Ever wonder about the tricks to really shop Target clearance? We’ve got the scoop here for you!!
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 the Target clearance 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.
Target starts clearance at 15% off. It then moves up to 30% off, then 50% and tops out at 70% off (use to be 75%). It is also important to notice the prices. The first number is the original price and the second number (circled) is the sale price.
In this photo below, you will see that the item is now marked down 50% off and they might lower the price even more!
In this final photo, you see that the discount is 75% off, which means that is the lowest the price will drop. Make sure you grab the item now if you want and/or need it. Keep in mind that some stores only drop to 70% off. If you see your item is 70 – 75% off, make sure you grab it then, as that is the lowest price you will find.
Which days of the week should you shop?
There is no known schedule (other than some misguided details), so you will have to check at your local store. If you watch, you might find a pattern where you shop. You might also talk to your store’s manager to see if he/she can help.
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. Again, not all stores follow this exact schedule, but it will give you an idea of how they drop pricing on seasonal items.
As we move further from the holiday, prices drop more and more. Here are some general days to keep in mind:
- First 3-5 days after the holiday, items are 50% off
- Next 3-5 days after the holiday, they drop further to 75% off
- The following 2 (or more) 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.