Monday, November 25, 2019

Santa Saves at Target, and So Can You

I have been approached by guest bloggers more times than I can count, and have always declined. I feel as if my readers come here to read my various ramblings, and find out what's going on up here on the mountain top. However, when Aimee from DIY Darlin' approached me, I asked her to send along what she had in mind, because I thought it was something that would interest many of you. Let's face it, I'm all about how to save money, not just at the holidays but all year long....that's how I managed to cut my budget wayyyy down, after all! 

So let's hop on over and see what Aimee's tips are for saving money at Target! 

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Santa Saves at Target, and So Can You

When Jolly Old St. Nick wants to deck his halls, he and the Misses grab their REDCard and head to Target. Everyone’s favorite place to buy blankets and bowls is transformed every winter into a wonderland of deals. But despite an already great value, there are a few ways to avoid paying the same price as the humbugs of the season. Keep reading for insider tips and tricks.

Start with the Markdowns

Target is like any other mass retailer; they do not want their stock to stick around on the shelves for too long. According to savvy shoppers, Target has a predictable, if unofficial, markdown schedule. Once prices start to drop, they can bottom out at 90 percent off before going to salvage. With a little bit of luck, you can find something fantastic for pennies on the dollar.

Use the Cartwheel App and REDCard for Stacked Savings

According to Rakuten’s 17 Tips for Saving at Target, the retailer’s Cartwheel app is just about the quickest and easiest way to find great deals. Through the app, you’ll have access to store-exclusive savings. When coupled with the REDCard, you’ll enjoy two discounts in one.

If you are not familiar, REDCard is Target’s credit card. It’s unique in the sense that you don’t have to collect points to cash them in later; instead, you will automatically see a 5 percent savings on virtually every in-store and online purchase.

A small word of caution here, however, is that using a credit card does not save you money unless done so responsibly. Credit scoring agency Experian notes that carrying a balance can add up quickly in interest fees. Considering that the APR is 20+ percent, carrying a balance for a single month can counterbalance any savings you saw at the cash register.

Trade in Your Old Merch.

Have you ever wondered how Mr. Claus affords new video games and consoles each year? It is (ostensibly) because he collects all of the unwanted tech toys to trade in for a Target gift card.

Get to Know the Price-Matching Guarantee

Target is known for its competitive pricing. However, that does not mean that other retailers do not occasionally undercut their pricing model. Never fear, because Target stores are happy to offer you the same price. There are a few restrictions, though. First, it must be an identical item with the same UPC number. Next, price-matching doesn’t pertain to refurbished, clearance, or other certain selling scenarios. You also won’t be granted your desired savings between Black Friday and December 7 for the 2019 shopping season.

To request a price match, you will need to present a current ad displaying an approved competitor’s price. They will also price match many online retailers, including Amazon, but items must be sold by the website, not through a third party.

Ask About Upcoming Sales

Finally, there is no shame in upping your shopping game by making friends with the red shirts. Although they may not be aware of all upcoming promotions, it’s perfectly fine to ask about the potential for future markdowns. Always be polite and friendly, and make a point to say “thank you” even if you don’t get the answer you are looking for. Remember, Santa is watching, and you don’t want to be left with coal in your stocking on Christmas day.

Just because you’ve never seen reindeer in the parking lot does not mean Christmas magic doesn’t happen behind the bullseye. You can enjoy great prices, showcase your holiday spirit, and put a little twinkle in your eyes by using the money-saving tips above.


Do you follow any of Aimee's money saving tips at Target? Do you have any other amazing money saving tips you can share with us? I'd love to hear them! 

Also, how about paying a little visit to Aimee's site and welcoming her to the blogging community.....Welcome, Aimee!!  


Wishing all my American readers the most wonderful Thanksgiving! 

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As ever, I am thankful for all my wonderful readers, and so very grateful for all your sweet comments. Thank you for sticking with me for the past 4+ years....I can't believe it's been that long since I hit 'publish' on my very first post!
Oh...and don't forget the cranberry sauce.....I have the easiest and most delicious recipe for Cranberry sauce, you can find it in this post - enjoy!!


  1. All great tips. My mom made homemade cranberry sauce that was amazing.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    1. It's so easy to make, Cindy, and wayyyyy better than the stuff in the can!!

  2. I always enjoy your wonderful savings tips. Another great post.

    1. Thanks, Marty - I can't take credit for these tips, but I did think they were worth sharing!

  3. Great tips. There's a Target on every corner around here. I haven't been to one in awhile though. Maybe time to head back.

    1. I can't remember the last time I was in a Target, Kim!

  4. I love shopping at Target and get great deals. I hope You and Your Family a Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Thanks for the tips. I love Target!
    Now im heading over to pin your cranberry sauce.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  6. Thank you so much for the tips! I love cranberry sauce, I have to make it fresh with the oranges and sugar for a couple who come and cook it with sugar and orange juice for my husband. Thank you for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Mmmmm that sounds fantastic, Betsy!!! Perhaps I'll switch up my recipe this year! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  7. Yum the cranberry sauce looks pretty yummy. I love all the tips. I shop at Target with my cartwheel and then use only a debit Target card so I do not rack up interest or balances. Keeps me thinking about what I am buying and do I really need it. Have a wonderful rest of the week and great Thanksgiving.

    1. That's smart,Kris!! I honestly rarely go into Target, but when I do I'm blown away by the variety of items in there! Fortunately for me it's a good half hour away so there's not much temptation!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kris!! xo


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