Sunday, July 29, 2012

Guest Post with Amanda! -- Target Clearance Shopping

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Not only is Target one of my favorite stores to shop for my everyday items at, but it's also my go to store for amazing clearance items. Some deals I've gotten: Two pack of Carter's baby pants 70% off of $8.99 for $2.68, Baby Leggings 70% off of $5.00 for $1.50, Three pack of Carter's Bibs 70% off of $8.99 for $2.68,  and various other things such as, toys, clothing for me and home decor. 

For a while now, I've been doing my own research on Target's clearance items. Before we get to the good stuff, here are some strategies to help your bargain hunting at Target easier.
  • Shop the end caps: The end caps are the shelves at the end of the aisle and are loaded with clearance merchandise.  The end caps with the most clearance merchandise are usually located furthest away from the main shopping aisles, so be sure to make a trip around the perimeter of the store. 
  • Know the markdown schedule:  Target marks down the clearance items in each department on a specific day.   Please keep in mind this schedule may vary a bit from store to store, but for the most part these are the days that each departments get marked down.

This is an unofficial schedule for markdowns at Target.  When items go on Clearance, Target consistently marks their inventory down to 15%, then 30%, then 50%, then 75% and sometimes 90% if there is anything left.

Monday – Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationary
Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)
Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Lawn & Garden items
Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage
Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry

I went to Target on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to see if the markdown schedule was true. It was! And I went home with some bargains...

Monday's Baby Clearance
Tuesday's Pet Clearance 
Tuesday's Women's Clothing Clearance
Friday's Jewelry Clearance
In addition to the regular markdown schedule there are 2 big events:
Baby Clearance: January and July typically offer massive clearance throughout the baby department.   There seems to be fewer shoppers in July so you might fare better on items like high chairs and car seats.  For those items, you may not want to hold out for 75% off... 50% off is nice to on high ticket items.   Plus, if you create a baby registry, you'll get an extra 10% off of purchases when you complete your registry!
Toy Clearance:   July and October are the clearance events at Target for toys.  And, of course, there's post-Christmas clearance throughout January.   But, again, fewer people are thinking about Christmas in July than in October so you have a better shot at the best deals.
Now grab your shopping buddy and go find some deals!

Check out my blog for other money savings tips, crafts, recipes and to see what me and my Allie Mae are up too. Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I never realized they had a schedule! Good to know! Looks like your did really well! Love Allie in the shades ;-)