10 Ways to Spend Less at Target

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Written by Andrea Browne Taylor

It happens to all of us: A quick trip to Target to pick up a few essentials somehow turns into a full-blown shopping spree complete with a cart full of impulse buys. With your budget blown, you’re left toting a dozen shopping bags to your car and wondering how you can prevent this from happening again.

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With a bit of strategizing, it really is possible to shop at Target and not overspend. We talked with several shopping experts about smart ways consumers can save more every time they shop at the big-box retailer no matter what’s in their cart. Here’s what they had to say.

Shop the Endcaps of Aisles

Pro tip: Target often uses the ends of each in-store aisle (known as endcaps) to promote sale or clearance items, says smart shopping expert Trae Bodge. On your next “Tar-zhay” run, be sure to check both ends of the aisles while you’re shopping.

We visited a Washington, D.C.-area Target store location to see what kinds of endcap deals were available. One example: The endcap display in the oral care aisle included a promotion for a six-ounce tube of Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste for $3. At a nearby CVS, the same size tube of toothpaste cost $4. That’s an easy 25% savings.

Plan Ahead for Major Purchases

If you’re planning to make a pricey purchase, say a big-screen TV or a major kitchen appliance, it’s best to wait until a long holiday shopping weekend — especially, if you’re looking to cut costs, NerdWallet.com’s Jespersen recommends. You’re much more likely to find deep discounts on products from name brands during Black Friday, Labor Day or Memorial Day sales compared to other times of the year.

Last year during Black Friday, for example, Target had a 65-inch 4K Ultra HDTV by Samsung marked down to $850 from $1,300. A KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 4.5-quart stand mixer was on sale for $250 (originally $350) during the weekend-long promotion.

Keep in mind that you’ll be one of many other bargain shoppers looking to score deals in-store or online during major holiday shopping weekends. Be prepared to act fast when purchasing online or arrive early at the store to ensure a coveted item is still in stock.

Click here to read the full piece on Kiplinger.com.

To check out Trae’s advice in other publications, like Today.com, Marketwatch, Washington Post and Consumer Reports, click here.