Use these four tips and tricks on your next trip to Target.
Robin MosleyFormer CNET writer
Robin Mosley (she/her) formerly wrote commerce deals for CNET about beauty, fashion and other essential gear. Before that, she freelanced for Healthline, Simply Recipes and Nerd Street. She is a Chicago native living on the East Coast who is a fan of all things beauty, food, gaming and tech. When she isn't writing, she's at a restaurant, shopping online or making YouTube gaming videos.
Whenever someone says they're going on a "quick trip" to Target, it's safe to assume they won't return for at least another hour and a half. Target is an attractive shopping destination for so many people because of its affordability, convenience and variety of everyday products. That's also why it's so easy to end up spending more than you intended, especially if you're trying to get in shape or try out a new hobby.
The great news is that, if you're an avid Target shopper, you can continue to shop and save with our tip that will guarantee savings in your wallet. All you have to do is make some simple changes, like the day you shop or the payment method you use. Still curious? Well, we'll walk you through everything including some well-known tips for savings and one secret tip to help you save in-store.
If you're a regular Target shopper, it's worth considering signing up for its RedCard, which offers 5% off almost all purchases at the retailer making it one of the easiest ways to save. You've probably heard of Target's RedCard* before, but you may not know that it's available as a credit, debit or reloadable card to suit your preferences and that it doesn't charge a monthly or annual fee. Opening a RedCard account will also unlock free two-day shipping for thousands of items and give you access to RedCard exclusive deals and promotions periodically.
If you want to save money on your purchases but don't want to sign up for a new card, check out Target's free Circle reward program. The great thing is that you can use these benefits not only online, but in-store too. Here are the perks of being a Circle member:
1% earnings when you shop to redeem (or continue saving 5% with RedCard)
Access to offers on brands
5% off a single purchase for your birthday (valid 30 days from your birthday)
Community support votes to direct where Target gives
Target Circle partnerships with brands such as Apple and Ulta Beauty.
Getting access to Target's reward program is important, especially when you're shopping at the retailer anyway.
Get a price match guarantee
What some shoppers fail to realize is that Target offers a price match guarantee too. You can request to get a price match from Target whenever you see that the item you purchased is cheaper. For the item to be eligible, it must be:
During the 14-day window from the time you purchased the item
An identical item, brand name, size, weight, color, quantity and model number
In stock at a lower price at the time of return at a list of competitors Target match
Lower on Target.com or in your local Target store
How to request a price match
Once you determine if you can get a price match, there are just a few steps to do this in-store or online. If you're doing this in-store, here's what you should do:
Request a price match at checkout
Bring proof of the price you want to match -- the entire printed ad, digital ad, or retailer's primary website (photos or photocopies are not accepted)
Bring the original receipt if you already purchased the item
Online is a bit easier but your options here are to either call or chat with a representative. You can do this by:
Our best money-saving tip for in-store shopping at Target
Now that you know what you can do to get rewards and get a price match should you need it, you can now learn our tip that will give you access to discounted products across the entire retailer.
The first thing you need to know is that this only works for in-store purchases (sorry online shoppers). The next thing is all about knowing when you need to shop in-store. Depending on the day of the week (excluding Saturday and Sunday) you'll find select products on clearance.
When you're shopping at your local Target here's the cheat sheet to know what products are on sale:
Mondays: Electronics, kids' clothing and stationery
Tuesdays: Domestics, women's clothing, pets products, and food
Wednesdays: Men's clothing, toys, health and beauty, lawn, and garden items
Thursdays: Home goods, lingerie, shoes, sporting goods, movies, music, books, decor, and luggage
Fridays:Auto, beauty, hardware, and jewelry
To confirm our tip we reached out to Target on Oct. 17, 2022, and didn't receive a response.