Target's Secret Price Codes Revealed

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Target Price Codes Unveiled
Target is known for its low prices, but did you know that it also has secret price codes that you can use to your advantage? Here are a few tips that can help you save even more money the next time you shop.

Start by looking closely at the cost. If the price ends in a nine, then the item is set at full price. However, if the price ends in other numbers, like an eight or a four, that item is on sale.

Also keep an eye out for the small print on the clearance tags. Often times there's a number in the upper right hand corner that represents the markdown percentage from the item's original price.

When an item goes on clearance, the first markdown is usually 15 percent. After that, prices are typically reduced even further every two weeks in increments of 30, 50, 75 and 90 percent. This "two-week discount" rule can vary store to store, so always check with a manager to get the scoop on sale schedules.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is while you can potentially save big by waiting for prices to drop, discounts over 50 percent are rare. So, if you see something you like, don't wait too long to buy it or you might miss out entirely.

The next time you shop at Target, give these tips a try. You may find that it can pay to "know your numbers."


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Target's Secret Price Codes Revealed -- Savings Experiment
If you can resist the temptation of loading up your cart with non-essential "oh-look-at-thats," buying in bulk at your local warehouse club can indeed save you a bundle.

AOL Money & Finance visited both a Costco and Giant grocery store in Gaithersburg, Md. to see which items make the most sense to buy "big."

Click through our gallery to see which items to buy in bulk.
Next: Orange Juice

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $1.31 per quart
Giant: $2.00 per quart

Difference: $0.69 per quart

Warehouse Savings: 35%




Next: Ritz Crackers

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $1.797 per pound
Giant: $3.29 per pound

Difference: $1.49 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 45%




Next: M&Ms

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $2.254 per pound
Giant: $3.76 per pound

Difference: $1.51 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 40%




Next: Maxwell House

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $2.763 per pound
Giant: $4.30 per pound

Difference: $1.54 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 36%




Next: Log Cabin Syrup

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $1.448 per quart
Giant: $5.32 per quart

Difference: $3.872 per quart

Warehouse Savings: 73%




Next: Sponges

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $0.639 each
Giant: $1.0633 each

Difference: $0.42 each

Warehouse Savings: 39%




Next: Olive Oil

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $5.991 per quart
Giant: $15.92 per quart

Difference: $9.93 per quart

Warehouse Savings: 62%




Next: Hershey's Syrup

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $0.982 per pound
Giant: $1.59 per pound

Difference: $0.92 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 58%




Next: Cheerios

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $2.10 per pound
Giant: $3.72 per pound

Difference: $1.62 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 44%




Next: Mac & Cheese

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $1.323 per pound
Giant: $2.65 per pound

Difference: $1.33 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 50%




Next: Reynolds Wrap

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $3.73 per 100 sq ft
Giant: $6.39 per 100 sq ft

Difference: $2.66 per 100 sq ft

Warehouse Savings: 42%




Next: Tide Detergent

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $1.484 per pound
Giant: $1.94 per pound

Difference: $0.46 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 24%




Next: Charmin

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $0.247/100 count
Giant: $0.436/100 count

Difference: $0.19/100 count

Warehouse Savings: 44%




Next: Heinz Ketchup

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $0.77 per pound
Giant: $1.75 per pound

Difference: $0.98 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 56%




Next: Post-It Notes

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $0.237/1000 sheets
Giant: $0.769/1000 sheets

Difference: $0.53/1000 sheets

Warehouse Savings: 69%




Next: Oreo Cookies

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $1.551 per pound
Giant: $3.10 per pound

Difference: $1.55 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 50%




Next: Beef Franks

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $3.663 per pound
Giant: $6.65 per pound

Difference: $2.99 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 45%




Next: Bounce

The unit cost at ...

Costco: $3.191/100 ct.
Giant: $4.99/100 ct.

Difference: $1.80/100 ct.

Warehouse Savings: 36%




Next: Bumble Bee Tuna
The unit cost at ...

Costco: $2.797 per pound
Giant: $4.44 per pound

Difference: $1.64 per pound

Warehouse Savings: 37%
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