It’s no surprise how much I love Target but what may surprise you is that most of the time I don’t pay full price for the stuff I buy. After a few years of shopping at Target I’ve picked up on a few things that I think are extremely helpful and just may help you save some money. So today I am sharing my Top 10 Tips for Shopping Target Clearance:
1 – Go as often as you can.
What mom doesn’t love going to Target? This is the perfect excuse to plan a trip to Target with your girlfriends any day of the week or even twice a week making your chances of finding deals much higher! Everyday something new goes on clearance at Target and it just may be something you need. One day you may find something in the bathroom section and the next you may score something in the kitchen department.
2 – Most clearance items are displayed on end-caps BUT you should always look in the aisles as well.
If you’ve been to any Target ever, you have probably noticed the big yellow clearance sign on an end-cap that’s packed with a bunch of stuff in that department. Well, not all clearance items are stacked there so roam those aisles! I personally go down every aisle when I go to Target because you literally never know what you may find that day.
3 – Familiarize yourself with the markdown schedule.
Most stores follow a schedule when marking down inventory. I learned that not all stores are on top of it but when they are, you can score some pretty good deals! And always remember, inventory is typically marked down by 30, 50, then 70% and you may even see 90% off on holiday/seasonal items.
The list below shows what departments are being marked down on which day of the week but I’ll say it AGAIN, keep in mind that some stores may be behind schedule or even follow a slightly different schedule. When you go into your local Target, pay attention to which departments you may see getting moved around and even what time of day it is.
- Monday – Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery
- Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
- Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health & Beauty, Lawn & Garden and Furniture
- Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor and Luggage
- Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, and Jewelry
4 – Understand that almost EVERYTHING goes on clearance at Target.
This is a BIG one. You ever notice how you buy a shirt only to see it on a clearance rack a few weeks later? It’s not just your bad luck, it’s because everything in the store goes on clearance at some point – seasonal items, clothing, home decor, kids room decor, bedding, etc. If you can wait on buying something then I would definitely recommend you do.
5 – Don’t jump on 30% OFF deals. Wait a few days.
Why get it for 30% off when you could get it for 50 or 70% off? Not only does Target mark down a bunch of stuff weekly, they also markdown the markdowns. If you find something but it isn’t absolutely necessary to purchase at that moment and you know it may not sell super fast, hold off on buying it. Check back a few days later and you may just get lucky and score it for 50 or 70% off!
6 – Major toy clearance happens twice a year. WAIT FOR IT.
Toys at Target stay the same for the most part but every now and then they release new ones. For example, when a new movie comes out in theaters or something becomes popular (like Fortnite or Ryan’s Toys, etc.), you’ll see stuff getting marked down throughout the year when the hype dies down or they are changing up a small section. However, twice a year they do some major markdowns on toys (we’re talking 70% OFF) and you may see aisles full of clearance toys. This typically happens in July to bring in all the hot toys for the holidays and again in January just after the holidays. If you attend a lot of kid parties or even like to catch the best deals for Christmas toys, this is when you should strike!
7 – Pay attention to seasonal changes all around the store.
It’s no secret that most stores change out clothing for the season. Target is one of the stores that is very up to date on styles in ALL departments, not just clothing. Shoes, apparel, handbags, and even home decor are the top departments you need to be checking up on just before the season is about to change.
8 – Double check prices on the scanner.
If you notice a product has been sitting on the clearance rack for a while but the price hasn’t changed ALWAYS double check it on a scanner. Sometimes prices change but the tags don’t always reflect that. It doesn’t hurt to run any clearance item by a scanner just to make sure the price hasn’t dropped! You could be passing up tons of great deals if you don’t double check.
9 – Look through ALL of the clearance.
Of course you would expect stores to be nice and organized but let’s face it, they aren’t always. Searching for boys clearance clothes? Check the girls rack too! Looking for a shower curtain? Check in the bedding section! During a big store change, items get moved around and put it places they probably don’t belong. We’ve all seen that one person put something back on a random shelf where it doesn’t belong which is another reason why I try to search each aisle every time I go.
10 – Join Target Facebook groups!
This is a tough one to keep up with and all Target locations may not hold the same inventory (such as Super Target locations) or markdown at the same time BUT it doesn’t hurt to just browse what deals others have found in other states/cities. You may just get lucky! This is one of my favorite groups to follow: TARGET DEALS, Clearance & Couponing
Find any good markdowns lately? Share your favorite finds in the comments below and follow Dear Sarabia on Instagram to see what great clearance finds I come across at Target and other stores!
Happing hunting, friends! I’ll see you out there!