The secret code behind Target’s prices -- revealed

So you’re at Target, you’ve find an item on sale, and you’re wondering—just for fun—how good of a deal you’re getting. Is this the final clearance price? Or will the price drop even further next week?

Turns out, there’s a simple way to tell. At many stores, the price tag itself will tell you exactly what’s going on with that item’s price. Here’s the code at Target, according to thekrazycouponlady.com:

  • Items with prices ending in $0.09 are the regular price
  • Items with prices ending in $0.06 or $0.08 are discounted (example $4.38)
  • Items with prices ending in $0.04 are the final clearance price

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Ways to save money at Target
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Ways to save money at Target

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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Obviously, if you’ve found yourself an item that ends int $0.04, you know you’ve got yourself a major deal. Additionally, you can look at what percent off an item is. The small number at the top right corner of the price tag will tell you. (To save even more money, find out the secret code behind Costco’s prices.)

“Most of the time, items will be 30, 50, 70, which means it is 30 percent, 50 percent, 70 percent clearance,” former Target executive team leader Lynda Peralta, founder of The Pocket Palette, told Reader’s Digest. “You rarely see something go on clearance for 90 percent, and that is usually candy from a holiday.”

Even if the item you’re buying isn’t at its final price, there are tons of other ways to save at Target. Don’t miss these 11 money-saving secrets only Target employees know.

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7 items you should always buy at Target

1. Toys

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2. Kids' Bedding

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3. Video Games

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4. Makeup and Cosmetics

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5. Picture frames

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6. Household essentials

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7. Groceries

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