Here's why we spend so much time and money in Target

It's inevitable. You go into Target thinking you'll just buy one item, but then an hour or so later, you come out of the store with a cart full of stuff.

You didn't plan on spending that much time or money in there, but you couldn't resist the must have items that caught your eye.

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So, why does this happen to the majority of shoppers?

Well, according to Delish.com, customers tend to stay in the store longer because they don't play music. Music is known to affect people differently, and the type of music also has an impact on you.

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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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For example, heavy metal is likely to discourage shoppers from spending a lot of time in a store, while ambient mellow tunes can actually influence people to spend money.

Furthermore, the absence of music may cause shoppers to wander aimlessly around for an extended period -- hence all that Target roaming and spending.

With that said, The Minneapolis Business Journal reports that the retailer has started testing playing music in some of their stores.

Good for us, bad for them? We guess it depends on the type of music ...

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