5 things you should never buy at Target

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Target is one of the best chains in the business for bargains. However, there are a couple of items that you should keep out of your shopping cart.

CBS News interviewed the managing editor of website Ben's Bargains, Kristen Cook, to break down what you should be buying at Target — and what you should be avoiding.

Here are five categories you should avoid at Target:

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1. TVs and electronics

If it’s not Black Friday, you can find better deals elsewhere, according to Ben’s Bargains. The website recommends visiting Best Buy or eBay instead.

That might be an issue for Target — last quarter, the company experienced a sales decline in the category, alleviated somewhat by the growth of wearable tech.

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2. Mobile accessories

Items such as chargers or iPhone covers rarely go on sale at Target. Check out eBay or Amazon instead.

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3. Shoes

Ben’s Bargains argues that Target’s flashier designs don’t justify the higher cost of footwear at Target than competitors like Macy’s or Walmart.

Still, investing in fashion has paid off so far for Target — the company’s women’s apparel category had some of the fastest sales growth at the company last quarter.

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4. Party and craft supplies

Target’s craft section is a relatively recent add-on — and not necessarily a bargain-friendly one. Look for Jo-Ann Fabric or Michaels coupons online, or just hit up the dollar store.

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5. Gift cards

When it comes to gift cards, better deals can be found elsewhere. Ben’s Bargains recommends eBay or gift card resellers like Raise, and Costco also has some excellent discount deals of its own.

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While Cook says that customers will rarely be ripped off at the retail chain, "there are categories you can definitely find a better deal elsewhere."

Now view tips on how to save money at Target:

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Look at what number price of an item ends in
It may seem overly attentive, but it's worth it. If the price of an item ends in $0.06 or $0.08, the item will be marked down again at some point in the future. If the price ends in $0.04, the item is marked for final clearance and the price will not change again.

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Trade in electronics for gift cards
If you bring your old electronics to the electronics department, they'll quote you on how much your stuff is worth and compensate you in Target gift cards to spend around the store.

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Be aware of the weekly markdown schedule
Different departments in Target mark down items depending on the day of the week:
Monday: Electronics, accessories, kids' clothing, books, baby, and stationery
Tuesday: Domestics, women's clothing, pets, and market 
Wednesday: Men's clothing, health and beauty, lawn and garden

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Thursday: Housewares, lingerie, shoes, toys, sporting goods, decor, and luggage
Friday: Auto, cosmetics, hardware, and jewelry

Strategically utilize holiday clearance sales
Target has consistently scaled markdowns on themed items after the holidays:
Day after holiday: 50% off
Three days after holiday: 75% off
One week after holiday: 90% off

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Sign up for mobile coupon alerts
By signing up, a new set of coupons will be sent to your phone each month (you can even specify the exact time you want them delivered.) The coupons are scannable and can be redeemed at the register. 

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Shop the end caps
The end caps are the shelves that sit at the end of each aisle, seeming somewhat misplaced. However, most clearance items are usually placed here--make it your go-to place to check if you're looking for discounted items.

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Check online for current deals  
Each week, Target updates its current promotions and weekly sales pages--you'll be able to scout out deals you want to take advantage of and know how much you can save before you even get in to store.

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BYOB (bring your own bag)
Target offers a five-cent discount for every reusable bag you bring in to use at checkout. Every cent adds up!

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Opt for store-brand items
A general rule of thumb when shopping at any major retailer, but its especially worthwhile at Target. Target has several top-quality store-brands that produce everything from food to beauty products at a much lower price than name brands. 

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Hit the dollar section first
Target's dollar aisle is like no other--you never know what you can find when you really look! 

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Utilize "Target Cartwheel"
Cartwheel is a social coupon program that Target created that allows you to set up an account to earn and receive deals. You can use each deal up to four times, as well as stack your deals with other coupons. 

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Check out CBS News' article for more info on what items bargain shoppers should be buying at Target.

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