Have you ever picked up something on clearance at Target and looked at it, wondering if the price might not drop even further? Well, I’ve got the tips you need to know how to read these tags to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal!
How to read the clearance tag.
Reading the clearance tags at Target is really pretty simple. There are a few things you need to know. First off, the tag tells you the percentage of discount you are receiving in the upper corner. On this tag, you see 30 — that means the item is 30% off.
It is also important to notice the final number in the price. If that ends in an “8″, you might expect for the price to drop even further, so you may want to wait and check back later to see if there is a further price drop.
In this photo below, you will see that the item is now marked down 50% off and since it ends in an “8″, you know that they might lower the price even more!
In this final photo, you see that the discount is 75% off and the price ends in a “4″. That means this is as low as this price will drop, so make sure you grab the item now if you want and/or need it.
Which days of the week should you shop?
Target follows a schedule as to when items will be marked down. The general schedule*** is:
Monday: Baby items, kid’s clothing, electronics, stationary items, office supplies and gift wrap
Tuesday: Women’s clothing, domestic items and home decor
Wednesday: Men’s clothing, food, health/beauty, garden items and toys
Thursday: Housewares, shoes, sporting goods, lingerie and luggage
Friday: Jewelry, cosmetics, automotive, home improvement and hardware
***Keep in mind that this schedule is not set in stone and may vary at your local store.
When is the toy clearance?
The Target toy clearance happens twice per year. The first time is in early January. You can find toys marked down more than 50% off! You can also find toys on clearance in late July / early August. Since the exact dates vary from store to store, it is good to visit your location regularly during these times of the year so you can grab the deals when they begin.
How do they mark down seasonal items?
Target follows what is called the “3-3-2 rule”. As soon as the holiday has passed, they begin to mark down items. The prices drop further and further, so keep these days in mind:
- First 3 days after the holiday, items are 50% off
- Next 3 days after the holiday, they drop further to 75% off
- The following 2 days after that, they drop even more to 90% off
Knowing when and how to shop the clearance deals can really save you money. The deals themselves vary from store to store, so just because one person finds a deal where they shop, doesn’t mean you will find the exact same one at your store.
Remember, this is a guide and the actual sales cycles, discounts and prices may vary where you shop.