. It's mostly by filling prescriptions, but there are other things you can do to get you to that coupon faster, too. Check out this list of how to earn credits:

  • Fill or refill a prescription (1 credit)
  • Fill or refill a 90-day prescription (3 credits)
  • Add prescriptions to your CVS.com account (3 credits)
  • Sign up for pharmacy text alerts (1 credit)
  • Sign up for Refill Reminder emails (1 credit)
  • Get a flu shot from a CVS pharmacist (1 credit)

You can earn up to $50 in Target coupons per year. Get all the details here.

P.S. Through 12/31/18 , you can get a $5 just for getting a flu shot!

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Trade in Old Electronics for Gift Cards

Whether you took advantage of the Black Friday sales or you found a spot on Santa's good list, many of you will be getting some sweet tech upgrades over the holidays. Turn your old tech into free money with Target Trade-In. The program takes cell phones, tablets, video games, gaming consoles, wearable tech, and voice speakers.

Trade Your Unwanted Gift Cards for Target Gift Cards

Don't want that Build-A-Bear gift card that your sweet but dotty great aunt who thinks you're still 8 years old sent you for Christmas? You can trade it in for a Target gift card and sleep soundly knowing that Aunt Doris's gift wasn't a waste of her money. There are dozens of participating merchants, running the gamut from Apple to Zara. You'll find more details about trading up for Target gift cards on the Target Trade-In page.

Load up on discounted gift cards

Target gift cards get a 15% discount not long after Cyber Monday. Stocking up on as many as you can buy effectively gives you a 15% discount on anything in the store. (The limit in 2018 was $300 in gift cards for $255.)

You can also look for discounted Target gift cards on gift card exchanges like CardCash or Raise.

Shop from home.

You only went to Target for some paper towels but you know you're walking out with a cute throw pillow, a 3-pack of fleece leggings, two bottles of wine, six scented candles, and a shower curtain. Okay, so all of those things are awesome, but they're not necessarily in your budget. The best way to avoid the temptation? Stay home. Shop online at Target.com instead and you'll never again be lured off mission by yet another endcap.

Featured photo: Mike Mozart / Flickr